Well, the predictable orgy around Lynn Vincent's autobiography of Sarahcuda has begun, shot out of Oprah's cannon and into a vat of oatmeal gravy. Newsday noticed that Oprah's main concern seemed to be...herself (go figure) and that Teh Cuda never even mentioned the guy who made her a STAR.
[S]he...came across as a whiner at times - as an ingrate, and mean-spirited, as someone who declined or refused to give John McCain so much as a nod of appreciation, barely even acknowledging him. How would that have hurt her? Just a "I'd really like to thank him for the tremendous opportunity..etc. etc." But nothing - or at least nothing generous. It felt feckless, mean-spirited. (But that's what the book is about in some parts, so...)
Let's go through the interview:
Oprah asks if she was "snubbed" when Oprah declined to have her on.
Palin: "...it didn't even register." In other words, she had bigger things to worry about than whether O wanted to have her on the show or not.
Well, maybe it didn't register with Sarahcuda who had, after all, major wardrobe decisions hanging fire at the time, but it sure registered with the Big O who was downright testy about it. McCain, otoh, may be thanking his lucky moonz that she ignored him.
The avalanche of free Palin publicity being generated by the press continues unabated. And that's why Palin and her marketing team must be having a good laugh at the press' expense these days.
Specifically, Palin still has not allowed herself to be interviewed by an actual, professional political journalists this week. Palin has completely snubbed Beltway media elites (the same ones who won't stop writing and talking about her), yet there hasn't been a single murmur of discontent.
In other words, Palin's using the Beltway press to generate free publicity. And then Palin snubs that same Beltway press corps. I'd think that kind of smack-down would sting. But apparently not. I guess political journalists think it makes sense that a high-profile political figure would launch a very political book and begin paving the way for a possible 2012 political campaign and, y'know, not talk to the political press.
Despite the small fact that, based on "her" "book" (quotes are because it isn't hers and it's only barely a book), 2012's most visible GOP candidatress seems to have a fairly serious problem with, like, reality.
Palin: "Democrat lawmaker ... complained that I wasn't as 'sparky.' " Palin mocks the "political buckshot" her "critics fired" at her, writing: "[L]ocally, the opposition would criticize me for focusing on national issues -- as if I suddenly needed to become parochial and think of Alaska's issues as irrelevant to the nation. In Juneau, one Democrat lawmaker complained that I wasn't as 'sparky' as before and that Piper and I no longer brought around bagels like we used to." [Going Rogue, Page 344]
"Democrat lawmaker" actually a Republican. Palin appeared to be referring to a January 31 AP article that quoted Alaska state Sen. Bert Stedman -- a Republican -- describing Palin as "[n]ot so sparky." The article also reported that a separate Alaska lawmaker, a Democrat, mentioned that Palin, before the 2008 election, "walked around the building with (her daughter) Piper handing out bagels. I think those days are gone."
Which is No 7 in a partial list of 11. Dave at LG&M could barely get through the first chapter.
I should note at the outset that Going Rogue is substantially worse than even I could have predicted.
A swift Amen to that. Michelle Goldberg (no relation to Jonah that I know of; for one thing, she can write and for another she's not a idjit) wonders if some of this doesn't have "pathological" written all over it.
All politicians may lie, but not all politicians lie like Sarah Palin. Many people in public life lie to avoid getting caught when they do something wrong; call them “I did not have sex with that woman!” lies. Or they mislead about their own experiences and accomplishments, like Hillary Clinton and her untrue tales of dodging bullets in Bosnia.
Palin, however, lies when there’s little to be gained by lying, and she lies when everyone knows the truth. If Bill Clinton were a Palin-style liar, he’d still be insisting that his relationship with Monica Lewinsky was entirely chaste, or he’d claim that he never denied it in the first place. If Hillary Clinton lied like Palin, she’d put the Bosnia anecdote in her next memoir. Palin’s new book, Going Rogue, coupled with her recent media appearances, evinces a dishonesty that seems as much clinical as opportunistic. Maybe Palin really does suffer from narcissistic personality disorder.
See, some of it may be stoopidity -
To be sure, some of the factually incorrect stuff in Going Rogue may be the result of ignorance as much as dishonesty. On page 391, she writes, “Ronald Reagan faced an event worse recession. He showed us how to get out of one. If you want real job growth, cut capital gains taxes and slay the death tax once and for all.” Every assertion in these sentences is untrue. The current recession is far worse than anything Reagan faced. Reagan did not get rid of the estate tax, which Palin calls the “death tax.” And capital gains taxes are lower now than they were during the Reagan administration. But Palin might not be being deliberately misleading; maybe she just doesn’t know any better. The same could be true when she claims that Barack Obama “opposed laws that would protect babies born alive after botched abortions.” Maybe it was ignorance rather than deceit that led Palin to sound off about “death panels” a few months ago.
- but how do you explain the rest?
Surely, though, Palin knew that she told the McCain campaign, in writing, that Bristol was pregnant, and so her story about McCain’s ace investigators digging the information up on their own was a lie. Either she was lying last year, when she told Sean Hannity that before accepting the offer to join the McCain ticket, she’d taken a family vote, or she was lying on Monday, when she told Oprah Winfrey she’d done no such thing. Emails released by former McCain staffers show that she was lying about her eagerness to appear on Saturday Night Live. A number of reporters and bloggers have tirelessly catalogued all this mendacity, particularly Palin nemesis Andrew Sullivan.
The Associated Press fact-checked Palin’s false claims about relying on small donations in her political campaigns, allowing for open, competitive bidding on a natural gas pipeline and avoiding conflicts of interest as Wasilla mayor. (Palin accused the AP of doing “opposition research,” as if any attempt to hold her accountable for her own words must be a partisan plot.) As the Boston Globe reports, there’s overwhelming evidence that Palin is lying when she disavows all responsibility for her infamous $150,000 shopping spree.
So what's this all in aid of? TBogg astutely picks up Sarah's newest catchphrase as she's making the rounds of the not-news shows and he's pretty sure he's got it figgered out: Teh Cuda Party. To be called the Compassionate Conservative...no, wait, that was the other guy. The Commonsense Conservative Party. Yeah, that's it.
It is entirely likely (should Sarah Palin decide to form her own political party since the Republican establishment is not exactly seeing birds suddenly appear every time she is near) that Sarah will probably form her own political party. Since the Connecticut for Lieberman Party name is already taken and American Teabaggers sounds like a Naughty America video series, it is likely to be called the Commonsense Conservative Party. This is not to be mistaken with those losers (LOOOO-SERS!!!) over at the Conservative Party.
That Third Party Sarah just got a big boost (if you want to look at it that way) when she got attacked for not being sufficiently right-wing enough on abortion. I kid you not.
Well, you can't make an omelette without breaking a few Sarahs. IAC, it don't mattah much cause her fans are lining up like it was a Miley Cyrus concert.
UPDATE: (2.45pm) Roy Adroso in the Village Voice has some...surprising...excerpts from the book. Surpriaing because they sound like Sarah, not Lynn. I think he got a contaminated copy.
1. On accepting the Vice-Presidential nomination:
I was sitting next to the stove, patching up little Gopher's North Face jacket, when I got the call, and I figured, gosh-a-mighty, why not? Well, they scoot me down to Dayton -- and let me tell you, that place could use a new coat of paint -- and they tell me I have to talk to this crowd, but I say, "Oh, no -- there'll be big-town reporters there, and they'll twist and turn my words so I look like an idjit," but ol' John, he says, don't worry, they're gonna love you, and then he goes into a room in the back of the place they have there and starts beating on the walls and yelling in a foreign language. So I went out there and sure enough, people were cheering and waving flags like I was Clay Aiken, even before I said a word. They kept on cheering when I commenced to speak, but I don't know what-all I said, because I kept looking over and seeing ol' John picking at his hands, probably to soothe the cuts he got on his knuckles pounding on that wall.
Now that's more like our Sar.