With Sarah Palin’s memoir, Going Rogue: An American Life going gangbusters on amazon, currently their #1 seller (it was released only today, yet has spent 50 days in the online bookseller’s top 100), it’s clear that this accomplished former Governor can both infuriate liberals and sell books.
It seems alas that the media, just as they did in the campaign, are focusing not on this reformer’s record, but her personal life. After watching Palin on Oprah Winfrey’s show yesterday, Ann Althouse observed that there was no discussion of policy:
For the most part, Oprah pursued the traditional women’s topics: pregnancy, children, marriage. Palin looked vividly alive and spoke quickly and without stumbles or hesitations. I don’t think there was a single word about any serious policy question. It was mostly about how it felt to be Sarah Palin.
Newsweek runs a cover story calling her a problem and focusing on her physique. As if on cue, CBS Touts yet another “exclusive” interview with the former Alaska Governor’s ex-son-in-law to be. Do you think they’d pay him Levi Johnston heed if he only had good things to say about his son’s maternal grandmother?
Since publishers know Sarah Palin can sell books, many will jump at the chance to publish just about anything she writes. So, she needs take a page from the man who won the White House last fall by promising to govern the nation as she governed Alaska. After writing a memoir, she should followup with a book on policy. After the holidays, she can start reading classics of political theory and conservative thought while meeting with public policy experts who have crafted conservative an libertarian policies to address contemporary problems.
When this book is released, say maybe next fall, just as the 2010 elections are heating up, various talk show hosts would be tripping over themselves to book Palin, knowing how that appearance would boost ratings. And with a wonkish book out, some would have to ask her at least a few questions about policy.
(Though they would much rather talk trash with her.)
Still, such a book would given her a chance to promote conservative ideas and burnish her own image, demonstrating her ability to discuss the nation’s problems and her familiarity with solutions which do not bust the federal budget or diminish our freedoms.