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Sarah Palin’s book a best-seller, and it’s not even shipping yet

October 2nd, 2009 at 12:26am

Not long ago it was Mark Levin’s Liberty and Tyranny which was at the top of the best-sellers list, holding the position for 12 of 18 weeks, now it’s Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue at the top of the list…and you can’t even get a copy yet!

Just two days after HarperCollins announced that Palin’s “Going Rogue” had been moved up from the spring to Nov. 17, preorders Wednesday night for the former Alaska governor’s memoir made it No. 1 on both Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com.

Among the books “Going Rogue” is outselling: Sen. Ted Kennedy’s “True Compass,” Mitch Albom’s “Have a Little Faith” and Brown’s “The Lost Symbol,” his first novel since “The Da Vinci Code” and, perhaps until now, the year’s most anticipated release.

Palin, in collaboration with author Lynn Vincent, completed her 400-page book just four months after agreeing to terms with HarperCollins, which plans a first printing of 1.5 million copies. It’s the first book by Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor until suddenly resigning last summer.

She is regarded as a possible 2012 contender for the presidency. Past candidates, notably Barack Obama, have been helped by writing best-selling books, invaluable platforms for politicians to tell their story.

There is clearly a strong interest in conservative books at the moment, despite them receiving minimal-if-any mainstream media coverage for the most part, and with Barack Obama’s approval rating sitting under 50% for most of the last two months (the poll update will be online later today), one wonders if this is the start of Sarah Palin preparing herself for a run for president in 2012?

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…I certainly hope it is.


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  • 1. Clayton Northcutt  |  October 13th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    This isn’t the start of her run Samuel. She started when McCain rightly lost his election effort. If that’s not good enough a start for you, then when she quit her governorship should have sent you a sign. Clearly, being stuck in Alaska and trying to govern is not ideal for a primary race that begins in the mid-west and north-east of the country. It should seem obvious to anyone with more than a superficial knowledge of US politics that she’s been in this race since then at least.

    Why on Earth would you want that lunatic in charge or the US? I can appreciate someone arguing for a Republican in charge so long as they can back their argument. But a statement like “I certainly hope it is”, in no uncertain terms, says that you want her in the White House.

    I also hope you’ll do a post on Obama’s improved approval ratings. Perhaps you should also examine Congressional approval ratings and see if you can find a correlation between the fall in their numbers, Obama’s numbers, and the media’s coverage of news. I expect you’ll find something there.

  • 2. Samuel  |  October 14th, 2009 at 7:59 am

    Two errors on my part there Clayton. Firstly, assuming that people have read my previous comments on Palin, and secondly saying “start of Sarah Palin preparing herself for a run for president in 2012” when I really meant “start of Sarah Palin preparing herself publicly for a run for president in 2012”.

    I think her quitting as Governor of Alaska was the start of her run, even if not publicly, as I noted at the time.

    I, for one, hope that this isn’t the end of Sarah’s political career. She has a lot to offer her country and I dare say that, if she does run on the Presidential ticket in 2012, it will be nice to have her doing so whilst not drawing a paycheck for a job (such as Governor) which she would struggle to do satisfactorily whilst in campaign mode. I think she may have learnt that lesson during the 2008 campaign where she was run off her feet doing both jobs. Perhaps Obama had it right in that regard…just ignore the job of Senator while campaigning.
    I think that she has just placed herself in a better position to prepare for a run for President in 2012

    We’re going to have to disagree about Sarah Palin being a lunatic. I believe that she is a strong, sensible, conservative, and that what the US needs is an antidote to the current liberal administration…and that is a true conservative, and not another John McCain-esque moderate.

    I’ll do another post on the approval numbers at the end of the month, although improved isn’t how I’d describe them. They went up for a few days, but they are back down where they were at the beginning of the month.

    The Congressional ballot is an interesting one which, you’re right, I should be following more closely. Right now the Republicans lead the Democrats 41% to 39%. They have led for the last 16 weeks.

    I really don’t have enough time to track poll movements against positive and negative news stories by each media outlet about the Obama administration, but if you’d like to do it, I’d be more than happy to link to you.


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