PalinTracker: Oprah Chat, A Cover Shoot, Huckabee(?), 'Drill Baby, Drill' (Updated)

October 12

Seattle-based photographer John Keatley, commissioned by HarperCollins to shoot photos of Sarah Palin for her Going Rogue book cover, spent six days with Palin on location in Alaska.

Pressed for gossip, Keatley told Politico: "I have no interest in pulling a Jill Greenberg and sabotaging anything." Greenberg is notorious for having accepted a contract for a portrait of Senator John McCain, then using outtakes from the photo shoot to criticize her subject.

The winning shot was taken on the last day of the shoot about 13 miles from the Palin home overlooking Hatcher Pass, a scenic notch in the Talkeetna Mountains -- where according to Keatley, Palin seemed more natural and relaxed.

October 13

Rush Limbaugh, appearing on the Today show responding to word association cues:

Sarah Palin: "Misunderstood and underestimated."


The Wall Street Journal reports:

Sarah Palin fans can expect to see a new Palin political organization surface as her memoir, Going Rogue: An American Life, hits the shelves next month.

“There will be an announcement about it coming up,” Palin associate Tim Crawford said Wednesday. The New York Post reported this week that Palin’s new group will be called “Stand Up For Our Nation.”

October 16

The latest Gallup survey reports:

Palin became a bit of a sensation after John McCain tapped her as his running mate last August. But over the course of the campaign, her image suffered, going from a 53 percent favorable rating immediately after the 2008 Republican National Convention to 42 percent by the end of the campaign.

Palin's ratings have not recovered, and her current 40 percent favorable rating is the lowest for her since she became widely known after last year's Republican convention.


Palin’s latest op-ed -- titled simply "Drill" -- appears at National Review Online, arguing (again) for energy independence:

Given that we’re spending billions of stimulus dollars to rebuild our highways, it makes sense to think about what we’ll be driving on them. For years to come, most of what we drive will be powered, at least in part, by diesel fuel or gasoline. To fuel that driving, we need access to oil. The less use we make of our own reserves, the more we will have to import, which leads to a number of harmful consequences. That means we need to drill here and drill now. ...

Palin reminds domestic drilling opponents/environmentalists:

Many of the countries we’re forced to import from have few if any environmental-protection laws, and those that do exist often go unenforced. In effect, American environmentalists are preventing responsible development here at home while supporting irresponsible development overseas.

My home state of Alaska shows how it’s possible to be both pro-environment and pro-resource-development. Alaskans would never support anything that endangered our pristine air, clean water, and abundant wildlife (which, among other things, provides many of us with our livelihood). The state’s government has made safeguarding resources a priority.


Rasmussen shock poll (well, for anyone who isn’t a Huckabee fan, it’s a shocker):

GOP 2012: Huckabee 29 percent, Romney 24 percent, Palin 18 percent


Walmart and Amazon launched a price war, with Walmart selling November’s 10 most anticipated books for $10 each. Amazon matched Walmart, and was undercut by a dollar. As of the end of the day Friday, both were taking pre-orders for Going Rogue

for $9 each.