PalinTracker: Zero Hour

November 13

The Los Angeles Times reports on Palin's new Twitter account (, but frets that she didn't do it the way they would have.

Guess it was a slow news day?


The Wall Street Journal reports Palin will visit Ft. Hood on December 4 as part of her book tour. Previous announcements only gave the specifics of stops up to Thanksgiving, but did include Fort Bragg, NC.


Palin will be the keynote speaker at the Shasta Cascade Logging Conference in Redding, CA, on February 8 to kick off the weeklong timber industry gathering. Tickets -- $74 and $54 -- went on sale 11/16 at the Convention Center box office, as reported by the Record-Searchlight.


Palin posts at Facebook: Obama Administration's Atrocious Decision

Horrible decision, absolutely horrible. It is devastating for so many of us to hear that the Obama Administration decided that the 9/11 terrorist mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, will be given a criminal trial in New York. This is an atrocious decision.

Mohammed and his terrorist co-conspirators are responsible for the deaths of more than 3,000 Americans. Thousands of American families have suffered through the loss of loved ones because of the disgusting attacks launched against the United States, and now this trial venue adds insult to injury, in addition to compromising our efforts in the War on Terror. Heaven forbid our allies see this decision as a reason to become less likely to support our efforts in the future.

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November 14

First glimpses of the 11/23 Newsweek cover -- lifted from a Runner's World profile -- boasting Palin in jogging shorts and the headline "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sarah?" A trio of smart men weigh in: Evan Thomas, Jon Meachum, and Christopher Hitchens preach to the Newsweek greatly-dwindled choir about why the Republican Party should ditch Sarah, including such sexist observations as Thomas':

Obama knows the long odds against a right-wing populist winning the presidency, no matter how good she looks in a skirt (or running clothes), brandishing a gun.


At Politico, Andy Barr describes what could be Sarah Palin's five book tour goals:

1) Reconnect with her base

2) Payback [the McCain campaign]

3) Stick it to the media

4) Send a message to the establishment

5) Burnish her image as a serious figure

Missing from Barr's idea bank: Presenting policies -- though Palin has clearly used Facebook to bypass the media's focus on the personal as she deals with the political. No reason to assume Going Rogue won't do the same.


Three days before the record-breaking book hits the shelves, the drumbeat of Palin-bashing begins to crescendo. Among the more civilized attacks:

"The Sarah Palin interviews: Shill, baby, shill" Baltimore Sun

"Sarah Palin Going Rogue: The Wit & Wisdom (Or Lack Thereof)" Huffington Post


November 15

And the attacks aren't just from the left, as David Brooks -- the "conservative" columnist for the New York Times and yet another smart man -- uses his TV face time to call Palin "a joke" and insists "Republican primary voters just are not going to elect a talk show host."


Palin posts at Facebook: Really? Still Making Things Up?:

The book tour starts this week, and I look forward to it! I'm most looking forward to meeting many of you, shaking your hands, and telling you, "Thanks for loving America." I'll give you a scoop here and tell you what's on the book's Dedication Page – it's dedicated to you – Patriots – who love the U.S.A. as much as I do.

Amazingly, but not surprisingly, the AP somehow nabbed a copy of the book before it was released. They're now erroneously reporting on the book's contents and are repeating many of the same things they spewed during the campaign and afterwards. We've heard 11 writers are engaged in this opposition research, er, "fact checking" research! Imagine that -- 11 AP reporters dedicating time and resources to tearing up the book, instead of using the time and resources to "fact check" what's going on with Sheik Mohammed's trial, Pelosi's health care takeover costs, Hasan's associations, etc. Amazing.

We'll keep setting the record straight, and we'll keep reminding some in the media that Americans are very tired of their non-objective reporting.

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