Surprises Abound in Sarah Palin's Going Rogue

Palin’s version of events is a bit different. Her take is that the foul-mouthed and amoral campaign managers who blamed her for the campaign failure did so for a purely mercenary reason: concern that they might have trouble getting another job, if they were perceived as the failure.

Watching news coverage of Palin’s campaign stops leads me to think that she was the real bright spot of the campaign. For all that I can respect about John McCain’s service to his country in the military, his track record in Congress has always been disappointing. McCain was unable to rouse any real enthusiasm from anyone except the largely left-wing news media, at least partly because he no longer has anything in common with ordinary Americans. When I contrast John McCain’s 2006 claim that Americans won’t pick lettuce for $50 per hour with Gov. Palin’s description of the jobs that she and her husband Todd have done over the years, I can see why Palin became an immediate star to working Americans -- and McCain produced a reaction no stronger than “better than Obama.”

When I saw Gov. Palin’s speech announcing that she was to be the vice-presidential nominee, I was genuinely thrilled. When I learned more about her, I was wildly enthused. After reading this book, I am even more impressed and more appreciative of what a raw deal she received from the mainstream news media. Palin’s description of why she responded so stupidly to the “What newspapers do you read?” question makes me sympathize with her. In retrospect, the correct answer should have been, “As governor of Alaska, I make news happen, I don’t spend a lot of time reading about it after the fact.” It appears that a left-wing mole had been planted in Palin’s campaign, a friend of Couric’s, who contributed to this disaster.

I still think that Gov. Palin is less qualified to be president of the United States than I would like. I would have preferred she had at least two terms as governor. But what’s the alternative? Palin’s executive experience -- and especially her experience cleaning up the notoriously corrupt Republican Party of Alaska -- dwarfs anything that Senators Obama or Biden brought to the table -- and even Senator McCain’s many years in Congress are no substitute for executive experience.

I would also prefer someone who is a bit more of an intellectual. But the incredibly ignorant goofs by President Obama (there is no “Austrian” language, Emperor Hirohito did not sign the surrender with General MacArthur, the United States did not invent the automobile) show that this isn’t a job requirement. (I fear at times it might even be a disqualifier.)

There does come a point where honesty and some connection to ordinary people who have to work for a living are worth more than fawning and gushing from the mainstream media. So far, Gov. Palin is looking like our best shot for 2012.