The more I see of reviews and advance peeks, the more it appears that the book will be petty and non-substantive. Not that it wouldn't be a perfect match for Sarah, but I was hoping for something with a little more journalistic or literary merit. And I really would like to see a serious explanation of the Palin phenomenon because my only sense of it is that it was all petty and non-substantive. At least the ugly result will be just too much controversy swirling around to allow her ever to be a serious candidate. The sheer weight of all the tawdriness destroys any gravitas she could ever attempt.
The most salacious items will be all over the news. I don't think I'll really miss anything. And I think it will give Sarah and Todd plenty to feed their indignation of those in the world who don't feed their egos. A lot of McGinnis's stories may not be true. Some of them probably are. I think that private lives of public people don't need to be so public. But when you promote yourself with the primary qualification of family values and overexpose your own children for self-promotion, it doesn't seem right to complain so much when the reflection back isn't quite as complimentary as you pretended to portray. Even John Edwards might have deserved a little privacy for his indiscretions if they hadn't contradicted so forcefully the false public image he promoted as the devoted husband of a woman dying of cancer.
The New York Times, likely the lamest of the "lame stream" media vilified by Palin even trashes McGinnis's trashing in a review with much defense of the Palins. The Times reviewer does note one thing that McGinnis gets right:
There is one area, and only one, in which “The Rogue” is dead-on. Mr. McGinniss knows how publicity works. He appreciates, not to say emulates, the way members of the Palin family cash in on celebrity and contradict themselves without penalty. He also denounces the press’s willingness to let this happen. How was it possible, he asks, for Ms. Palin’s daughter Bristol to assail Levi Johnston, the father of her son, as being “obsessed with the limelight,” then turn up herself on "Dancing With the Stars"?I'm sure I'll be able to pick up the McGinnis book at some yard sale or thrift shop like DI eventually. It'll probably be with all those others with Sarah's name on them in print much larger than the ghostwriter's name.
So for now, I'll just go my own way without adding to McGinnis's celebrity winnings in taking out Sarah's.
September 17, 2011
Sigh. For those of you you more video-oriented, McGinnis does make some good points on this clip. And Todd apparently counters with more accusations of sexual perversion. I'll still pass on the book: