Here Comes Sarah!

11 11 2009

As the country goes through one of it’s many, worst times in history, the News that Sarah is about to be front and center for awhile is refreshing and encouraging.

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Get ready, America: Here comes Sarah Palin

By Steve Holland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Get ready, America. Like her or not, Sarah Palin is coming to a city near you.

11aa1Last year’s Republican vice presidential nominee is starting a book tour next week to promote her memoir, “Going Rogue: An American Life.”

Is it a thinly-veiled bid to test the waters for a possible 2012 Republican presidential bid, or simply an effort to make money and cement her celebrity status?

Only time will tell. For now, the opening stops of her tour in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama and Florida, could be valuable if she later decides to run.

So far she is steering clear of major cities, going to smaller places like Fort Bragg, North Carolina, home of one of the biggest military bases in the country.

“From Michigan, the ‘Going Rogue’ tour will cover as much of the country as possible,” Palin said this week on her Facebook page. “I’ve decided to stop in cities that are not usually included in a typical book tour.”

The first week of the tour covers the eastern United States. After Thanksgiving, she will hit the West. Palin received an advance of at least $1.25 million from publishers Harper Collins.

Palin remains as controversial as ever, beloved by grassroots conservatives and derided by liberals, a year after bursting onto the national stage with her run at high office with Republican presidential nominee John McCain.

Yet there is no denying her star status in the Republican Party, where she is often mentioned alongside possible Republican candidates in 2012, such as Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty and Mike Huckabee.

“I don’t think anybody knows whether she is going to run for president, including her, but she does have a huge following in the country and her book and the book tour I’m sure will enhance her prominence,” said Republican strategist Charlie Black, a McCain campaign adviser.

ALREADY A BESTSELLER

The book, written with help from ghostwriter Lynn Vincent, has been high on Amazon.com’s bestseller list for weeks, long before the November 17 release of a reported 1.5 million copies.

“It certainly has the feel of somebody maintaining their national visibility, which will allow her to keep her options open for 2012,” said Republican pollster Whit Ayres.

The media blitz kicks off next Monday with an interview on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Two days later comes the first stop in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“Obviously she is going to be a major player for some time to come,” said Saul Anuzis, former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party. “The book tour is a natural extension of what many national political leaders do from a strategic standpoint.”

The tour is a chance at a fresh start for Palin who resigned as governor of Alaska last summer after growing tired of fending off ethics violations accusations from critics.

She has also been caught up in public battles with Levi Johnston, who fathered a child out-of-wedlock with Palin’s daughter, Bristol. That relationship broke up and Johnston has traded his own negative stories of family life with the Palins to the media.

A CNN poll reported last month that more than seven in 10 Americans think Palin is not qualified to be president. Republicans were split, with 52 percent saying she’s qualified and 47 percent disagreeing.

Regardless of her political aspirations, the self-styled hockey mom stands to gain a financial bonanza from her tale of how she rose from small-town Wasilla, Alaska.

Aside from some paid speeches, Palin has largely communicated via her Facebook page.

“Those of us who love freedom and believe in open and transparent government can only be dismayed by midnight action on a Saturday,” she commented on the House of Representatives vote last weekend to pass a healthcare reform bill.

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11 11 2009
littlemissmuffin

IF Sarah decides to run in 2012, she will have my vote and my hubby’s, too. She’s the most promising conservative contender at this time. I’m not thrilled with Huck or Romney, haven’t heard enough about Pawlenty, I certainly wouldn’t vote for Newt, and Guilliani really can’t win (too much baggage.) How about this combination:
Palin/Bachmann 2012! Sounds good to me! 🙂

If Sarah gets anywhere near where I live, I will go see her.

11 11 2009
Will.

Newt lost my respect over the NY-23 fiasco and now he is rushing to pick up the pieces. With that said, Sarah game is getting better which shows with the increased attacks on her. Stay strong SP we got your back!

11 11 2009
Doc's Wife

Palin/Bachman team would be AWESOME! I can see the libs now! Let women try to take back our country to it’s roots. Cannot wait to read Sarah’s book. Doubt I will watch Oprah–have no respect for her.

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