Sunday, September 18, 2011

Waiting for 'The Rogue' -- Sarah Palin a Kardashian Sister?

I don't know much about the Kardashian sisters. Perhaps they'll feel insulted to discover that they're thought to be like Sarah Palin, but that's the thesis of a story in The New York Daily News:
Sarah Palin, the darling of a pro-life party that cheers Texas executions at presidential debates, has made an insanely lucrative career out of being famous, a Kardashian sister of American politics.

This week she becomes even more famous because of a new book written about her by Joe McGinniss, who became famous for writing a book called "The Selling of the President 1968."

One of the stars of that book was Roger Ailes, who runs Fox News, where Palin has been a pinup girl since the last campaign, even if there was never a chance she was going to run for President, and not just because she would have to take a pay cut.

Are you kidding? Palin constantly builds her brand and her bank account by not running, no matter how many bus tours she makes across America. As Bill Maher likes to point out, when Palin ran for vice president her idea of a "gotcha" question was being asked what she likes to read.

That doesn't mean she doesn't know how to sell herself. Call it "The Selling of a Non-President 2012." ...
The complete story is "Sarah Palin is the Kardashian of politics, making a lucrative career out of being famous." It has an online poll that asks, "What best describes Sarah Palin?" My money is on "Cartoon character." Admit it. It's true! Don't deny it.

There are some other interesting things to read while waiting for "The Rogue." One is "The Political Provocateur," by the editor of The New York Times Book Review. It is an interesting comparison of Joe McGinniss' new book, “The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin,” with his "The Selling of the President," published in 1969. That article is a must read for anyone interested in how a political book can be effectively marketed. Another thing to read is The Toronto Star's review of McGinniss' book, "Book sets out to find Palin — and destroy her," which begins: "Weighing in at 318 pages, The Rogue isn’t merely an act of character assassination — it is one long, hard, steel spike through the political heart of Sarah Palin."

My book should arrive Tuesday (by 7:00 PM). I'll have to read it before writing a review, and I don't know when that will appear, because I won't have time to sit down and read the book straight through. I am interested in how the Rice/Palin fling was confirmed, among other things. That fling has serious implications for anyone considering Palin's ethics and leadership abilities. If you're curious about that, see my "Waiting for 'The Rogue' -- Sarah Palin to 'clean up' Journalism?"

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

If I were a Kardashian, I'd be pissed about that old Granny Grifter being suggested as part of the group.

"This week she becomes even more famous because of a new book written about her...."

I think that was supposed to be "infamous".