Fractional-term Alaskan governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential also-ran Sarah Palin announced on Tuesday
that her first memoir is due to be published by HarperCollins in 2010, which is hilarious.
Palin is not known for being eloquent. On September 11, ABC News' Charles Gibson told Palin in one of her rare televised interviews that he "got lost in a blizzard of words" when listening to her respond to his question
regarding the Bush Doctrine of preemptive military operatons.
In her four-part CBS interview with Katie Couric in late September, co-piloted by her presidential running-mate John McCain, when asked what she reads "to stay informed and to understand the world," Palin couldn't even come up with the name of a periodical: "Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me all these years," she said, among her stammering
Not only is she not particularly interested in the written or spoken word, she also quickly lost political relevance throughout the 2008 presidential campaign and into 2009. Her in-state approval rating as governor, as of May 7, was 59 percent, having dropped from its peak of nearly 80 percent.
There was also Palin's shortlist of scandals, including her hacked personal e-mail account, which she had used for official correspondence to circumvent freedom of information disclosure. Then came the Troopergate Branchflower investigation that found that Palin abused her power as governor and violated an ethics statute in terminating the employment of Alaska's public safety commissioner, who would not fire Palin's former brother-in-law.
Two days after the presidential election, the New York Times reported
that McCain campaign advisers had disapproved of her conduct for two months.
This author would be remiss to exclude a favorite quote regarding Palin
"(Palin is) not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president? [...] Look at what she's done to this state. What would she do to the nation?" – Alaska State Senate President and fellow Republican Lyda Green, quoted in an August 29 Anchorage Daily News article.
All of this didn't prevent Palin from securing an undisclosed multi-million dollar book deal, though. Palin (or her ghostwriter) is expected to prattle on, among other topics, about her governmental ineptitude. Drill, baby, drill and publish, baby, publish!