Going Rogue: By Sarah Palin

Posted on November 20, 2009

going_rogue_mHere are some things I learned from Sarah Palin’s book:

-Alaska is a wonderland of natural rescources, international intrigue and spotty transportation

-It is definitely not Sarah Palin’s fault that the McCain campaign failed

-If God did not want animals to be eaten, why did he make them out of meat?

-Wasilla is the unofficial Duct Tape capital of the world

That’s it really. I read an early review of this book, in which someone pointed out that the subtitle, which reads “An American Life” should read “An Alaskan Life”. This is definitely the truth. Her opening paragraph talks about “halibut tacos”. Real Americans don’t eat halibut tacos.

Here is a brief synopsis of her life. She grew up in Alaska, then went to Hawai’i for a while, didn’t like it (this is confusing to me), went to Idaho for college, came back to Alaska, had A LOT of babies (being a mom is hard, but rewarding ya’ know), and then when she was nominated got shuttled from hotel room to SUV. Her grasp of ‘Real America’ was shakey at best.

One of the main problems with this book is we already know the ending. And she know this, so she took the time to point out all the ways that people conspired against her during the campaign. Once every 20 pages or so you would get a phrase something like this, “Little did I know that this would be taken out of context and used against me later on.” It was all nebulous and was frequently a reference to Katie Couric. Also the plot skipped all over the place. One minute she was dragging the kids around on a sled, and then it was 15 years earlier and the First Studmuffin was carving something out of whalebone. Too little, too late.

I’ll be quite honest, I skipped the last chapter (In skimming through it, I saw that she said “Cap and Trade, yeah right it should be called ‘Cap and Tax’” and I knew I was doing the right thing) and the epilogue. I was in no way interested in reading about why she left the governor’s mansion or her political manifesto. I will sleep easy tonight.

All told, this book was worth the 3 or 4 hours it took me to read it. I didn’t pay for it, and I don’t recommend you do it either.  I learned a lot about Alaska, and I have a pretty good grasp of Sarah Palin’s background, and yeah, it is pretty impressive how she bootstrapped her way up, its a great story. But all told, there was way too much, “This is what I meant to say, but it was taken out of context”. Seriously, you were running for Vice President of the United States of America, what did you think was going to happen? I do admire her political integrity, and yeah, I think she got a raw deal in the end. At the end of the day, my mind is unchanged. Sarah Palin doesn’t have what it takes to make it in the big leagues, and her Alaskan politics do not fit the American theater. Its great that Sarah Palin emerges out of the woodwork to cause some drama, and I look forward to her next comic misadventure.

Tell me what you thought.


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7 Responses to “Going Rogue: By Sarah Palin”

  1. Christina on November 20th, 2009 6:23 pm

    Loved the review, and laughed out loud at this sentence:

    -If God did not want animals to be eaten, why did he make them out of meat?

  2. Sami on November 20th, 2009 6:58 pm

    I bet a halibut taco would be pretty good.

  3. Joe on November 20th, 2009 7:01 pm

    You have a blog? One correction: you forgot the ™ on Real Americans™

  4. Evie on November 20th, 2009 7:24 pm

    Good review HG – what’s up with the duct tape?

  5. Heath on November 20th, 2009 7:50 pm

    Joe: oh man, yeah I forgot Bloomberg owned that phrase

    Evie: I guess snowmobilers tape themselves up all the time or something.

  6. Veronica on November 20th, 2009 8:08 pm

    Good work, Heath – I admire you for getting through the book, I would have probably either laughed so hard I couldn’t keep reading or thrown it away in disgust, not sure. My personal favorite line from your review: “One minute she was dragging the kids around on a sled, and then it was 15 years earlier and the First Studmuffin was carving something out of whalebone.” Great stuff.

  7. Your Old Man on November 21st, 2009 1:45 am

    Lad –

    I hope you wore rubber gloves and a surgical mask to read that thing. I can’t even look at pictures of the cover without fear of catching a terminal case of Ignorant. Well done — how did you fortify yourself for the daunting task? Brita hooch?

    See you soon — maybe we can go huntin’ some meat.

    Your Old Man

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