Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I just read the last word on page 456 of the leaked manuscript, and my totally impartial opinon of this potential blockbuster is.... Damn!
There is a lot of amazing and incredibly damaging things in the book as it pertains to Todd and Sarah (It is a close call, but I think Todd comes off a little worse.), and there is the fascinating opportunity to view Sarah Palin at the beginning of her political career through the eyes a self professed "Palin-bot," that all on its own will make this book a must have for those of us who have often wondered "just what is the damn attraction?"
As I type this there are many news sites and blogs taking down their "cut and paste" excerpts from the manuscript in response to the cease and desist letter that they received from the co-authors legal representative, while others are stubbornly putting internet clicks and a temporary increase in viewership over any possibility of lawsuit.
Believe me I understand the temptation to post huge sections of the manuscript and indulge in an orgy of self congratulations and "I told you so's" as so much in those pages back up almost everything that I maintained was happening behind the scenes. The exhilaration of seeing printed in e-mails what I could only imagine must be happening within the deep dark depths of Palin-land is hard to put into words.
However to do so would risk a possible lawsuit and, more importantly, might potentially impact how quickly this manuscript will get published. So once again my desire to be FIRST with the breaking news must take a backseat to helping to get this book into the hands of an anxiously waiting public.
To be completely honest I was disappointed that some rather large scandals and incidents that were covered extensively by the blogs and new sites were virtually ignored in the book, but I do understand that this is Frank Bailey's version of what happened and some of the things that WE thought were big deals just did not interest him. (Or else he did not want to relive parts of the timeline that made him particularly uncomfortable.)
However there is ONE very important point repeatedly made about Sarah Palin in this manuscript that I feel the authors would not mind that I share with you. And that is that this.....
Sarah Palin on "hurt feelings" from Dennis Zaki on Vimeo.
..is absolute bullshit. In fact Sarah Palin may be one of the MOST thin skinned people on the planet. (Video of Sarah's return to Alaska on November 5, the day after the 2008 election.)
If you thought Sarah Palin was vindictive, you will not be disappointed by this book.
If you thought the personal mythology about her family was bullshit, this is the book for you.
And if you thought that Sarah Palin uses her looks to get away with everything just shy of murder, this book will make that an absolute certainty.
Another thing that I am going to share as that it is definitely possible that when the finished product finally does hit the bookshelves it may contain quite a lot of new information NOT contained in this leaked manuscript. So if you believe that it will not get published because it is all over the internet, don't worry about that. Remember there were 60,000 e-mails, and only a small portion made it into THIS particular version. There is much more that can still be added.