Bipartisan Consensus: Going Rogue Offensively Bad


It is worth noting that a handful of conservative reviewers have also pooh-poohed Palin's publishing debut, though it is often the Reagan cudgel with which she is beaten (i.e., I am demonstrating my embarrassment at the whole Palin phenomenon, but I'm no RINO pantywaist!). Ken Tomlinson, the conservative former chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, reviews Going Rogue for the Washington Times:

When I finished Sarah Palin's "Going Rogue" (HarperCollins, 2009), my first thought was, "Is there any way Ronald Reagan would have written something like this?" Not a chance….The reader is forced to consume countless pages of payback for what she does demonstrate to have been second-class-citizen treatment from the McCain campaign hierarchy. Some of the book's best reading is when she goes after Steve Schmidt and Nicole Wallace. No Alaskan animal ever experienced the sharper end of a Palin knife. Yet, again, can you imagine Reagan in those priceless late '70s radio addresses, bellyaching about the treatment he received at the hands of cunning Ford operatives at the Republican Party's national convention?

My radio talk heroes simply aren't leveling with us when they insist that the payback passages are taken out of context by the liberal media - and that the book is filled with substantive political content. I know they genuinely love Mrs. Palin, but I also know they surely could not have read, really read, this book

Writing at the website of conservative Catholic magazine First Things, John Mark Reynolds renders an exceptionally harsh (and, from the bits of it I have read, fully justified) judgement on Going Rogue, while also invoking Saint Reagan:

This was a bad and unhelpful book.

It was not bad because it was simple. Goldwater (or his ghost) used fewer pages in Conscience of a Conservative and said more. It was not bad because it was autobiographical. Though I don't like his politics, President Obama confessed more and said it better in Dreams from My Father. If you don't believe that this book is bad, then read (really do!) Ronald Reagan's autobiography Where's the Rest of Me? Ronald Reagan showed more substance in his delightful book written mostly about his time as an actor than Palin shows in her four hundred pages.

Reynolds liveblogged his slog through Going Rogue here, which includes a series of wonderfully brusque conclusions: "This book is really disappointing." "This is not a well written book so far." "The adjectives in this book are the worst part: steely, plucky, scrappy….Crappy."

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  1. Wow, a whole day and a half before another Palin bashing thread.


  2. Obama's book title is short for "Dreams of My Father Coming Into My Room at Night."

    1. But that would explain only some of his problems.

      It doesn't explain why he is a complete and total fuckbag.

  3. President Obama confessed more and said it better in Dreams from My Father.

    And that's a confession of not having read it. It's hilariously bad. Palin's book is professionally folksy, which I can't stand, but it's not made for me.

    Obama's supposedly is, but it's what people who don't read any literature at all think of as "literary," in the same way his fig-ape song was written by someone who's read about five poems.

    Dude's retarded.

  4. By high decree, we are now only criticizing those in power.

  5. Who gives a fuck what anyone in so-called "leadership" thinks

    From Rasmussen today:

    Seventy-one percent (71%) of voters nationwide say they're at least somewhat angry about the current policies of the federal government. That figure includes 46% who are Very Angry.

    The data suggests that the level of anger is growing. The 71% who are angry at federal government policies today is up five percentage points since September

    Even more stunning, the 46% who are Very Angry is up 10 percentage points from September.

    Among the nation's Political Class, just six percent (6%) are angry. However, among those with more Mainstream, or populist, views, 85% are angry. A majority of Americans today hold views that can be described as Mainstream or populist. Very few align with the Political Class (see more information on this divide).

    Fifty-two percent (52%) of voters nationwide believe neither Republican nor Democratic political leaders have an understanding of what is needed today. That frustration is down eight points from 60% in September.

    Sixty-five percent (65%) of Republicans and 59% of unaffiliated voters say that neither party has the answers. Those percentages are down significantly since September. Democrats remain fairly evenly divided as they were in September.

    This unhappiness with government policies and leaders is reflected in numerous other Rasmussen Reports surveys. Americans, for example, now view being a member of Congress as the least respected job one can hold. President Obama's job approval ratings also have suffered in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll.

    The latest numbers show that only nine percent (9%) of voters trust the judgment of America's political leaders more than the judgment of the American people. Seventy-four percent (74%) place more trust in the wisdom of the crowd.

    Seventy-one percent (71%) believe the federal government has become a special interest group that looks out primarily for its own interests. Sixty-eight percent (68%) believe that government and big business work together in ways that hurt consumers and investors.

    Opposition to the health care plan proposed by the president and congressional Democrats remains high. Voters continue to oppose the government bailouts of General Motors and Chrysler, and a growing number now believe their taxes will go up during the Obama years.

    1. Meanwhile the execs at Goldman Sachs are arming themselves to fight off the mobs.

      1. Most of them are Democrats.

  6. Personally, I'm not surprised. Despite all the intrigue about her, she doesn't come off as a particularly interesting person, nor really that fascinating of a life story. To be perfectly honest, I think her husband would be a better biography subject (and at the very least, would make for a more exciting read)... it's really difficult for a small town journalist-turned-agitator to have a story that would be particularly gripping or insightful.

    1. Despite all the intrigue about her, she doesn't come off as a particularly interesting person, nor really that fascinating of a life story.

      That's what the oppo researchers said too. Which is why they had to make shit up.

  7. This makes two books I don't need to read to see how bad they are:

    If Dear Madame Speaker sold ten thousand copies of this crap, I'd be surprised.

  8. What, are you kidding? Sarah Palin is a fucking genius, she's the future of the republican party. Everyone is out to get her, she's more qualified than you even know. You people need to stop drinking so much haterade and get on the band wagon. If Sarah Palin and Glen Beck had a baby it would be God squared.

    //end Sarcasm.. sigh...

    1. Maybe people you don't like wouldn't defend her so staunchly if she weren't constantly being attacked so basely.

      1. Not just base. But so stupidly and lazily too.

        The thing that really gets me all wired about this is that the country is burning down and its the video editors at ABC and CBS who wield the public opinion veto power.... because you know.. everything is going along just fine with that crowd controlling things.

        "Hold on, my friends,
        to the Constitution and
        to the Republic for which it stands.
        Miracles do not cluster
        and what has happened once in 6,000 years,
        may not happen again.
        Hold on to the Constitution,
        for if the American Constitution should fail,
        there will be anarchy throughout the world."

  9. Ok, then. Why don't you review a great conservative book?

  10. Go Sarah Go!

    Liberals are fools to bash this woman. We should all be working to get her as the GOP nominee in 2012!

    1. MNG, you should be balanced, and by that I mean you should be rooting for the Dems to put up a candidate that can't win either.

      That way, we ALL win.

    2. Or we might be stuck with a cop killer pardoner or the most hated ex-VP in the history of the world or maybe some douche with the name Pawlenty.

      I'm personally against Palin winning the nomination because I just don't have the stomach to see her go through it. Evil you can hate but stupid you just gotta pity.

      1. Evil you can hate but stupid you just gotta pity.

        Yeah, that's sort of the way some of us around here feel about you, Tony.

      2. Hey, you guys have Schumer and Biden. Talk about idiots.

        Plus, you have someone who wants to retrieve the flag our astronauts planted on Mars. Double-O stoopid.


    Those of you who love her or hate her really need to take a look at yourselves and ask "why am I so obsessed (for or against, doesn't matter) with this not very interesting woman?" It's fucking pathetic.

    1. Someone made this remark a few days ago, Epi. I wish it would have been me.........

      It strikes me that Palin, like Obama, has a cult of personality in support and a shrieking response in opposition. And both cults can't understand the fascination/deprecation of the other.

      It's almost like a Star Trek episode, except there's no writer to blame for the stupidity.

      "I am black on the right side."

      "I fail to see the significant difference."

      "Lokai is white on the right side. All of his people are white on the right side."

      1. Kant this be your last battlefield?

        It seems that every election cycle the partisan fucks get worse and worse, and more obsessive about both their and the opposition's candidate.

    2. Um...I want to fuck her?

      Is that kosher? I mean...I really just want to violate orifices.

      1. Violate away, dude.

      2. You are a violated orifice.

      3. Hey, that is pretty the only way SP registers in my consciousness too. To do the queen of all hockey moms. What could be cooler? And, man, I can just imagine her winking at me during. It would be tough to hold back, I'll tell ya.

        1. "pretty much" damn it!!! Get a damn edit feature!

  12. Well, now... that wasn't so good, now, was it?

  13. John Edwards would never be able to stand this amount of scrutinty.

    All it took was a few jokes by Ann Coulter and the entire MSM was OUTRAGED by the lack of civility

    1. That, and he cheated on his cancer-ridden wife.

      But at least he still has his pretty, pretty haircut.

      1. We need a Constitutional Amendment.. if your campaign is run by Rasputin Axlerod, you must be imprisoned.

        1. I forget who it was - some political comedian - who suggested that politicians should be put in prison the moment they are elected.

          Worth a shot.

  14. Did anyone go after Reagan 1/100th as hard as they went after Palin?

    It's a lot easier and makes more sense to be defensive when 98.8% of the MSM is out for your blood.

    1. Reagan was a better speaker and more intelligent than Palin and would never have been caught out by a "which ones?" questions.

      I recall coverage of a warmonger who was going to destroy the economy and cause us all to subsist on ketchup after which we would die in the streets of AIDS.

      I remember some snide coverage of his wife's clothing and the White House China that seemed unfair (and as a Jane Wyman fan I was predisposed to dislike Nancy).

      1. I think she has gotten hammered a lot harder than Reagan.

        Last I checked, they weren't looking into his pregnancies.

    2. Some of the treatment of Palin has not been appropriate (particularly the earliest reporting on and rumors about her family), but it looks to me as though she just decided to run with it. Since the election, it has almost been as though she was trying to encourage the news media and media figures to target her -- and that drama, whether or not she actually is trying to amplify it, is being used to excite and mobilize her supporters.

      I wouldn't mind it if I were more confident that she understood and respected the details and implications of the small government/restrained government/Constitution and rule of law/liberty aspects of conservatism, instead of just having a generally conservative orientation. She was more attractive as a candidate for that week (or was it just days) when she still appeared to be the anti-pork free-man's watchdog that she was said to be. I just hope that enough conservatives are convinced by 2012 that it is a dangerous mistake to choose a candidate based on identity criteria and simply assuming that he or she understands and emphasizes what he or she should.

      1. I don't really disagree, but she did take on corrupt Republicans in her own state.

        That's a lot better than nearly all Dems and other Repubs.

        I'm not much of a Palin fan, but she compares favorably viewed in light of all the other idiots in politics.

  15. "Bill Ayers confessed more and said it better in Dreams from My Father."

    There. Fixed.

  16. Until Palin is elected to national office, she means little to me. However, the extreme and disproportionate reactions she elicits in others, I find pretty intriguing.

  17. I pity people who actually read Clinton's and Reagan's books.

    1. You know what other politician had a book?

  18. I'm more confused as to why the right wing radio guys and Fox News is so high on her. They're not just defending her against the MSM attacks... they seem to actually like her as a candidate.

  19. Don't be so elitist

  20. This thing about Sarah being "white trash" really, really bothers me. As the genuine article it offends me.

  21. You fucking retards. All you ever do is complain about the mainstream media, which no one under 80 gives a flying fuck about, and how badly Palin is treated. Didn't she make a few million dollars becaue she was a shill for the government? Why don't you fucking retards hate her? She wants to tell you how to live your life based on what god told her. Just because your "enemies" hate her doesn't justify your moronic defense of a government hack.

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