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"Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin" paints a scathing portrait

A biography of Sarah Palin by a former staffer depicts Palin as ill-prepared, immature, vindictive, and unethical.

By Husna Haq / May 25, 2011

Palin's supporters say the tell-all biography by Frank Bailey is "fiction" created by a disgruntled former employee.


It’s hammer time again. For Sarah Palin, that is.

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Another scathing portrait of the former Alaska governor and John McCain’s 2008 running mate is on bookstore shelves, this time written by ex-Palin aide Frank Bailey.

“Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin” is the juicy tell-all that Mr. Bailey and two co-authors crafted out of between 50,000 and 60,000 e-mails that Bailey saved from correspondence with his former boss. In the book, Bailey, who worked with Ms. Palin in her 2006 gubernatorial campaign and through her stint as governor, depicts Palin as ill-prepared, immature, vindictive, and unethical.

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Early reviews of the book, which leaked before its publication date this week, offered up juicy morsels on America’s favorite Mama Grizzly while simultaneously suggesting that readers won’t be surprised by Bailey’s exposé. Palin-haters will see confirmation of their suspicions while fervent fans will cry foul at Bailey’s somewhat less-than-principled means.

More on that later. First, the revelations:

• “Palin emerges as a woman far more interested in power, fame and fortune than in the day-to-day grind of governing,” writes a reviewer for The Washington Post. That became apparent after Mr. McCain’s failed bid for president in 2008, Bailey writes in the book. After returning to Alaska, Palin told Bailey as early as February 2009 that she would "quit tomorrow" as governor if she could find an adequate excuse to give Alaskans. Ultimately, “she resigned in July 2009, saying she didn't want to be the same kind of "lame duck" governor who announces she's not seeking re-election, only to travel the state or the world riding out their term,” according to a piece in USA Today.

• Palin was plain unreliable, writes Bailey, according to the Associated Press’s review. “Getting Sarah to meetings and events was like nailing Jell-O to a tree,” Bailey wrote. “On the campaign trail and as governor, Sarah went through at least ten schedulers, with few lasting more than months. Nobody wanted the job because Sarah might fail to honor, at the last minute, the smallest commitments, and making excuses for her became a painful burden.”

• Writes The Washington Post: “Bailey realized [Palin] was ill-prepared for political superstardom soon after she was tapped for a spot on the Republican presidential ticket with John McCain.” “Incredibly, I mostly still believed in the myth of Sarah and her ultimate mission,” Bailey writes. “However, a piece of me could see she was in over her head.”


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