"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.
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• In the book, Bailey also claims that Palin coordinated with the Republican Governors Association in violation of campaign rules during her 2006 gubernatorial campaign.Skip to next paragraph
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• He paints Palin as paranoid and writes that she sees conspiracies against her everywhere: “She believes that there are these powers of evil that are surrounding her. She believes that her offices are bugged.”
• Bailey also comments on Palin's vindictive nature, which Morris described in the San Francisco Chronicle as “two eyes for an eye. You don't just go after someone who you think is slighting you, you trade slight for destruction.”
Overall, writes The Washington Post, “’Blind Allegiance’ is so full of Palin’s pettiness and incompetence that it defines her as little more than a small-town politician at a loss on the larger stage.”
It continues, “Blind Allegiance” “will confirm what Palin's critics already believe and will be derided by her proponents as nonsense from a disgruntled former staffer” all the while offering an “up-close peek into the mind and motives of a highly visible politician who still manages to cloak her essence.”
Palin’s proponents, it turns out, have plenty of fodder with which to accuse Bailey and his methods.
First, the e-mails. State ethics laws bar executive officials from using information obtained on the job for personal gain if the information has not been publicly disseminated. The Alaska Attorney General's Office is investigating whether Bailey’s use of the e-mails violated state laws.
And according to SarahPAC spokesman Tim Crawford, Bailey himself is no paragon of principle. “Frank Bailey was the only member of the Palin administration to be found to have acted unethically – twice,” Mr. Crawford told Politico. “He is currently under investigation again by the state attorney general. Then, as the administrator of certain e-mail accounts, he acted unethically by appropriating account information he was entrusted to protect.”
He went on to dismiss Bailey as a disgruntled former employee. “Gov. Palin suspended Bailey and refused to hire Bailey when he sought a position on her vice presidential campaign staff and later with SarahPAC,” he told Politico. “Mr. Bailey has an axe to grind and abandoned truth in his book…The book belongs on fiction shelves.”
Husna Haq is a Monitor correspondent.