Sarah Palin's 'America by Heart' sure to stir friends – and enemies
Sarah Palin's new book 'America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag' goes on sale Tuesday. It arrives as Palin ponders a run for the presidency, drawing criticism from the right.
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On the Larry King Live show to be broadcast Monday evening, Barbara Bush weighed in with a touch of snark. Here’s what the former first lady had to say about the former Alaska governor: “I sat next to her once. Thought she was beautiful. I think she's very happy in Alaska – and I hope she'll stay there.”
In a piece headlined “Why Sarah Palin Shouldn’t Run” (for president), conservative columnist Mona Charen writes that “Americans will be looking for sober competence, managerial skill, and maturity, not sizzle and flash.”
“She compares herself to Reagan,” Charen writes of Palin. “But Reagan didn't mud wrestle with the press. Palin seems consumed and obsessed by it, as her rapid Twitter finger attests, and thus encourages the sniping. She should be presiding over meetings on oil and gas leases in the North Slope, or devising alternatives to Obamacare. Every public spat with Dave Letterman or Politico, or the ‘lamestream media,’ or God help us, Levi Johnston, diminishes her…. She would be terrific as a talk-show host – the new Oprah. But as a presidential candidate? Someone to convince critical independent voters that Republicans can govern successfully? Absolutely not.”
Watching last Sunday’s premier of the show “while clocking real-time reaction to it on Twitter,” Labash stands amazed at a forum “that has amplified Palin’s voice exponentially as she wages a one-woman guerrilla media campaign that seems to commandeer every other news cycle.”
“But that’s what going rogue is all about,” he writes. “Letting it fly. Following your gut. Which has made Sarah Palin wealthy, and intensely discussed … And good for Palin if she’s happy following her gut. Though there’s no compelling reason to suggest the rest of us should tag along behind.”