By now, you've probably heard the news. Sarah Palin – prolific Facebook user, Twitter poet, and former Alaskan governor – is writing a book. The title is "Going Rogue: An American Life," and if early buzz is any indication, sales of the 400-page tome, which hits shelves in November, will be through the roof. Palin's publishers are already preparing for boffo returns: more than 1.5 million copies of "Going Rogue" have reportedly been ordered.
Fair enough. November is holiday book-buying season, and Sarah Palin is a hot commodity. No reason to think Palin's book won't skyrocket to the top of the best-seller list. But let's pause for a second: Did Palin really write "Going Rogue" all by herself? As MSNBC's Chris Matthews noted back in May, “She’s got this book deal, she obviously is not gonna write it."
Matthews was right. Palin had help.
Not that there's anything wrong with that – unofficially, we'd estimate that 90 percent of the books published by politicians are heavily ghost-written. (A notable exception: Barack Obama, whose "Dreams from My Father" was considered by many critics to have real literary merit.) In Palin's case, help came in the form of Lynn Vincent, a senior writer for the conservative Christian publication World Magazine.
And to judge by Vincent's record, Palin's choice was a sound one. Vincent has proven commercial success: "Same Different as Me," a book which described the friendship between an art dealer and a homeless person, sold 560,000 copies, and logged 75 weeks on the best-seller list. That's no small achievement at a time at a time when the publishing industry is shrinking faster than an Alaskan summer.
Vincent's politics also seem to align pretty well with Palin's. In 2006, Vincent helped write a book called "Donkey Cons: Sex, Crime, and Corruption in the Democratic Party." ("Donkey Cons" was co-written with Robert Stacy McCain.) The book's tagline advertised a chronicle of "shameless bribery, illicit sex, [and] sweeping corruption." Meanwhile, promotional copy posted to World Magazine's Amazon page promised to reveal the following:
- How Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and John F. Kennedy were elected with the help of the Mob.
- What two eyewitnesses said about JFK's obsession with hookers.
- Why Democrats ignore crime victims and take the side of rapists, robbers, and cop-killers-then stump for the right of felons to vote!
A review of Vincent's most recent stories in World reveals a strong focus on abortion, religion, and gay marriage.
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