Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is headed for the Oprah Winfrey show next month. Harpo productions proudly announced this morning that this will not only be the "very first time" the two women will meet but that this marks Palin's "first interview to discuss her upcoming book."
Hold it. Wasn't Palin supposed to appear on Oprah last year? Yep. And Palin did the unthinkable. She turned Oprah down. After details emerged that Palin signed a book deal, Oprah's people and Palin's people started talking again.
There's no better place to hawk a book than on Oprah. Not that Palin really needs any extra buzz for "Going Rogue." A month away from being released, it has been a best seller for two weeks on the strength of advanced sales.
But Palin's not going to turn the publicity down. Go on Oprah on Nov. 16 and then release the book on Nov. 17? That's a recipe for wall-to-wall coverage.
And it won't hurt Winfrey, who has seen her ratings slide a bit.
Yes, we can hear many of you already: "This must be a slow news day if you're writing about Sarah Palin going on the Oprah Winfrey show!" and "Who cares? She's not a governor anymore!" (We love those comments because, well, they just never get old.)
Like it or not, Palin is still big news. In a Republican party struggling to find leadership for the 2010 and 2012 campaigns, she is one of a handful that has fervent followers and high name recognition.
There's no doubt this will be one of the more watched Oprah shows in a long time. And the reverberations will last a while. Jon Stewart, David Letterman, and Saturday Night Live undoubtedly will scour the performance. We're guessing that Tina Fey has already received a phone call.
Oh, the questions...
What will Oprah ask her? Think of the topics:
1. Her relations with John McCain's staff. Did she know they thought she had "gone rogue?"
2. The $150k wardrobe. Did she not think that would be an issue in a recession?
4. Running for president in 2012?
5. Palin and the media. Does she really think they are out to get her?
7. Why'd she really step down for governor?
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