Sarah Palin: the best of the Going Rogue leaks
Portrait emerges of Sarah Palin as a wise-cracking, vegan-loving victim of John McCain’s ruthless campaign team
On the eve of the the release of Sarah Palin's memoir, Going Rogue, journalists who have got hold of early copies have been leaking the content copiously. And almost every leak is met by one Palin's political enemies claiming she's misremembering the facts - or just plain lying.
Over the weekend, Steve Schmidt, who managed John McCain's 2008 campaign for the US presidency, described Palin's book as "revisionist and self-serving fiction", asking: "Why is the bald guy always the villain?"
Meanwhile, the respected political blogger Andrew Sullivan yesterday published 31 lies he says Palin has perpetrated, which are "proven by incontestable evidence in the public record".
But far from damaging Palin's reputation, the attendant publicity - which includes today's appearance on Oprah - seems merely to be helping Palin on her way to a 2012 presidential bid.
Here are some of the more interesting leaks:
On Steve SchmidtPalin complains of several brushes with McCain's 2008 campaign manager. In one, he took her to task for her views on evolution:
"'But your dad's a science teacher,' Schmidt objected.
'Then you know science proves evolution,' added Schmidt.
I said, 'But I believe that God created us and also that He can create an evolutionary process that allows species to change and adopt.'
Schmidt winced and raised his eyebrows... But I felt I was on solid factual ground."
On Katie CouricApparently, Sarah Palin only agreed on her disastrous interview with Couric out of pity. Palin says McCain aide Nicolle Wallace told her Couric needed a career boost:
"'She just has such low self-esteem,' Nicolle said. She added that Katie was going through a tough time. 'She just feels she can't trust anybody.'"
On the 'President Sarkozy' prank callAt one point in the presidential campaign, Palin took a call from a radio presenter pretending to be the French president:
"He's got to be drunk, I thought. I didn't want to offend the president of France, but this was getting stupid. I kept thinking, surely, someone will pop up and say something like, 'OK, the five minutes are up,' but the call just went on and on and on."
On the 'first dude', Todd Palin"That day in sunny Texas when the divorce rumors were rampant in the tabloids, I watched Todd, tanned and shirtless, take the baby from my arms and walk him back to the ranch house so Trig could nap while I made calls. Seeing Todd's blue eyes smiling, I chuckled. Dang, I thought. Divorce Todd? Have you seen Todd?
On Saturday Night LiveSarah Palin claims she wasn't allowed to "dish it out" to liberal actor Alec Baldwin when they appeared on the comedy show:
"The bigwigs haggled back and forth over my appearance with Alec, the writers sending down some lines where Alec was basically supposed to perform a comic dissection on me. Then I was supposed to passively take his arm and stroll offstage.
From a political messaging standpoint, the campaign could see that wasn't going to work. We put our heads together and sent the producers a counteroffer: Alec would still get his barbs in, then I would say, 'Hey Baldwin, weren't you supposed to leave the country after the last election?' Uh... no, producers said."
She also explains why she refused to shake fellow guest Oliver Stone's hand. "Unbelievably," she writes, the director is "a supporter of communist dictator Hugo Chavez, who in a 2006 speech to the United Nations referred to the president of the United States as 'the devil himself.'"
On vegansSurprisingly Palin, who is a supporter of the practice of shooting wolves from aircraft, would be a willing host to vegetarians, according to an excerpt published by the Huffington Post:
"If any vegans came over for dinner, I could whip them up a salad, then explain my philosophy on being a carnivore: If God had not intended for us to eat animals, how come He made them out of meat? I always remind people from outside our state that there's plenty of room for all Alaska's animals - right next to the mashed potatoes."
On Hillary ClintonMSNBC leaked an excerpt which promised the prospect of a coffee summit between the leading ladies of the left and right:
"Should Secretary Clinton and I ever sit down over a cup of coffee, I know that we will fundamentally disagree on many issues, but my hat is off to her hard work on the 2008 campaign trail."
Clinton, meanwhile, told the same channel's Meet the Press: "Absolutely would look forward to having coffee... I've never met her... I'm ready to have a cup of coffee, and maybe I can make a case on some of those issues we disagree on." ·