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Sarah Palin, 'Going Rogue'
Palin finished her book sooner than expected—now it will be available for Christmas.
 

Give Sarah Palin credit—she's a fast writer, said Joel Connelly in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Or at least she "has a fast ghost writer." The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate finished her memoir earlier than expected, and now, instead of releasing it next spring, her "delighted publisher will have it on the shelves in November for Right-thinking Christmas shoppers."

Palin-lovers will surely rush out to buy a copy, said Cathryn Friar in Right Pundits, and so will Palin-haters. "Love her or hate her, Sarah Palin is really fascinating." And "I love" the title she chose—Going Rogue—because she is "playfully giving a nod to that now-famous Slate article" saying that John McCain's campaign staff thought she was becoming a problem.

The title is "cute, it's catchy, and it will sell some books," said Jeanne Devon (aka AKMuckraker) in The Huffington Post. But those of who live in Alaska know that the phrase "going rogue" didn't originate during the campaign—it was a term that then-Gov. Palin's spokesperson used to describe the public safety commissioner Palin pressured to fire her ex-brother-in-law in the Troopergate case. Palin apparently hopes to "make the term "rogue" "impish and endearing," but to Alaskans it's a reminder of her ruthlessness.

Sarah Palin's publisher, HarperCollins, certainly expects a lot of people to be interested in what Palin has to say, said David Montero in The Christian Science Monitor. It moved up the release date to Nov. 17, and "ordered a huge initial printing of 1.5 million copies—the same amount as the late Sen. Ted Kennedy’s memoir." Palin's decision to write Going Rogue: An American Life has many wondering if she's gearing up for a 2012 presidential bid —the publicity surrounding the 400-page book will certainly keep her in the limelight.

 

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