Going Rogue, Part I: The Palin Character

When Sarah Palin’s book first came out, I was too occupied to read it right away. I did promise, though, to review it later. I’ve now finished it and have concluded that one posting will not suffice. There are different aspects to the book that I want to concentrate on, so I’ve decided to spend three days on it.

Let me say right off that Going Rogue was better than I expected, and my expectations were fairly high. I never accepted the mainstream media’s portrayal of Palin as some kind of frontier hick with only half a brain. As I’ve said before, she is being attacked so vociferously because she is deemed a major threat to the liberal establishment (and to a lot of the Republican party as well).

This is a deeply personal account. She chose to make this autobiography as true to her personality as possible. I detect no whiff of pseudo-sophistication. So I am pleased by the genuineness of the writing style. She acknowledges receiving professional help getting it into its final form, but she says she did most of the writing. I believe her simply because the style reflects the person she seems to be in public. It would be improbable for a ghost writer to copy her way of speaking and thinking so completely.

How do I perceive Sarah Palin’s character in the book? She is the following:

  1. A woman who has a relationship with the Lord and who seeks to do His will in every avenue of life;
  2. Someone who has a determination to be productive with her life and make a difference in the world, one way or the other;
  3. An excellent administrator with a penchant for detail, as shown by her dissection of budgets both at the local and state levels;
  4. Someone who is willing to face down those who are abusing the public trust;
  5. A fearless politician [not always a dirty word] who had no qualms taking on the corruption that was overtaking politics in Alaska;
  6. A determined public official who fights for limited government principles [more on that a few days from now];
  7. A “real” person who genuinely loves those whom she serves;
  8. A dedicated wife and mother who puts her family first.

I may have missed some traits that will come to me later, but that’s a pretty good list for a start.

Her ability to inspire enthusiasm was evident once again on her book tour. The talking heads in the media were astonished by the outpouring of affection. All they could assume is that those thousands who turned out [and the one million plus who bought her book] had to be as backwoods and unsophisticated as she.

Sarah Palin worries them considerably. Which is why, as I noted before, they have tried to destroy her reputation so assiduously. In fact, she deals with that in the book, which is what I want to examine in my next posting.