Former Palin aide hawking tell-all book

posted at 10:12 am on February 22, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

This story has bounced around a few days before Politico picked it up today.  A former aide to Sarah Palin has tried for almost 18 months to find a publisher for his gossipy tell-all about the former governor of Alaska.  Palin’s team told Politico that Frank Bailey is the “quintessential disgruntled employee,” which seems rather obvious from the limited excerpts quoted in the article:

The still-unpublished manuscript, obtained by POLITICO, reveals Palin, as a candidate for governor, penning letters-to-the-editor in praise of herself, to be sent under other names. It blames the candidate for inflaming, rather than ignoring, scurrilous rumors. And it quotes her pledging to avoid appearing on any network other than Fox News, referring to the rest as “the bad guys.”

The content of the unpublished manuscript, written by Frank Bailey, was first reported by the Anchorage Daily News.

A Palin ally, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, confirmed that Bailey and Palin corresponded and that the former aide had access to Palin’s passwords and her email account. But the Palin ally said that the content should be viewed through the lens of Bailey being “the quintessential disgruntled employee” who had been denied senior jobs he sought, cut out of Palin’s vice presidential campaign, and been caught up in the “Troopergate” scandal — details Bailey confirms in the proposed book, which is titled “In Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of our Tumultuous Years.”

Maybe someone should work on the title.  “Blind Allegiance”?  His allegiance seems to have been pretty conditional on getting favorable positions in the Palin administration, and when he didn’t get them, the allegiance apparently turned into dislike rather easily.

Now Bailey wants to cash in on his proximity to a media magnet, which is hardly unusual; in fact, it’s rather surprising that we haven’t seen more of this with Palin.  The question is why Bailey can’t sell the manuscript.  With all of the intense interest and intense dislike for Palin among progressives, it’s hard to imagine how a publisher would take a pass on the project — unless it’s so bad that it’s unpublishable.

Ben Smith and Andy Barr offer these clues:

Yet despite the intense interest in his subject, Bailey, who has reportedly been marketing his draft since the fall of 2009, has had difficulty selling it to a publisher – a likely reflection of his primary focus on the small world of Alaska politics. He co-wrote the book with Jeanne Devon, publisher of the anti-Palin website Mudflats, and Ken Morris, a Palin critic and former Wall Street executive.

The insular scope shouldn’t be an insurmountable problem, especially with the intense interest in Palin and her time in Alaska.  Media outlets sent dozens of reporters to Wasilla to scope out Palin’s record as mayor, for instance, while at the same time studiously ignoring Barack Obama’s track record in Chicago and Springfield.  The partnership with Devon and Morris are probably more of an issue.  Even a hostile publisher is going to want a book to have some sort of argument for independence and credibility.

The article quotes several passages from Bailey’s book, but none of them seem to rise to a level of scandalous behavior or shocking revelation.  Palin obsesses over her media image?  Well, maybe, but few politicians at the national level don’t.  Palin confidentially told Bailey “I hate this damn job”?  Even people who love their jobs have those moments, especially jobs with large responsibilities.  Bailey wonders why Palin decided to get caught up in the Carrie Prejean controversy in May 2009:

Concludes Bailey after the episode: “The question we failed to ask was: What does this possibly have to do with being governor of Alaska? While it had nothing to do with Alaska, it had plenty to do with publicity. Fox News made this an ongoing story, giving it wall-to-wall coverage. Sean Hannity in particular latched on with both hands. With Sarah suddenly an outspoken supporter, he had gorgeous Prejean on one arm and sparkling Governor Palin on the other. He appeared a happy man.”

It’s not exactly an unfair question, but it also presumes that every other governor ignores national stories and keeps themselves insulated, which is hardly the case.  Palin by this time had already become a national political figure, especially on conservative issues through the burgeoning Tea Party movement, and had been outspoken on social issues since the presidential election.  It’s hardly surprising that Palin would want to work to keep up a national profile, which is harder to do from Alaska, both for the grassroots leadership she wanted to provide and for her own political ambitions.  While it’s a fair point for criticism from the perspective of Alaskans, it’s hardly the mystery or the anomaly Bailey suggests.

If an author with inside knowledge of Palin’s operations can’t sell a book critical of Palin in 18 months, then I’d guess that the book is the problem.


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ornery_independent on February 22, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Which is the meat of my argument. A lot of the writers contentions are easily disproven. so why even bother to debate them. Debate the core contentions not the fact that “even if it were true”….

unseen on February 22, 2011 at 12:37 PM

The fact that Jeanne Devon helped write this manuscript should be you’re biggest clue as to why publishers wouldn’t touch it with a ten foot barge poll. Devon’s literary work is considered more fiction rather than fact and if her name is on the thing it would hardly lend it any credibility as a reliable source of information about Sarah Palin.

Hellrider on February 22, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Now that Obama is president I’m waiting for all the tell all books about his days in chicago, columbia, Occidental. You know the good old days of the USW, Algent Gardens

r keller on February 22, 2011 at 12:59 PM

If an author with inside knowledge of Palin’s operations can’t sell a book critical of Palin in 18 months, then I’d guess that the book is the problem.

I would say that the main thing is that there’s no scandals to expose about Palin. She’s probably the cleanest politician out there.

the_nile on February 22, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Sheya on February 22, 2011 at 11:43 AM

I understand it just wasn’t clear in your post…

CCRWM on February 22, 2011 at 1:10 PM

After the NE ran with the story based on an anonymous email they received and nothing more, the publishing world would look more stupid than usual buying this manuscript.

Blake on February 22, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Poor Frankie Bailey, first he didn’t get his promotions from that naughtly woman governor. Then he hooks up with the Obama stimulus funded Palin fiction writer Jeanne Devon and oh…well… I guess their book isn’t getting promoted either. Poor Frankie, Poor Jeanne, maybe they can get a life writing pure fiction for other children.

shmendrick on February 22, 2011 at 1:12 PM

bifidis on February 22, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Is this our new soros paid troll with the left talking points or one of the fake online personas that Obama has commissioned?

karenhasfreedom on February 22, 2011 at 1:20 PM

’s not so much scandalous, but does portray her as someone with a deep-seated persecution complex, who is a bit of a

flake and somewhat obsessed with public image and trivialities.

I can’t give it too much credence, unless the book contains authentic emails from Palin. If the stuff I’ve read is from legit emails…..hoo boy. It makes Rove’s “she lacks presidential gravitas” comment very apropos.

Of course, the most delicious detail to me was the assertion that at heart, Palin is actually more…..of a libertarian. I KNEW you were really one of us, Sarah!

Vyce on February 22, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Vyce …. This book was written by Jeanne Devon, one of Obama’s hand picked Alaska Mafia. The one Pete Rouse and Phil Munger set up.

It was first called “The Wasilla Project” People like Anita Dunn were involved as well.

These people are the source of almost every lie about Sarah Palin out there, including the “Trig is not really her son” and “She’s under FBI investigation” (which the FBI spoke out and said NO she ain’t)

Can’t prove it, but my guess is another Mafia member, Jesse Griffin, is the source of the bogus Todd/Hooker story, which the Anchorage Police shot down as a lie.

Now they have the hooker on the “Trig isn’t her son, she faked her pregnancy” story.

My guess is the reason this book hasn’t sold, is because everyone knows it’s nothing but a work of fiction.

BTW, shame on you for being stupid enough to fall for it.

gary4205 on February 22, 2011 at 1:23 PM

BTW, shame on you for being stupid enough to fall for it.

gary4205 on February 22, 2011 at 1:23 PM

But they WANT to believe. A sucker is born every minute…

unseen on February 22, 2011 at 1:33 PM

But they WANT to believe. A sucker is born every minute…

unseen on February 22, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Pretty pathetic, huh.

gary4205 on February 22, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Which is the meat of my argument. A lot of the writers contentions are easily disproven. so why even bother to debate them. Debate the core contentions not the fact that “even if it were true”….

unseen on February 22, 2011 at 12:37 PM

I think Palin trashing is a purposeful distraction and we are doing Palin a disservice by reacting to all of it. We can’t have the scuttlebutt to always be about the negativity.
Besides, it is tiresome to rehash the same points all over again – why comment on someone who at the very least wants to involve Palin in the Troopergate situation
again? Who gives a rat’s ass what these people write?
“F” em! After the book is published and the media have
chosen their 5 soundbites to highlight on their “breaking news segments” (over and over again by the way); then we go in
with guns blazing, disputing their crapola. Instead of
going on and on, whining and whining about the injustice
of it all, we discuss Palin’s record, again and again, drilling it in to the meatheads’ heads.

Most of us would rather discuss how we are going to get this gal or someone with her expertise, record and firm
grasp on conservative principles in the oval office. I
am worried that we as a country don’t have enough time
to get rid of Obama before the country implodes.

Amjean on February 22, 2011 at 1:51 PM

BTW, shame on you for being stupid enough to fall for it.
gary4205 on February 22, 2011 at 1:23 PM

The caveat I provided was that I would like to see if authenticate emails are produced.

But one of your fellow Palinistas apparently has that one covered, with the “the emails could be faked….” theory.

Vyce on February 22, 2011 at 1:53 PM

My prediction:

The publisher of Going Rogue and America by Heart will have to destroy more copies of those books due to manufacturing defects than this Bozo’s book will sell in its entirety.

There is virtually nothing about Sarah Palin, from her childhood to how she manages her uterus, that has not been discussed ad nauseum since late 2008. I dare say that we know more about this woman that most of us have never met in person than we know about some of our own family members.

I have no problem with any this scrutiny – although it is a shame she and her family have had to endure it. She is a far stronger woman today than she was the day she joined John McCain on the stage. She has been through hell and back – and now her enemies should cower. She is in the vanguard, just like Colonel West, of those of us that are coming to sweep government clean of the miscreants that have made a mockery of our Constitutional Republic. I have no doubt whatsoever that she is going to run, that she will win and that she will succeed. We will see to that.

Bring it on, pantywaist.

turfmann on February 22, 2011 at 1:56 PM

I would say that the main thing is that there’s no scandals to expose about Palin. She’s probably the cleanest politician out there.
the_nile on February 22, 2011 at 1:04 PM

That in itself is kind of frightening. Personally, I’d be happy with any one of the tens millions of fully qualified potential candidates for the office of United States President. Or, failing that, any of the hundreds of millions who are more qualified than Barack Hussein Obama – or anyone in his circle of supporters – will ever be…. Ever held a private-sector job; ever had ANYTHING to do with the US military; ever did anything to indicate that he understood, let alone supported, the concept of free enterprise or a Constitutionally limited form of government…

But, sadly, we live in a world overwhelmed by insane liberal propaganda, where even the slightest hint of imperfection on the part of a conservative can be trumpeted to millions of ears every second of every waking hour of our lives.

And anyone who’s spent years as the undisputed center of that agitprop storm, yet somehow held up as unimaginably well as Sarah Palin has, is pretty much our only safe bet.

logis on February 22, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Amjean on February 22, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Agreed

unseen on February 22, 2011 at 2:05 PM

But one of your fellow Palinistas apparently has that one covered, with the “the emails could be faked….” theory.

Vyce on February 22, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Dan Rather called it “Fake, but accurate.”

portlandon on February 22, 2011 at 2:07 PM

And anyone who’s spent years as the undisputed center of that agitprop storm, yet somehow held up as unimaginably well as Sarah Palin has, is pretty much our only safe bet.

logis on February 22, 2011 at 1:58 PM

good post. If they are reduced to 3 year old talking points they got nothing.

unseen on February 22, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Dan Rather called it “Fake, but accurate.”

portlandon on February 22, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Dan Rahther wished he had the means to make those documents like the writer had…. If I got to knock anything about GOv Palin in this whole business it is she trusted too much. Never give someone the means and ability to fake who you are.

I think she has learned that lesson and thus the effort to get her name trademarked and to close down her inner circle.

unseen on February 22, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Pretty pathetic, huh.

gary4205 on February 22, 2011 at 1:41 PM

It’s like when the left and islamists team up to overthrow a dictator and believe they will destory the other before the other destroys them. the confluence between the Left and palin haters on the right is a frightening thing. My money is on the left destroying the palinhaters on the right before the palinhaters have a chance in hell of gaining power once they both destory Palin.

unseen on February 22, 2011 at 2:13 PM

The caveat I provided was that I would like to see if authenticate emails are produced.

But one of your fellow Palinistas apparently has that one covered, with the “the emails could be faked….” theory.

Vyce on February 22, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Blah, blah, blah.

You’re a well known Palin hater, so not a lot of credibility here.

As I pointed out, this turd book was written by someone hand picked by the President of the United States, when he was still a candidate,to make up crap and hassle Sarah Palin.

Once he was elected, Obama turned the job of coordinating this mess over to Pete Rouse. You know, the guy that kept the Chief-of-Staff’s office warm between Rahmbo and Little Daley.

The fact that you would give this book any benefit of the doubt, knowing who these people are, says a lot more about you than it does Palin, or anyone else.

gary4205 on February 22, 2011 at 2:20 PM

says the poster that invades all Palin threads and whines about her and her supporters constantly.

unseen on February 22, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Seek help.

You-Eh-Vee on February 22, 2011 at 2:22 PM

It’s like when the left and islamists team up to overthrow a dictator and believe they will destory the other before the other destroys them. the confluence between the Left and palin haters on the right is a frightening thing. My money is on the left destroying the palinhaters on the right before the palinhaters have a chance in hell of gaining power once they both destory Palin.

unseen on February 22, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Thing is, they will never destroy Palin. She will, however, destroy them.

gary4205 on February 22, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Do you think Bailey is more pissed that Palin thought he was a dope, or he cant even get published in a medium she has dominated to the tune of best sellers and a few million???

Odie1941 on February 22, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Don’t have enough time now to read the rest of the comments, and I’m sure one of you has already said something similar, but just in case….

The ONLY reason someone wouldn’t want to publish a tell all book about Palin is because they read the manuscript and saw an easily winnable libel case against themselves. Leftists might be crazy, but they’re not ALL stupid.

runawayyyy on February 22, 2011 at 5:02 PM

It’s not so much scandalous, but does portray her as someone with a deep-seated persecution complex…

Vyce on February 22, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Man, I wonder how she could’ve ever gotten THAT idea?

ddrintn on February 22, 2011 at 5:06 PM

But one of your fellow Palinistas apparently has that one covered, with the “the emails could be faked….” theory.

Vyce on February 22, 2011 at 1:53 PM

They can.

ddrintn on February 22, 2011 at 5:07 PM

If an author with inside knowledge of Palin’s operations can’t sell a book critical of Palin in 18 months, then I’d guess that the book is the problem.

I think it’s oversaturation. Palin’s got nowhere to go now but up.

ddrintn on February 22, 2011 at 5:16 PM

The left is willing to pay a hefty reward to the knight errant who will slay the Palin. Indeed, they would bestow the virtue of Kathy Griffin to the man able to accomplish such a feat. Recall how Levi Johnston was granted such an honor for his spear thrusts at the heart of the dread-Palin. These prizes await the man who can tame the she-beast from forty ninth state.

joeindc44 on February 22, 2011 at 7:11 PM

although, truth be told, Tina Fey was the only person to ever really come close to slaying the Palin. And she was granted the titleship of a baroness of everlasting TV celebrity.

joeindc44 on February 22, 2011 at 7:12 PM

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I so get it now.

Mudflats book. The most significant thing I’ve heard is that he and Mudflats actually haven’t produced many of the emails, so it’s impossible to tell what’s valid and backed up and what’s not.

I think I’ll wait for the Wiki version. I’ll read the emails myself, thanks.

AnninCA on February 22, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Seek help.

You-Eh-Vee on February 22, 2011 at 2:22 PM

what did I hit to close to your PDS delusional reality…..

unseen on February 22, 2011 at 9:40 PM

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