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The still-unpublished manuscript, obtained by POLITICO, reveals Palin, as a candidate for governor, penning letters-to-the-editor in praise of herself, to be sent under other names.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The content of the unpublished manuscript, written by Frank Bailey, was first reported by the Anchorage Daily News.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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OmahaConservative on February 22, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Marketing has absolutely nothing to do with the timing. This is about spreading the truth. Oh, and I’m Brad Pitt.

Limerick on February 22, 2011 at 10:16 AM

There will be more of this as the field gets set for 2012. If you think it’s bad now, you’ve seen nothing yet.

Asher on February 22, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Ed,

Allah is going to have a talk with you about covering his favorite pol.

taney71 on February 22, 2011 at 10:18 AM

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:

It’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

Yawn. Five pages of comments, coming up.

MJBrutus on February 22, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Who cares about this nut head. Not many will be sold anyway

hawkman on February 22, 2011 at 10:20 AM

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.

My very first thought.

There should be publishers lining up, taking numbers like in a bakery, getting their turn to shovel money at him with a pitchfork to be the ones to publish an anti-Palin book.

Instead, 18 months of crickets. This book must be so bad it attracts flies.

DrAllecon on February 22, 2011 at 10:21 AM

referring to the rest as “the bad guys.”

Um… because they are?

MeatHeadinCA on February 22, 2011 at 10:22 AM

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.

Don’t forget that Cindy Sheehan sat outside the Washington Post’s offices for months being ignored as a kook even by that paper’s liberal journalist staff, until people with the proper progressive media connections took notice of her and turned Cindy into the Absolute Moral Authority on the War on Terror.

If Politico is running with this, my guess is those same proper progressive people have glommed on to Bailey and are about to make him the Absolute Moral Authority on all things Palin, to the point he’ll probably be a panelist on “Real Time with Bill Maher” and dating Kathy Griffin by the time the 2012 campaign gets underway in earnest.

jon1979 on February 22, 2011 at 10:22 AM

No worries, the blm will tout it for him

cmsinaz on February 22, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Perhaps any would-be publishers sense a potential lawsuit.

darwin on February 22, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Where is Bailey on his 15 minute clock?

mwbri on February 22, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Mr. Morrissey, I actually find this a very interesting post. Perhaps you might expand this a bit to cover publishers point of view, their ideology, and the audience those publishers attempt to service.

Just how does an unpublished author make that first sale?

Skandia Recluse on February 22, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Frank Bailey sounds a lot like that other guy. You know, the one who was press secretary for George Bush. He wrote a book as well. Going to make his name famous. Yeah, what’s-his-name.

GarandFan on February 22, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Bottom line: Man with no honor or integrity trying to make a quick buck.

darwin on February 22, 2011 at 10:26 AM

dating Kathy Griffin

*shudders*

Vyce on February 22, 2011 at 10:27 AM

quintessential disgruntled employee

the next Johnson in someone’s Levis.

ted c on February 22, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Sounds like Palin did not keep her staff adequately supplied with gruntles.

It really doesn’t matter whether there’s any truth in the book or not; the Palin-haters will keep this alive until the next big source of Palin-bashing. Her political career has been Borked.

NeighborhoodCatLady on February 22, 2011 at 10:28 AM

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.

If this was full of the juicy stuff that so many pine for it would be on bookstore shelves already.

darwin-t on February 22, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Yawn. Five pages of comments, coming up.

MJBrutus on February 22, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Nah…that will come this evening when AP pours lighter fluid on the story.

Limerick on February 22, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Palin is an anti-intellectual fool who speaks to Americans’ ugliest instincts. She’s a bully, too. Her message is a dark, depressing, hopeless one, and she can’t even sell tickets to her own dog-and-pony shows any more.

Reload? OK, perhaps it’s time to arm the homeless.

bifidis on February 22, 2011 at 10:30 AM

I remember reading last week or so, that this Baily person was religous, and Palins ambitions didn’t coincide with his religous beliefs? If I’m wrong, my apologies, but doesn’t this tell us a lot about Baily?

Anyone with religous convictions would have conscience, ethics, morals. Seems to me, this person does NOT have any. He not only writes a gossip book, perhaps based on heresay…but he goes one step further, and uses known Palin haters to help him. It seems to me, he’s not just disgruntled, but hell bent on revenge.

capejasmine on February 22, 2011 at 10:31 AM

I mean, if Kitty Kelley can peddle her crap, this must really be a stinker!

cartooner on February 22, 2011 at 10:32 AM

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.

This seems odd. I’m certain it’s not as portrayed, but I wonder what is the story there. So she’s writing using some other name, to give her point of view. Not necessarily to praise herself, but she’s not going to dump on herself either. By the way, Cincy isn’t my real last name. I know, it’s a shock.

Paul-Cincy on February 22, 2011 at 10:32 AM

who speaks to Americans’ ugliest instincts.
bifidis on February 22, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Like right to life, 2nd Amendment protections, and fiscal responsibility and energy independence? What an ugly duckling, huh?

Limerick on February 22, 2011 at 10:33 AM

By the way, Cincy isn’t my real last name. I know, it’s a shock.

Paul-Cincy on February 22, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Whaaaaaaat? Well, I’ll be …

darwin on February 22, 2011 at 10:34 AM

The ad I got served with this post…

“Dress Up Sarah Palin – Free to Play”

Really guys, yer stretching the boundaries of taste to make a buck here, IMO.

ornery_independent on February 22, 2011 at 10:34 AM

“And it quotes her pledging to avoid appearing on any network other than Fox News, referring to the rest as “the bad guys.””

What’s wrong with that? :-)

KS Rex on February 22, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Her political career has been Borked.

NeighborhoodCatLady on February 22, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Right. She’s been a complete failure and utter non-factor since the ’08 election. Oh and her PAC can’t seem to raise a cent either. *snort*

Redneck Woman on February 22, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Chapter One: Sarah

I went to work for Sarah Palin because I found her extremely attractive. She was a strong woman and something inside compelled me to get closer. I still remember that fateful afternoon when alone, in her office, I professed my undying love for her. I thought she loved me too and was deeply hurt when she just looked at me and laughed. “Frank, you’re such a comedian” she said.

I was crushed. I didn’t know what to do so I started keeping her emails as sort of a reminder of the love I could have had if only Sarah hadn’t spurned me.

darwin on February 22, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Palin is an anti-intellectual fool who speaks to Americans’ ugliest instincts. She’s a bully, too. Her message is a dark, depressing, hopeless one, and she can’t even sell tickets to her own dog-and-pony shows any more.

Reload? OK, perhaps it’s time to arm the homeless.

bifidis on February 22, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Um, huh? What color is the sky on the planet you’re living on?

ornery_independent on February 22, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Co-author Number 1: Jeanne Devon (one of the gang of political shahid that have been assaulting the Palin family these past two years with false charges.) Co-author Number 2: Palin-obsessed Ken Morriss bid $100,000 for dinner with Palin but his bid was blocked for security reasons. The co-authors recently gave the draft to Joe McGinniss (the author that rented the house next to Palin) but, he leaked it to the press. He’s got his own book to come out..guess he didn’t want competition for book sales.

debg on February 22, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Um, huh? What color is the sky on the planet you’re living on?

ornery_independent on February 22, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Definitely not blue. Could bifidis really be Frank Bailey?

darwin on February 22, 2011 at 10:42 AM

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.

And that problem is not bad writing. Any book written by someone who imagines he once met Palin’s hairdresser, entitled “Palin Sucks,” and with 120 pages of text repeating those two words over and over again will still sell at least a few hundred thousand copies.

If publishers are avoiding this book like the plague, it’s because they’ve checked the facts and figured out this thing is a slam-dunk multi-billion dollar slander suit.

logis on February 22, 2011 at 10:43 AM

bifidiot on February 22,2011 at 10:30 AM

Duh, is this where I drop a load of repressed anger re:Sarah Palin? Yes? ‘Kay, thanks.

A Balrog of Morgoth on February 22, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Ho-hum. What’s there to tell-all about that we don’t know already? Everything bad about Palin is already out in plain sight by now. Unless he has something seriously big, this is just a sour-apples move.

Dark-Star on February 22, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Unless he has something seriously big, this is just a sour-apples move.

Dark-Star on February 22, 2011 at 10:46 AM

With dollar signs attached to it.

darwin on February 22, 2011 at 10:48 AM

bifidis on February 22, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Oh, look. We caught another one.

What’s the matter? Run out of candy? Puppy at the vet?

CurtZHP on February 22, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Isn’t “bifidis” some kind of colon bacteria?

darwin on February 22, 2011 at 10:48 AM

A politician caught red-handed trying to manage public perception. Wow! Imagine that, scandalous, simply scandalous.

WordsMatter on February 22, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Dark-Star on February 22, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Seriously. If the guy had any real dirt, it would have gotten 25/8 coverage on all the major networks two years ago. They’d still be talking about it.

CurtZHP on February 22, 2011 at 10:50 AM

“Really guys, yer stretching the boundaries of taste to make a buck here, IMO.
ornery_independent on February 22, 2011 at 10:34 AM”

Agreed, although I’m sure our hosts don’t have too much control over the individual targeted ads. It is kind of aggravating, tho – I saw one on this site the other day hawking t-shirts that had Sarah’s face & said “ignorance is bliss”. Grrrr…

KS Rex on February 22, 2011 at 10:50 AM

bifidis on February 22, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Every once in a while, these strays wander in from the street.

WordsMatter on February 22, 2011 at 10:51 AM

…And it quotes her pledging to avoid appearing on any network other than Fox News, referring to the rest as “the bad guys.”

What’s wrong with that? The liberal networks are our enemy. They hate Republicans and conservatives and want to destroy us.

I’d like to see all Republican party nominees for 2012 pledge to not appear on the old liberal networks. The sooner they go bankrupt, the sooner something better will replace them. Let’s nudge them over the edge.

slickwillie2001 on February 22, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Oprah’s giving up her talkshow, isn’t she? I’m surprised the networks haven’t offered her timeslot to this goon.

Kensington on February 22, 2011 at 10:51 AM

So is the real story that this remains unpublished? I bet the creep leering over the fence all summer get’s his book published right away.

Cindy Munford on February 22, 2011 at 10:52 AM

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.

Despite all the relentless bashing by the MSM, Sarah Palin herself had no problem selling her manuscript or her book. Maybe Frank Bailey can’t sell an anti-Palin book because of too much competition. He might need some advice in media whoring from Levi Johnston.

It’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.

With all the real persecution Sarah Palin endured, it wouldn’t be surprising if some of it got under her skin.

But whatever is in Frank Bailey’s book might not be “legit emails”, since it is a well-documented fact that someone hacked into Palin’s email account, and may have written false emails under Palin’s name.

Sarah Palin may not have the “gravitas” or personality needed to be President, but that has nothing to do with Frank Bailey. I just wonder, what would Margaret Thatcher or Angela Merkel (female leaders of their countries) have done if they were attacked as Sarah Palin has been? Perhaps Palin could learn from them…

Steve Z on February 22, 2011 at 10:55 AM

OT….Mo-Mo on live in Green Square

Limerick on February 22, 2011 at 10:56 AM

Seriously. If the guy had any real dirt, it would have gotten 25/8 coverage on all the major networks two years ago. They’d still be talking about it.

CurtZHP on February 22, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Exactly. Easy example: if he had ironclad proof on the whole who’s-Trig’s-mommy-conspiracy. They’d have been all over it.

My guess is that this doofus knows exactly two things that would damage Palin’s career – jack and squat.

Dark-Star on February 22, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Puzzles me…but why have there been no tell-all books written about Obama?
One would expect that who ever the public figure is there will be a “tell-all” or two about the person.
But there are none about Obama. (Or did I miss it?)

albill on February 22, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Why hasn’t the book been picked up? simple becaus eit is a package of lies, smears and slander. WITH no evidence whatso ever. It’s a he said, she said type of book that will open up the publisher to libel lawsuits. And make no mistake Palin will sue the publisher’s as* off. Because the writer has NO EVIDENCE. I am not supriised that ED and Hotair would pick up a typical ANTI-PALIN story and decide that even though nothing of the book can be linked to any evidence besides a disgruntled employyee with no evidence on his side who was privy to Palin’s internal emails and run with it.

what’s next Ed picking up the tabliod stuff about Levi? Or wait you and Allah already did that.

unseen on February 22, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Chapter Two: Scourned

After the bitter rejection from my soulmate, I immediately went home, kicked my dog, poured myself a tall glass of Boone’s Farm, and played with my blowup doll. After finishing with my blowup doll, I called my mommy on the phone and cried for an hour. Mommy consoled me and told me not to take it personally, as Sarah was an evil witch who wasn’t good enough for her baby boy anyway. Later, I stopped by mommy’s house; mommy gave me a warm bath and made me a ham sandwich. I love mommy.

The next day, I called Sarah to discuss my unrequited love for her. She was still laughing about my profession of undying love for her.

WordsMatter on February 22, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Dear God. How bad does this book have to suck if it can’t find a friendly liberal Palin-deranged publisher?

Frickin’ Levi Johnston has made a cottage industry from amateur Palin-hate … and this actual employee can’t even sell a tell-all?

Just two possibilities: 1) there an’t much to tell, or 2) he really, astoundingly sucks at the whole writing thing.

Professor Blather on February 22, 2011 at 11:03 AM

I wish there had been this much interest in Dear Leader’s background and habits before he got elected. With Palin, we know she was a point guard in high school, was a runner-up Miss Alaska, was a flutist, was a TV sportscaster, attended a bunch of colleges before graduating, eloped with her high school sweetheart, has five children, was mayor, was on the oil & gas thingy for her state, was governor, is a distance runner, blah, blah, blah. Comparatively speaking, we still don’t know who’s in the White House. I wonder why that is?

ncborn on February 22, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Chapter Three: The Plan

Mommy wanted me to come back and live with her but I knew she wouldn’t accept my blowup doll, “Sarah”. I needed something to help me pay the rent and get over this hole in my heart. Then it hit me … the emails!

I could write a book! Being as close to Sarah as I was (not close enough though), I decided on a plan that would make her come running back to me after I destroyed her chances of running for president.

darwin on February 22, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Nobody should be surprised, including the ‘Cuda herself. Her name drives news and it was only a matter of time before someone in her camp tried to make a buck off of her name.

search4truth on February 22, 2011 at 11:07 AM

I do find it amazing that a book that goes point by point and “confirms”/reinforces every liberal talking point about Palin with no evidence would get a featured post from Hotair.

I could see this crap from Kos but not from Hotair. Maybe I’m wrong in that belief.

And I do find it refreshing that all the antipalin people buy into those talking points lock, stock and barrel. I guess the old saying will be confirmed. Lay with dogs and you get fleas. The Antipalin people are getting fleas and making their candidates unacceptable to a vast majority of the GOP. If you want any proof to that conslusion look at the imposion of Mitt in the polls. His supporters have been bad mouthing Palin for 3 years now and he continues to bleed support. Christie’s supporters and Daniels supports should take life lessons form Mitt’s fall.

unseen on February 22, 2011 at 11:07 AM

CUDA

Metro on February 22, 2011 at 11:08 AM

I read the manuscript:

The book opens with an email Palin sent him in April 2009, she wrote “I hated this job”. I wonder why? Let’s see, she was hammered with 20 frivolous ethic complaints, her own legislators, from both parties I might add, were doing everything to take her out, she was sitting behind a desk shackled and her administration was compromised. Add to that her every move being scrutinized, the daily attacks on her, her family and her supporters. Her intelligence, motherhood, credibility and her record being questioned and distorted. Is anyone surprised that by April 2009 she hated the job? I know I would. At least she had the courage to resign eight weeks later and not drag her constituents down with her. Name another politician who after going through what she had would not hate that job? If only every politician that hated their jobs would just step down for the sake of their constituents.

Bailey goes on about her complaining about every little thing and how she constantly tried to find someone to blame. Newsflash: she’s a politician. That’s what they do. They’re all concerned about their image and their reputation. It’s not as if Obama doesn’t get ticked off with the stupid little things. The only politician that I know that truly didn’t care was GW Bush.

Bailey idolized her and put her on a pedestal and thought she was God or something. He thought she was flawless. He didn’t realize she was human and did what humans do. He felt let down when it became apparent she was human. Humans have bad days, occasionally let off some steam, have arguments with their spouses, and even get impatient with their children.

I also think Bailey had a crush on her and tried to walk on eggshells in order to never disappoint her. But he never got the same from her. For her, it was a professional relationship. For him, there was some fantasy and eventually lust turned to hate.

It also appears that Bailey couldn’t handle disagreement and if there was disagreement, he took it as if he was shut out from her circle.

As for when she allegedly hung up on Bristol, let’s assume that it did happen for the sake of argument. I have 4 kids and trust me, I’ve done that many times. I love my kids and in most cases, I’ll drop everything for them. But come on, sometimes you’re busy with something and your kid bugs you and you just want to hang up. The guy takes the challenges that we all encounter as humans and tries to turn her into a monster.

Nearly all of her supporters recognize she’s a human being that can make mistakes and has bad days. We support her because we believe in her principles, we believe in what she stands for, and we believe that she would put the nation on the right track. For Bailey, it was more than that. He got caught up in idolizing her and lusting for her. When he realized she’s just human and felt rejected, all his beliefs were shattered and everything human she’s ever done suddenly became evil acts.

A common theme in the book is how Bailey did pretty much everything. I did this, I did that. “I taught her how to type, I taught her how to copy and paste and I taught her how to send an email”. Bailey believes the without him the entire system would have collapsed. Bailey is convinced that he’s the brains behind Palin and it should be him making all the money and not her.

This book is more a story of his obsession than a story of anything she did wrong.

More here and here

Sheya on February 22, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Frank Baily should not be allowed to refer to himself as a man from now on. I mean, a real man makes his own way in the world. Writing a tattle tale book, going after a woman, trying to make money off her accomplishments? I wonder if he thinks this is a respectable way to make a living.

Dongemaharu on February 22, 2011 at 11:12 AM

This book is more a story of his obsession than a story of anything she did wrong.

More here and here

Sheya on February 22, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Thanks

darwin on February 22, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Sheya on February 22, 2011 at 11:08 AM

You are going down the wrong track. you are accepting his points has truthful. Can you point to any evidence that Palin hated her job. You try to defend why she would hate her job. I question the entire concept that she did. Is the emial true or fiction. did the writer make up the email or did Palin write it herself. He had her passwords and access to her email. Any email that he cites could or could not be from “her” He could just as easily wrote the email and sent it to his email account. Then deleted the email from her sent folder. Palin would never have know the email in question was written.

this is why the publisher will not pick up the book. He has no proof that the emails in question are real. There is nothing to support his claims. By defending the claims you are giving weight to those claims. Until I see supporting evidence of those claims they are bogus.

unseen on February 22, 2011 at 11:16 AM

This clip pretty much sums it up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IONlkLKErI

Sheya on February 22, 2011 at 11:17 AM

I wish there had been this much interest in Dear Leader’s background and habits before he got elected…. Comparatively speaking, we still don’t know who’s in the White House. I wonder why that is?
ncborn on February 22, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Are you kidding? We know absolutely EVERYTHING that Obama says we need to know about his background.

A) His father had dreams from [sic] something or other, and

B) Hope is (or can be) audatious (or something.)

If that isn’t enough information for you, then maybe you need a little re-education.

logis on February 22, 2011 at 11:21 AM

What’s wrong with that? The liberal networks are our enemy. They hate Republicans and conservatives and want to destroy us.

While it is true that they are “the bad guys”, a serious GOP candidate for president still has to enter the lion’s den every now and again. If they JUST appear on Fox News, it opens them up to criticism that they’re only interested in a free ride from friendly media. Imagine if Obama decided to only appear on MSNBC programs.

Is it a catch 22? Yes. But that is how it is. You have to win over people other than your base. And you can argue over how to do that (should they be more moderate, centrist, etc), but I don’t think this issue is that debatable. You have to be willing to leave your comfort zone, even knowing that the other media may be openly hostile to you. Because those not in the base know that people like Sean Hannity is not going to be asking Palin tough questions. And she needs tough questions asked, if she wants to break the narrative formed of her.

Vyce on February 22, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Gee, Palin refused to appear on any network but Fox News. I wonder why. Do you think Media Malpractice by John Ziegler might have had something to do with it?

Hang Palin up by her thumbs for committing such an outrage against the Big 3 and CNN.

technopeasant on February 22, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Nearly all of her supporters recognize she’s a human being that can make mistakes and has bad days.

Heh heh heh. Well, I wouldn’t make such an assertion about her fans here at HA, at least.

Vyce on February 22, 2011 at 11:26 AM

unseen

I’m not conceding that it’s truthful, he probably made many things up. Many of the emails just don’t sound like her. But even if we are to assume that it is true. Palin is a human being and has bad days, so what if she wrote an email saying she hated her job, can anyone blame her. Hey I sometimes hate my job too as we all do. Remember this is a guy she “trusted” and sometimes confided in, so she sent him a couple of emails on bad days. The guy takes the usual things we all do as human beings and spins them to make her look evil.

Sheya on February 22, 2011 at 11:26 AM

While it is true that they are “the bad guys”, a serious GOP candidate for president still has to enter the lion’s den every now and again.

Vyce on February 22, 2011 at 11:22 AM

If I’m not mistaken she’s contractually restricted from appearing on other news outlets. If she were to run for president that restriction would be lifted.

darwin on February 22, 2011 at 11:30 AM

So let’s see. the writer of this “book” contends that Palin

1) hated her job and couldn’t wait to “cash in”
2) placed form above substance
3) was unethical
4) was aher own sockpuppet
5) Wanted to hide out at Foxnews because the other news states were too tough
6) was dirty and dishonest with the RGA ad that won her the GOVenership of AK
7) abused her power with troopergate
8) insert the KOS talking point of your choice.

Stop me if you heard these attacks before…..nothign but repackaged attacks. The elft has nothing on Gov Palin they are now reduced to using outdated, old attacks on her repackaged from a different outlet. Most of these attacks have been throughly discredited over the years. With supporting evidence not just a he said/she said crap. And People like ED post as if this is something new.

If all the lef thas is repackaged attacks that means Gov Palin has been flawless over the last 2 years and they got nothing.

unseen on February 22, 2011 at 11:30 AM

He had her passwords and access to her email. Any email that he cites could or could not be from “her” He could just as easily wrote the email and sent it to his email account. Then deleted the email from her sent folder.

Yeah, I wouldn’t try arguing this theory. It’s possible, perhaps even plausible, but reeks too much of conspiracy theory. And it’s not overly persuasive, given a few too many of you Palinistas pull the boy-who-cried-wolf act by arguing every negative poll on her is tainted / biased. Ed’s argument of “this is a nothing story from a disgruntled employee” is much better.

BTW, people, don’t bust Ed’s chops for publishing this post. Google News had over 260 articles about this story as of 10 am this morning, so it IS a big story making the rounds today.

Vyce on February 22, 2011 at 11:32 AM

technopeasant on February 22, 2011 at 11:25 AM

or it could be that foxnews was the one that won the bidding for her contract. Just like foxnews won the bidding on Hannity and BOR and thus they can not appear on CNN and MSNBC….

See how that capitalism crap works. Pay someone enough and they only appear on your cable station….

unseen on February 22, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Bailey goes on about her complaining about every little thing and how she constantly tried to find someone to blame. Newsflash: she’s a politician. That’s what they do. They’re all concerned about their image and their reputation. It’s not as if Obama doesn’t get ticked off with the stupid little things. The only politician that I know that truly didn’t care was GW Bush.

Sheya…I don’t think a statement like this is true and just because Bailey says this and more doesn’t make it so. I wish we would not make excuses until we know if Sarah actually said this stuff or not. Not knockimg what you say just that it’s obvious the guy is trying to make a buck and has gone to the most well known and deranged Palin haters for help. That is why he can’t sell it! I mean Jeanne Devon of Mudflats??? Even I know who that hatefilled b!tch is!

CCRWM on February 22, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Sarah Palin has been dragged through the coals, and through the mud as well, by many more talented people than this turkey. And she’s still intact and moving forward.

You may like her or you may not, but you should at least give her this: Name one other potential presidential candidate, on either side, that has been examined this carefully, or who could withstand this sort of mistreatment, or for that matter, hold up under even a traditional vetting.

bofh on February 22, 2011 at 11:35 AM

If I’m not mistaken she’s contractually restricted from appearing on other news outlets. If she were to run for president that restriction would be lifted.
darwin on February 22, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Fair enough. I thought she did take positive steps a while back by appearing on GMA and working on a piece with the NYT.

Vyce on February 22, 2011 at 11:36 AM

“I hate this damn job.”

Has Bailey ever heard of the word FRUSTRATION?

Haven’t we all hated our jobs occasionally?

Does that mean we will not try our best to do a good job or slough off? Does it mean that we don’t consider our job as important as we always have? Can anyone really like his or her job if you have to fire someone?

Hey context is important and also what led up to the supposed outburst.

Lately, do you think Tiger Woods might hate playing professional golf when he shoots 75 in the final round of a tournament?

technopeasant on February 22, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Sheya on February 22, 2011 at 11:08 AM

You are going down the wrong track. you are accepting his points has truthful. Can you point to any evidence that Palin hated her job. You try to defend why she would hate her job. I question the entire concept that she did. Is the emial true or fiction. did the writer make up the email or did Palin write it herself. He had her passwords and access to her email. Any email that he cites could or could not be from “her” He could just as easily wrote the email and sent it to his email account. Then deleted the email from her sent folder. Palin would never have know the email in question was written.

this is why the publisher will not pick up the book. He has no proof that the emails in question are real. There is nothing to support his claims. By defending the claims you are giving weight to those claims. Until I see supporting evidence of those claims they are bogus.

unseen on February 22, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Exactly… I don’t accept anything, that anyone who associates with such well known Palin haters says!

CCRWM on February 22, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Remember this is a guy she “trusted” and sometimes confided in, so she sent him a couple of emails on bad days. The guy takes the usual things we all do as human beings and spins them to make her look evil.

Sheya on February 22, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Well that just helps to indict him as even more despicable and dishonorable…

CCRWM on February 22, 2011 at 11:43 AM

CCRWM

I don’t think a statement like this is true and just because Bailey says this and more doesn’t make it so.

I agree, My analysis is not to those who stand with her my analysis is intended to those who will take his word for it. my point is that even for the sake of the argument that everything he says is true, he’s got nothing on her, nothing that’s unusual and nothing nobody else doesn’t do.

The guy betrayed a trust, so everything he says is questionable. I touched on the points that the LSM picked up and are spinning.

Sheya on February 22, 2011 at 11:43 AM

But even if we are to assume that it is true
Sheya on February 22, 2011 at 11:26 AM

I understand your contention. I think it is the wrong track to go down. Yes even if she wrote it it doesn’t really floor anyone. I agree.

However, there is enough evidence to suggest that some if not all of the emails that the write cite is bogus. It you accept one you accept all. I question all the emails and until he can proove that they are Palin’s then I don’t think we should start defending the emails as her having a “bad day” etc. Prove to me the emails are real first before we get into the defending of the content of the emails. I do find it highly unlikely that the emails in question would line up point by point with left wings talking points. I do find reason and motive for the writer to make up the emails to “sell his book” I do not see any evidence like video, hand written notes (which we all know Palin writes) histroical facts, figures, other inner circle people agreeing with the writer etc to even begin to think this book is base don anything but fantasy.

I do see the publisher unwillingness to pick up this book as evidence for my contention that the emails are fake.

Do not give the left favors and defend the content of the emails. Screw it at this point I need strong evidence that the “claims” are real to even begin to debate the “merits” of the claims.

This is what the left has done for the last two years and you are enabling them. they make up a bogus story like the rape kits and Palin supporters debate the merits of making someone pay for a rape kit before the entire concept of the story is shown to be false.

Just call the book what it is. Smears, slanders lies based on more lies and false evidence.

The writer has not risen to the level needed to show his “evidence” is indeed fact so we as supporters should no rise to the bait by debating his central claims.

unseen on February 22, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Vyce on February 22, 2011 at 11:22 AM

While you have a point, could you kindly point out a few links to interviews & debates on Fox by the Democratic candidates leading up to 2008?

Since serious candidates don’t avoid hostile networks & all…

/s

cs89 on February 22, 2011 at 11:45 AM

If he can’t get published, I think it says that even liberals can’t stand whiney, egg-sucking losers.

Tennman on February 22, 2011 at 11:46 AM

BTW, people, don’t bust Ed’s chops for publishing this post. Google News had over 260 articles about this story as of 10 am this morning, so it IS a big story making the rounds today.

Vyce on February 22, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Yeah and the birther stories get a lot of play too. Ed doesn’t rush to print on those stories now does he?

unseen on February 22, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Oh, and this book confirms to me the wisdom of Palin keeping her “inner circle” small for a while. We’ll have to watch and see if she can expand it to the staffing needed for a national run (if she runs) without picking up too many “Baileys” in the process.

cs89 on February 22, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Yeah and the birther stories get a lot of play too. Ed doesn’t rush to print on those stories now does he?

unseen on February 22, 2011 at 11:46 AM

So he picks one variety of idiot over another. Your point?

Dark-Star on February 22, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Unseen
See my comment above.
I’m not talking to people like you who think like me. Unfortunately there are people who ARE buying into all this crap. We need to show people the other side of the coin. Otherwise we’re just letting the media build up a narrative.

For too long the media has raised the bar for Palin like they’ve never done to any other politician. For other politicians it’s always “Oh they just did a human thing” with Palin however it’s always she’s bad she’s evil.

All I’m asking is for her to be treated with the same respect and given the benefit of doubts they do with everyone else.

Sheya on February 22, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Your point?

Dark-Star on February 22, 2011 at 11:50 AM

the point is you have to ask yourself why he picks one tabloid story over another. The MSM has taught me to notice which stories they pick up and which stories they run with to determine their agenda. Hotair is no different. Ed and Allah have failed to link or comment on the grea tinterview and glowing reviews Palin earned form her long island appearance. Yet they quickly latach on to the tabliod stuff. Much like Ace. It is an attempt to shape the news and views that Palin is nothing but Tabloid fodder.

It might be a wothwhile point if others understood that news is more than a matter of the what is in the stories and instead concentrate on which stories are reported and the reason why.

unseen on February 22, 2011 at 11:55 AM

If publishers are avoiding this book like the plague, it’s because they’ve checked the facts and figured out this thing is a slam-dunk multi-billion dollar slander suit.

logis on February 22, 2011 at 10:43 AM

For every “tidbit” the author writes about Palin, the backstory might be that there are 5-10 persons who were “in the room” who saw it differently. Besides none of these people who wrote the book have any credibility, journalistic or otherwise.

Speaking of McGinnis, Palin’s temp neighbor from last summer, wouldn’t it be hysterical if his book turns out to be a positive piece on Palin! One never knows – and he (or his publisher) might be smart enough to think that a nice, human interest story on Palin may sell more books than a hit piece.

Amjean on February 22, 2011 at 11:56 AM

All I’m asking is for her to be treated with the same respect and given the benefit of doubts they do with everyone else.

Sheya on February 22, 2011 at 11:52 AM

I agree the double standard is there. and I understand the desire to fight that double standard but the media will do what they do. feeding into the “truth” of the claims defending those claims simply leads to more stories.

a simple “the stories are a fevered imagination of a nutcase with fianical and personal reasons and the ability to make crap up” should put the story to bed.

I am done defending the liberals claims and I am done treating they with any type of editorial integertiy.

They have to prove their claims are even worht a rebuttle before I rise to defend those claims.

I simply think your approach is what has caused the misinformation about Palin to gain foothold. Once you accept the narrative and defend the narrative you give wings to that narrative.

Deny the narrative and call out the liars and haters.

unseen on February 22, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Sheya on February 22, 2011 at 11:52 AM

This is what I am talking about. I proven lie in the book. the writer made up crap. Why when lies like this that are easliy proven as lies, ar ein the book should we even be debating any other part of the book.?

In his quest for publication, from the get-go, Bailey plays fast and loose with the facts, by alleging that Palin made a political appointment to the state Supreme Court as personal payoff. The former staffer claims that the governor appointed a pro-choice judge rather than pro-lifer to the state Supreme Court for ruling in her sister’s favor in her custody dispute with state trooper Mike Wooten.

The dispute between Wooten and his then wife, Molly, Palin’s sister, resulted in the “Trooper-Gate” scandal, which was concocted by DNC operatives in the media to derail the 2008 McCain-Palin campaign. The fact is, both of the judges eligible for the appointment to the court were pro-choice, and the one Palin ultimately selected was never assigned to her sister’s custody case.

http://leftcoastledger.wordpress.com/2011/02/21/palin-staffer-sells-out-for-the-big-bucks/

unseen on February 22, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Unseen
This story was trending on Yahoo and Google all day yesterday. CNN had multiple segments, all this before C4P wrote the first post. It’s unfortunate that we have to fight back, it’s a dirty job but someone has to do it. (oops “did I say dirty job”?)

We’re not accepting any narratives it’s not us that are giving them wings. They are out there whether we like it or not. Ignoring them would be conceding defeat.

Though I understand your argument and it’s a matter of debate, a debate no one can really win because we can never know which path is the appropriate one. We all do what we think will help and hope that someday one of our methods or actions will bear fruit.

LOL. I don’t think I’ve ever commented so much in one HA post. Oh well there has to be a first for everything.

Sheya on February 22, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Yeah and the birther stories get a lot of play too. Ed doesn’t rush to print on those stories now does he?

unseen on February 22, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Please, whine more.

If you’re not crying about AP, you’re complaining about Ed’s Palin posts. Honestly, why do you even visit this blog? Contrary to popular belief, HotAir isn’t in the business of making every post a shrine to Sarah Palin.

It’s a valid story.

You-Eh-Vee on February 22, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Gratitude is one of the most important and least common human emotions.

The world is full of ungrateful bastards out to stick a knife in their own mother’s back. I learned that at my Mother’s knee and have since seen it too many times to count.

TheBigOldDog on February 22, 2011 at 12:31 PM

…A common theme in the book is how Bailey did pretty much everything. I did this, I did that. “I taught her how to type, I taught her how to copy and paste and I taught her how to send an email”. Bailey believes the without him the entire system would have collapsed. Bailey is convinced that he’s the brains behind Palin and it should be him making all the money and not her.

This book is more a story of his obsession than a story of anything she did wrong.

Sheya on February 22, 2011 at 11:08 AM

He taught her how to type?! So he was typing up all those essays she surely had to write in pursuit of her journalism degree?!

I think not.

I’ve read a good portion of Sarah’s writings on FB and elsewhere, and IMO, she is a very good writer. I’ve never even found a typo on her FB posts, a place where proper grammar and spelling are optional.

ornery_independent on February 22, 2011 at 12:33 PM

We all do what we think will help and hope that someday one of our methods or actions will bear fruit.

LOL. I don’t think I’ve ever commented so much in one HA post. Oh well there has to be a first for everything.

Sheya on February 22, 2011 at 12:15 PM

true that I like most your posts on C4P. Infact I have posted a couple on Free republic and linked them here also.

I just for the life of me see no good in debating the writers claims. Esp when large parts of the book are proven lies. the more people defend something the more people see there is something there to defend IMO. I guess we will have to agree to disagree on this.

unseen on February 22, 2011 at 12:33 PM

You-Eh-Vee on February 22, 2011 at 12:20 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

If he can’t get published, I think it says that even liberals can’t stand whiney, egg-sucking losers.
Tennman on February 22, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Sorry to bust your little bubble there, but nothing could possibly be further from the truth.

If anyone could publish this book, of course you can bet your ass they would publish it.

But as long as no one officially publishes the book, liberals can QUOTE the lies indefinitely, and not be subject to slander laws.

logis on February 22, 2011 at 12:35 PM

I learned that at my Mother’s knee and have since seen it too many times to count.

TheBigOldDog on February 22, 2011 at 12:31 PM

LOL….hopefully it wasn’t firsthand experience and your mother is safe….

unseen on February 22, 2011 at 12:35 PM

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