I have this week just finished Joe McGinniss' excellent book, The Rogue: Searching For the Real Sarah Palin. I will tell you this, just to begin: If Joe is to be believed, and I think he is, since his journalistic integrity score measure (JISM) is pretty high (the man wrote Fatal Vision, The Selling of the President 1968, and gave back a million bucks rather than write about OJ - though there is this to consider), whatever your current opinion of Sarah Palin is, it'll be lower once you read this book. Mine certainly was.
I'd like to give that the weight it deserves. To repeat: My opinion of Sarah Palin was lowered by the information in this book. Previous to reading this book, I wrote this. And this. And perhaps most damnable, this. And if you read closely, I mention her every few days or so like a dying person mentions the rash that started this whole death thing in the first place. So I pretty much hated Sarah, but I thought it was just because I disagreed with her about everything and that she was an idiot and a liar.
But it's worse. She's a fake and a bully and an opportunist and a crazy religious person, too. It's like the fuckwit combo plate. "Excuse me, waiter? I'd like the Fuckwit Combo Plate." "An excellent choice, sir, we call that the Palin Plate. Would you like that with extra bullshit on the side?" As if there were really a choice in the matter. There is so much bullshit, and it goes everywhere. She's much worse than you imagine. Why? Her lack of matrimonial and parenting skills coupled with her habits of cutting people loose once she's done with them would seem to indicate that she's some kind of sociopath, incapable of forming actual personal relationships. She changed colleges five times to escape people of color, then fucked Glen Rice when she got a chance. She's a Dominionist, just like Prick Perry and Michelle Batshit and given years of research, Joe STILL couldn't put to bed the Trigg Conspiracy. Because you can't. It's too weird, and not enough information is available.
On top of everything else, she vomits hypocrisy upon us, and we can't remember that it is hypocrisy, because we can't remember the thing she said before she did the thing that directly contradicts it. Read the book - I recommend it. It's going to be something we need again in 2012 when she runs for real, hoping that we've forgotten about all the stuff in it, too.