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Yet another Unmaking of Sarah Palin
on May 28, 2011
This book, by some of Palin's closest confidantes, tells the story (via a multi-year trail of her emails currently being legally contested) of how her accumulation of power changed her. She apparently acquired, and then used her power like a blunt instrument; wielding it through fear, cowardice, betrayals, and organizational chaos. That is, by "kicking up enough rightwing fairy dust" to bootstrap her way up to the next higher job, leaving in her wake a trail of unfinished business and a lot of angry voters, ex-friends and associates.
The email trail uncovered by these authors is powerful testimony to how little "real" managerial skill and experience Palin actually has exhibited over the course of four high-level jobs. However on her resume of "devious in-fighting," lying and betrayal, she comes out as a world-class bureaucratic manipulator.
The Palin signature appears to be "suck your friends in;" and as soon as they are not looking, stab them in the back, and then move on to the next highest job. So far this vicious invocation of the infamous "Peter Principle" has served her well. She has proven to be an expert at parlaying meager talents - basically a photogenic face and a knack for schoolgirl schmoozing -- into jobs that are all well above any of her demonstrated abilities?
The book also tracks the authors own evolution: from one smitten by the Palin mystique and message "to shake up the system for the Christian Right," and from the outside, to one of complete and utter disillusionment with Palin's incompetence, lying, treachery and reliance on fear and organizational chaos as her preferred way of keeping her troupes in line.
Although, I am about as far from being a Palin lover as one can get, I still question the integrity of authors who jump ship just in time to cash in on the Palin phenomenon. It smacks of using Palin's own tactics of "riding the train" until the riding gets rough, and then jumping the tracks to saddle the next easiest pony.
After reviewing Palin's own illiterate monstrosity, "Going Rogue," Jeff Dunn's excellent book about Palin's penchant for lying, I am going to take a break from the "Ice Diva," as she prepares to make a run for the presidency in 2012.
[Are we at the bottom of this slippery slope yet? God help America!] Three Stars