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Palin Going Rogue: An American Laughingstock

By October 1, 2009

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Sarah Pailn Going Rogue With Sarah Palin's memoir due out next month, comedians are already chomping at the bit in anticipation of the return of their favorite political punch line.

"This week Sarah Palin's memoir became a bestseller. It's not even out yet. It's been translated in English." --Bill Maher (Watch video clip)

"Sarah Palin's 400-page memoir is going to be released on November 17th, and it's called 'Going Rogue: An American Life.' And critics say that it starts out okay, it get's really exciting and then confusing, and then the last 100 pages are blank." --Jimmy Fallon

"The book costs $24.99, but it has a $5,000 jacket." --Jimmy Fallon

"People in Alaska are looking forward to Sarah Palin's memoir. They're already calling it 'The Book to Nowhere.'" --David Letterman

"Sarah Palin's new autobiography doesn't come out until November, but it is already No. 1 on Amazon. And if you go to the website, it says, 'People who bought this book also bought no other books in their entire life.'" --Jimmy Fallon

Sarah Pailn Book Going Rogue "They say she finished the book ahead of schedule so they moved the release date up to November 17th. So, turns out she can finish something." --Jimmy Kimmel

"It's a big, huge book. But when you go into the store, you can use that big book to step up so you can reach a better book." --David Letterman

"But the book has got a lot of beautiful color photos that Sarah has taken from her front porch -- beautiful pictures of Russia that she took from her front porch." --David Letterman

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David Letterman's Top Ten Sarah Palin Tips For Writing A Book

10. Close curtains so you don't get distracted by Russia.
9. Increase vocabulary -- use words like "slanket."
8. First buy yourself 100-grand worth of writing outfits.
7. Don't write a word until the check clears.
6. Limit yourself to one "you betcha" per chapter.
5. You can never have enough stories about ice fishing or killing things with your bare hands.
4. When in doubt, just type (wink).
3. Don't let writing cut into attending "Fire Letterman" rallies.
2. Have a book translated for sale to European countries like London.
1. I'll try to find ya some tips and I'll bring 'em to ya!

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October 2, 2009 at 1:10 am
(1) lesliers says:

Only reason they make fun of her is that they cannot compete with her brains and accomplishments.

October 2, 2009 at 1:34 am
(2) Bob Leathers says:

Scares you idiots, doesn’t she? I spent a little less than 3 years in Alaska – The Last Frontier. Had to return to the lower 48 with a great admiration of those who live there.
She scares you because she speaks the TRUTH.

October 2, 2009 at 5:10 am
(3) Nicholas says:

You’re not supposed to compete with idiots…they drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

October 2, 2009 at 6:53 am
(4) Speed says:

You are the laughingstock

October 2, 2009 at 7:44 am
(5) razl says:

Wow, never a mention of her politics, positions, or the issues. Just a relentlessly echoed drumbeat of jokes and nonsense.

Your side really is scared, aren’t you?

October 2, 2009 at 8:03 am
(6) Sarah Fitzpatrick says:

All those so called “comedians” not even close to Bob Hope or George Burns, just wish they had the know how and following of Sarah Palin. They are small minded want to bes.

October 2, 2009 at 9:13 am
(7) Henry D says:

While I thought the jokes were kinda funny, the comments above mine are hilarious.

October 2, 2009 at 9:47 am
(8) Seven says:

Meanwhile, French President Sarkozy believes Barrack Obama is naive and arrogant, Italian Prime Minister Burlusconi mentions visiting the beach recently with the Obamas to work on his tan, and the old pervert “comedian” on CBS’ roster is being himself in exemplifying the typical “values” (or mental illness) of the average liberal.

October 2, 2009 at 10:59 am
(9) Alex says:

How dumb do you have to be to think Sarah Palin is smart?

October 2, 2009 at 11:52 am


October 2, 2009 at 1:11 pm
(11) John Garrett says:

How amazingly stupid of you to use DAVID LETTERMAN as a proxy for your insults against Sarah Palin! Could your timing be worse given Letterman’s recent admission of ADULTRY and the fact that Sarah Palin’s book is the NUMBER ONE SELLING BOOK ON AMAZON AND ITS NOT EVEN OUT YET! Could anyone look more foolish, ignorant, humiliated or just plain stupid? Except for Obama’s Olympic bid that is!

October 2, 2009 at 1:21 pm
(12) Mike says:

Sarah Palin represents the worst of America.
She is a bigot hiding behind a phony religious facade while she incites hatred and resentment.

She is a quitter and a loser. But give her credit for trying to cash in on her celebrity.

October 2, 2009 at 2:14 pm
(13) tg says:

Here is a copy-paste from merriam-webster.com…. Can’t write comedy this good.

Main Entry: 1rogue
Pronunciation: \ˈrōg\
Function: noun
Etymology: origin unknown
Date: 1561

1 : vagrant, tramp
2 : a dishonest or worthless person : scoundrel
3 : a mischievous person : scamp
4 : a horse inclined to shirk or misbehave
5 : an individual exhibiting a chance and usually inferior biological variation

— rogu·ish \ˈrō-gish\ adjective

— rogu·ish·ly adverb

— rogu·ish·ness noun

October 2, 2009 at 2:26 pm
(14) Independant says:

Cant wait to support her and watch you yamer “thats not what I meant, said, ok I’m gay”. Twenty syas bucks she kicks the crap out of Obama and what ever the Republican party throws her way. She will be the next POTUS.

October 2, 2009 at 3:02 pm
(15) lokay5 says:

Sarah Palin is brilliant. Don’t misunderestimate her abilities.

October 2, 2009 at 3:26 pm
(16) Colonius says:

Love the Rogue definition. Any doubt that she came up with it because she thought it sort of took “maverick” to the next level?

What are the suggestions for her next self-identifying metaphors? I’ll proffer the obvious: “Scoundrel,” or how about “Vagabond”?

October 2, 2009 at 3:32 pm
(17) Colonius says:

BTW, I just watched the movie Informant! last night. I’m trying to avoid doing a spoiler here, but caveat emptor, this might be a bit of a spoiler.

Matt Damon’s character’s psychology sure reminds me of my impressions of Palin, from the first time I heard her speak right up to the present.

October 2, 2009 at 3:46 pm
(18) Colonius says:

“You’re not supposed to compete with idiots…they drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” [Nicholas]

Interesting quote, I looked at several times … almost sounds like one of those great pithy sayings like “when all the experts say it can’t be done, get someone who doesn’t know the subject to do it and they figure out a way” … except actually it seems to say the opposite … but how do idiots beat you with experience? Are you saying people who look like idiots are really steeped in the wisdom of experience but you can’t tell because when they somehow still seem to be idiots and when they talk they don’t know anything (ref: Palin)?

She’s so smart … they’re already afraid to book her speaking engagements http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/30/palin-lectures-not-sellin_n_304020.html because of her lack of coherence … well, just refer to to the webster definition of “Rogue” again.

October 2, 2009 at 3:51 pm
(19) Fred says:

Only liberals are laughing at Sarah Palin. And even they have that panicky look about the eye. Me thinks their laughter is them “whistling past the graveyard”.

It seems nothing they do, none of the millions of lies, inuendoes, and false rumors they broadcast about her slows her down in the least. How many times has the left proclaimed her “dead and buried”: 10, 100, 1000 times? But she keeps coming on like an unstoppable tsunami, a tsunami that will roll right over them in 2012. They are scared.

October 2, 2009 at 5:42 pm
(20) RQF says:

There was a mistake in the title of Palin’s book, it is supposed to be “Palin Going Rouge”, story about her time putting on rouge lipstick, and then putting the lipstick on a pig. Kind of a comedy.

October 2, 2009 at 5:50 pm
(21) Fred says:

That NY Post article about no one wanting to book her speeches is obviously another of the many lies liberal pundits invent concerning Sarah Palin. Godalmighty, liberals are pathetic.

October 2, 2009 at 6:36 pm
(22) DON says:





The only thing that slows down Palin is her talking, and also having to serve her time in office.

October 2, 2009 at 7:56 pm
(23) wnaegele says:

If you hear a lot of laughter, Bozo, it’s Palin on the way to the bank…

October 2, 2009 at 9:18 pm
(24) Burbank Sam says:

Wouldn’t this cover be more appropriate:


October 2, 2009 at 9:18 pm
(25) bob says:

The humor in this situation is that this Palin woman is being constantly derided and attacked by all the mainstream media, political commentators and Dems. and liberal slimy Repubs. If she is such a lightweight,why so many attacks??

October 2, 2009 at 10:14 pm
(26) Colonius says:

Comments on the roguish Palin and her marketed appeal — by no means to be underestimated as “lightweight” — these comments are just attempts to educate the most easily gulled amongst us. Not attacks.

Palin’s appeal is to those who need the most simplistic sort of explanations to the world’s problems, disregarding common sense or logic.

Viewing all criticism as “attacks” is another example of simplistic reduction of all discourse to black vs white, friendly vs attackers, status quo health insurance versus “death panels” (sheesh), the list goes on.

People respond with reasonable skepticism, and they’re “panicky”? Sorry, not exactly panicking here.

OTOH, if I were a family member responsible for her future mental health care bills, I would be feeling a bit panicky. Well, let’s hope she hangs on to her windfalls.

October 2, 2009 at 11:19 pm
(27) Penny Pingleton says:

Thank you for prominently featuring the illustrious David Letterman in your cheap hit piece .. Your timing could not be better. “Consider the source” is apt advice in this case.

October 3, 2009 at 12:01 am
(28) Roger says:

I remember when Walter Mondale was vice president and he was asked who he and Jimmy Carter wanted to run against and he said give us Ronald Reagan please and most ever other DEM. They said he was stupid,dumb,a moron and im sure a few other choise words and lo and behold and who would of thunk it two landslides back to back. Sarah 2012 you betcha

October 3, 2009 at 1:07 am
(29) Mark says:

sure it’s funny and it’s easy to show the primary definitions of rogue and get your giggles… but the problem with all you liberal-types is that you KNOW that’s not the real intent of the word for her book, but you are hoping that all the rest of us “dumb hayseeds” out here won’t understand that and that we’ll read your definitions and think, “wow, Sarah really did do stupid there din’t she, uh, huh!” while we spit tobacco in a cup.

Well I got news for you, most of us are just a bit sharper than that…. here’s the definition she’s going for… but all you liberals just keep yucking it up.

1. unorthodox and unpredictable: acting independently and using unorthodox methods that are unpredictable and are likely to cause trouble

and guess what… she is causing trouble… for all you libs!

October 3, 2009 at 12:07 pm
(30) Maple Sugar Momma says:

Sarah Palin was smart to leave politics for the lecture circuit. She’s never going to be a good governor, but as an involuntary comedienne she’s a hoot.

And she’ll do far less damage this way.

October 3, 2009 at 4:05 pm
(31) Colonius says:

Sarah 2012 … the Mayan Calendar … Now I am starting to feel anxious. ; )

Seriously, with the economy as devastated as it is from the past 8.5 years, things could be so bad in 2012 that the country might be desperate for a different leader. Palin would be about as different as you can get. This is a real possible scenario. I think it’s the only way she could run and not lose by a landslide, but it’s a very possible scenario.

So she would be in charge of taking the country out of dire straits. Anyone care to comment on how she would do that?

October 3, 2009 at 7:52 pm
(32) Mikee says:

That’s right rubes. Buy her book. She has either failed (election) or quit (governor) all the major challenges. But she looks good and says all the things that the weak and beaten down Republicans want to hear to give them hope that they will get back in power (they won’t). She will use your money to buy clothes and live a lavish lifestyle while laughing all the way to the bank. Meanwhile no additional victories for the impotent Republicans in 2010 and Obama gets reelected in 2012.

November 13, 2009 at 12:08 pm
(33) John says:

This discussion is both very sad and very scary.

Why would anyone, and I really mean anyone, let someone do something that they simply cannot do at the risk of someone getting hurt. Would you let a person that is not a pilot and does not know how to fly, fly a 747 with several hundred humans on board. I assume not, as it would literally end up being a “train wreck”.

So my question is why anyone in their right mind would consider letting Ms. Palin “fly” 300 million Americans. She herself realized that she was not fit for the job of governing people, which is why she stepped down as governor. A responsible thing to do. Props to Ms. Palin for this realization and doing the right/ patriotic thing.

There are many well educated, intelligent, and reasonable Republicans. So my question remains, how any American could want Ms. Palin to be president.

a scared and sad John

November 13, 2009 at 7:20 pm
(34) JT in CG says:

Main Entry: 2rogue
Function: intransitive verb
Inflected Form(s): rogued; rogu·ing or rogue·ing
Date: 1766
: to weed out inferior, diseased, or nontypical individuals from a crop plant or a field

November 16, 2009 at 11:41 am
(35) jim says:

Comment no. 20 is the best one. Thanks RQF!

November 20, 2009 at 7:27 pm
(36) Hans Schulte says:

Rogue is used as an adjective in Palin’s book, idiot. Not as a noun. As in no longer belonging, or accepted and hence not controllable or answerable; deviating, renegade: a rogue cop.

November 22, 2009 at 4:33 am
(37) Missionary says:

He who laughs last, laugh best…..And SHE will Laugh last!

November 23, 2009 at 4:07 am
(38) David says:

I can not believe my eyes, some posters believe this woman is intelligent and will be president.

The closest to the white house she’ll get is to clean the toilets.

She has zero intellect. repeat things like a parrot without knowing what they mean.

She was giving a speech after memorizing about 20 pages, after 2 minutes of reading , she said, ” see page 14″ not knowing it’s a reference to a certain page and not part of the text.


November 23, 2009 at 10:58 am
(39) Julie says:

Sarah Palin appeals most to poor whites.

November 28, 2009 at 6:22 pm
(40) Elvis Winfrey says:

Better book titles:

“Going Target Hunting: A Campaign Story”
“Going to B#t$h Slap John McCain”
“Going Book Whoring”
“Going to Run in 2012: Who’s With Me!”
“Going to Explain the $15,000 Suits”
“Going to Get That Katie Couric: And Her Little Dog, Too”
“Going to Develop a Loyal Following Who Will Either Nominate Me in 2012, or Become Steady Listeners to My XM Radio Show if Nomination Doesn’t Pan Out: Either Way, I’m Getting the Hell Out of Alaska and Moving Somewhere Warm, Like Minnesota”

, , ,

January 13, 2010 at 3:14 pm
(41) Steven seaman says:

I would rather fly on a 747 that palin was flying than fly to be on a 747 with a real pilot that had HAID D’SALAAMI onboard with semtex stuffed up his bum bum. But thats just me.

January 14, 2010 at 3:38 pm
(42) Diane says:

Ok, so the book IS called “Going Rogue”?

Because I swear to God, in my university library the other day they had a bunch of copies, all with the spelling: “Going ROUGE”. I’m certain- I stopped and stared and triple-checked, going through it letter by letter.

I thought they couldn’t possibly have typoed the title, and “Going Rouge” must mean something (she’s wearing a reddish shirt on the cover, I was trying to discern a connection), but wow. I guess something went wrong at one of the printers? I figure I’d have heard about it if that typo were widespread.

January 3, 2012 at 9:55 pm
(43) Chelcie says:

I have to agree with the four comments below mine. I think that people now are just too quick to jump to a conclution.

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