Friday, January 1, 2010
Clayton E. Cramer wrote a fascinating article for Pajamas Media called "Surprises Abound in Sarah Palin's Going Rogue." Having read it a couple times, I have concluded that the author succeeds in accomplishing five things:
1. He praises the memoir as a well-written, engaging book:
Going Rogue is well written, and it reads quickly and easily. Unlike some other “first books” that I have read (and many books by academics), I almost never found myself going back over a sentence to figure out her meaning.
2. A professional ghostwriter, he pooh-poohs the accusation by jealous anklebiters that Governor Palin's memoir was "ghostwritten." He offers as evidence what he calls "mistakes" a ghostwriter would not have made:
My biggest surprise was that Going Rogue was apparently not “ghostwritten.” In a few places, I noticed sentences with “I” instead of “me” for the direct object — a mistake that a professional writer wouldn’t make.
3. He opines the reason the McCain camp threw Governor Palin under the bus:
I assumed that part of why McCain operatives tried to throw her under the bus in the closing days of the campaign was ideological: that they represented the left end of the Republican Party (like McCain) and therefore found Gov. Palin offensive.
4. He assesses Governor Palin's impact on the 2008 campaign:
Watching news coverage of Palin’s campaign stops leads me to think that she was the real bright spot of the campaign.
When I saw Gov. Palin’s speech announcing that she was to be the vice-presidential nominee, I was genuinely thrilled. When I learned more about her, I was wildly enthused. After reading this book, I am even more impressed and more appreciative of what a raw deal she received from the mainstream news media.
5. He offers his perspective of how qualified Governor Palin is for a 2012 presidential run:
There does come a point where honesty and some connection to ordinary people who have to work for a living are worth more than fawning and gushing from the mainstream media. So far, Gov. Palin is looking like our best shot for 2012.
Cramer shares his perspective with what I deem honest intentions. He appears capable of looking objectively at Governor Palin's record, her unfiltered story, and her future potential. Whether one agrees or disagrees with each of his points, it's clear Cramer tells it as he sees it, and that he sees it quite a bit better after reading Going Rogue.
His article serves up some meat to chew on. Read it in its entirety here.