Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Palintology: the study of political dinosaurs?

Palin and Presidential Politics?

There was time when American politicians were taken more seriously. Now we have a new autobiography which by it its very title, describes the author as a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel.

How the game has changed! Looking forward to 2012, it looks like a rising star in the Republican party will have a real shot at running for President.

Of course, I refer to Sarah Palin, and her current success. She is creating her own little mini-boom in the publishing industry.

Her book, 'Going Rogue' is at the top of the New York Times bestseller list. She is traveling the country to promote her book, appearing in small towns and signing copies for her followers.

So who are her followers? Here is a really humorous video of interviews with her fans at one of her book signings.

OK, moving on to the other features of this mini-boom.

A parody of 'Going Rogue', titled 'Going Rouge' has already hit the bookshelves. The byline has changed from "An American Life" to "An American Nightmare" with an almost identically posed photograph of Sarah.

I fell out laughing when I saw the cover.

I sent it to Wayne, who Skyped back:

"that's hilarious
rogue - a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
rouge - makeup consisting of a pink or red powder applied to the cheeks"

For the enthusiasts of 'Going Rouge', there is a companion coloring book. (Again, courtesy Wayne.)

Click on the graphic and have a look at a sample of the pages from the book. It pokes some good-natured graphic fun at Sarah, which immediately evokes the elements of her speeches and interviews during her brief vice-Presidential candidacy.

I look forward to seeing Sarah as the Republican candidate for President in 2012.

Meanwhile, a look back to some of the video footage that made her such a nationally respected politician amongst Republicans in the United States.

Short clips:

And the kind of satire that is just too close to home!

We know, when we have President Palin, the people who will be doing the commentary on her speeches and platforms are likely to be comedians around the world, but none will be as good as Tina Fey, whoc simply repeats what Sarah has said in real interviews, to the explosive laughter of the viewers.

And, as Sarah Palin's Presidency advances, she is likely to become increasingly adorable when cornered.

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