Opinion: Sarah Palin’s roguish book tour: The details seep out
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It starts in Michigan.
Our good buddy Josh Painter over at the Texas for Salin Palin blog, a must-bookmark for SP fans, has assembled the schedule for the ex-gov’s upcoming book sales/autographing tour and we have some of it below.
You’ll note that the tour starts in Michigan. Get it? Oh, c’mon, sure you do!
Longtime Ticket readers will recall it was the stumbling McCain campaign’s decision to, in effect, forfeit Michigan to the Obama Democrats a year ago and stop campaigning there.
Which caused McCain’s Republican pitbull partner to grumble about giving up anywhere so easily.
Which caused those brave McCain staffers to anonymously leak their own grumblings that Palin was ‘going rogue.’
Which provided the rebounding political celebrity with her best-selling book title -- ‘Going Rogue: An American Life’ -- which so far has 1.5 million copies in print.
And that’s before the Oprah show on Nov. 16. There’ll be a five-part interview with....
...Barbara Walters on ABC. No doubt a bunch of Fox folks. Probably won’t have any time to squeeze in a chat with that late-night CBS guy who made the sex joke about Palin’s underage daughter.
Palin’s got 13 stops booked before Thanksgiving, a break, and then back on the road to drive those crucial holiday sales.
Palin will focus on numerous smaller cities (yes, Iowa’s Sioux City is in there), many of them past successful campaign stops. She’ll see the troops at one Ft. Bragg event in North Carolina. And she’ll even pack them into a Pennsylvania Sam’s Club.
Of course, Minneapolis’ massive Mall of America is on the schedule. That’s near the Republican National Convention site where, despite a faltering teleprompter, Palin gave a flawless debut....
...national political speech that electrified that audience and attracted some 37 million viewers at home. For old time’s sake, we dug that video out of The Ticket’s archives and re-publish it just above here.
But the Republican politician and possible 2012 presidential candidate mapped her travels to skip many traditional book tour stops -- Seattle, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Los Angeles -- because they have a lot of you-know-who’s there.
11/18: Grand Rapids, Mich. - Barnes & Noble, Woodland Mall, Kentwood, 7 p.m.
11/19: Fort Wayne, Ind. - Meijer
11/19: Noblesville, Ind. - Borders, 7 p.m.
11/20: Cincinnati - Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Norwood, noon
11/20: Columbus, Ohio - TBA
11/21: Washington, Pa. - Sam’s Club, South Strabane, 11 a.m.
11/21: Rochester, N.Y. - Borders, Henrietta, 7 p.m.
11/22: Roanoke, Va. - Barnes & Noble, Valley View Mall, noon.
11/23: Fort Bragg, N.C. - AAFES Post Exchange Bldg. North Post Mall.
11/23: Birmingham, Ala. - Books-A-Million, Birmingham, 7 p.m.
11/24: Jacksonville, Fla. - Books-A-Million, Orange Park, noon.
11/24: The Villages, Fla. - Barnes & Noble, Lake Sumter Market Square, 4 p.m.
11/24: Orlando, Fla. - Barnes & Noble, Colonial Plaza, 7 p.m.
12/03: Fayetteville, Ark. - Sam’s Club,
12/04: Dallas, Texas - Legacy Books, Plano, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
12/06: Sioux City, Iowa - Barnes & Noble, Southern Hills Mall, 1 p.m.
12/06: Sioux Falls, S.D. - Barnes & Noble, 5 p.m.
12/07: Bloomington, Minn. - Barnes & Noble, Mall of America, 7 p.m.
Josh promises on his blog to keep updating the book tour schedule as more events are added, complete with addresses and links. He’s also taking guesses here on where the additional sites will be.
-- Andrew Malcolm