I ordered “The Quotable Rogue –the Ideals of Sarah Palin in Her Own Words” without really knowing what to expect. I read it and still don’t know what to expect. Editor Matt Lewis has compiled a number of statements or quotes from Governor Palin that show her to be an articulate and knowledgeable woman. And I ‘m sure that’s the case; however, I was left with the vague sense that these quotes were taken as much out of context as were all the ‘Palin-bashing’ quotes that many of us grew so tired of during the last presidential campaign, and that continue today every time the much maligned Governor and former Vice presidential nominee makes a statement or appears at an event.
This is a collection of quotable statements, excerpts from interviews and media releases, loosely organized by categories such as “On the Real America”, “On Living in Alaska”, “on Civil Rights”, and “On Being Sarah”. A careful study might give the reader some insight into what Mrs. Palin thinks, but in this reviewer’s opinion, the book doesn’t lend itself to careful study.
If you’re a big Palin fan, and are looking for something to counteract the charges that she’s all fluff, there are some quotes that might do that for you, but as much as I wanted to be able to get to know Sarah Palin as a political figure to be contended with, I couldn’t find it in this book. Some great quotes that we’ve heard before are repeated here in context, quotes about ‘that hopey-changey thing’, loving a zamboni, but troopers’ cars need to be a higher priority’, or ‘referring to her opponent in the last election, ‘going rogaine’, and some that might not have gotten quite as much press are included also.
This book is like a plate covered with parsley and other garnish, but without enough meat in the moose stew.
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