Sarah Palin's long-awaited book rollout started yesterday as some of the more inflammatory passages of Going Rogue found their way into the media.
The book isn't scheduled for public release until Tuesday, but snippets of Palin's taped interview with Oprah Winfrey were released last night, and the Associated Press obtained a copy of the volume and began posting stories. Among Palin's points:
- Repeating now-familiar attacks on the news media, especially network news anchors Katie Couric and Charlie Gibson, with whom she tangled in interviews last year.
- Resurrecting her feud with senior advisers to Sen. John McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, over her campaign performance, which some of those advisers found lacking. Such an effort to settle old scores, by the way, is something that veteran Republican strategists in Washington have warned against, because it could make the former Alaska governor look petty and mean-spirited.
- Extending an olive branch to Levi Johnston, the former fiancé of her daughter Bristol and the father of Bristol's child. Johnston has harshly criticized Palin, and she has returned fire in the past. But in the Oprah Winfrey interview, she said he could still be "a part of the family" and she wants him to understand that "he is loved and he has the most beautiful child."
As part of her book tour, Palin is traveling to small and midsize cities in battleground states, including Michigan, Iowa, and Florida. Political strategists note that her tour will look much like a presidential campaign swing. She is considered a possible candidate in 2012.
Palin resigned as governor of Alaska several months ago partly, she said, because her adversaries were distracting her from official business by falsely alleging that she had committed ethical violations.