Are you ready for the hard-bound copy of The Audacity of Hype? Well, Sarah Palin may just oblige, at least, if the law allows. Poised to rake in a cushy book deal of reportedly up to $7 million, Palin may have to weigh her options. Alaska state law says that a sitting governor can only hold down one job. So, “best-selling author” may be an illegal line on the resume…at least for the next two years of her term.
She failed to save John McCainfrom presidential election doom, but Sarah Palin, the Republican senator’s controversial running mate, may yet emerge as the saviour of the American publishing industry. Literary agents are queueing up to sign her to a book deal that could earn her up to $7m.
With Barack Obama’s election victory certain to generate dozens of volumes from politicians, strategists and journalists – and with another shelfload of memoirs expected from members of President George W Bush’s administration – Palin’s personal account of her tumultuous introduction to national politics is widely regarded as the book most likely to repay a multi-million-dollar advance.
“She’s poised to make a ton of money,” said Howard Rubenstein, New York’s best-known public relations adviser.
With publishers as nervous as everyone else about next year’s economic prospects, Palin’s popularity has become a boon. “Nobody is waiting for George W Bush’s memoirs,” one New York agent noted.
A provision of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act restricts outside employment. It says: “The head of a principal executive department of the state may not accept employment for compensation outside the agency that the executive head serves.” So, it sounds like Sarah Palin must continue to live the ascetic life of a state governor, and forego the lucrative, glittering life of a celebrated author and multi-millionaire.
Not so fast…
It would mean this, IF you assumed that Palin thought that the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act was actually binding. If you will recall, the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act is that very same act that was referred to in the Branchflower Report of the Troopergate Investigation by the Alaska Legislature.
Let’s see…..yes, it’s still right here on my desk…under….this pile of papers… (thumbing through). Ah. Page 8, section II – Findings: (clears throat and uses ‘official sounding voice’)
Finding Number One – For the reasons explained in section IV of this report, I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act. Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) provides
“The legilature reaffirms that each public officer holds ofice as a public trust, and any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest through official action is a violation of that trust”
(Closes giant 264-page report) So, there you have it. If she feels comfortable violating THATone, then a job-on-the-side book deal is cake! It shouldn’t be long before you can pre-order on Amazon. I’m guessing it’ll be out in time for her 2010 bid for the Senate, when Lisa Murkowski comes up for re-election.
There’s only one thing that would actually make me buy this book, and it’s not going to happen. I would consider buying the book if, and only if, Palin wrote it herself. Or better still, if she dictated it verbatim. I’d put it on my “humor” shelf, and use it as a constant source of entertainment.
But I have a feeling that once an editor (God help the poor soul) got finished with it, and removed all the “also”s and “too though”s, and the rest of the Palinese word salad, and created actual sentences, with subjects and predicates, and got rid of the syntax mutilation, there wouldn’t be much left to say, or much left to be amusing. And I can imagine shocked colleagues walking into said editor’s office on Monday morning to find him/her lying on the floor, still seated in the toppled chair, gripping a red pen, and muttering quiet little word bits at the ceiling, staring upward with unblinking eyes, gazing into the literary abyss…”must shore up..work together…solutions also…energy independence…don’tcha know…progress the country…”
More likely, since command of the language completely eludes her, there would be a ghost-writer involved somehow, and that would just be no fun at all.