FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
A disgruntled former aide to Sarah Palin has written a scathing political tell-all in which he suggests she is more concerned with her image than she is about the issues. Shocking.
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Former aide Frank Bailey, who joined Palin's political team during her 2006 gubernatorial campaign and stayed on through her resignation in 2009, based his memoir around some 60,000 e-mails he sent to or received from Palin during that time.The book was leaked to several media outlets in Alaska and Washington over the weekend.
Among the claims in the book:
Palin allegedly sent phony letters to the editor when she was running for Alaska governor, supporting herself but signed with fake names. She allegedly rigged her staff's computers so they could unfairly influence an Anchorage new station's online poll about her refusal of federal stimulus dollars. And, according to Bailey, Palin refused to appear on any network other than Fox News, referring to the rest as "the bad guys."
Also in the book, Bailey claims that just months after the McCain-Palin ticket lost the presidential race, then-governor Palin seemed focused more on her national image than on what was going on in the state of Alaska, telling Bailey and another colleague in a Spring 2009 e-mail: "I hate this damn job."
Bailey has reportedly been shopping around the book since fall 2009 and has yet to sell it to a publisher.
There's been no response from the former governor on the book, but a spokesman for Palin's PAC told the Anchorage Daily News she did not expect Palin would have anything to say about "this kind of untruth."
Here’s my question to you: Does Sarah Palin care more about her image than the issues?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Obviously, the woman doesn’t care about either, Jack. If she cared about the issues, she’d educate herself. If she cared about her image, she’d avoid the media till she acquires that education and stops demonstrating her appalling ignorance at every turn.
Bonnie in New Jersey:
I don't think you can pin this one on her exclusively. What politician cares about the issues? Their image and/or how much money they can collect for their next campaign is what they are thinking about, not the issues!
I would normally consider this question to be a no-brainer, pardon the pun. Of course, image is more important than those testy, fact-filled issues. But given her recent responses from the Arizona shootings, to the State of the Union and her relative silence during the unprecedented events in the Middle East, I'm thinking perhaps she doesn't care much anymore about her image either.
Tim in Clinton, Oklahoma:
Get off Palin, Jack. You have become more boring than she is. Talk about something important.
Are you kidding? Oh, sure cares about issues: her hair, her TV show, her celebrity status. She has the depth of a paper towel.
Jack, Does a bear – well you know…?