September 30th, 2009

Sarah Palin’s New Book: Going Rogue Or Going Vogue?

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Written by: TEApublican

mybookaboutmeThe popular and in fashion Sarah Palin has a new, big, huge, capitalism testing book due out earlier than moose hunting season this November 17th.  It  will not be called “You Betcha” like I first anticipated.  Instead the title “Going Rogue: An American Life” will hit shelves  with an initial printing of 1.5 million copies. (Nearly the same amount as the late Sen. Ted Kennedy’s memoir.)  Not bad for a gal who can see Massachusetts from her window.

“Going Rogue,” Palin’s first book, was completed only four months after the deal was announced with ghost writer Lynn Vincent.  It is expected to weigh in at 400 pages and cost slightly less than a $200,000 campaign wardrobe.

“Governor Palin has been unbelievably conscientious and hands-on at every stage, investing herself deeply and passionately in this project,” said Jonathan Burnham, publisher of Harper. “It’s her words, her life, and it’s all there in full and fascinating detail.”  Yet the jokes about her incompetence to write a book will light up many late night monologues.  Why? Because the comedians can’t joke about Obama in this socialist country.  Silly you should know that.

Does “Going Rogue,” help pave a political path here in Iowa for someone wanting to increase support for a possible presidential bid?  Only the caucus will tell for sure.  And I thought Sarah was the maverick.  I suppose “rogue” could be the new “maverick” just like “green” is the new “pink” since McCain was a maverick and McCain lost the election.

The “rogue” roots likely derives from a John Dickerson story from last October, in which he wondered if Palin had “gone rogue” deliberately in a series of public breaks from McCain in the heat of the campaign.

Palin’s camp, even then, embraced the storyline, with internal supporters confirming Dickerson’s suggestion to me on October 25:  “She’s lost confidence in most of the people on the plane,” said a senior Republican who speaks to Palin, referring to her campaign jet. He said Palin had begun to “go rogue” in some of her public pronouncements and decisions.  “I think she’d like to go more rogue,” he said.


Indeed “rogue” is a catchy word for Palin to brand, but wouldn’t “vogue” be appropriate too.  Here is a head-to-head comparison of the two rhyming words courtesy of

vogue –noun

1. something in fashion, as at a particular time: Short hairdos were the vogue in the twenties.
2. popular currency, acceptance, or favor; popularity: The book is having a great vogue.

rogue –noun

1. a dishonest, knavish person; scoundrel.
2. a playfully mischievous person; scamp:
The youngest boys are little rogues.
3. a tramp or vagabond.
4. a rogue elephant or other animal of similar disposition.
5. Biology. a usually inferior organism, esp.
a plant, varying markedly from the normal.

–verb (used without object)

6. to live or act as a rogue.

–verb (used with object)

7. to cheat.
8. to uproot or destroy (plants, etc.,
that do not conform to a desired standard).
9. to perform this operation upon: to rogue a field.


10. (of an animal) having an abnormally
savage or unpredictable disposition,
as a rogue elephant.
11. no longer obedient, belonging, or accepted and
hence not controllable or answerable; deviating,
renegade: a rogue cop; a rogue union local.

Peace by Dave Davidson

Peace by Dave Davidson

Well I like her title, but I prefer my brother Dan Davidson’s “Going Vogue” idea better.  Do you like “Going Vogue” better?  If only I owned the domain name maybe I could do something with it.  Hmmmm.

Even though hope has been overused, I do hope Sarah does a better job attempting to promote pro life and family values amidst trials and turmoil better than the newly fired Jon Gosselin.  His former wife’s new show is now “Kate Plus 8.”

Meanwhile here are some more suggested titles readers from blog suggested for Sarah Palin’s new book that obviously didn’t make the cut either.  I picked  out some interesting ones out of what seemed to be hundreds.

You know my fave pick is “Going Vogue”.  With that is mind enjoy these…

  • Sarah Vain and Simple [Cathy in Texas] (23%, 355 Votes)
  • How To Succeed Without Ever Accomplishing Anything. [PepperzMom] (18%, 274 Votes)
  • Winkin’ Blinkin’ and Todd [GA Peach (15%, 236 Votes)
  • The Audacity of Me [The Right Reverend] (14%, 220 Votes)
  • Carpe per Diem [Rob] (13%, 196 Votes)
  • It Takes a Village Idiot [Dame] (12%, 193 Votes)
  • Don’t Know Much About Geography – The Sarah Palin Story [True Dem] (12%, 185 Votes)
  • Northern Overexposure [lilybart] (11%, 178 Votes)
  • How to Employ Friends and Irritate People [sapient a. ohm] (11%, 172 Votes)
  • My Children are Off Limits, or, a Personal Journey Through the Lives of my Children [MimiC] (10%, 156 Votes)
  • Nonsense and Nonsensibility [dee] (9%, 135 Votes)
  • I Narcissus: How I Bamboozled, Bullied and BSed My Way to Fame…And I Ain’t Done Yet! [Caprityme] (8%, 120 Votes)
  • Mavwreck [Bea] (7%, 117 Votes)
  • An Inconvenient Goof [Alaska Disasta] (7%, 113 Votes)
  • Pulp Diction [seattlefan] (6%, 96 Votes)
  • On a Clear Day, I Can See Juneau [GA Peach] (6%, 93 Votes)
  • Blathering Heights [Karen Suriano] (6%, 90 Votes)
  • Alienation Nation: My Special Role in Growing the Democratic Party [lynn (MA) hussein] (6%, 88 Votes)
  • Just Say No! How Abstinence Worked for Me and My Family [Duck Driver] (6%, 86 Votes)
  • Baked Alaskan and Other Recipes for Disaster [John] (5%, 82 Votes)
  • Winkin’, Not Blinkin’, and Todd [Grover] (5%, 80 Votes)
  • “Liars, and Bloggers and Bears Oh My” [zyggy] (5%, 74 Votes)
  • Burn BEFORE Reading [Donna in Michigan] (5%, 74 Votes)
  • Does this Campaign Make My Ass Look Big? [0whole1] (4%, 66 Votes)
  • If You Can’t Win….Cash In! [Cynamen Writer] (4%, 66 Votes)
  • Mommy Weirdest [lynnrockets] (4%, 65 Votes)
  • All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go [More-A-Les] (4%, 57 Votes)
  • As if I Really Wrote This [kimosabe] (4%, 57 Votes)
  • Alaska, You Just Got Punked [autstintx] (3%, 49 Votes)
  • I Ran for Vice President, and All I Got Was This Lousy Book Deal [Donna in Michigan] and [PepperzMom] (3%, 48 Votes)
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About the Author

Dave Davidson is the TIR artjournalism storyteller photographer and founder of (polite) presidential paparazzi with manners. He is the author of gobs of books including "Sarah Palin Inspires Me", "Huckisms" and "You May Be A TEApublican".

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