Magazine December 21, 2009, Issue

One of Us

Then-Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin at a rally in Waukesha, Wisc., October 9, 2008 (Carlos Barria/Reuters)
Going Rogue: An American Life, by Sarah Palin (HarperCollins, 432 pp., $28.99) & The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star, by Matthew Continetti (Sentinel, 256 pp., $25.95)

When Sarah Palin was announced to the world as John McCain’s vice-presidential running mate in summer 2008, she was almost completely unknown outside Alaska. She had made a few feisty appearances on television interview programs as a booster for Alaska and its energy resources since becoming governor in 2006. In October 2007, Newsweek had favorably profiled Palin and a Democratic woman governor, Janet Napolitano, as two western politicians who were “making their mark with a pragmatic, post-partisan approach to solving problems” — which makes her sound a little like a premature Barack Obama. She had hosted receptions for the editors

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