Lecture Circuit to Palin: Thanks, But No Thanks

Venues afraid ex-gov is a 'blithering idiot,' industry insider says
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2009 7:32 AM CDT
Sarah Palin attends the 16th annual CLSA Investors' Forum in Hong Kong Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009.   (AP Photo/CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets, Jeff Topping)
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(Newser) – The lecture circuit isn’t sold on Sarah Palin. Though the ex-governor signed on with the prestigious Washington Speakers Bureau, which is hawking her services to the tune of $100,000 a speech, lecture buyers “are paralyzed with fear about booking her,” an industry insider tells the New York Post, “basically because they think she’s a blithering idiot.”

Palin is too controversial for subscription lecture series, whose organizers fear that subscribers will cancel if they see her on the schedule. Corporations, too, like to avoid controversy, and universities tend to lean left. “Palin is so uninteresting to so many groups—unless they are interested in moose hunting,” says the insider. “What does she have to say? She can’t even describe what she reads.” (Read more Sarah Palin stories.)