5 Goals for Sarah Palin's Book Tour

By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2009 8:01 AM CST
5 Goals for Sarah Palin's Book Tour
In this photo taken Nov. 11, 2009, by Harpo Productions, Oprah Winfrey poses with Sarah Palin and her daughters, Willow, right, and Piper, left, during the taping of "The Oprah Winfrey Show."   (AP Photo/Harpo Productions, Inc., George Burns)

(Newser) – Sarah Palin's book is already a sensation, and she hasn't even appeared on Oprah's couch yet. No question it will sell, but what other purposes might it serve for the self-styled rogue Republican, Andy Barr wonders in Politico. Herewith, his benchmarks to measure the book tour and media frenzy:

  • Build her base: Shunning the big cities, and even the early-primary states, Palin is heading straight for Palin Country—places like Fort Wayne, Ind., and Birmingham, Ala.—to reconnect with supporters and nurture their "their powerful emotional connection to her."

  • Get even: The desire to settle scores with the McCain campaign seems to have trumped conventional wisdom that it's stupid to "bring yourself down to the level of staffers."
  • Stiff the media: Other than Barbara Walters, the mainstream media won't be getting a piece of the action.
  • Put the GOP on notice: Every mobbed Barnes & Noble talk will serve as a reminder that she can't be ignored—or controlled.
  • Look serious: She'll be trying to undo the damage wrought by Katie Couric, her early retirement and her (speaking of out-of-control) daughter's boyfriend.
(Read more Sarah Palin stories.)

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