Washingtonpost.com, Levingston reviewed the book, “Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of Our Tumultuous Years” by Frank Bailey.
Who is Frank Bailey and why did he say he wrote this book?
Bailey signed on very early as a volunteer in Palin’s gubernatorial race, becoming a member of what was known as her Rag Tag Team of insiders. He later became director of boards and commissions in her administration but spent a lot of time carrying out her personal orders usually related to attacking critics.
Why did he write the book? Here’s what he says about that: “I am convinced that her priorities and personality are not only ill-suited to head a political party or occupy national office, but would lead to a disaster of, well, biblical proportions.”
How vindictive is Bailey towards Sarah Palin? Does he also indicate what she does well?
I’d say it’s less vindictiveness than deep disappointment over a broken dream. Palin, to him, was the rare politician who seemed true to her faith and convictions. As he wrote, “In my mind, God had chosen her, and this was His will.”
Bailey seems most bitter over how far Palin appeared to have strayed from her basic religious values, particularly love, honor and charity. “That I turned my back on these teachings and offered her blind allegiance is a cross I will bear forever,” he writes.
The one thing he emphasizes she does well is no surprise to any of us: she can whip up a crowd.
Bailey has said he wrote the book to show the world who the “real” Sarah Palin is. Will readers get a better sense of her?
To those who follow Palin closely, there will be much that is familiar here; but the cumulative effect of so many examples of her pettiness, sensitivity and aggressiveness is to provide a sweeping portrait. Much of the new stuff comes from her small – but intense – battles in Alaska that may not have made national headlines.
For example, she and Bailey went out of their way to smear a guy who lived near the governor’s mansion and who called state offices to complain about all the tourist traffic clogging the streets. This was after Palin returned to Alaska as a superstar following the failed McCain campaign. Ultimately, after Palin and her team got done with him, the neighbor wound up labeled by conservative bloggers as “sick,” “unhinged” and “drug-addicted.” All because he wished to express his concern about the crush of tourists buses around the gov’s mansion.
Bailey said the final straw for him came in the summer of 2009, when Palin didn’t attend a rally he believed she’d repeatedly agreed to attend, for supporters of a voter initiative to require minors get parental consent for an abortion. This came after a string of cancellations, including one before a Republican women’s group at the Ronald Reagan Library in California. Her aides claimed no one had committed to this well-publicized event..
“Getting Sarah to meetings and events was like nailing Jell-O to a tree,” Bailey wrote. On the campaign trail and as governor, Sarah went through at least ten schedulers, with few lasting more than months. Nobody wanted the job because Sarah might fail to honor, at the last minute, the smallest commitments, and making excuses for her became a painful burden.”
“In 2009 I had the sense if she made it to the White House and I had stayed silent, I could never forgive myself,” Frank Bailey told The Associated Press.
“Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of Our Tumultuous Years” is due out Tuesday and based on tens of thousands of emails that Bailey said he kept during his time with Palin. It began with working on her 2006 gubernatorial campaign and continued through her failed run for vice president in 2008 and her brief stint as governor.