“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.”

 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.

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17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Guest
    May 23, 2011 @ 14:55:55

    I believe he simply saw the light at the end of the tunnel and wanted to cash in as fast as possible, before the other books about her came out. Simple case of money grabbing, NOT remorse.

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  2. WakeUpAmerica
    May 23, 2011 @ 15:10:10

    His remorse is quite apparent to me. I think he saw the light at the end of the tunnel and wanted to right the grievous wrongs he had helped her commit. I’m struck by his complete acceptance of responsibility in helping her rise so high. I haven’t read anything to indicate that he wants to justify his actions. From what I have read so far in the news, he acknowledges and regrets his participation in the Palin circus. I look forward to reading his book.

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    • Bigtoe
      May 23, 2011 @ 18:11:21

      I have no doubt that making money off this book in and of itself is enough motivation for most people to write about it. And more power to them, I say. Capitalism as its finest. But like you, I feel his since of responsibility and remorse, especially to his family due to the time he missed with them, all for someone as slimey as SP. He invested so much of himself in the idea that she was different, as many did, only to be disappointed.

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  3. LisaB
    May 23, 2011 @ 16:03:28

    The mere fact that man can recognize and admit his faults shows he was always ill-suited for Palin.

    I’m getting my copy tomorrow.

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  4. SarahHalfTime
    May 23, 2011 @ 16:09:30

    I see QuitStock celebrations gettin more celebration time.

    Woot!

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  5. Syrin
    May 23, 2011 @ 21:55:23

    Code name Syrin, an acerbic blogger, was the source of many hours of discussion, analysis, and reaction, dating back two years. In typical fashion, she set Sarah and Todd into a mental flameout..

    I just love his paragraph found in the manuscript..

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    • WakeUpAmerica
      May 24, 2011 @ 00:02:19

      Ha! I bet you do! That must be very gratifying to read, but really you should “Stop blogging. Stop blogging right now!” LOL

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    • Mallard
      May 24, 2011 @ 10:41:15

      Are you the nut that kept filing the nuisance law suits against the Palins while she was governor? Or were you a party to the party that filed the suits?

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    • climber357
      May 24, 2011 @ 12:09:35

      I love what you wrote:
      ¨Looks are deceiving and so is Sarah Palin, aka Sarah the Incompetent, Queen P, Chavez in drag. She proposed and pushed through with her Democratic friends the largest socialist inspired raise in taxes in the history of the world….¨

      Hard to argue with that. Her record does show she governed like a reactionary socialist.

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  6. Lilybart
    May 24, 2011 @ 06:02:21

    HI! Just wanted to say congratulations. Reading the Bailey book and you are quite the thorn in the Queen’s side. Just wanted to say thanks!

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  7. Mallard
    May 24, 2011 @ 10:39:34

    I am shocked, shocked to find out that a prominent public figure with a strong vision for this country has a enormous ego and is insistent on doing things her way! Stop the presses!

    Sighren, do you know which charities Mr. Bailey is donating is book profits to? I am sure the Mr. Bailey is only performing a public service for the country by alerting all to the “danger” that is Sarah Palin. He is such an upstanding patriot, there is no way he would try to cash in on his Palin’s success.

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    • Laura
      May 24, 2011 @ 20:21:01

      Do you know that Syrin is in this book in eight places. Sarah Heath Palin makes the best case when it’s against herself, in her own words she shows how vindictive and ugly inside she is. You may want to buy the book. Get! the truth, even if it hurts!

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    • WakeUpAmerica
      May 24, 2011 @ 21:41:52

      What is her vision, pray tell? What are her solutions? What are her energy credentials? All I hear from her is bitch, bitch, bitch and lie, lie, lie. If her lips are moving, she’s lying. She speaks in vague talking points. No plans, no solutions, no new ideas. Just vicious, whine, and attack. The truly unexcusable behavior is the way she throws her children out as shields and uses them as props. It is beyone abusive.

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  8. Ginger
    May 27, 2011 @ 18:15:32

    I’m almost halfway through Bailey’s book. What I don’t understand is why he dedicated himself to someone without looking into her background. All he had to do was go to Wasilla and talk to people. Look at her record as mayor. What an easy task that would have been. If he did that and still wanted to support her, what did he expect?

    Just sayin’…

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    • Syrin
      May 27, 2011 @ 22:51:13

      You are so right.. If only they, anyone would have talked to Wasilla city officials or the Mat Su Republican Women’s club. You know, I still have never met or spoken to Frank Bailey to this day. It’s not like my name isn’t out there.. 🙂

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  9. Syrin
    May 28, 2011 @ 09:32:22

    For some of you who may not have seen this..

    The minute Sarah finished her speech, I intercepted her. Basking in the wild applause, getting Sarah to focus on my warnings about the reporters and Halcro‘s comments bore no fruit. Worse, Sarah spotted rumormongering Sherry-Syrin-Whitstine in the audience. She grabbed me and said, ―Here, let me introduce you to that clown. I‘ll ask her about all the mean things she‘s been saying about me and about my kids.‖ With five congressional candidates in attendance, supporters galore, at least ten outlet news organizations, along with cameras and recorders, here was the governor about to go and confront a blogger, all the while unaware that massively embarrassing allegations were being fed like hungry fleas on a mutt‘s belly.
    KTUU‘s Moore nabbed Sarah before she could get to Whitstine. ―Governor, could I have a word with you about Monegan?‖

    Please GET THE BOOK!

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