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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Is Going On Oprah Going Rogue for Palin?

By Shane Vander Hart, Caffeinated Thoughts

I never thought I’d be blogging about Oprah.

It was reported yesterday that Oprah will be the first interview that Governor Sarah Palin does for her new book Going Rogue: An American Life, and that program will air on November 16th.  Watching the O’Reilly Factor tonight, Bill O’Reilly was talking with Dennis Miller.  Miller doesn’t seem to to think that this signifies “going rogue,” but rather “playing the game.”

I disagree.  I think the opportunity to appear on Oprah’s show will give her a venue to be able to share her positions and message with a major demographic – suburban women.  If she runs for President in 2012 she’ll need to reach out to this group.  If she doesn’t run and would rather champion conservative causes and candidate – this is still a group she needs to reach out to.

Appearing on Oprah’s show also helps sell books, and it also sends a message that being snubbed by Oprah during the campaign is water under the bridge.  It could also make for an interesting interview as AllahPundit at Hot Air notes:

Obvious topics for discussion: Death panels, women in politics, and quitting as governor. Less obvious but no less intriguing: Oprah’s decision not to have her on during the campaign and whether it was fair to accuse The One on the trail of palling around with terrorists. If she gets that question and turns it around on Oprah by wondering why she had the integrity to quit Rev. Wright’s crazy church when our fearless leader didn’t, I might endorse her on the spot.

I don’t see the interview getting incredibly wonky… I just don’t see that with Oprah.  I think it will be an intriguing interview regardless the direction it takes.  It will mark the first time I watch Oprah in years.  That in itself is a remarkable feat.

Shane Vander Hart is the editor of Caffeinated Thoughts.  Feel free to follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook.

1 comment:

  1. 0prah's ratings are down, primarily because she endorsed 0bama over Hillary, and then snubbed Palin. 0prah's smart enough to know that she cannot be seen as an 0bama operative and partisan on the attack, if she does she will lose even more viewers, and look petty in the process. I think the interview will go extremely well, and Sarah Palin will definately score a lot of points here. One point can be made regarding this, 0bama refuses to go on FOX, but Palin will go on the show of 0bama's #1 fan, quite a contrast in styles.

    Another big outcome will be that a lot of 0prah's viewers, although they may not particularly support or even like Palin, will, none the less, find themselves in their nearest bookstore on Nov 17th buying a copy of Going Rogue.

    The primary fear that the dems have had all along is that Palin will win over the majority of women voters. My guess is that the majority of those buying Going Rogue will be women, so the dems biggest fear may be about to come true. That is why we have seen a blizzard of stories attacking Palin, promoting either Huckabee or Romney as the front runner, it's all an effort to suppress sales of her book, but I think that train has left the station, and it will set all kinds of sales records for a non-fiction book.

    Bill Clinton's My Life sold about 1.4 million, Hillary's Living History about 1.3 million, 0bama's 2 books combined sold about 1.44 million, Going Rogue potentially could, not saying that it will, but it could sell as many as all those combined.