I really enjoyed watching Sarah Palin when she ran as John McCain’s VP in the 2008 elections. She was entertaining. She was funny and kind of a smart ass, which I always enjoy. She spoke plainly, and with conviction. There wasn’t a lot of political jargon or double-speak going on when she got to do her thing. I found that refreshing.
For as much as Obama was charismatic, Palin was too, even if for really wildly different reasons. In fact, I didn’t have much to dislike about any of the people who ran in the 2008 elections. Yeah, I disagreed on political grounds with some of them, but overall I thought it was a nice bunch of people.
Anyways, after reading Going Rogue, Palin lost her personal appeal for me. What came across as transparency during a race for one of the highest offices in the country sounded too simple in the book. A lot of the narration favored idyllic imagery over an authentic tone. And, while I appreciated the upfront portrayal of her successes and failures as governor of Alaska, a lot was missing from her account of the 2008 presidential race.
There was a lack of introspection, of personal responsibility for her part in “failures,” that troubled me. It belies the image of her as a straight shooter who doesn’t avoid hard truths.
Introspection is the hardest, most profound path to truth out there. I thought I was going to read it in this tome, and didn’t, so my views about the author changed.