How many books is she gonna write?
money, money, money....
Suckers, suckers, suckers.....
"In her 272-page book, Palin:
•Bashes President Obama, who presumably will be running for re-election in 2012.
"Some find the words of the Founders too limiting for their bloated vision of government," she writes at one point, citing an interview Obama gave in 2001 as Exhibit A. She says the president doesn't embrace the theory of American exceptionalism — a view she calls "appalling" — and that he betrays "a stark lack of faith in the American people."
•Takes a swipe at Michelle Obama for her comment during the 2008 campaign that "for the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country." Republican presidential nominee John McCain, who propelled Palin's career by picking her as his running mate, generally ignored the remark.
Palin apparently doesn't share that reluctance. The comment "shouldn't surprise us since both of them spent almost two decades in the pews of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's church listening to his rants against America and white people," she says.
•Salts passages with references to historians and economists, perhaps a counter to the Saturday Night Liveportrayal of her as uninformed and gaffe-prone. "If you pay attention while you're listening to C-SPAN or reading American history you're sure to come across (Alexis de) Tocqueville," she writes at one point. "He literally wrote the book on American exceptionalism." At another, she cites the views of University of Chicago economist Luigi Zingales.
"I don't claim to be a scholar of ancient Greek philosophy, but Plato is supposed to have said, 'Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle,' " she says in her penultimate chapter, which ends: "Thanks, Plato."
•Defends the Tea Party movement against accusations of racism and extremism.
"These people aren't an angry mob — they're Americans," she writes. "Why do some feel the need to demonize them?"
Beyond the book, the book tour is laced with political possibility. Palin launches a 16-stop cross-country expedition today with two stops in Iowa, which hosts the opening presidential caucuses, as well as a visit to South Carolina, which holds an early primary.
A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday reflects Palin's strengths and weaknesses. Among Republicans, she led the prospective field, edging Romney, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and former House speaker Newt Gingrich.
Among Americans overall, however, she was viewed more negatively than any of those rivals. The survey of 2,424 registered voters, taken Nov. 8-15, has an margin of error of +/–2 percentage points."