Palin to ink book deal

The voracious reader and former vice presidential candidate poised to pen autobiography.

Published January 23, 2009 3:10PM (EST)

Sarah Palin has hired a big-time lawyer to help her negotiate a book deal. From the Los Angeles Times' Andrew Malcolm:

The 44-year-old mother of five has reportedly retained high-powered Washington super-attorney Robert Barnett, who's negotiated mutimillion-dollar book deals for numerous high-profile clients from Bill Clinton to his wife (who started work on her next book as secretary of State today) and the young Great Changer's audacious autobiography.

Palin, whose family is not wealthy, could make a bundle from a thoughtful book, which could also help the political reconstruction work on her image as a dimbo. There have been larger political reconstruction projects in recent U.S. history. Think, well, Big Bill himself, who was once on TV denying having sex with someone not his wife. And then a few years later reported making, what, $105 million or something in the post-presidential aftermath.

No word yet on whether it will be a pop-up book complete with fold outs showing wolves dodging helicopter fire or moose being field-dressed.

By Thomas Schaller

Thomas F. Schaller is professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the author of "Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South." Follow him @schaller67.

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