Palin's "Going Rogue" tour will stick to friendly territory

The former Alaska governor decides to skip out on unpatriotic cities and head straight for "real America"

Published November 6, 2009 5:20PM (EST)

The itinerary for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s much anticipated “Going Rogue” book tour has some glaring omissions: The liberal bastions of New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle have all been snubbed. Instead, Palin has opted to visit a group of 25 smaller cities in the heart of what she might call “real America,” including Birmingham, Ala., Roanoke, Va. and Fort Wayne, Ind.

The tour kicks off in Grand Rapids, Mich. The choice of starting point has a special significance for Palin, given the fact that it was her outspoken criticism of the McCain campaign’s decision to pull out of the state that set her decisively on the path toward “going rogue” in the first place.

Palin's not going to be ignoring less-real Americans altogether, though, and will in fact be going to some of their strongholds -- in order to sell the book through the liberal media, no less. ABC announced Thursday that its Barbara Walters will be interviewing the former governor. Palin will even brave President Obama's adopted hometown of Chicago in order to appear on “Oprah” next week.

In case you couldn’t guess who else she’s interested in talking to, Palin’s included a wish list on her Facebook page. She’s hoping to discuss the book with some friendly faces, like Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh. Katie Couric, unfortunately, didn't make the cut.

By Emily Holleman

Emily Holleman is the editor of Open Salon.

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