Say, It Ain’t So, O! Well, At Least “Going Rouge” Leaves Palin Red-Faced

Palin Orpalin-thumb-106x159 I was tremendously disappointed when I heard that Oprah invited Sarah Palin on her show November 16th, for an exclusive interview. Considering Oprah's support of President Obama both during and after the election, I couldn't imagine her wanting to give Palin the Oprah audience platform to sell her book.

Well, here's hoping Oprah actually acts like a journalist and poses some tough questions to this train wreck of a perpetual candidate.

In the meantime, it made my morn to see that indie publisher OR Books is coming out with a book of essays that give's Ms. Sarah the Palin-oscopy she deserves in this time of short memories. The book, called  "GOING ROUGE: Sarah Palin, An American Nightmare" will also be launched on November 17, the same day when HarperCollins publishes its Palin fable, "GOING ROGUE: An American Life by Sarah Palin".

Accordingn to, it is comprised of  "essays assembled by Nation editors Richard Kim and Betsy Reed, it promises 'progressive perspectives on Sarah Palin's political career' by writers including Naomi Klein, Jane Mayer, Katha Pollitt, Jim Hightower, Christopher Hayes, Gloria Steinem, Joe Conason, and Tom Frank.

"Harper had no comment on the OR Books cover, so we asked Ned Himmelrich, head of the intellectual property department at law firm Gordon Feinblatt, for an assessment of whether the cheeky new cover crosses legal lines. "Although the first instinct is to believe that the "Nightmare" book has to be infringing" the publishers 'may have found a seam in Palin's protection.' He added: 'Titles of books cannot be protected as trademarks (a clear rule); trademark protection does not accrue until the mark is used (no sales yet); both books would be "in use" on the first day (Palin cannot claim first use); "Trade dress" does not exist unless the graphics are inherently distinctive (doubtful) or well recognized (too soon); and the "Nightmare" title may even be a valid parody (a good defense). Each of these theories has a countervailing argument, but on each, the legal arguments might be a nightmare for Palin.'"

Luv the snark here, for sure.

Here's hoping that the book under the Oprah audience chairs is GOING ROUGE instead of Palin's tome.

Or both. Instead of leading the audience, how about letting them read both sides?

Where is Tina Fey when you need her?



Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives
Simon & Schuster/Pocket
(ISBN: 9781439173176)

Look for it in bookstores

September 2010


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