"He said that I must have been intimidated by him because he was a big powerful male and I was a woman."

On p. 79 of GR, Sarah describes her confrontation and struggle with the police chief during her time as Mayor of Wasilla. She writes as follows, "Unfortunately, things hadn't gone as well on the police chief front. I thought maybe he'd come around and work with me on the budget. But the issues multiplied, and he forced my hand. So I fired him.

"This gets at my approach to management. I have a bulletin board filled with coffee-stained, dog-eared quotes tacked up along with family photos that has followed me from office to office since 1992. One of my favorite quotes comes from author and former football coach Lou Holtz, on how to build your team: 'Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated.'

"Admittedly, I didn't know the protocol for firing the chief--of course, no one else did either because we had had only one chief in our entire history. But I was well within my authority to fire him--his position was an at-will political appointment.

"Still, he sued. He claimed sexual discrimination. He said in the suit that I must have been intimidated by him because he was a big powerful male and I was a woman, and he couldn't help that, so it was 'wrongful termination.'

"I told our city attorney, 'Give me a break. I've been living in a "man's world" all my life--when I hunt, when I'm on a commercial fishing boat, when I was reporting sports from men's locker rooms." I was no stranger to these bastions of masculinity.

"It took almost three years to defend against that lawsuit, but in the end a judge agreed with me."

We observe and perceive here several aspects of Sarah's character.

We behold Sarah the Fearless. She is not afraid to take on and take down a "big powerful male." She is not afraid to swim and venture into the uncertain and untested waters of firing a police chief when there are no precedents and no protocols for such an action. She is not afraid of hunting, of fishing, of "men's locker rooms."

We behold Sarah the Patient. She gave the chief a chance to align himself with her mayoral administration. Then, after she finally fired him, she waited three years for the ultimate defeat of his lawsuit.

Above all, I believe, we see here Sarah the Master Strategist. I think that the key part of this whole passage is the Lou Holtz quote. Sarah has carried this quote around with her for years and years.

We should remember too that Coach Holtz was, most notably, the leader at Notre Dame University, where he won the National Championship for the 1988 season. Sarah's dear grandfather, CJ Sheeran, was an avid Notre Dame fan (he loved Latin too, by the way). So there is a close connection to this school in her family history.

"Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated."

Is this not perhaps the strategy that Sarah is following right now for the 2012 Presidential Election?

Just as "motivation" is simple, so her approach to restoring Constitutional Conservatism is simple: You eliminate those who are not really Constitutional Conservatives. In the campaign for POTUS, you allow the various candidates to be vetted, and you let them shoot themselves painfully and profoundly in the proverbial foot!!

You let them condemn themselves out of their very own mouths and through their very own actions. You patiently wait for them to destroy themselves…which they most certainly will do, based on their past actions and history!! Leopards do not change their spots!!

Let us observe in this place that Sarah's great book is a LIVING and vibrant and dynamic volume. It doesn't simply record and recount Sarah's past life; it furnishes us with clues and hints about her present and future actions and conduct.

Sometimes this truth is patent and obvious. At other times, it is a bit more obscure. I could certainly be mistaken about her strategy for 2012. Still, remember how much she has valued this citation from Coach Holtz. She has carried it around with her for many years.

You eliminate those who cannot lead your team or be a part of your team.

Look again at her patience: She gave the police chief a chance; then she waited three years for victory against his lawsuit.

I would suggest tentatively that this is exactly what we see going on at this moment.

Sarah is doing a great work. She is PATIENTLY ELIMINATING those who are not qualified to be President of the United States.

Victory has often been the golden guerdon of Patience!!

It was through Patience that the Romans defeated Hannibal in the Second Punic War.

It was through Patience that the Russians defeated Napoleon almost two centuries ago.

It is through Patience that Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska is eliminating those persons who are not qualified to assume the helm of the Ship of State in the dangerous waters and fearful seas and stormy tides of these times.

Yes and, IMHO, she will culminate and crown this patient work and operation on Election Day, 6 November, 2012, by eliminating the most unqualified of all, a person whose usurpation of the White House has been a blot and a stain upon the honor, upon the fair fame, upon the history of the United States of America…she will end by triumphantly eliminating on that glorious evening the Marxist intruder, the little Chicago thug and "community organizer," barack hussein obama!!!


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Other Great Going Rogue Reviews:

Jedediah Bila:

"Palin’s inviting first-person narration that is sometimes whimsical, often confident, and always patriotic...Going Rogue is truly one of those reads in which you put the book down after your eyes graze the final lines and you somehow feel like the writer is someone you’ve known all your life."
John Ziegler:

"I was simply blown away by Going Rogue on almost every level. For many reasons, this is by far the best book and greatest literary achievement by a political figure in my lifetime..."
Brigadier General Anthony J. Tata:
"Her book washes away all doubts that any reader might have had about her readiness to be president. She comes across as exceptionally bright, dedicated, and passionate about public service. Her moral compass is strong, pointing true North in this case. And she has a wicked sense of humor."
Don Surber:
"Conservatives know why Palin is still standing — and standing taller today than those who tried to bring her down. What does not kill you makes you stronger. Thank you, Tina Fey."

Sarah Palin is Coming to Town

Review by Stanley Fish:

When I walked into the Strand Bookstore in Manhattan last week, I headed straight for the bright young thing who wore an “Ask Me” button, and asked her to point me to the section of the store where I might find Sarah Palin’s memoir, “Going Rogue: An American Life.” She looked at me as if I had requested a copy of “Mein Kampf” signed in blood by the author....

A few days later...I had begun reading Palin’s book, and while I wouldn’t count myself a fan in the sense of being a supporter, I found it compelling and very well done....

First, the art. The book has an architectonic structure that is built around a single moment, the moment when Palin receives a call from John McCain inviting her to be the vice-presidential candidate of the Republican party. When we first hear about the call it is as much a surprise to us as it was (at least as reported) to her, because for six pages she has been recounting a wonderful family outing at the Alaska State Fair. When her phone rings, she hopes it might be a call from her son Track, a soldier soon to deploy to Iraq, but “it was Senator John McCain asking if I wanted to help him change history.”

And that’s the last we hear of it for 200 pages. In between we hear a lot about Wasilla, high school, basketball, college, marriage, children, Down syndrome, Alaska politics, the environment, a daughter’s pregnancy. The re-entry of John McCain into the narrative on page 208 introduces Palin’s account of the presidential campaign and its aftermath, especially her decision to resign the governorship before the end of her term....

Paradoxically, the effect of the neatly spaced references to the call is to de-emphasize it as a dramatic moment. It is presented not as a climax, but as an interruption of matters more central to Palin’s abiding concerns — her family, Alaska’s prosperity, energy policy. (She loves to rehearse the kind of wonkish details we associate with Hillary Clinton, whom she admires.)

Indeed, it is a feature of this narrative that events we might have expected to be foregrounded are elided or passed over. Palin introduced herself to the nation with a powerful, electrifying speech accepting McCain’s invitation to join the ticket. It gets half a sentence (“I gave my speech”)....

The only event that receives an extended discussion is her resignation. It is important to her because as an act it reflects on her integrity, and she has to be sure (as she eventually was) that she was doing it for the right reasons.

Resigning was a moral act for which she was responsible. The vice-presidential candidacy just happened to her; her account of it reads like an extended “what-I-did-on-my summer-and fall-vacation” essay.

For many politicians, family life is sandwiched in between long hours in public service. Palin wants us to know that for her it is the reverse. Political success is an accident that says nothing about you. Success as a wife, mother and citizen says everything...

I find the voice undeniably authentic...It is the voice of small-town America, with its folk wisdom, regional pride, common sense, distrust of rhetoric (itself a rhetorical trope), love of country and instinctive (not doctrinal) piety.

It says, here are some of the great things that have happened to me, but they are not what makes my life great and American. (“An American life is an extraordinary life.”) It says, don’t you agree with me that family, freedom and the beauties of nature are what sustain us?

And it also says, vote for me next time. For it is the voice of a politician, of the little girl who thought she could fly, tried it, scraped her knees, dusted herself off and “kept walking.”

In the end, perseverance, the ability to absorb defeat without falling into defeatism, is the key to Palin’s character. It’s what makes her run in both senses of the word and it is no accident that the physical act of running is throughout the book the metaphor for joy and real life. Her handlers in the McCain campaign wouldn’t let her run (a mistake, I think, even at the level of photo-op), no doubt because they feared another opportunity to go “off script,” to “go rogue.”

But run she does (and falls, but so what?), and when it is all over and she has lost the vice presidency and resigned the governorship, she goes on a long run and rehearses in her mind the eventful year she has chronicled. And as she runs, she achieves equilibrium and hope: “We’ve been through amazing days, and really, there wasn’t one thing to complain about. I feel such freedom, such hope, such thankfulness for our country, a place where nothing is hopeless.”

The message is clear. America can’t be stopped. I can’t be stopped. I’ve stumbled and fallen, but I always get up and run again. Her political opponents, especially those who dismissed Ronald Reagan before he was elected, should take note. Wherever you are, you better watch out. Sarah Palin is coming to town.

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