[As a courtesy to our guests, please keep comments to the book. Please take other conversations to a previous thread. - bev]
Shannyn Moore, Host:
In the sea of Sarah Palin books that have been released since she slammed into the national consciousness, Blind Allegiance is unique. With access to the woman, the gubernatorial candidate, the governor, the VP candidate and the quitter, Frank Bailey was a true insider. He showed up at Palin campaign headquarters literally on Day One with a paintbrush and a mop. By virtue of his loyalty and work ethic, he played an integral role in her campaign, and rose in the ranks to become Palin’s powerful Director of Boards and Commissions during her administration as Governor.
Bailey, a staunch conservative and Christian, watched over the course of four years as the woman in whose supposed principles he believed revealed her true self – an opportunist who was willing to lie, exact petty vengeance on foes, break the law, and go against what she espoused were her firmly held beliefs. Bailey’s book is almost a confessional as he looks back with a critical eye at his own behavior, and the things that lead human beings into blind allegiance to politicians and other figures of power and influence.
Also unique to the Bailey book (co-authored by novelist Ken Morris and political writer Jeanne Devon) is his unfettered access to more than 60,000 emails sent to and from his personal Yahoo account, many coming from Sarah Palin herself, Todd Palin, and the rest of the “inner circle” that was running state politics. The emails paint a stark portrait of the “real Sarah Palin” and provide a window into a world that could only be revealed by a handful of confidants. Of that handful, only one was willing to step up and speak out.
With the help of Ken Morris and Jeanne Devon (our guest today) the monumental task of creating this book began with reading and sorting the email archive, and weaving together a political nightmare with the touching story of Frank Bailey’s faith, disillusionment and ultimate redemption. The story behind the story is the coming together of writers from across the political spectrum to collaborate, and agree that regardless of party, Sarah Palin is bad for politics and the nation. It is a compelling read on several levels, and a real page-turner.
Today’s guest is Jeanne Devon, co-author of Blind Allegiance, and the founder and Managing Editor of TheMudflats.Net, Alaska’s most authoritative and widely-read political blog, based in Anchorage. The Mudflats has been a repeat winner of the Blogger’s Choice Award for Best Political Blog. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. She also recently won the Alaska Press Club award for Best Blog Commentary 2010. Devon was a contributing author to Going Rouge – An American Nightmare (O/R Books), and has appeared on national TV, and radio talking about Sarah Palin. She also appears weekly for Thursdays in the Mud on The Shannyn Moore Show from 1-2pm Alaska time.