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ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Sarah Palin is juggling offers to write books, appear in films and sit on dozens of interview couches at a rate astonishing for most Hollywood stars, let alone a first-term governor.
Oprah wants her. So do Letterman and Leno.
The failed Republican vice presidential candidate crunched state budget numbers this past week in her 17th-floor office as tumbling oil prices hit Alaska's revenues. Her staff, meanwhile, fielded television requests seeking the 44-year-old Palin for late-night banter and Sunday morning Washington policy.
Agents from the William Morris Agency and elsewhere, have come knocking. There even has been an offer to host a TV show.
"Tomorrow, Governor Palin could do an interview with any news media on the planet," said her spokesman, Bill McAllister. "Tomorrow, she could probably sign any one of a dozen book deals. She could start talking to people about a documentary or a movie on her life. That's the level we are at here."
"Barbara Walters called me. George Stephanopoulos called me," McAllister said. "I've had multiple conversations with producers for Oprah, Letterman, Leno and 'The Daily Show.'"

Asked whether Winfrey was pursuing Palin for a sit-down, Michelle McIntyre, a spokeswoman for Winfrey's Chicago-based Harpo Productions Inc., said she was "unable to confirm any future plans" for the show.
Palin may have emerged from the campaign politically wounded, with questions about her preparedness for higher office and reports of an expensive wardrobe. But she has returned to Alaska with an expanded, if unofficial, title — international celebrity.
John McCain plucked Palin out of relative obscurity in late August and put her on the national GOP ticket. Now, she has to decide how and where to spend her time, which could have implications for her political future and her bank account, with possible land mines of legal and ethical rules.
Palin is considering about 800 requests for appearances from December through 2009, with 75 percent coming from out of state. A year ago, just a sprinkle of requests came from beyond Alaska's borders. They range from invitations to speak at The Chief Executives' Club of Boston to attend a 5-year-old's birthday party, from a prayer breakfast in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to a business conference in Britain.
Michael Steele, the former Maryland lieutenant governor who wants to be the next chairman of the Republican National Committee, is seeking face time.
She has invitations to make appearances in 20 foreign countries, typically with all expenses paid, McAllister said. She has more than 200 requests for media interviews, again from around the globe.
"She has to pace herself," suggested veteran Hollywood publicist Howard Bragman. "She wants a career made in a Crock-Pot, not a microwave."
In her two months on the national stage, Palin energized the Republican base but turned off moderates and independents, according to some surveys. Flubbed answers in national television interviews raised questions about her competence. She was embarrassed by the disclosure the RNC spent at least $150,000 for designer clothing, accessories and beauty services for her and her family.
The right book or movie deal could help Palin reintroduce herself to the nation, on terms she could dictate.
While books and movie deals could be worth millions of dollars, it's not clear if Palin would be able to legally earn it. State rules say she cannot accept outside employment for compensation. But there appears to be little in the way of precedent left by former governors to judge if book deals or lucrative speaking appearances amount to "employment."
Palin has sent unmistakable signals she is open to running for president in 2012, but to advance her political ambitions she must stay in the public eye in the lower 48 states. As with any celebrity, there is the risk of overexposure. At the same time, she'll be under pressure to attend to governing her home state, which is thousands of miles from the rest of the nation.
"She has to deal with the perception that she bobbled her debut," said Claremont McKenna College political scientist John Pitney. "She needs to stay home for a while. If she wants a future in national politics, her No. 1 job is doing a good job as governor."
Just this past week, shortly after conducting a string of national TV interviews and skipping a state education conference, she was scolded by the Anchorage Daily News. "There are ... low graduation rates, plummeting North Slope oil prices, proposals to build alternative energy projects, the gas pipeline," the paper said in an editorial. "It's time for the governor to refocus on Alaska's needs."

I am so sick of hearing about Palin, but I thought you guys would be interested in this article. Despite how we pray, she doesn't seem to be going away.

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crystalstarr 23rd-Nov-2008 01:01 am (UTC)
Who cares, she needs to slither away in the snow.
xzombifiedx 23rd-Nov-2008 01:01 am (UTC)
seaslide 23rd-Nov-2008 01:38 am (UTC)
appropriate icon is appropriate.
squid_ink 23rd-Nov-2008 01:04 am (UTC)
this will last for about a month.. then the media will realize how sick of her the public really is.

sarken 23rd-Nov-2008 01:04 am (UTC)
"She wants a career made in a Crock-Pot, not a microwave."

squid_ink 23rd-Nov-2008 01:06 am (UTC)
I think he had the phrase CRACKPOT in the back of his mind.

Seriously, think Anna Nicole Smith show. She's even got the freaky family to go along with the deal.
caterfree10 23rd-Nov-2008 01:18 am (UTC)

mindrtist 23rd-Nov-2008 04:06 am (UTC)

one of my better shenanigans offerings.
bellichka 23rd-Nov-2008 01:18 am (UTC)
Whatevs, I'd rather see her hosting a TV show than in the oval office. I actually liked her on weekend update, it's obvious she feels comfortable in that sort of a setting.
squid_ink 23rd-Nov-2008 01:23 am (UTC)
good she can get a job on ESPN like she originally wanted before this whole politics thing 'reared its head'
jiyu_chan 23rd-Nov-2008 01:20 am (UTC)
All this publicity may eventually encourage her to run for president in 2012, which will make me fear for my life.

hot143chocolate 23rd-Nov-2008 01:21 am (UTC)
She needs to forget about 2012 and just host a TV show. The woman is entertainment gold.
escherichiacola 23rd-Nov-2008 01:21 am (UTC)
offers to write books

I'd make a children's book crack but that would just be an insult to Seuss and Sendak.
checkbookstub 23rd-Nov-2008 01:29 am (UTC)
I sort of cared about her before because there was a chance that she might sit in Washington.

Now? Now she can really sink back into obscurity.
artchess 23rd-Nov-2008 01:31 am (UTC)
Seriously, why? I just want to know what this woman will talk about and who will be able to take her annoying high-pitched voice.
madame_mage 23rd-Nov-2008 01:33 am (UTC)
*explodes with FURY*

WHAT THE FRICK? WHAT the hell is wrong with these people?

Focus on your STATE Sarah! Thats your Goddamn JOB.
bushy_brow 23rd-Nov-2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
Job, schmob.  She probably has a state manager to run things for her anyway, like when she screwed up was mayor of Wasilla.
vinylsigns 23rd-Nov-2008 01:35 am (UTC)
I'd think the only reason The Daily Show would want to contact her is because Jon has a can of whoopass with her name on it.
sopardonme 23rd-Nov-2008 02:15 am (UTC)
It'd be niccce if that was true but you know he is incredibly respectful to every guest haha. Now, Colbert would be something else
abiding 23rd-Nov-2008 01:36 am (UTC)
seaslide 23rd-Nov-2008 01:38 am (UTC)
ew D:
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