Frank Bailey worked his way into Sarah Palin’s favor as a volunteer in her campaign for governor of Alaska, to become one her closest advisors in that office. He has since “been forced to reconsider his actions on Palin’s behalf in terms of his deep Christian faith … ” for money.
For the second time since Sarah Palin left him behind upon her resignation, Bailey is shopping a “tell-all” of his years as a staff member in her office. This time he has secured the services of New York literary agent Carol Mann to pedal his trashy opus, “Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of our Tumultuous Years.”
According to some in the publishing industry Bailey stands to make as much as $100,000 up front, and between $500,000 and $1 million in total for his scandalous tell-all.
In his quest for publication, from the get-go, Bailey plays fast and loose with the facts, by alleging that Palin made a political appointment to the state Supreme Court as personal payoff. The former staffer claims that the governor appointed a pro-choice judge rather than pro-lifer to the state Supreme Court for ruling in her sister’s favor in her custody dispute with state trooper Mike Wooten.
The dispute between Wooten and his then wife, Molly, Palin’s sister, resulted in the “Trooper-Gate” scandal, which was concocted by DNC operatives in the media to derail the 2008 McCain-Palin campaign. The fact is, both of the judges eligible for the appointment to the court were pro-choice, and the one Palin ultimately selected was never assigned to her sister’s custody case.
With that kind of command of the facts, Bailey may be able to secure a recently opened anchor position at MSNBC when book sales die down.
There will no doubt be more leaks in days to come, all designed to interest Random House et al.
One reason Bailey’s previous book failed to attract a publisher was that he was playing in the big pool—the ultimate mud puddle. Virtually every disreputable writer and journalist in America has taken an underhanded shot a Palin over the last two and a half years; even heretofore mainstream journalists have not been able to resist the temptation to go tabloid where the beautiful conservative firebrand is concerned.
In this era of microwavable success where—in the words of Tom Petty—“it seems people want to … start at ‘American Idol’ and go on to some form of instant fame from there,” what Bailey is attempting to do has been almost legitimized. Much of it may be the result of under teaching morality and ethics in our schools, but more often than not it is simply laziness. For a man like Bailey, who missed the “brass ring” on the Palin bandwagon, writing a tell-all probably seemed like easy way back into the game.
In the end, of course, he is just a bottom feeder like the others who sell out those who trusted them with their most closely guarded secrets, or who pedal thinly veiled lies for a price.
Frank Bailey will sell his manuscript this time, if for no other reason than the fact that nothing else has worked in the Left’s attempt to destroy Sarah Palin. He will have no integrity left but he will, like Scott McClellan before him, have momentary albeit fleeting success.
And then he will join the legions of others who have bitten the hands that fed them, and become an ugly footnote in the history of a great life.