COMMENTARY | People who admire Sarah Palin as the true most powerful female politician on the planet and who disparage Hillary Clinton as a poseur are having fun with some book sale statistics that compare the two.
Hillary Clinton current memoirs, “Hard Choices,” has sold 100,000 copies in its first few days of release. By contrast, Sarah Palin’s first book, “Going Rogue,” sold nearly half a million in its first week.
This is a remarkable statistic considering that Palin has been constantly disparaged by the mainstream media since she first ascended to the world stage. By contrast the same media has touted Clinton as a kind of modern Glorianna in waiting, a certain future president of the United States. The head to head matchup, as far as book sales are concerned, tell a different story.
To be sure there are the books themselves to consider. While some of the reviews of “Hard Choices” have been positive, some, like that of Jonah Goldberg of National Review, have pronounced the book “dull.” This may be because the woman herself and her career has been as dull as they have been controversial.
By contrast, “Going Rogue” is a breezy, entertaining read about a remarkable woman who, just a few short years ago, was an ordinary hockey mom living in a small town in Alaska who eventually became powerful enough to shake the Earth by her very word. And let’s face it, all politics aside, with whom would the reader rather hang out? Clinton, hearing her bob and weave over Benghazi, or Palin, and hearing her latest caustic thoughts about the political class against whom she has been an effective rebel?
It probably won’t happen, but a 2016 contest between Clinton and Palin would be the political battle of the century. It would cause feminists’ heads to explode as they would have to at the same time praise Clinton as the pioneering woman statesman and at the same time denigrate Palin, someone who really has that pioneer spirit in more ways than one. The result would likely put the legend of Hillary Clinton in the grave for well and good.