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Palin may be shopping for a big book deal

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has reportedly enlisted the services of Robert Barnett, the Washington lawyer who represented President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton in their multimillion-dollar book deals.

Barnett declined to comment. But a variety of published sources, including the Hollywood Reporter, said Barnett was on board in helping to sell a Palin book.

Presumably, the book would tell her side of the 2008 presidential election, when the GOP nominee, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, plucked Palin out of relative obscurity and offered her the vice presidential spot. Though she was a darling of conservatives and ignited the Republican base whenever she appeared in public, Palin has made it known that she had a difficult time with McCain's strategists.

During the campaign, there were charges Palin tried to censor books at the Wasilla, Alaska, library when she was mayor there. The reports turned out to be overblown, but the ink stuck to her, helping with conservatives and hurting with other voters.

The economy could be a factor in how much Palin could earn from any book. In recent months, reports of her wanting as much as $11-million for her memoirs have surfaced, though she could receive far less. Former first lady Laura Bush just sold her memoirs for less than $2-million.

There is more than money at stake. Palin is trying to stay in the spotlight, presumably with an eye on 2012, and a book could help give her a base beyond Alaska.

Palin may be shopping for a big book deal 01/22/09 [Last modified: Thursday, January 22, 2009 9:54pm]
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