For a book tentatively titled Sarah Palin's Year of Living Dangerously, a writer previously accused of coming dangerous close to plagarism by Doris Kearns Goodwin, has snuck to a new level of sleaze, falling short of voyeurism and stalking.
McGinnis already wrote an anti-Palin piece, but has now moved from his Massachusetts home to right next door to Sarah Palin. Creepy? Sarah Palin thinks so.
On Sarah Palin's Facebook Page, she sent this message to her new neighbor:
"Spring has sprung in Alaska, and with this beautiful season comes the news today that the Palins have a new neighbor! Welcome, Joe McGinniss!"
"Yes, that Joe McGinniss. Here he is – about 15 feet away on the neighbor's rented deck overlooking my children's play area and my kitchen window. Maybe we'll welcome him with a homemade blueberry pie tomorrow so he'll know how friendly Alaskans are."
"We found out the good news today. Upon my family's return this morning from endorsement rallies and speeches in the Lower 48 states, I finally got the chance to tackle my garden and lawn this evening! So, putting on the shorts and tank top to catch that too-brief northern summer sun and placing a giddy Trig in his toddler backpack for a lawn-mowing adventure, I looked up in surprise to see a “new neighbor” overlooking my property just a stone's throw away. Needless to say, our outdoor adventure ended quickly after Todd went to introduce himself to the stranger who was peering in…"
"Joe announced to Todd that he's moved in right next door to us. He's rented the place for the next five months or so. He moved up all the way from Massachusetts to live right next to us – while he writes a book about me. Knowing of his many other scathing pieces of “journalism” (including the bizarre anti-Palin administration oil development pieces that resulted in my Department of Natural Resources announcing that his work is the most twisted energy-related yellow journalism they'd ever encountered), we're sure to have a doozey to look forward to with this treasure he's penning. Wonder what kind of material he'll gather while overlooking Piper's bedroom, my little garden, and the family's swimming hole?"
"Welcome, Joe! It'll be a great summer – come borrow a cup of sugar if ever you need some sweetener. And you know what they say about “fences make for good neighbors”? Well, we'll get started on that tall fence tomorrow, and I'll try to keep Trig's squeals down to a quiet giggle so we don't disturb your peaceful summer. Enjoy!"
- Sarah Palin
If I had a man with a camera in his yard next door, taking pictures and gooming at my children, I would look on the sex offenders registry to see if his picture was there, first of all. Then I would check to see if he was ever arrested or suspected of any crime against women.
If I was Sarah Palin I would have a video camera at the ready and videotape Joe McGinnis while he was videotaping her. I hope she has thick drapes up in the bathroom.
And in the bedroom as well!
Where will it end?
Why is everyone so afraid of Sarah Palin that a once reputable publishing complany would stoop to this level of sketchiness.
Random House is paying Joe McGinnis to write the book, scheduled for publication in 2011. Rumor has it, the book will contain lots of pictures.