*(Via LA Times) – There’s a not-so-subtle agenda underpinning Joe McGinniss’ “The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin,” although it’s never made explicit until late in the book.

“The time has come to strike the tent,” McGinniss begins the closing chapter. “[N]o matter how much my book sales might benefit from a Palin presidential campaign in 2012, I sincerely hope that the whole extravaganza, which has been unblushingly underwritten by a mainstream media willing to gamble the nation’s future in exchange for the cheap thrill of watching a clown in high heels on a flying trapeze, is nearing the end of its run.”

If you’re a Palin supporter, this will only give you ammunition to dismiss “The Rogue” as one more piece of liberal propaganda, yet another “lamestream media” smear campaign. If you agree with McGinniss, you may wonder why it took so long to get to the point.

Either way, the statement offers an unintended glimpse of the difficulties inherent in the project — both because it risks undermining what appear to be damning revelations about Palin and her husband Todd, and also because of what it suggests about the futility of trying to outguess a public figure as mercurial, or unfocused, as the former Alaska governor.

When McGinniss wrote those lines earlier this year, Palin was still considered a likely candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination; now, her moment may have passed. This is the problem with instant history, that events have a way of outstripping us, that it’s hard to tell a story before it ends.

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