Why? Because the demise of so many of Palin's rivals for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination over the course of May has quickly changed the terrain, or at least it appears that way. Hence Book 5 - Chapter 56, on how her main shrine is treating her rivals.
I wrote a short review of Dunn's book as part of a May 7th on-line event hosting him at firedoglake. The next day Patrick at Politicalgates posted an interview with the author.
Today, Jesse Griffin has posted an interview with Dunn that is the first detailed look at how the author views the changes in the GOP political map in this short interval of about ten days. Apart from the quality of the interview - Jesse asks some fascinating questions (sort of reminding me of NPR's Terry Gross) that bring a lot out of Geoffrey - is the inclusion of Dunn's views on the recent pre-campaign developments:
All of a sudden the planets have once again aligned in her favor. Trump got thrown out of the race. Huckabee dropped out, which creates a huge hole for Palin. Gingrich has self-immolated. Romney is made of cardboard. Pawlenty of recycled cardboard. Palin is the only one with any charisma or juice.Dunn doesn't think she can win the 2012 final race and the White House. He has more faith in the American voter, the American media and the electronic voting system than do I.
The Gallup poll indicated that she has the most name recognition of any candidate. I mean, how many people know who Mitch Daniels is? She will no doubt see this as a sign from God that a door has opened. Also.
The fact that she just sent out 400,000 letters to South Carolina this week indicates that she is still positioning herself for a run. She can’t win Iowa—she has no organization there—and she can’t win New Hampshire –where she is disliked by Republicans (see my book, wink)—but she can win in South Carolina, so if she enters the race there, well it’s a free for all, and with Huckabee out, well she can roll in the South…she plays to the Southern conservative evangelicals who have a real problem with a black president.
Go read the Griffin-Dunn interview at the Immoral Minority.
Go read Geoffrey's book.
I'm hoping to get my copy to deliver to the Wasilla Library soon. Can't wait to film that one.
image - Geoffrey Dunn and Jesse Griffin