I never thought I’d be blogging about Oprah.

It was reported yesterday that Oprah will be the first interview that Governor Sarah Palin does for her new book Going Rogue: An American Life, and that program will air on November 16th.  Watching the O’Reilly Factor tonight, Bill O’Reilly was talking with Dennis Miller.  Miller doesn’t seem to to think that this signifies “going rogue,” but rather “playing the game.”

I disagree.  I think the opportunity to appear on Oprah’s show will give her a venue to be able to share her positions and message with a major demographic – suburban women.  If she runs for President in 2012 she’ll need to reach out to this group.  If she doesn’t run and would rather champion conservative causes and candidate – this is still a group she needs to reach out to.

Appearing on Oprah’s show also helps sell books, and it also sends a message that being snubbed by Oprah during the campaign is water under the bridge.  It could also make for an interesting interview as AllahPundit at Hot Air notes:

Obvious topics for discussion: Death panels, women in politics, and quitting as governor. Less obvious but no less intriguing: Oprah’s decision not to have her on during the campaign and whether it was fair to accuse The One on the trail of palling around with terrorists. If she gets that question and turns it around on Oprah by wondering why she had the integrity to quit Rev. Wright’s crazy church when our fearless leader didn’t, I might endorse her on the spot.

I don’t see the interview getting incredibly wonky… I just don’t see that with Oprah.  I think it will be an intriguing interview regardless the direction it takes.  It will mark the first time I watch Oprah in years.  That in itself is a remarkable feat.

Update: C. Brooks Kurtz at Conservatives 4 Palin points out, and I agree, that Dennis Miller’s comments reduced her book to one of two things:

1. Play it “close to the vest” and run for President;
2. Tell all, and become another “Jackie [sic] Susann.”

In other words, tell the truth and become a media sideshow, or distort the truth and welcome to the Rubber Chicken Derby. And George Lucas would have us think only Siths deal in absolutes!…

…In other words, Miller – who’s not read Gov. Palin’s book and is not privy to her next move – just reduced the potential of Gov. Palin’s unpublished, best-selling work to either a cynical move meant to thrust her political career forward, or a cynical attempt to enrich herself and her family; or, more salaciously, he just compared it to the work of a woman best-known for hyper-stylizing Hollywood hedonism and shamelessness. Ergo, it’s outside the realm of possibility that Gov. Palin might actually have something substantive to say beyond the politically-unrelated details the media happily dug up the moment she mentioned those Styrofoam columns. Yeah, it’s not like the public’s not acquainted with her writing by now. (read the whole thing)

Perhaps that is how most politicians approach things like promoting books, etc.  I think most of us could agree that Sarah Palin isn’t like most politicians.

2nd Update: Adrienne Ross points out that it is Oprah Winfrey who will likely be helped the most from this interview.  I can substantiate that as I’ll be watching and I NEVER watch Oprah, I can’t imagine I’ll be the only one in that boat.

10 comments
  1. Yes, going on Oprah to sell a book is so “Going Rouge.” *eyeroll* Nobody ever does that who wants to sell a book. Come on.

    She’s cashing in on the American Dream and that’s about the extent of this appearance and she’s got every right to do that but it is in no way some brilliant political move.

    Oprah=money.
    .-= Iowans Rock´s last blog ..Enjoy your last 49 days according to Brown =-.

      1. @Iowans Rock, I could have written it better. I wasn’t even planning on doing a post on the Oprah interview before it actually took place, but Miller’s comments just annoyed me.

        No it isn’t a “brilliant political move” I think not doing it would be a bad move on her part. Unless the interview is a complete flub, it will do nothing but help her politically and with book sales (which is already going quite nicely).

        With the Governor’s race… I’m just not ready to pull the trigger on anyone yet. Sorry. I guess it keeps me free to be able to critique and praise all candidates :). I see pros and cons in all of them. I will wholeheartedly support whomever runs against Culver though.

        I have been pretty direct about not throwing social conservatism under the bus, and Branstad not expect a coronation… he has some answering to do.

  2. I love Palin and support her 100%. I truly hopes she runs in 2012!

    That being said, I think her decision to appear on Oprah is foolish. It is more of the same poor choices that conservatives make — to appear in an interview with someone who hates you, hates your message, and wants to destroy you by making you look foolish. Do you really think Oprah will be honest and decent with her questioning? Do you really believe Oprah wants to create a forum to present Palin’s message in a good light?

    When will conservative Christians wake up and stop hanging themselves out to dry? Why are they so dumb as to go over to the territory of the wicked to share their ideals? Why not appear in national interviews with people who desire to promote their views?

    If you say it’s because she’ll never get media coverage, it doesn’t matter. Do you really think Oprah’s audience will become Palin supporters after this interview? Not likely! It’s the conservatives that Palin needs to win over. It’s the foolish conservatives that haven’t cut through the cr*p and heard Palin’s awesome message. It’s OUR message, but thus far has been stifled by our own psudeoconservative peers and naysayers. To believe Palin isn’t electable is to believe God is not omnipotent.

    I don’t see anything good coming out of the O interview. Oprah will chew Palin up and spit her out. Oprah has the upper hand. Oprah controls her show. Oprah despises Palin and her standards and vision. Oprah is having Palin on to make a mockery of her and to destroy her message. Oprah wants to kill Palin’s message.

    Are you blind?

    Yes, Palin can hold her own. Yes, Palin is brilliant, feisty, wellspoken and endearing. Yes, Palin is a woman of integrity and it shows, BUT, she’ll be on Oprah’s turf and Oprah will squash her.

    Terry<

    1. @Terry Colyn, I understand your point, but here’s my argument… since she started actively pining for Obama her ratings have gone down.

      Oprah is a creature of business. She wouldn’t have gotten where she is without business sense and ratings means $$, so I think Oprah understands that it is in her financial best interest to give Governor Palin a fair interview.

      I could be wrong, but I hope I’m not. There are interviews that I would certainly encourage her not to do like she should never do an interview with Katie Couric or Duane Gibson ever again.

  3. Oprah is the richest woman in the world. She cares MUCH more for furthering her agenda than for a few bucks. This is evidenced by the trash she continually dishes out and the world gobbles up.

    I love Sarah Palin. I want to see her elevated and given the respect she has earned by hard work. She won’t get it on Oprah. Her appearance will be Couric/Gibson revisited. Not in terms of her own lack of prep for devilish attacks, but for Oprah’s twist that will prevail on Oprah’s turf.

    Oprah will use this convenient opportunity to up her ratings by publicly mocking Palin and her (our) values.

    Why go to the devil to plead your case before the public?

    Terry Colyn

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