Former Alaska Governor and Vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin is embarking on a national tour touting her new book “Going Rogue.” What’s curious, however, is that her book tour will skip a lot of the big cities–and major book sale markets–like Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia. Curious, but not surprising. Recall her definition of “real American” while she was out on the campaign trail just a year ago:
“We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the “real America,” being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation. This is where we find the kindness and the goodness and the courage of everyday Americans. Those who are running our factories and teaching our kids and growing our food and are fighting our wars for us. Those who are protecting us in uniform. Those who are protecting the virtues of freedom.
Hmmm. Could it be that the big urban centers still don’t count in Palin’s view of “real American.” And, by no stretch of her own simple logic, could it be that the people who inhabit the big cities—largely people of color—must not count as “real Americans?” You betcha. If you want to catch Palin in person this week, her tour kicks off in Grand Rapids, MI on 11/18, followed by Fort Wayne, IN and Noblesville, IN on 11/19. If those locations aren’t convenient, you can always catch her at one of her subsequent stops in places like Rochester, NY, Roanoke, VA, Fort Bragg, NC, or Jacksonville, FL. But, if you go, you’d better not look too urban. Wouldn’t want her “going rogue” if her delusional bubble bursts.