Published November 17, 2009
Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
The reviews for Sarah Palin's new book "Going Rogue" could be giving us some new outbreaks of "Palin Derangement Syndrome."
Under the headline "Sarah Vain and Simple," Geoffrey Dunn writes in the Huffington Post: "'Going Rogue' sinks even further into Palin's unique brand of narcissism and victimhood." Dunn goes on to call Palin, "the most divisive politician of our time."
Michiko Kakutani from The New York Times calls the book, "part cagey spin, part earnest autobiography, part payback hit job."
The Washington Post enlisted reviews from both a liberal and a conservative. Writing for the left, Ana Marie Cox's headline reads: "Amid cloudy rhetoric, the challenge to find political smoke and fire." Cox admits to skimming the last 150 pages, more than a third of the book, because she was on deadline: "It's terrible, I know, but if I didn't read it all, neither can Sarah Palin claim to have completely written it."
World of Disappointment
Many environmentalists are upset with President Obama following word that a global climate change treaty will not happen during next month's U.N. summit in Copenhagen.
A headline in the German magazine Der Spiegel declares: "Obama has failed the world on climate change." The article says the president was dishonest with Europe during his much-touted Berlin speech in 2008 when he declared himself a citizen of the world.
British Greenpeace activist Joss Garman says the U.S. has been deadweight on the climate talks and that President Obama wants the world to wait for a climate change bill currently bogged down in the Senate.
New York State of Mind
New York Democratic Governor David Paterson could have a bit of an uphill battle in his quest to be elected to a full term next year.
A new poll by the Siena College Research Institute shows Paterson trailing Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who has not even declared he will run, by nearly 60 points: 75 to 16 percent. The poll also shows Paterson trailing former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani by more than 20 points in a general election face off. The polls have a margin of error of 3.5 percent.
Political expert Larry Sabato says of Paterson: "No governor of New York in modern times has been in such bad shape less than a year ahead of the election. It would take a miracle, or maybe a pocket full of them, for Paterson to win in 2010."
— Fox News Channel's Lanna Britt contributed to this report.