October 28, 2009, - 2:15 am

Taking Bets: Will Sarah Palin Go on Letterman? Letterman Begins Campaign

By Debbie Schlussel

On Tuesday Night, on his “Late Night with David Letterman” show, David Letterman talked about how he was miffed that Oprah was hosting Sarah Palin as the former Alaskan Governor’s first interview upon her ghostwriter’s new book release, “Going Rogue: An American Life.”  Letterman joked that the two women had something in common:  “They both helped elect Barack Obama.”


Then, Letterman detailed his new campaign to get Palin to come on his show.  He detailed all of the messages that have been left with “Tina”–the public relations person at Palin’s publishing company, Harper Collins–requesting an appearance on Letterman.

But if you think Palin will keep her dignity and refuse to appear on Letterman,  think again.  The jury’s still out on that.  As Letterman pointed out, Tina at Harper Collins hasn’t said no . . . yet.  And anyone following Palin and her career knows that she has an inflated ego and sense of what she can do (remember the Katie Couric interview).   She loves publicity and probably believes she can wow Letterman if she wants to, like she thinks she did on her silly “Saturday Night Live” appearance.

Of course, Palin doesn’t have to appear on Letterman.  Her ghostwriter’s book is topping online booksellers purchased books.  She doesn’t need him.  If the books weren’t moving like hotcakes and she did need him, I’ll bet she’d certainly have gone on Letterman.

And I’m not sure she can resist even now when she doesn’t need his show to promote the book.  We’ll see.  The fact is, those who watch Letterman aren’t inclined to buy her book.  And those who are inclined to buy her book don’t watch Letterman, after he told jokes about her babymama daughter and later had the nerve to invoke her name when he admitted his multiple extramarital affairs with his female staffers.  Like I said, she doesn’t need him.  But that hasn’t stopped her before.  She didn’t need the SNL appearance, either, but couldn’t resist the spotlight.

Taking bets.  Do you think Sarah Palin will cave and appear on Letterman?  Why or why not?

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24 Responses

She may or may not, depending on the amount of self-respect she still has. But, is it really important in any way?

Worry01 on October 28, 2009 at 3:00 am

who cares if she does or not, really? In any persepctive you want to take, it all comes down to media-whores feeding off their own kind.

Mistress_Dee on October 28, 2009 at 6:11 am

‘I’ll hafta gat back atcha on that bet ya kno” *wink*

VietBoonieRat on October 28, 2009 at 7:22 am

I say she goes on the show because it will be a win win for both. He can apologize to her about the comment about her daughter, the slutty flight attendant comment all because his skeletons are out of the closet. She knows he can’t be an attack dog anymore. He looks likes he is sorry, she looks forgiving. Wow doesn’t that play well with suckers. As P.T. Barnum said “There’s a sucker born every minute”.

CaliforniaScreaming on October 28, 2009 at 7:44 am

A little more fuel to the fire…


Bob Porrazzo on October 28, 2009 at 9:03 am

A media whore on Letterman…I think so!

Deo on October 28, 2009 at 9:46 am

There’s no way. She should announce a celebrity grudge fight between her husband and Letterman.

Joe on October 28, 2009 at 10:02 am

She was the only one of the 4 candidates in the last election to have held an executive position yet she was the one most criticized for “lack of experience.”

The Palin critics’ envy is only surpassed by their snobbery.

TG: She was also the only one of the 4 candidates who was clueless on Roe v. Wade (said she supported “the right to privacy” which was the whole reasoning for the ruling allowing abortion on demand), who couldn’t do a single interview without totally screwing it up, who couldn’t name a single magazine or newspaper she read, who barely graduated college after six years in six different colleges, who relied on winking at a VP debate, who pimped America on her babymama daughter, and who quit while in office. You vastly overestimate the amount of envy. And you underrate snobbery. Sometimes, snobbery is sorely needed. DS

tempus fugit on October 28, 2009 at 10:55 am

She should go on, but not to promote her book. She should go on to show the American public that she is willing to go into enemy territory, unlike B. Hussein Obama WRT Fox News. Obama has become the biggest cry baby in the U.S., just ahead of Beck.

Jarhead on October 28, 2009 at 11:17 am

Sarah needs Letterman like a fish needs a bicycle. It would be a total waste of time. It wouldn’t add to her book sales and it would give this has-been-standup-comic a blip in his ratings. It’s a lose-win.

Hey, where’d I leave my cigar?

Stymie on October 28, 2009 at 11:38 am

Dear Debbie:

I believe she will not go on Letterman’s show. She most likely cannot outwit him in real time, and she shouldn’t take the chance of being bested in repartee. Letterman certainly will miss no opportunity in that regard. Moreover, if she wants to maintain her moral high ground, then ignoring Dave the smarmy reprobate would be a fitting punishment for him, and would highlight her disdain.

If there really is a “Tina” at Palin’s publisher — and this is open to some doubt, at best, given the Palin-specific “Fey” toxin — then either she is playing coy, or she should just turn Dave down flat.

I think Palin will do the Oprah show, and let Dave twist, twist slowly in the stale wind of his own corruption. At least, that’s what I would do.


Dernon Ruton on October 28, 2009 at 11:38 am

Debbie – while I do not find Palin as despicable as you do, I do respect your opinion. So, who do you see out there would be a good conservative candidate in 2012?

GianniV on October 28, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Well, Debbie. First, I don’t really understand your venomous dislike (not hatred) of Ms. Palin. Whether you like it or not, she does draw a crowd and espouses conservative values.

She most probably will accept the Letterman invitation and we will have another round of media frenzy from both sides to distract the public from the devastation of our government, economy and free enterprise system by old Hussein, who has no experience outside being a part time senator and community organiser. Hurrah!!!

Jerry S on October 28, 2009 at 12:21 pm

I, also, do not share Debbie’s disdain for Palin (although the babymama and househusband observations are entirely accurate, and disappointing). That being said, if Palin does go on Letterman, that’s it for me. At that point, I wouldn’t vote her in as dogcatcher.

Spiffo on October 28, 2009 at 1:11 pm

She probably will go on Letterhead for whatever stupid reason. He is the most boring human on earth, so if she does go on no one will see it either way. He could have live sex right on the air I still wouldn’t watch him.

seahawker on October 28, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Debbie take heart wherever you go and whatever you do almost everything turns into a groupthink mentality. There are few true freethinkers like you. The left has the “Obama worship” and the right to a much smaller degree has “Palin worship”. Nothing can get close to “Obama worship”. Hell there is “Ron Paul worship” too. However I always find it amazing how people will change their views when the group decides what is best for the individual. Free thinkers are usually lone wolves. Hurray for the lone wolf!!

CS: Agreed, with one exception. You haven’t seen the death threats, blatantly anti-Semitic comments, and completely unhinged, insane hate mail in my inbox from Palinmessiah followers. They are even worse than the hatemail I get from Muslims . . . by a lot. Here are just a couple of examples I’ve noted on this site:



These people are nuts and morons. It’s definitely not “to a much smaller degree” than Obama worship. It might even be worse, as some people are waking up to Obama, and the nutjob Palinmaniac ranks grow. They are a hateful, sick bunch, and I’ve literally had to report some to authorities for stalking me repeatedly. DS

CaliforniaScreaming on October 28, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Debbie, you have one thing wrong in your blog.

Sarah’s book wasn’t “ghostwritten” She did have a collaborator, Lynn Vincent. MOST authors, even prolific ones, have some collaboration.

The book is based on journals Palin has kept since childhood. So in reality, one can say she has been writing the book all of her life. This is why the book got done in record time, it was more of a case of editing, than writing, I’m sure.

Also, by very definition, the “ghostwriter” BS doesn’t fly, because Palin, HarperCollins, and Vincent herself were up front about the fact that Vincent was part of the deal.

Now if we want to talk “ghostwritten” books, let’s talk Obama, who’s first book was evidently written by Bill Ayers, according to all of the evidence, and his second by Jon Favreau.

As for Letterman, I don’t see it, but who knows. Being able to take it to the enemy is something Palin is very good at.

Personally I’d rather she take him on a hunting trip!

G: That’s a relatively new cover story, but not the real story. It’s well known that Lynn Vincent wrote the entire book, using some Palin interviews and audiotape. Palin didn’t write a single sentence of it. We won’t be reading the drivel an ignoramus wrote in a notebook when she was 16. A woman who can’t name a single newspaper or magazine she reads and barely graduated from college with a journalism degree–after six years in six different colleges–cannot and did not write a book, much less even a chapter. Not sure she’s even read it yet (or any other book). I don’t dispute that Obama’s books were ghostwritten. DS

Gary on October 28, 2009 at 3:54 pm


And now, what are the “Top Ten Differences Between Sarah Palin And A David Lefterman Intern…”

You know that would just make the Left’s millennium.

Odds are, given her past mistakes, she’s probably gonna do it.

yonason on October 28, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Who tweets for Sarah Palin? I don’t think that SP “relied” on winking in her debate with Joe Biden–she held her own.

Like it or not, it’s practically obligatory for a national candidate to appear on SNL. I predict that SP skips Letterman’s show.

KS on October 28, 2009 at 6:59 pm

O’Reilly is the only “Independent” with a bias toward conservatism of note that will prostitute himself to attempt to sell a book on Letterman.
There of course are lesser lites that will try.
I don’t believe SP will be allowed to appear if she is indeed going to run for office.
The one thing I take issue with you is your statement SP barely
graduated from college in 6 years etc. That to me is a plus.
Look how well we are doing under Obama and others that excelled in college. The MBAs alone in the management of no longer viable businesses would comprise the first two pages of the donor lists .
Gee–Enron was full Texas, Texas A&M,
Harvard grads with honors. I understand what you are trying to portray but that one seems a bit of a reach.

Rollie Robinson on October 28, 2009 at 10:58 pm

As for Palin appearing on Letterman, I will guess yes. Letterman got caught with his pants down, so he won’t be as hard on Palin as he would have before he was EXPOSED.

Full disclosure, I agree with both DS & fellow Libertarian Andrew Napolitano of FOX when it comes to Palin. Seriously, is she the best the Republicans have to offer?

Bonzer Wolf on October 28, 2009 at 11:10 pm

tempus fugit, as to Palin’s “executive” experience. Get real. She couldn’t even finish that puny Alaska governor job! Palin is an opportunist, a quitter and a mental midget. BTW, Alaska has a population of 654,000. The city of Arlington a suburb of Dallas & Fort Worth has half that many people! Hell, Jerry Jones would be a better choice. There will be more than 654,000 in attendance at Cowboy’s games in Arlington this season. The stadium is so big Jerry can see Russia from the top of the scoreboard!

Bonzer Wolf on October 28, 2009 at 11:55 pm

she is undoubtedly, a prime example of biological waste. Furthermore, this blog, is a biased, sad attempt at making sense of american politics. I thought it was clear that financial corporations ruled american politics – both left and right wing party persuasions, and every branch in between.

This Blog Blows on October 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm

I doubt that she will. I would love to see Letterman tie into the the dumb assed, hilly billy bobbette but I am sure she knows he will and she fears ridicule.

nonofyours on September 27, 2014 at 1:49 pm

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