Palin and McGinniss face off over a 14-foot fence

June 1, 2010

Sarah Palin is clearly a practitioner of the Bush doctrine of pre-emptive war.

If you doubt it, go ask Joe McGinniss.

The author of “Fatal Vision” and other bestsellers was researching a book about Palin when he found a good deal on a waterfront rental that happened to be next door to the Palin family home in Wasilla, Alaska.

USA/Fearful the writer was going to violate her privacy and say mean things about her, the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential nominee struck first.

She got a photo of McGinniss standing in the privacy of his balcony talking on the phone and posted it on her Facebook page with a sarcastic screed suggesting he was less than trustworthy around children.

That — and further remarks she made on television — unleashed what McGinniss described Tuesday as the “hounds of hell.”

He’s faced threats and harassment.

Even the Wasilla Frontiersman newspaper issued a warning, saying in an editorial last week: “Those who are fond of Joe McGinniss might remind him (if he doesn’t already know) that Alaska has a law that allows the use of deadly force in protection of life and property.”

All this just days before McGinniss’s wife is due to arrive, followed shortly by one of his daughters and his three grandchildren.

“I’m in Wasilla because the people who know the Palins the best and who can trace the evoluation of the phenomenon that Sarah Palin is, 80 percent of them live here,” he told NBC’s “Today” show Tuesday.

“I’m not observing them at all. I’m here to talk to people who’ve known them for 40 years in Wasilla,” he added.

McGinniss said the place was a great deal, a six-bedroom house on the waterfront for $1,500 a month.

“I wanted a place that I could afford to stay that my family could come out,” he said. “I wanted a place where they could  enjoy a little relaxation while I was doing my work.”

FEATUREThe Palins were not happy with the new neighbor. They raised their fence even higher — to 14 feet — and began to speak out against him.

“Surreptitiously they photographed me standing on my own porch,” McGinniss said.

“Sarah hysterically puts up this Facebook page with all sorts of ugly innuendo, which frankly is revolting the things that she has caused people to say about me,” he told NBC.

Palin wasn’t expecting a flattering portrayal from McGinniss’s book, and she’s not likely to get one now.

What he’s learned from the episode, McGinniss said, is about “the power Palin has to incite hatred and her willingness and readiness to do it.”

“She has pushed a button and unleashed the hounds of hell. And now they’re out there slavering and barking and growling,” he added, likening her actions to those of Nazi troopers in Germany in the 30s.

Oddly enough, it didn’t have to come to insults across a 14-foot fence.

Palin wrote about maybe welcoming McGinniss with a homemade blueberry pie. McGinniss said if the situation was reversed, he’d offer up a plate of cookies as a neighborly gesture.

Maybe they should have gone with their first instincts.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Rebecca Cook (Sarah Palin 2012 buttons on sale at a political event in Michigan in early May);  Reuters/Handout (McGinniss in an undated publicity photo)


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IF Palin was a “true christian” she’s go next door and offer coffee and cake

Posted by hairhofla | Report as abusive

Why can’t we all get along.

Posted by wolf91101 | Report as abusive

The funny thing is how Joe McGinniss found this particular rental house. Or, how this particular rental house found Joe McGinnis, actually. The property owner sought out McGinnis because the Palins owed her money for renovations she had done for them and never paid her for. She knew McGinniss was writing the book and found him and offered him the house as payback in kind. It is interesting how the “lamestream media” leaves this part out of the story.

Naturally, the Grifta from Wasilla is playing the victim here. Moral–don’t stiff your neighbors.

Posted by Infiltrator | Report as abusive

The Lamestream media? I believe maybe they made a calculated guess and weighed what might be more of a story. The fact that this so-called Christian and family person is accusing a Grandfather and father of being a pedifile without one shred of proof or that a disgruntled neighbor was vendictive and rented a place out to an author that hadn’t written one word of his book yet. It boggles my mind that people want Sarah Palin to lead our country, I mean that is just scary to think!

Posted by Caps73 | Report as abusive

I think the slogan on those buttons says it all. She’s in your face and sees nothing wrong with it. What a jerk.

Posted by borisjimbo | Report as abusive


You are exactly the person those buttons were made for.

She has as much right to buttons like that as you do to write diatribes about her.

Deal with it!

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive

TyC, sounds like you’re just her type of person, in your face. Sure your Mom’s real proud of you.

Posted by borisjimbo | Report as abusive


Thanks, she was.

Wow. You are the pot calling the kettle black. Good job there Boris…

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive

Ya think she has even figured out what the Bush Doctrine is yet?

Posted by Liberaltarian | Report as abusive

She has too much Botox. This poker-face look with the perpetual s*it-eating grin is supposed to make her look more refreshed and relaxed.

Posted by 5280hi | Report as abusive