On August 29, McCain declared Sarah Palin as his VP and introduced her to a national audience. Zondervan Publishing has announced that it's releasing a biography on Sarah Palin in November.
Here's the publisher's description of the book:
Our present era demands a new style of leadership that transcends political affiliation and party lines. In an age that values relationship over authority and instant information over accuracy, breadth of knowledge and depth of conviction are prized commodities. Governor Sarah Palin (R—Alaska) brings both of those qualities to her new role as candidate for the vice presidency of the United States.
Her familiarity with a broad range of issues and her strong moral center are just two of the leadership traits that have allowed Palin to organize and focus her efforts in elected office.
Exploring themes from her career in politics, her life as a hockey mom, and her strongly held Christian faith, author Joe Hilley’s biographical leadership study of Sarah Palin explores the leadership principles that have catapulted her into the national spotlight and explains how she models a fresh paradigm of leadership that will guide our nation through the 21st century.
I'm a Republican and I understand that Sarah has accomplished much in a short amount of time. I have to confess to having no enthusiasm about her selection. Perhaps my disappointment is coloring my assessment of this book. But I have to wonder how the author could have come to the conclusion so quickly that Sarah is a next generation leader. Did he base this assessment on Sarah's gender? There's a body of business literature that asserts that in the future having a female perspective at senior levels of leadership will become a necessity. Personally, I agree with this.
But let's face it. There's barely been enough time past to adequately vet Sarah (oops!) let alone come to the judgment that she's a "next generation" leader. It seems like the conclusion of the book has been written an all that is left to shoe-horn Palin's story into a predetermined outline.
The truth is that we all still getting to know Sarah. Journalists are still unearthing facts and testimonials about her. There's such a hurry to assess Sarah that she's become our national Rorschach test. We all see what it is we want to see in her. It will takes months for a fair assessment of Sarah to emerge.
Regrettably, that time will come months after the election.