From MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell
Sarah Barracuda is back.
The feisty former governor of Alaska is set to embark on a whirlwind campaign-style "Going Rogue" book tour that in its first week will take her to half a dozen battleground states.
Palin will make two to three stops a day traveling in a bus emblazoned with the cover of her book. The imagery and pace of her travel is almost certain to evoke images of an early presidential campaign foray, especially as she plans a December 6 visit to Iowa, site of the first in the nation presidential caucuses.
The book is also likely to include some juicy tidbits about the drama inside the McCain-Palin campaign. Steve Schmidt, McCain's campaign manager, recently said nominating Palin in 2012 would be "catastrophic" for the GOP. Palin's advisors have indicated privately that there will be some score-settling in her autobiography.
"There's nothing we didn't talk about," Oprah Winfrey reported last night in a video linked to her Twitter account. "Lots of her supporters didn't think she should come here." Oprah said they talked about Palin's daughter Bristol's pregnancy, Levi Johnston, Palin's infant son Trigg, and the state of Palin's marriage. "It was really an interesting interview," Palin said.
On her Facebook page Palin reported that Oprah was "hospitable and gracious," and the audience "warm, energized and (no doubt) curious." The two women enjoyed the "great conversation" so much they went over the interview's allotted time, Palin said. The extra chatter will go on Oprah.com.
The interview will air Monday, November 16.
Palin's publisher, Harper Collins, has announced only the first part of book blitz: 13 stops in seven days to Michigan, Indiana, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama and Florida.
Eleven of those first stops are in battleground states. Her first visit to Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a nod to the fact that she threatened to "Go Rogue" by diverting her plane to Michigan after the McCain campaign decided to write off the state.
"I made a promise to the good people of Michigan that I would be back, and now I'm keeping that promise," Palin wrote on her Facebook fan page, adding, "From Michigan, the 'Going Rogue' tour will cover as much of the country as possible." She continues, "I've decided to stop in cities that are not usually included in a typical book tour."
In fact, there's nothing typical about her book tour. Instead, it's vintage Sarah Palin.
As of this writing, no interviews with print publications have been announced and she's only chosen select television interviews. She granted her first big television appearance to Oprah Winfrey, who prominently backed Barack Obama in last year's election.
Palin will sit down with Barbara Walters next, for a five-part interview that will air on a number of ABC programs. The rest of her scheduled broadcast interviews are with Fox News Channel.
The buzz surrounding Palin's autobiography has already pushed the book to No. 2 on Amazon.com, behind Stephen King's latest thriller.
Palin has used her Facebook page, with 975,000 followers, to encourage supporters to turn out at her book signings. And in case you haven't gotten enough of Palin, she's back on Twitter, this time under the handle @SarahPalinUSA.