… Being governor was drudgery. “Her life was terrible,” one adviser says. “She was never home, her [Juneau] office was four hours from her house. You gotta drive an hour from Wasilla to Anchorage. And she was going broke.” […] In 1996, a few weeks into her run for Wasilla mayor, Palin revealed to Laura Chase, her campaign manager at the time, the scope of her ambition. “We were sitting at my table one night and I said, ‘Sarah, one day you could be governor.’ She just looked at me and said, ‘I don’t want to be governor, I want to be president.’”‰” […] – The Revolution Will Be Commercialized, by Gabriel Sherman

Sarah, Inc. is churning right along. If not “bigger than Oprah,” there’s no denying that not only did Palin boost Oprah’s ratings to the biggest in two years, she busted the publishing world wide open with her book. Jackqueline Suzanne would have been very impressed.

Just consider being CEO of Sarah world her fallback position. That is if you can call having a lot of fun on the way to the bank fallback.

The numbers are staggering. Over the past year, Palin has amassed a $12 million fortune and shows no sign of slowing down. Her memoir has so far sold more than 2.2 million copies, and Palin is planning a second book with HarperCollins. This January, she signed a three-year contributor deal with Fox News worth $1 million a year, according to people familiar with the deal. In March, Palin and Burnett sold her cable show to TLC for a reported $1 million per episode, of which Palin is said to take in about $250,000 for each of the eight installments. – New York Magazine

And why shouldn’t she have fun? That really is a good question, because beyond her fan base people seem to think Sarah should feel guilty for creating her own good fortune. Even as people across the spectrum refuse to give her credit for doing just that.

Since when is I.Q. and intellect the criteria for getting rich in America? People just seem to find it off putting that anyone would be so openly honest about what they don’t know. umm… Scratch that. Just call all it the new American century of stupid. (Look at Sean Hannity, who isn’t exactly the brightest knob on your radio dial, but rolling in cash.) After all, as their fans say, look where “smart” has gotten us: bail outs, Wall Street collapse, big car company implosion, and general financial ruin.

The resentment behind Sarah’s big money machine is not unlike what I found when I looked into Ann Coulter’s big cash conservatism a few years back.

Of course, it’s the message behind these attractive conservative women that drives most people crazy. Their agenda against women chilling to any individual freedom loving American. And while Miss Coulter has a law pedigree to solidify her intellectual status, not to mention a biting wit for eviscerating liberals, the trouble with Sarah is that she does not. In fact, it took her what seems like forever to finish college.

There’s nothing really new in the article and there won’t be anything new in the reactions to Sarah Palin either. It’s one of the curiosities in covering Palin, if only from a distance, which is the only place a libertarian-leaning political analyst can do it. The range of emotions the Sarah inspires never ceases to amaze. I won’t say it’s sexism, but I’ve never encountered a self-made money making male political phenom that ever drew such total disrespect, not even getting credit for spinning gold out of hay.

With Sarah Palin and her problems with the Republican establishment, it really seems to get down to class, though they have no trouble using her as a conduit to the Tea Party people. Her fans certainly get the anti-Palin GOP snubbing, which they feel is about Palin not being good enough for the traditional political class. It’s what feeds the Palin, Inc. beast.

Meanwhile, she continues her erratic flirtation with a presidential run. Where other likely candidates-Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty-are preparing for 2012 with staffs and advisers and carefully planned travel schedules, Palin is, essentially, winging it.

The Clintons had the same class problem when they came to Washington as Palin has today, but they at least had Ivy League status, as did George W. Bush. This missing piece in Palin’s CV is the unforgiven crime, but also happens to be the magnet of many people who flock to her side.

The usual suspects will be thrilled that New York Magazine gives Levi Johnston space to re-air his “true story… I know everything there is to know about her” patter. No doubt The Atlantic‘s Andrew Sullivan will be hanging on Mr. Johnston’s every promised word. Joshua Green of the same publication making bank on Sarah Palin Trig porn, reduces Sarah Palin’s success due to a “motley circle of enablers.” The article “chock full of Palin porn.”

Time to cue the “she’s stupid and I don’t understand why you’re writing about her” mantra. The fact remains that no female politician has ever churned up this much heat.

It’s her strong-willed, ad hoc, small circle, from bust to big ticket life, standing up to GOP insiders style, that’s been so fascinating, which the Discovery channel is betting will bring viewers, though her extemporaneous, close to unwatchable, on-camera forays on Fox have left a lot to be desired.

There is one tidbit in the New York Magazine article teasing what would be a delicious small pay back turn of the plot for Palin if it happens. It’s a moment in the upcoming TLC Alaska reality show series, which may or may not happen, where Sarah Palin takes her audience to the part of Alaska where you actually can see Russia from our shores.

Then it will be back over to Tina Fey for the punchline.