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May 25, 2010

Author Joe McGinniss Now Stalking Sarah Palin From Neighboring House; McGinniss' Son Suggests (Somewhat Humorously) That McGinniss is Obsessed and Deranged

I doubt that Joe McGinnis, Jr. (apparently a novelist) was fully on-the-level here, but usually we tell jokes to get at a truth we can't say seriously.

Here's Palin, giving McGinniss a little advanced publicity for his stalker's journal, though she doesn't have much choice, given the bloodsport that is Alaska politics, I suppose. (Sigh.)

Spring has sprung in Alaska, and with this beautiful season comes the news today that the Palins have a new neighbor! Welcome, Joe McGinniss!

Yes, that Joe McGinniss. Here he is – about 15 feet away on the neighbor’s rented deck overlooking my children’s play area and my kitchen window. Maybe we’ll welcome him with a homemade blueberry pie tomorrow so he’ll know how friendly Alaskans are.

We found out the good news today. Upon my family’s return this morning from endorsement rallies and speeches in the Lower 48 states, I finally got the chance to tackle my garden and lawn this evening! So, putting on the shorts and tank top to catch that too-brief northern summer sun and placing a giddy Trig in his toddler backpack for a lawn-mowing adventure, I looked up in surprise to see a “new neighbor” overlooking my property just a stone’s throw away. Needless to say, our outdoor adventure ended quickly after Todd went to introduce himself to the stranger who was peering in...

Joe announced to Todd that he’s moved in right next door to us. He’s rented the place for the next five months or so. He moved up all the way from Massachusetts to live right next to us – while he writes a book about me. Knowing of his many other scathing pieces of “journalism” (including the bizarre anti-Palin administration oil development pieces that resulted in my Department of Natural Resources announcing that his work is the most twisted energy-related yellow journalism they’d ever encountered), we’re sure to have a doozey to look forward to with this treasure he’s penning. Wonder what kind of material he’ll gather while overlooking Piper’s bedroom, my little garden, and the family’s swimming hole?

Politico contacted McGinniss' son, who offered this response:

Sadly, she's right. We tried our best to intervene, but alas, the heart wants what it wants. We can only pray for him now. He's convinced that Todd will step aside and when the time is right, he'll be there, right next door, to pick up the pieces.

I guess maybe he intended that as a crack about Palin, rather than his dad... I don't know though. Palin didn't suggest that McGinniss had some sort of romantic obsession, just that he was creepily spying (which he is; that's going to be the marketing campaign for his book, of course). It was just the son who brought up that angle.

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