Sarah Palin titled her forthcoming memoir, Going Rogue, after an indictment by a member of the McCain presidential campaign ("She's begun to go rogue," a senior Republican put it). It's surely the favorite endorsement of the famously quick-triggered former vice-presidential candidate and Alaska governor. But is she really a Rogue, with a capital R?
Brett Joyce, president of the 21-year-old Rogue Brewery in Newport, Oregon, says the jury is out. "We already have an official writer," Joyce says. "He's the quintessential Rogue." That's Richard Marcinko, author of the Rogue Warrior books, including Red Cell, The Real Team, Echo Platoon, Lone Survivor, and Holy Terror. Key characteristics of a real Rogue, says Joyce: "a revolutionary, someone that doesn't follow the status quo." Joyce says he isn't sure Palin fits that description (although I'd certainly give her credit for the second part.)
Palin, not surprisingly, didn't check with Joyce before titling her book Going Rogue. And when News Corp. (NWS)'s HarperCollins subisidiary released the book's cover, the brewer checked the rolls of the Rogue Nation to see if she was a member. She's not.
But Palin may very well be in agreement with the Rogues, whose Declaration of Independence pronounces "that the Rogue Nation, its Embassies, Outposts, and Protected Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to Any Country, its Laws, Limitations, Expectations, Traditions, or Bullshit; and that as a Free and Independent Nation they have full Power to levy War against the Status Quo, conclude Peace with Like-Minded Peoples and Countries, establish Commerce, and to do all other irresponsible and illogical Acts and Things which an Independent Nation may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, we mutually pledge to each other to keep one foot firmly in reality, but continue to Dare, Risk, Dream."
Rogue Brewery makes beer, not politics, Joyce says. "We don't have an opinion on the Ds or the Rs," he drawls. "There are Rogues on both sides of the aisle." But for now, he's worried people may be confused between Sarah, self-styled Rogue, and Richard Marcinko, the real deal. In the company's release, they've committed to refer the matter to the Rogue Nation Attorney General and, in keeping with the company's headquarters in the rough-edged Pacific fishing territory, "Led by Captain Sig Hansen of The Deadliest Catch and the Newport fishermen who ply the Alaskan waters, we are investigating where she was born and other issues of character."
Joyce doesn't have immediate plans to read Going Rogue, he says: "I'll wait for the Cliffs Notes version."
Sarah Palin is not a Rogue, says Rogue Brewery