Joe McGinnis: "I've gotten an insight into [Palin's] character, into her ability to incite hatred"

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(Photo of the fence dividing the Palin house from their new neighbor via Shannyn Moore)

Author Joe McGinniss, who is renting the house next door to Barbie McLipSchmutz's, was planning on keeping things civil between him and his new neighbors. He introduced himself to Ex-Half-governor Barbie and Ex-Half-First Dude...

"'I wanted to say, 'I'm writing this book, but I hope we can just get along as good neighbors, and after that, you'll never hear from me again,'" said McGinniss.

That sounds reasonable, but he didn't get a very neighborly response. Come on, who could possibly feel threatened by that? I'm sure Ex-Half-First Dude was receptive:

"He took off on how my Portfolio piece was a bunch of lies, and a smear, and all this and all that, and he said, 'You going to be putting the microphones in now, and the surveillance cameras?'"

Joe assured him that wouldn't be the case, but things got more hostile from there. Barbie fans went in for the kill, led by the always helpful, even handed Mark Levin:

After radio host Mark Levin gave out the author's e-mail address, McGinniss got 5000 messages in four hours, eventually shutting down the account. Wasilla police and state troopers are keeping a watchful eye on the place, although McGinniss said no one had come to the house to threaten him on Friday.

How generous of Levin to share Joe's e-mail address with thousands of resentful Ex-Half Gov lovers who have been instructed to "reload".

Those folksy schmolksy Half-Palins, always there to give a helping hand to a good neighbor by encouraging their flock. Isn't that just like them?

However, if one were paying close attention-- and one was-- one might think the Half-Palins were a little paranoid and a tad touchy wouchy, mightn't one?

"I would term this hysterical," said McGinniss. "The mayor said to me, when I chatted with him in his office a couple of days ago, 'You know, if Sarah had the brains that we like to think she has, Todd would have come back and said, do you know who's living next door? This son of a bitch McGinniss who wrote that Portfolio piece. He's writing a book about you. Sarah should have baked a plate of cookies, and come around the fence, and said hi, and laughed about this.' I would have happily accepted a cookie, and then in my book I would have had a lovely scene about how gracious she had been." McGinniss sighed. "She is, in many ways, a very gracious person."

Apparently, she's only gracious to sycophants. How's that rude-y uncouthy thing workin' out for ya?

But the Wasilly couple should benefit somehow, right? There's always a bright side! Turn that frown upside down, Half-Palins!  Maybe Joe will discover their sweet side, their gracious side, their... Hmm? What's that? Not gonna happen?

"[...] I'd be an adult about it, and I would figure out, okay, how can we resolve this in a way that's not going to make into something that everybody gets obsessive about? By being here I have learned things, and I've gotten an insight into her character, into her ability to incite hatred, that before I only knew about in the abstract."

I guess Joe wasn't as into the 2008 hate rallies as some of us were. There was nothing abstract about those.

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