The Question No One's Asking

Palin reported to have penned 'Going Rogue' in San Diego

Sarah Palin's hitting the talk shows, but a San Diego-centric query hasn't been unanswered.

On Monday, Palin sat on Oprah's set and dished about "Going Rogue," her campaign tell-all that hit bookseller's shelves on Tuesday.

Supposedly, Palin penned her pitbull-in-lipstick tome in San Diego with the aid of a ghostwriter, churning out reams of non-fiction gold (including an advance of at least $1.25 million), but how come there were no reported sighting of the woman who was arguably the most famous female face in America while she was here?

Here's what AP reported in late September:

Palin, 45, spent weeks in San Diego shortly after leaving office and worked on the manuscript with collaborator Lynn Vincent, a person close to her said. She was joined in San Diego by her family and her top aide, Meghan Stapleton, then spent several days in New York working around the clock with editors at Harper, said the person, who wasn't authorized to comment and asked not to be identified.

"Governor Palin has been unbelievably conscientious and hands-on at every stage, investing herself deeply and passionately in this project," Harper publisher Jonathan Burnham said. "It's her words, her life and it's all there in full and fascinating detail."

So, did you see her? Maybe it's time to go rogue yourself and tell us so we can put this mystery to rest.

Seriously -- if you saw Sarah Palin right after she bailed on Alaska -- or Piper on the beach, or Todd at Home Depot -- how concerned about her privacy would you have been? Most people probably would have pulled a muscle reaching for their cell phones, whether it was to make a call or snap a photo that could have raked in thousands from the tabloids.

This week, some folks are focused on Palin's real take on Katie Couric or what she actually thinks about the father of her first grandchild, but others in San Diego want to know how she went for six weeks or however long it was without hitting SeaWorld or the UTC Mall or Vons, for that matter.

Eric S. Page reports about all things San Diego, but he draws the line at cat stories. You can follow his updates at or send him a story idea.

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