Last week, Facebook and the blogs were talking about an author who’d taken up residence right next door to Sarah Palin so he could write a book about being Sarah Palin. The son of writer Joe McGinnis told Politico’s Ben Smith that the move was prearranged by one of Palin’s neighbors. Vanity Fair says, “his father had been courted by Palin’s neighbor in a classic case of revenge-by-rental. A woman was renting her house and sought out the author because the Palins had crossed her (owed her money for renovations she had done at their request and never paid her for). So she knew McGinniss was writing the book and found him and offered him the house.” Bam! The Palin family’s attempts to rent the house themselves were rebuffed when said scorned neighbor allegedly did not return Todd Palin’s calls.
But not everyone's happy about McGinnis moving into the neighborhood. The editors of Sarah Palin's local paper, the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, have a not-so-friendly word of warning for Joe McGinniss:
Maybe we’re out of step here, but the unanimous consensus of the newsroom is that we don’t really care if the Palins want some privacy from what they worry might be prying eyes. Fences have been known to make good neighbors and everybody knows we could use a lot more of those around here. So if the fence keeps McGinnis on one side and the Palins content, why would the “Today” show or ABC care? Finally, those who are fond of Joe McGinnis might remind him (if he doesn’t already know) that Alaska has a law that allows the use of deadly force in protection of life and property.