Book, TV deal in Sarah Palin's future?

Politician enlisting help of superstar D.C. attorney

NEW YORK -- It looks like Sarah Palin may be ready to tell her remarkable story in print.

The former GOP vice presidential candidate has apparently enlisted the help of superstar Washington attorney Robert Barnett, who has brokered book deals for such political A-listers as President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Additionally, he has handled TV deals for a lot of top anchors and reporters such as Brian Williams, Lesley Stahl, Neil Cavuto, Christiane Amanpour and Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

While not an immediate option, TV news is considered an intriguing possible future career path for the telegenic Palin.

Reached by telephone late Wednesday, Barnett said he had no comment.

In the past few weeks, Palin has gone on the offensive, lashing out at the media for they way she and her family have been portrayed, potentially paving the way for her to tell her story in her own words.

There's been a lot of buzz about the future of Palin, who is halfway through her first term as Alaska governor. She's mentioned as a possible 2012 presidential candidate following her sudden rise to stardom after being picked in late August as Sen. John McCain's running mate.

But with her good looks and engaging personality, she also has been bandied as a potential TV personality along the lines of other prominent politicians who have transitioned to television, including Mike Huckabee.

Barnett, who handled Obama's "The Audacity of Hope," already is shopping a book about the 2008 presidential campaign. He recently signed Obama's campaign manager, David Plouffe, to shop his book about the winning campaign tentatively titled "The Audacity to Win."

The Alaska governor's press office didn't immediately respond to a call and an email seeking comment.
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