Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's spotlight during the midterm elections will likely continue as her TLC show premieres this week and a new book is published in two weeks.

Sarah Palin's Alaska, an eight-part series, premieres November 14 at 9/8c. Her book America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag will be released November 23. But Palin's popularity is divisive for even conservatives, as the anticipation for a 2012 presidential candidate heightens.

Last week on Fox News, Palin praised Geraldine Ferraro for "breaking the glass ceiling," saying that "Neanderthals" focus on issues like whether mothers should work outside the home, which Palin says is "petty, little, superficial, meaningless." Ferraro, who ran for U.S. vice president alongside Walter Mondale in 1984, was criticized at the time by Catholic bishops for her pro-choice stance.

Palin said, "It kind of seems, Geraldine, that some things haven't changed. There are still the Neanderthals out there, who pick on the petty, little, superficial, meaningless things like looks, like whether you can or can't work outside of the home if you have small children. All those type of things where I would so hope that at some point, uh, those Neanderthals, will evolve into something a bit more, um, with it, a bit more modern, and a bit more understanding that, yeah, woman can accomplish much."

Over at the blog Thinking Housewife, Laura Wood isn't too pleased:

Palin says she cheered Ferraro when she ran for vice president, as if every female candidate feels automatic solidarity with any other female candidate. How "great for our nation" it was that Ferraro ran. Golly gee willickers. The supposedly pro-life, small-government Palin applauds the efforts of someone with an ...
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