In a sprawling 6,000 word cover story, New York Magazine's Gabe Sherman argues that Sarah Palin's true motivations are financial—not political. It's a cynical take on her life since leaving the McCain campaign, but it's coupled with sincere admiration for her mass appeal. "She's bigger than Oprah," Sherman marvels. He details her lavish lifestyle filled with bodyguards, private-jet travel and lucrative speaking fees. He doubts that she would ever give this up for a presidential candidacy that faces "insurmountable political hurdles." The blogosphere reacts:

  • Why Do People Loathe Palin's Success? asks Taylor Marsh: "The range of emotions the Sarah inspires never ceases to amaze. I won’t say it’s sexism, but I’ve never encountered a self-made money making male political phenom that ever drew such total disrespect, not even getting credit for spinning gold out of hay. The Clintons had the same class problem when they came to Washington as Palin has today, but they at least had Ivy League status, as did George W. Bush. This missing piece in Palin’s CV is the unforgiven crime, but also happens to be the magnet of many people who flock to her side."
  • Palin's All About the Money, writes Joshua Green at The Atlantic: "This article makes clear that, were there any doubt, her preoccupying concern is 'building her brand'--less in a political sense than a financial one. Palin may yet make a bid for the White House. But all evidence suggests that when the time comes to choose between earning money and running for president, Palin will choose money."
  • That's Not True, counters Ian Lazaran at Conservatives 4 Palin: "The dominant focus of Sherman's article is on how much money Palin has made in the past year. Sherman suggests that money was the primary reason she decided to resign as Alaska's governor. How can Sherman really draw such a conclusion when he noted in his own article that her book deal, which appears to account for most of the money she has made in the past year, was signed months before her resignation? There's no evidence that she would not have received the money from her book deal if she didn't resign."
  • I'm Pleasantly Surprised by the Piece, writes Noel Sheppard at the conservative watchdog site Newsbusters: "When I got the tip from Twitter that this article was going to be published on the Internet Sunday evening, I expected to be wincing and cringing far more than I did... Even Sherman's descriptions of how Palin negotiated herself up the income ladder seemed more flattering than pejorative."