The man Sarah Palin doesn’t want as a neighbor leaned against the railing of his deck and listened to a litany of accusations against him: voyeur, stalker, Peeping Tom. If you believe the characterizations, TODAY’s Matt Lauer told author Joe McGinniss, they make him out to be pretty creepy.
“Creepy is as creepy does,” the writer replied early Tuesday morning via satellite from Wasilla, Alaska. “If I lived here and did something creepy, if I did what Sarah Palin is suggesting, that would be creepy.”
McGinniss accused Palin of overreacting to his presence and inciting her followers to hatred.
“She has pushed a button and unleashed the hounds of hell, and now they’re out there slavering and barking and growling,” McGinniss said. “That’s the same kind of tactic — and I’m not calling her a Nazi — but that’s the same kind of tactic that that the Nazi troopers used in Germany in the ’30s, and I don’t think there’s any place for it in America.”
McGinniss is writing a book about Palin tentatively titled “Sarah Palin: The Year of Living Dangerously.” He has said the book would begin with Palin resigning the governorship of Alaska in July 2009 and follow her through the ensuing year.
As a biographer, he wants to get close to his subject, and, he said, that meant moving to Wasilla to talk to all those who have known her while she was transforming herself from local girl and beauty pageant contestant into a vice presidential candidate and the de facto leader of the Tea Party movement.
McGinniss was offered a chance to rent a six-bedroom house on Lake Louise for $1,500 a month, he explained. By coincidence, the house is 15 feet from the Palins’ home.
“I would be living in this house if the Palins lived on the moon; fifteen hundred bucks a month for a house in Wasilla. I need to be in Wasilla to do my work,” McGinniss told Lauer.
But he said he has no desire to spy on the Palins or their children.