Sarah Palin Praises Simon Cowell

Bet she wrote this before she knew her daughter would be an undeserved finalist on Dancing With the Stars: Sarah Palin’s new book, America by Heart, includes a long section about the unworthy contestants on American Idol. Palin calls these people “victims of the cult of self-esteem,” before she praises Simon Cowell for his “willingness to tell hard truths,” and for refusing to tell people that “hard work isn’t necessary anymore, that they’re entitled to a lengthening list of benefits paid for by others.” Um OK. She also goes after Levi Johnston, and says she wrote the book so that people “will always know what it was like in America when people were free.”