2012 Election
Under which scenario could former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin make it harder for the Republican Party to win the U.S. presidency in 2012? REUTERS

According to a new book by Joe McGinniss titled 'The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin,' the former governor of Alaska dabbled in cocaine and had extra marital affairs with her husband's business partner. It is also alleged that Sarah Palin had a "fetish" for African-American men. So where does this leave Sarah Palin's political career? Is this the last skeleton out of her closet, or the end of a short but truly fascinating career?

The National Enquirer claims that it has a copy of Joe McGinniss' new book, which claims Palin and her husband Todd "dabbled" in cocaine use and that she once snorted cocaine "off an overturned 55-gallon oil drum while snowmobiling with pals." The Enquirer has also released that McGinniss claims Sarah had a steamy interracial hook up with basketball star Glen Rice less than a year before she eloped with her husband Todd.

The book also claims that Palin was very public about having a "fetish" for African-American men during that time. The book goes on to claim that years later, Sarah had a six month affair with one of her husband's snowmobile dealership business partner, Brad Hanson. When poor Todd discovered the affair, he ended the business deal.

The athlete is said to have confirmed the night of passion in Mr McGinnis's book. Mr Rice went on to have a huge career playing basketball in the NBA and was a three-timer All-Star. The book goes on to claim that while married Mrs Palin also had an affair with one of her husband's business partners. Todd is alleged to have ended all dealings with Brad Hanson after he found out about the secret six-month relationship in 1996. Both Mrs Palin and Mr Hanson have denied the allegations, the Daily Mail reports.

Joe McGinniss has studied Sarah Palin for years and according to the Daily Mail, McGinniss even moved into the house next door to the Palin family in an attempt to expose the former governor of Alaska.

The real damage will be the allegation that Sarah Plain has dabbled in cocaine when she was younger. Although everybody is entitled to a past, Palin has created this image of the all American woman and her followers enjoy her traditional stand on marriage and family values, something a drug allegation could destroy.

It was revealed 2008 that Palin's husband Todd, who was arrested for driving drunk in 1986 used cocaine a lot and was 'on the end of a straw plenty,' according to a long-term associate quoted in the McGinniss' book. The explosive book goes on to quote those who knew the family growing up, claiming Mrs Palin was a 'bad mum' who would lock herself in her room for hours on end asking not to be disturbed while her children cooked themselves dinner.

The book will no doubt cause shockwaves throughout conservative America but do people really care about Sarah Palin's past. It was clear during her run for Vice President in 2008, that she can be highly erratic and unpredictable. The latest allegation may end her dilly dallying over Republican GOP nomination, as it could be the last skeleton in her closet. Expect a decision on Republican GOP nomination in the near future.