Skip to comments.Why Are Politicians’ Books So Terrible?
Posted on 04/11/2014 4:59:46 AM PDT by C19fan
It was the best of hugs; it was the worst of hugs. Or so the description might have gone had Charlie Crist labored a bit longer on his new memoir, in which the erstwhile governor of Floridawho is now campaigning for the job againrelives the fateful embrace with President Obama that he claims sunk his political fortunes in 2009. Rather than try for style, Crist renders the moment with the racy, staccato gusto that one might expect from a pulpy romance. .................................................
But fiction is yours to write if youre an aspiring politician with a book deal. Crists The Partys Over: How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I Became a Democrat, released in February, isnt an aberration in the genre of campaign memoirindeed, its an exemplar of the smarm produced by the union between politics and publishing. Hillary Clinton's memoir, due out June 10, promises "candid reflections about key moments during her time as Secretary of State." But don't bet on it: These forgettable books are a yellow brick road where heartless prose, brainless policy prescription and cowardly confession meet.
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I seem to remember a big time House Speaker, Dan Rostenkowski who served time for corruption charges also writing ‘books’. They weren’t meant to be read so they had no reason to have any worthwhile content. They were meant to be bought by the labor unions, political favor-seekers and the like - by the truckloads.
Nice way to funnel clean cash to a politician, isn’t it?
I’d never buy one, even for someone I supported. They don’t write them, they are diatribes on what the candidate wants you to believe. If you want to judge, look at past records...it is what they actually do that counts, not what “they” say they will do. People “bought” Obama because of the book Bill Ayres wrote. If they would have judged on a record, they would have seen an empty suit. The record is the predictor...we’ve never seen a better example than with the overly hyped, empty suit we now have as President.
That is what led to the downfall of ex-House Speaker Jim Wright.
Because they are meant to be used to get around campaign donation laws. If you support a candidate there is no limit on the number of books you can buy.
Maybe it's because, fundamentally, they have nothing to say. But insist on saying it anyway.
“The Partys Over: How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I Became a Democrat”
Just the title itself will guarantee book sales in the high ones...might even break into the double digits.
Because they are politicians. If they were good at anything, they’d have a real job. Seriously.
It is a fundraising scam. They could leave the pages blank or reprint 70 year old Lil’ Abner strips. Would not matter. Unions and K Street lobbyists will buy up cases and cases of the danged things as a back-door bribe.
>>Hillary Clinton’s memoir, due out June 10
Just as a reminder, Clinton already “wrote” one memoir, “Living History,” AKA “Lying History.”
Don’t miss this recent clip:
Watch MSNBCs Morning Joe Take the Name One Hillary Achievement Challenge And Fail Miserably
“It’s in the book.”
Yeah, THAT’S the ticket!
I agree with you about Grant’s autobiography, wonderful book, fascinating read. But he just told it like it was and didn’t worry too much about his place in history. Very unpretentious man.