I'm glad he can joke about it. Having recently visited our nearby Borders I was shocked at the number of anti-Bush books filling the shelves in front of the store. The ratio was probably in the neighborhood of 20 anti-Bush books for every 1 Dem-bashing book. Actually, I only saw 1 Dem-bashing book: Hugh Hewitt's "If it's Not Close They Can't Cheat." I think there are a couple others out there right now, but our local Borders didn't think they were worth highlighting, I guess.
Some are as tough on the media as on Bush's decision to go to war in Iraq. They include All the President's Spin by the editors of Spinsanity.org (out this week), which critiques "the most aggressive White House PR team ever assembled," and James Wolcott's Attack Poodles and Other Media Mutants (Aug. 25), which describes Bill O'Reilly and other TV commentators as "watchdogs for George Bush, tail-waggers for war."
In 25 years in publishing, "I've never seen anything like this, in terms of the volume and energy of books attacking a sitting president in an election year," says Jeff Zaleski, an editor at Publishers Weekly.
The barrage is "unprecedented," says Brad Miner, former literary editor of The National Review who runs American Compass, a book club aimed at conservatives.
Although Miner says most book editors are liberal, he sees the books less as a left-wing conspiracy than as a result of the disputed 2000 vote count. That "energized the left" even more than the Clinton administration energized the right in the '90s and inspired conservative best sellers, he says.
Will books affect votes?
"I suspect many will be bought by people who never intended to vote for Bush," Miner says. "What we don't know: What are the undecideds reading?"
The article lists five more books scheduled out soon, and this:
Geez . . .
If I was the conspiracy-minded sort, I might suggest a vast left-wing conspiracy by the Media Gatekeepers.
Happily, these books will all be on the remaindered shelf for 99 cents in just a few short months.