03/28/2005: Gem o'the Day:
From an article on Simon and Schuster's launching an imprint devoted to publishing books by right-wing authors:
Given their triumph in last November's elections (and their behavior since), the Republicans have nowhere to go but down. Indeed, polls and nimble online right-wing media types (Glenn Reynolds, Andrew Sullivan) are already starting to call a top in the Republicans' stock. The House and the Senate can't agree on the basics of a budget, the dwindling but vital core of northeast Republicans can't abide their southern and western compadres, and Tom DeLay is morphing into Jim Wright.
Right-wing books of recent vintage have generally succeeded by attacking liberal Democrats and government or by glorifying fearless Republican leaders. Given that the Republicans control every branch of government, they're running out of targets. (Deliver Us From Harry Reid?) And the unctuous butt-kissing books are starting to wear thin. After two weeks, Ari Fleischer's memoir is barely clinging to its spot on the Times best-seller list at No. 15. (He's in danger of being bumped off by Kirstie Alley's How To Lose Your Ass and Regain Your Life.)
Len on 03.28.05 @ 07:18 AM CST