This fall, just before the election, George W. Bush’s book, “Decision Points,” will be released (Amazon listing here).
The headline on Drudge implies this is bad timing for Republicans:
The prolific and always interesting conservative blogger Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit says the timing of the release is “giving the GOP the finger”:
Gift is rightâ€¦ And, right in time for the November election.
Just when the nation needs to be focusing on the disastrous economy, war, and radical policies of the Obama Administration, all of the state-run media attention will be on George W. Bush.
He never quite learned how to work around the democratic-media complex, did he?
I respectfully disagree with the premise that Bush’s book will impact the November congressional elections in a measurable way.
1) Had Bush’s book not been released until after the election, would the state-run media attention have otherwise been on the disastrous economy, war, and radical policies of the Obama Administration? They’re not referred to as the “state-run media” because they’re habitually reporting the truth about Obama. This is the group of people who carried Obama into office on their shoulders.
Sure, the bloom is off the Hope rose a bit and some reporters are actually looking into the facts these days instead of spit-polishing the halo they put over Obama’s head, but for the most part the absence of a book by Bush wouldn’t equate to a shift in media focus toward the disaster that is the Obama presidency.
2) I just can’t envision a voter being dissuaded from pulling the lever for a Republican for congress just because a book by Bush came out a few days prior. If anything, when Republicans see Bush they’re reminded of how much further the country has fallen under Obama and the Democrats who control congress.
People don’t pay to put up these billboards because everything’s so much better these days:
3) The argument could be made that, though Bush’s book might not keep Republicans from voting for Republicans, some Democrats might see it and be reminded of how much they hated him and be motivated to get to the polls and vote for Democrats.
I might agree with that premise if Democrats hadn’t spent the last year and a half watching their hero morph into Bush when it comes to the war, Gitmo, extending the Patriot Act and wiretapping, not to mention retaining Bush’s Secretary of Defense and putting Bush’s CentCom chief, David Petraeus, the same man Obama, Hillary, et al, demonized a few years ago, in charge of operations in Afghanistan. Hell, Newsweek even wrote that Obama needs his own version of Dick Cheney if he’s going to succeed, so I’m not sure the Bush brand is as broken as some like to believe.
4) As far as the timing goes, Bush is releasing a book, and selling books is a business, so I’d lose some respect for somebody who decided to sell a book when buyer interest wasn’t at its peak — it’s bad business. That’s a mistake that over-educated pinheads with plenty of experience as classroom theorists but none in the real world make.
Asking somebody to delay the release of a book under the assumption it will harm Republicans is requesting that the person put politics over business — and isn’t that why we’re in trouble in the first place?
The election impact of Bush’s book will be minimal. Prepare for the inevitable jokes, though (i.e. “what color crayon is it written in?” and “I didn’t even see Cheney’s lips move when Bush recorded the book-on-tape version”).