Conservative Swordswoman

When you're out of power, you wield the mighty pen as your sword.

Disgruntled liberals did an enthusiastic job of slashing up George W in books that hogged the best seller list. Now it's the turn of newly disgruntled conservatives. Their pens are sharpened to a razor's edge and they're ripping into Obama with a fury.

Following hard on the heels of Dick Morris's best-selling rant, "Catastrophe," comes Michelle Malkin's "Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies." In its first week, "Catastrophe" catapulted to the top of the Washington Post Bestseller list. "Culture of Corruption," out this week, looks destined for a similar cannon shot up the list. (Figures on its sales won't show up until next week's list.)

If Malkin's title leaves any doubt about where she stands, here she is speaking this week with Sean Hannity on Fox News: "I think what I've done is help shatter completely the myths of hope and change and the new politics in Washington by scouring every nook and cranny, top to bottom, every inch of this administration, and showing how, within a very short span of six months, they've betrayed every principle and every promise that they've made by installing these influence peddlers, power brokers and very wealthy people who have traded on their government service to serve not the public interest but the special interests."

Don't be confused, however, if you go to Malkin's Website and read this startling disclosure in her "Random fun facts" section. She writes: "Secret: I'm really a member of the Left." Then comes the ha-ha: "Left-handed club, that is." Other fun facts: She drives a 1993 Toyota Tercel with no air conditioning and wears a 6 ½ shoe.

Back to Fox and the book, Hannity - playing the good circus master - asks what Malkin's take is on Michelle Obama. "In chapter two of the book," she says "I call her the first crony. And she really is. She was born and bred into the Daley political machine. She and Barack Obama have been joined at the hip in exploiting their position as power brokers in Chicago and then posing as the champions of the little people. She worked for one of the most prestigious law firms in Chicago, and she's hooked up with a number of Chicago cronies who are now running the government and running our economy into the ground."

My ears are still ringing from the din of the echo chamber: Malkin talking to Hannity on Fox News to appreciative listeners. It carries over into print. On Amazon, where Malkin is No. 1 on the best seller list, customers who came looking for her book also spent time studying and in some cases buying three other titles: "Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto" by Mark R. Levin; "Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine"; and "Catastrophe."

The takeover by Barack Obama's influence peddlers, power brokers, machine politicians and cronies may be bad for the aspirations of the right, but conservatives can more than make up for it in book sales.

By Steven E. Levingston |  July 31, 2009; 5:30 AM ET
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