The Final Word -- Right at the Beginning
With the release of Michelle Malkin's book on the Obama administration - a seminal moment we noted in a posting last week - the political book wars have begun in earnest.
Malkin's conservative tome carries the unambiguous title: "Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies." Hers follows another not-so-subtle offering from Dick Morris: "Catastrophe - How Obama, Congress and the Special Interests Are Transforming a Slump Into a Crash, Freedom Into Socialism, and a Disaster Into a Catastrophe ... and How to Fight Back."
The literary drum beat from the right has kept up a steady rhythm for months now. In June, Jonah Goldberg's "Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Change" came out in paperback. "Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine" also was released in paperback in June.
The bashing of liberalism and Obama, in particular, got Bill Maher to put on his funny man's hat last week. On his HBO show, Real Time with Bill Maher, the comedian expressed surprise at how quickly the publishing world has turned out comprehensive evaluations of a barely formed presidency. "He's been in office, our president, for six months, and there is also, or there is already a book by Michelle Malkin," Maher said.
He seemed genuinely astonished that a book like Malkin's could be written so quickly. Didn't it have to be researched for several months? And wasn't there a lag time in getting it into print? All that might go back at least, what, six months? So how much time did she allow for her assessment of Obama in the White House? If Malkin could write a comprehensive analysis of the Obama presidency based on, say, his first 15 minutes on the job, well, there had to be other titles with similar aspirations.
Maher dug them up for his audience.
"Look at some of these other books that I think really are a little premature," he said.
Jonah Goldberg's "Failure: Why the Obama Girls Never Amounted to Anything."
Rush Limbaugh's "Clownfall: How Al Franken Destroyed the Senate, Bankrupted Minnesota, and Ruined Ice Fishing Forever."
Ann Coulter's "Sh-tfaced: Obama's Pathetic Descent Into Alcoholism."
That one comes with a photo of the beer summit.
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