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Bob Shrum Is Back (Sort of)

Retired Democratic media svengali Bob Shrum is reentering the political arena (sort of) with a new book filled with his thoughts and reflections on more than four decades in the middle of the national debate.

The volume is set for release in 2007 by Simon & Schuster, according to the New York Observer's Ben Smith. "It's about politics and what I've seen, the lessons I draw from it," said Shrum.

The mercurial political consultant has taken on a decidedly low-profile since John Kerry's loss last November -- the eighth consecutive presidential candidate he has worked for who was ultimately defeated in either the primary or general election.

In the immediate aftermath of Kerry's loss, Shrum declared that he was done with the business he helped create. He moved to New York City and took a position as a senior fellow at New York University's Wagner School.

But like any full-blooded political junkie, Shrum hasn't given up on politics totally.  In the spring of this year, he traveled to Britain to serve as a personal adviser to Gordon Brown, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the leading candidate to succeed Tony Blair as prime minister. Shrum also served as an informal adviser to New Jersey Sen. Jon Corzine's successful gubernatorial campaign.

Rumors continue to swirl that Shrum is also involved in the political operation of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R), a claim the consultant denied in an interview earlier this week. "I am not doing anything out there politically," Shrum asserted. He said he does talk sporadically to California First Lady Maria Shriver (a member of the Kennedy clan) and was one of a number of people to offer ideas for Schwarzenegger's inaugural speech, according to informed sources.

Footnote: The Post's Rich Leiby mentioned Shrum's book plans in a column last winter.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 17, 2005; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  Democratic Party  
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