The auction for Karl Rove's memoir drags on a month after the Republican strategist made the rounds of publishers with Washington power lawyer Robert Barnett at his side.
“It's very, very slow,” says an executive at one of the few houses left in the bidding. Early reports had predicted a $3 million sale, but some insiders are wondering if Mr. Barnett has had trouble getting to that number.
Let me see if I can surmise the reason for this winsome hesitancy.
Unlike government, publishing is a business, and businesses are fond of profit.
It might be one thing to subsidize some wingnut wacko or fifth-rate comedian like Ann Coulter into penning their latest 'Look-Mommy-I-made-Number-Two-on-the-persian-rug-at-
your-cocktail party' screed, and then remainder the beans out of said screed so as to pump up placement on the New York Times bestseller list, thereby rooking some rubes into making it a Book Club special must-have.
It is quite another for the 'Machiavellian sage' behind the campaigns of the Ultimate Corporate Superstar Marionette to chump it at the retail level and require that depth of bailout...And 3 million clams means somebody has to eat a whole lot of dead trees.
Now, who might be the market demo for Kooky Karl's epistles on partisan pillage for fun and profit, I wonder?
It's not like his game is so majestically opaque that a weighty tome is required by the masses to explore the mystery.
Anything he could do, Lee Atwater could do 'better'...Except, of course, to croak with a solemn deathbed recanting of his misdeeds upon his bluing lips.
If Karl tried that, he'd spontaneously combust prior to leaving this vale of tears in a cloud of derisive laughter.
Naturally, it is most unlikely that progressive folk and honest conservatives need any tech tips from this glorified second-story man, so I suppose that leave the old reliable 24-or-so percent of registered morons who continue to clog the drain of global change...And those jagoffs aren't even good for wholesale price.
Econ 101 really messes with the ability to create one's own reality, don't it?