This is certainly the political best-seller season. We’ve seen the sales charts dominated by some recent Washington tell-alls. But while these books are selling and being discussed in the media, do they really have much of an impact on the way people vote? Maybe not given that people of different political persuasions are picking up different messages from the same book. Not since I took Rhetoric in college have I heard so many often opposing arguments being made out of the same published pages. Look at the Woodward book. Some Dems see it as yet more evidence of a White House out of control. Meanwhile, the Bush folks are publicizing it on their website.
. . . Wednesday April 21, 2004