After a week in which Dick Cheney, “an unpopular former vice president” (as the Washington Times styled him) faced of in a type of debate with “a popular sitting president” (as the same paper styled Barack Obama), the less popular and more maligned (at least in the MSM) man “won, hands down.” Even media commentators, not kindly disposed to the man they’ve dubbed “Darth Vader,” concede the laurels to the Republican.
Cheney has increased his stature the right, with his approval rating surging. Conservatives are looking to him again for inspiration. If he writes a book, it is certain to sell as well as Mark Levin’s Liberty and Tyranny, now in its Tenth Printing, only two months after its pubilcation. (That manifesto has spent 97 days in the amazon.com top 100, most of time in one of the top positions.)
Seeing the success of conservative books in the Obama age, publishers should be eager to snap up the memoir Cheney’s shopping around.
Cheney isn’t the only former Bush Administration official at work on a book. Others scribbling away include the former President himself, his wife, the former first lady, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr., former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, and Karl Rove. I think I may pass on most of those memoirs, but in addition to Cheney’s book, I’ll definitely buy Rumsfeld’s and Rove’s. I doubt those three good men will mince words when they talk about the last eight years.
Frankly, I expect Rumsfeld to be candid about the mistakes he made; he may offer some insight into why the President delayed so long in shifiting strategies in Iraq. It would be interesting to see if Rove explains how such a politically savvy White House could tap a tone-deaf man as Press Secretary just as the media was becoming increasingly aggressive and the President’s poll numbers were starting to tumble.