Thursday, March 15, 2007

Never Mind The Magical Underwear. It's Mitt!

Author, radio host, and semi professional George W. Bush teabagger Hugh Hewitt has a new insta-book out that is sure to sweep the right wing nation. I was alerted to it by a spam email from Human Events offering me the book for free. Since the book was just released this Monday, it's either a sign that the book sucks really badly, or that the right wing bulk purchase machine is smoothly running as usual. Actually, it's probably a little of both.

In his book, 'A Mormon in the White House?: 10 Things Every American Should Know about Mitt Romney' (catchy title), Hewitt tells fundamentalists Americans to ignore the underwear, and the whole Joseph Smith thing, as well as to ignore the obvious contradictions between their church's teachings and that of the Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints (Salamanders).

What's amusing to me is the fact that the reviews are coming in and they are spectacular. All by people who have never reviewed a book at Amazon before. I am not suggesting that this is an astroturf campaign, but you do get a complimentary square inch of last year's NY Giants field with every purchase.

Mitt or Hugh apparently couldn't get Publisher's Weekly to allow them to write their own review, but I would take the following critique as positive.
Hewitt is an agreeable, if inelegant, writer, wise enough to take detours (such as an edifying primer on Mormon history and thought) that stave off tedium. He spends far more time extolling Romney than excoriating his Republican and Democratic opponents. This is an efficient and effective exercise in political hagiography.

You are agreeable Hugh. They really like you. I think Mitt needs to do a bit more work. Perhaps he can burn a witch or post videos of him on Youtube bashing gays with Ann Coulter, a baseball bat, and millions more free copies of this new thought provoking book if he truly wants to energize the Republican base.

A follow up point. This book is published by Regnery, so you know it ain't junk!