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The blog site for writer Scott C. Smith. Some observations on the world we live in and life in general. And maybe some politics.

Monday, June 21, 2004

The Bill Clinton Book: Conservatives get even crazier

Bill Clinton's memoir, My Life, will be hitting bookstores at midnight. Already the book is #1 at Amazon.com and #1 at Barnes and Noble.com. Clearly the public is eager to eat up Clinton's book, despite its nearly 1000 pages. Right-wingers are ready with barbs and personal attacks against Clinton. The ugly truth about the nut-job right is that they are jealous of Bill Clinton. End of story. Pundits like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter have preached the same anti-Clinton message for years and, aside from the brain-dead right, no one is paying attention to the message.

Think about it for a moment: A book that's nearly 1000 pages long and retails for $35.00 is the #1 book at two of largest booksellers in the United States.

How are the pundits doing? Let's start with Tucker Carlson, who complained over and over again on today's Crossfire about the length of Clinton's book and how boring it would be (I suspect Carlson has not read the book). Tucker wrote a book not long ago called Politicians, Partisans and Parasites: My Adventure In Cable News. Right now the book is at #85,040 on Amazon's sales charts.

Sean Hannity's Deliver Us From Evil is faring better, at #251. His other book, Let Freedom Ring, is at #6,621.

Next up is Ann "I hate Arabs" Coulter. Treason is at #1,418. Slander is at #3,885.

Bill "I'm Not Conservative" O'Reilly's book, Who's Looking Out For You, is at #856.

Let's move on to a few liberal writers. Al Franken's Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them is at #39 (Al's book came out about the same time as O'Reilly's book).

Rush Limbaugh Is A Big Fat Idiot is at #1,161. Which is pretty incredible, when you consider the fact that the book was first released in 1996.

Michael Moore's Stupid White Men is at #1,168. Dude, Where's My Country is at #106.

What does all of this tell us? An opinion I've long held: conservatives do not like to read books. That would involve thinking. And right-wingers do not have time for thinking. That's why they love Rush and Sean so much. Limbaugh and Hannity can do the thinking for them.

Which brings up another question, how come conservatives do not like to think? I've thought hard about that one, and the only thing I can come up with is: they're fucking stupid. How else to explain the popularity of George W. Bush? Let's face it, Bush is not the smartest man in the world. Word is when he writes his memoirs, it'll be in comic-book format. Bush defenders will call it "a graphic novel."

It must be nice to live in a world where no thinking is required. Imagine what life would be like to rely on the deep-thinking of people like Hannity and Limbaugh. Comforting, isn't it? Actually, it's more terrifying than comforting.

Next up: I attack Ann Coulter.

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