The presidential campaign is already filled with charges and countercharges in speeches and TV ads. Now, the attacks are coming fast and furious in published books.
News articles of Richard Clarke’s literary success describe him as having gone from “faceless bureaucrat” to “near-celebrity” because of his bestseller "Against all Enemies: Inside the White House's War on Terror." In his book, he blasted the Bush administration’s handling of the war on terror. The book is already in its sixth printing with 550,000 in print and book stores clamoring for more copies as it stands atop the Amazon.com bestsellers list.
Now the Bush administration may finally be getting some literary relief. The newest political book set to come out is from Former White House adviser Karen Hughes. While Hughes may help bolster the President’s caring image, the hammering on Iraq that began months ago with a book from Former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill will continue. O’Neill wrote that the administration was obsessed with Iraq from the beginning. In Clarke’s book, Clarke agrees, saying, “From everything I saw and heard, he [O’Neill] is right.”
Rush Limbaugh is already pummeling a Bob Woodward book on the President and Iraq… even though “Plan of Attack” doesn’t come out for three more weeks. Limbaugh has been quoted as saying that “the Woodward book makes this one [Clarke’s] look like... an afternoon in the sandbox.”
But for now, the battle over Richard Clarke, the author of the moment, continues.
Richard Clarke is beginning his second round of press interviews. He will appear on 'Hardball with Chris Matthews' Wednesday, 7 p.m. ET on MSNBC.