Nonpartisan Question: Politicians on Book Tours?

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    Feb 22, 2011 1:25 PM GMT
    I was just watching Scott Brown on Morning Joe where he was promoting his new book. This raised an issue for me that I've long had a problem with.

    Do you think its appropriate for a sitting Senator/Representative to take hours/weeks/months out of their legislative time to promote a book?

    I've stated on here before that I think the election season, which seems endless, goes on far too long. Between the never-ending campaign season and hawking their latest tomes can these people even do their actual jobs of legislating? And should we be paying their salaries while they're out promoting their books?
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    Feb 22, 2011 3:06 PM GMT
    Probably not appropriate. If nothing else, gives the appearance of being distracted. Most likely the best remedy is a campaign issue for a future opponent,
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    Feb 22, 2011 6:00 PM GMT
    Unfortunately your system is set up to be in a perpetual campaign mode with the Presidency and 1/2 the Congress every four years , then the other half. It is ridiculous. Campaigning allows little time for governance, and vice versa.

    The idea that they are actually drawing salary to govern when in fact they are mostly out campaigning is unpalatable.
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    Feb 22, 2011 9:52 PM GMT
    Yes and no...I have seen the Brown interviews and really very few of what I saw centered on mainly the book. Hannity had a great interview with him where he discussed and defended his more moderate stance when working with Dems on issues thet the Tea Party disagreed with. He also has talked about the economy and some of the relevent issues of the day. Most politicians come on the news programs to defend/give their input about the days hot button topic, with Brown he happens to be also hocking his book.

    Anyways I have a new man crush on Brown because he is definitely more of what we need in Congress. Free thinking Senators who don't always fall into party line.
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    Feb 22, 2011 10:06 PM GMT
    I think politicians should stick with their job until they are done, or quit, to promote their books, autobiographical or fiction. E.g. Clinton, Bush, Rumsfeld, Huckabee, and a certain ex-governor of AK. Makes a heck of a lot more financial sense with full time promotion. E.g. Pelosi's book probably bombed because it had no scandals, and nothing for the politically salaciously minded:
    "Pelosi's book is a simply crafted acknowledgment of the support of her family, mentors and helpful colleagues without rhetorical flourishes, insider scandal or intimate revelations-a gentle account from a tough politician."
    http://www.bloggingstocks.com/2008/08/14/nancy-pelosis-book-lands-with-a-thud/
    I'm sure her autobiography will be way more interesting, historically speaking.
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    Feb 23, 2011 12:19 AM GMT
    If more people were like me --- i.e. disgusted by crappy writing, shameless self promotion, and intellectual vapidity --- then these book tours would surely be a good thing as they would be an instant kiss of death to a politician's political career.

    Alas, people seem to lap it up. We really really need a better caliber of politician in this country. Lawyers and accountants need to GO!
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    Feb 23, 2011 12:21 AM GMT
    TigerTim saidIf more people were like me --- i.e. disgusted by crappy writing, shameless self promotion, and intellectual vapidity --- then these book tours would surely be a good thing as they would be an instant kiss of death to a politician's political career.

    Alas, people seem to lap it up. We really really need a better caliber of politician in this country. Lawyers and accountants need to GO!


    That's very true. I can't imagine wading through Palin's two books of dreck. Even those that I like to some degree or find interesting (e.g. Hillary Clinton) would be hard pressed to get me to shell out $9.99 for the Nook download; primarily because if they're still active they're not going to write anything juicy. icon_lol.gif