Monday, May 17, 2010

Test Question

OK students, here's the question of the day:

Name a credible, serious presidential candidate in the last fifty years that did not have an (auto)biographical book recounting their life, background, experience and political ideology published within two years of their candidacy.

It has been part and parcel of campaigns since long before "The Audacity of Hope" or "Going Rogue". It is done and it is purposefully trying to convince you to vote for that individual. Books are published to make money. Someone fronts a chunk of change to publish them, with the exception of vanity press or publish-on-demand, in the belief that their investment will reap profits. The candidate is typically listed contractually as the "author" and therefore will benefit from royalties which can be quite significant.

So, what to make of this potential Supreme Court Justice's interpretation of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution:

If It Ends With "Vote for Joe" The Government Could Ban It!

Yes, she says, even Thomas Paine's seminal pamphlet that advocated the American Revolution would be under government scrutiny.

Are you scared yet?


Anonymous said...

Answers nervously.... Obama.

Ed Rasimus said...

"Dreams of my Father" rereleased in 2007 and "Audacity of Hope" rereleased in 2008. So, both meet the publication within two years criteria.

Anna said...

Fahrenheit 451 by Bradbury anyone? Night time rallies in which suspect books are thrown into the fire. I hope the Senate Republicans were keeping their most powerful ammo until now; and not just recently discovering Kagan argued this before the Supreme Court she is now being nominated for. She is unfit.