Monday, November 06, 2006
The Bestseller List -- Does It Point To A Democratic Victory?
The latest NYT bestseller lists are out. On the fiction list, Stephen King is enjoying some of the best reviews of his career for "Lisey's Story." Predictably, King debuts at #1. And surely it's good news for the Democrats that Barack Obama moves to the #1 position on the nonfiction list with "The Audacity Of Hope" just two days before the midterm elections. And he's not alone. Bill O'Reilly may be at #3 with "Culture Warrior." But the rest of the Top 15 is dominated by progressives or people who are just fond of "reality." You've got Bob Woodward's "State of Denial" at #4, "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins at #6 (for those who link godlessness to the left), and "The World Is Flat" by Thomas L. Friedman at #12. Lou Dobbs is at #15 with "War On The Middle Class" and while he's certainly far-right on illegal immigration, I'd say even his book is a good sign for the Dems. Lou Dobbs argues that the disappearance of pensions, cut backs in health care benefits and falling real wages are devastating the middle class. Bush sees soaring corporate profits and thinks everything is great. Most Americans know it's not great for THEM and this book reflects that unease and dissatisfaction.