Walker to Begin Work on Book
Oh, the Left is already having a field day on this news, but it was expected. Many thought after surviving the recall last year that a Walker book was coming.
Any politician who is able to go through all that Scott Walker has gone through in his first two years as governor, is a story many people would want to read. Early money will probably have this out-selling Russ Feingold’s book and the Wisconsin Recall book by Journal Sentinel reporters Patrick Marley and Jason Stein combined.
Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, a potential contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, is collaborating on a book with Marc Thiessen, a former chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush.
“I think Scott wants to do more to tell his story,” says a Wisconsin Republican familiar with the project. “Everybody knows about what he’s done, but not everybody knows about him. This book will be something that colors in the picture.”
Sentinel, an imprint of the Penguin Group, will publish the book, which doesn’t yet have a title. It’s expected to focus on Walker’s gubernatorial experience. Sources say the book will also be autobiographical, with stories about his family, his values, and his rise to power.
Friends say Walker tapped Thiessen, a former Bush and Donald Rumsfeld adviser, due to Thiessen’s understanding of the political and fiscal aspects of Walker’s efforts. Over the past few years, Thiessen has written several columns about Walker’s reforms.
For those shocked at their being a ghost-writer for the book, then you clearly have no idea how most political books are written. The reality is that politicians are rather busy in their day jobs being either a governor, senator, etc. to actually have the time to sit in front of a computer, typewriter or whatever their favorite way to write is and do it themselves.
Oh, they’ll have input and help in the thought process, but they won’t be the one penning most of the book. The ghost-writer will do most of the heavy-lifting there.
Thiessen is a great choice in my opinion to have as ghost-writer. I met him once or twice during my Heritage days — he might have been just at the Post then — or in one of his earlier stints at the American Enterprise Institute, where he is a visiting fellow.