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.

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