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READ IT AND WEEP?
A source has stepped forward with news that sales of “Tears of a Clown: Glenn Beck and the Teabagging of America” by The Washington Post’s syndicated political columnist Dana Milbank were, well, tepid. In the hundreds. Not promising for a book with an initial printing of 38,700, on bookstore shelves for 15 days.
“Sounds absurd to me. Have not seen any numbers but I saw it was on the Washington Post political bestseller list and was leading a couple of Amazon categories. That said, I highly doubt it’s selling like a Glenn Beck book,” Mr. Milbank tells Inside the Beltway via e-mail.
Is this weepable? Hard to tell. In our zeal to remain civil, here are the unembellished Amazon sales numbers: Mr. Milbank’s book stands at 5,300 on the overall “bestseller” rank, but No. 5 in the history and criticism category, No. 10 in the journalism division and No. 11 on a list charting biographies of “TV performers.”
If White House senior adviser David Axelrod and company are really paying attention, this could be the next stop on President Obama’s vigorous campaign touring as the midterm elections loom:
“I’d like to see President Obama walk through Tightwad and see how things are. I’d like to sit him down at my table. I have to calculate each portion according to what I can afford. I have two or three pairs of shoes. I can’t spend money on frivolous things. Politicians all seem to be in it for themselves. It’s easy to be greedy when you have other people’s money to spend, Suzette Corpier, an undecided voter in Tightwad, Mo., tells the Daily Telegraph.
“It would only take the president about 30 seconds to walk through our town. But I can assure you we have plenty of opinionated people in Tightwad, even though our population is only 63 on the last count. So we would welcome it,” Kelly Huey, an owner of the Tightwad Bait & Tackle, tells Inside the Beltway.
As Missouri goes, so goes the nation? In August, voters in the swing state overwhelmingly passed Proposition C, which prevents the state government from mandating that citizens carry health insurance, in direct conflict to Obamacare. The Grand Old Party — including House Minority Leader John A. Boehner and Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele — celebrated the vote. “The citizens of the Show-Me State don’t want Washington involved in their health care decisions,” state Sen. Jane Cunningham, a Republican sponsor of the legislation, said at the time, crediting “tea party and patriot groups with building support for the anti-Washington proposition.”
DIDN’T SAY IT
Four little words heard ‘round the county: The campaign plot is thickening on the rolling back roads of Maryland’s 5th District, where former Marine and Republican conservative Charles Lollar is challenging House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer for U.S. Congress. Earlier this week, Mr. Lollar’s campaign drew attention to a remark Mr. Hoyer made after a public debate between the two. Mr. Lollar and audience members said they overheard Mr. Hoyer say, “I’m coming after you” to Mr. Lollar, who simply grinned. Mr. Hoyer then repeated his aside.
A source close to Mr. Hoyer denies it, though.
“Congressman Hoyer did not say that. The Lollar campaign said they had video proof of this. But they haven’t come up with it yet,” the source says.
“After that debate, a frustrated Mr. Hoyer leaned over and stated to me that, I’m coming after you,” that he’s was coming after me,” counters Mr. Lollar. “I believe that Steny may be a bit confused in his arrogance, that he hasn’t noticed that the constituency of the 5th Congressional District is actually coming after him, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as well.”
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