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You Get a Book Deal!  And You Get a Book Deal!



In the future, every worthless Beltway skinsack will be famous for 15 quatloos.

From The Splinter:
As If We Haven't Suffered Enough, Bari Weiss Got a Book Deal

Another day, another media horror: the New York Times’ worst columnist, Bari Weiss, announced on Wednesday that she’s got a book deal.
And here -- in an act of political kink that one used to only find buried among the Personal ads at Screw magazine -- we find David Corn fluffing Max Boot in the pages of Mother Jones:
“We Need to Destroy the Republican Party”: A Conservative Luminary Calls for a Clean Start

In which Max Boot says the GOP is racist, the Iraq War was wrong, and Trumpism is a cancer.

In his new book, The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right, Max Boot goes further than the handful of other prominent Republicans who have stood against Donald Trump and reconsiders the conservative movement writ large. He sat down to discuss his epiphany with Washington bureau chief David Corn for the Mother Jones Podcast...
Longtime readers will understand why the word "epiphany" lands with me like a lawn dart through my eye.  It is a parodic morif I've worked into literally thousands of blog posts almost since the day I began blogging critiquing the by-now-patently-ludicrous-to-everyone-outside-the-Beltway claim by increasing numbers of Serious Conservatives that -- gosh darn it! -- they just never until now noticed that their Republican Party was full of Republicans!
So it turns out that virtually all of Mr. [Andrew] Sullivan's hard-won epiphanies amount to little more than the well-thumbed history and plainsong lore of our Fucked Up Modern Age as it has been long understood and passed down among those awful Liberals...


So why exactly did it take a grown-ass man and former purveyor of war porn like Max Boot so goddamn long to figure out what every dirty, America-hating, terrorist-loving Libtard figured out decades ago?

Short answer:  Money.

DC: Why do you think it’s so hard for people now to concede they got it wrong?

MB: Well, a general danger of punditry is that there’s very little incentive to change your position or admit error. If you reverse your position, the people who backed you before will be unhappy, but a lot of the people who now agree with you will still pillory you. I’ve gotten that on Twitter; I’m called a war criminal and told that I’m being opportunistic in renouncing the Iraq War. And so these people on the left are basically saying, “Too late. You can’t renounce your beliefs.” There’s very little incentive, from a political economy standpoint, for people to reverse field...

Translation:  Team Evil has lots and lots and lots of munnies for pundits who tell the Pig People the lies they want to believe.  And I like munnies.  I like munnies a lot.  And after doing a lot of research about munnies I found that if you stop telling the Pig People the lies they want to believe, they will stop giving you munnies.  And if you start telling the Pig People that you have been lying to them all along for munnies, they may use some of the munnies they are no longer paying you pay someone else to tell the Pig People lies about you. 

Conversely, Team Not Evil doesn't have a lot of munnies.  They're mostly out there begging like chumps with tip jars and such.  Still, even some of those on Team Not Evil who do have munnues have this real hangup about giving you some of their tiny reserve of munnies after you've spent twenty years slandering them and lying about them and generally kicking them in the balls because because those were the lies the Pig People wanted to hear, and so those were the lies that Team Evil would give me munnies for. 

Team Not Evil can be so fickle that way!

Anyway, this is called a "political economy standpoint" and it's something you really have to consider when you have been fucked-in-the-head wrong about everything for 20 years but you still really like pundit munnies. 

Actual Driftglass:  Have you considered maybe not writing another "OMFG!  The Republican Party is Full Of Republicans!" book and instead doing something useful that might actually atone for the harm you've inflicted on society?  Like, say, shutting the fuck up and spending the next ten years changing bedpans at Walter Reed?

Imaginary Max Boot:  Is there good munnies in that?  Because I like munnies,  I like munnies a lot.



Since I will never get a book deal, or a column in any newspaper anywhere, this is all I've got: