Saturday, 6 January 2018
Ice and Lethargy
1. The book company who paid Wolff? Well, you track it through the system, and eventually come to the real mother-company....Bertelsmann. It's a German company. It probably doesn't really matter, but it's just a curious footnote.
2. Up front, Wolff has kinda admitted that he really never checked out a lot of the comments made, so the reliability or value of the comments....well...it's marginal. Maybe Bannon did say these things but if Bannon is nuts (as I'm often told by MSNBC), then Wolff is quoting a nut-case. What good is that?
3. The suggestion that dozens of White House employees are lined up to quit after the book came out? I heard that on Wednesday. One of the news media networks hyped this. Why? It's a marginal sense that they give, and after hearing it....I started to laugh. It's like the 10,000 other things spoken about over the last year that simply never came to pass. The idea that Rex would quit by such-and-such date, or that Sessions would resign? None of them ever came to pass.
4. Why did Steve Bannon talk like this? If you were really adapt at playing poker, you never sit and lay out your details to other poker players, so it makes little sense.
5. Will the book sell outside of the beltway? I have my doubts. There might be a hundred-thousand books sold in the first month, and then? It'll drop like a rock. I doubt that Bertelsmann will make much more than a break-even point on the book.
The funny part to this story is that it's a ten-day story at best, then it'll dissolve and be replaced by the next big mess in DC, or some Supreme Court judge retiring, or some KGB agent found in Cleveland, or some drunken Senator falling out of his chair.