Not every author gets a hit every time out. I mean when Mario Puzo wrote “The Godfather”, did he follow it up with another huge best seller? Actually, it wasn’t. It was a non-fiction book called “The Godfather Papers And Other Confessions”. It was published in 1972, three years after “The Godfather”. So, even some very prolific authors have struck out after having hits, right? Well, you can add Hillary Clinton to the list…except this is strike two for her.
Remember her book tour back at the beginning of 2015? It was the tour that was supposed to be the start of her campaign…her run up to her run if you will. The book was called “Hard Choices”, and it left the publisher, CBS awash with unsold books in its warehouses. CBS claimed they lost $10 million on the deal. In the first week, “Hard Choices” sold 85,000 books. Hillary’s new book co-authored with VP running mate Tim Kane called “Stronger Together”? Well, during its first week it sold 2,912 books. Math freaks know that is just 3.5% of what her last book, which also flopped sold. That is what is called a MAJOR disappointment in the publishing world. It is a safe bet you won’t be reading any new books from Hillary Clinton any time soon, regardless the outcome of the election!
So, the question is why? Why does this presidential candidate have book sales that would rival my first week if I wrote a book, when a) she’s running for the highest office in the land and traditionally candidate book sales land at #1 on the NY Times Bestseller List and b) she is supposed to be a pretty good author (though I’ll admit, I’ve never read one of her books). I think those are very valid and telling questions. And I think the answer is actually pretty easy…
Hillary Clinton has been over-publicized and no one is excited about her candidacy.
There. I said it. People are tired of seeing Bill and Hillary Clinton. She may be raising tons of cash, she may have a huge ground game and thousands of paid staffers, but her crowds are dwindling. Hell, even Bill is having a hard time drawing more than a few hundred people. And this is in the home stretch of a presidential race! So, what does it say about the election as a whole? Well, for months, pundits have been talking about how Trump’s crowds are growing in size, and the enthusiasm figure is there for him, even though he hasn’t got the ground game, and hasn’t raised the money.
If you look at a traditional presidential year, Donald Trump shouldn’t be leading by up to six points as he is in some of the latest polls (and there were more than one I saw!). He should be getting swamped. He’s being outspent 10-1. That’s usually a telling figure. And he’s got fewer offices nationwide than Hillary has in Virginia alone. That’s ALWAYS a telling figure. He should be getting his butt kicked right now. There isn’t any way he should be competitive, much less leading. So what’s the reason? I’ve said it for the last year and a half…Hillary Clinton is the worst presidential candidate in US history, surpassing John McCain and Bob Dole (who I think were actually worse than Jimmy Carter as candidates!). In fact, Hillary Clinton is so bad…she’s surpassed the second worst candidate in US history…Donald Trump. THAT is why he’s still in this thing.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!