The guru primary is on!
If you haven't noticed, a flood of titles promising new ideas and solutions for Democrats and/or liberals have hit the shelves in the past year, including volumes from Chuck Schumer, Laura Flanders, Gary Hart, Bill Bradley, and Andy Stern (among others). In the next year, Paul Krugman, Todd Gitlin, Matthew Yglesias, and Peter Beinart are all releasing books. Even unconventional authors like Emory psychology professor Drew Westen are entering the fray (his book The Political Brain is built on academic brain-scanning research).
These books are literally popping up everywhere. At the end of a New York Times op-ed on rainforests and climate change, one of the authors listed this biography:
Glenn Hurowitz is working on a book about the importance of courage in Democratic Party politics.
Who isn't writing about the future of the Democratic party and/or liberalism?
Bonus quiz: The flood of Democratic advice books is:
(a) A reflection of Democrats' need for better tactics and/or a more compelling vision;
(b) An attempt to sell books in a favorable political environment;
(c) An attempt to supplant George Lakoff as the guru of the moment;
(d) A reflection of the anti-Bush animus of liberal book editors who can't understand how Bush won two elections; (e) All of the above.