Amy Coney Barrett's $2 million book deal raised eyebrows, but it's perfectly legal.
I get so upset reading about her. As a Catholic I find her thinking very antithetical to the tenets of Christianity. No scruples either. But thankfully the column is very funny too.
The huge advances received by those we have all heard of “Names in the News” is as much of the hype preceding a published book as anything that that person might have said it done to get a “best selling” moniker. In the case of Sanders or (Trump jr) for instance, the only way they would have made any kind of sales in an industry filled with talented journalists, writers, is their celebrity. Those few politicians and celebrities writing their own story, will sell books to those fans, and to those readers who are looking for the dirt on the author, or more likely the hype that there is dirt in that story.
We are not communists, sure. But, our society is and has been establishing a clear and widening delineation between the 'get rich' schemers and everyone else. From the Supreme Court, to Congress, to dot.coms, to politicians, to cryptocurrency, to prosperity Christians, the train left the station a long time ago. Is ACB naive or premeditated? "Greed is good" is the symbol for the 21st century.
Very funny. Also true. How often do we get a Beatles and a Godfather (II) reference in the same post. Love it
Greg! Hahaahaaaaha! Sometimes you outdo yourself! ❤️
"Which means she would have to sell a diabolical number of copies—666,666"
Thank You. This answers my immediate question when I read her book announcement: How does a new Supreme Court Justice and mother of SEVEN children have time and energy to write a book? Is the SCOTUS job that easy? Part-time (or, in Kavanaugh's case, a slam dunk)? Your answer is much more believable.
This may sound harsh and over-the-top, but I think that people in elected, non-elected, appointed, and/or ANY public service job should be prohibited from making extra money on little side projects, much the same way convicted felons are precluded from profiting from their crimes. The government, it turns out, pays well -- at least to people in positions of actual power -- and there's no need for all of this "bad optics," or whatever the current term may be for "more grifting."
Coney-Barrett gets $250K a year. People like Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Kellyanne Conway, Stephen F Miller (the "F" is for what you think it's for) and Jen Psaki, for that matter, were/are paid almost $200K a year. WAIT until you're no longer serving the people before you try to go on to make whatever you're going to make from your time in government service. It's ALL bad optics to do it any other way. Lifetime appointment? Oh well. Resign and write you book.
Somehow, I think your "hypothetical" is not very far from reality. I, for one, will not be buying her book. I do wonder though, if she's also going to make the talk show rounds to tout her ghost-written "creation." If she's not above breaking the norms for a SC personage in one way, might we expect her to cash in in other dastardly ways? I love your diabolical number of copies...apropos, in my opinion, given the person behind the pen.
Fabulous! Every word elegantly understated. As a 12-time author published by commercial publishers (Prentice-Hall in the late 80s and Sterling-now-Barnes- and- Noble in the 90s-teens) I have always maintained that authors who write in order to say something do it in spite of the money.
She’s going to need every penny, to pay the Pope for all those Indulgences for Hell bail.