Friday, June 18, 2004

Night of the Long Knives

The Thomas Dunne imprint of St. Martin's Press has agreed to pay around $500,000 to Pat Buchanan for an anti-Dubya book to be called "Where the Right Went Wrong."

The proto-conservative will blast the Bush Administration for behaviors both domestic and foreign. He is particularly scornful of the U.S. foreign policy that has "ignited a war of civilizations" with the Islamic world.

Publishing insiders say Buchanan's thoughts on the 43rd president are surprisingly out of character...

"Where the Right Went Wrong" is scheduled to go on sale in early August, to coincide with the start of the Republican National Convention ? at which Buchanan will be a commentator for MSNBC.

Pat Buchanan's anti-Bush book has been billed as a bit of surprise, but they do not come as a shock to those that have been paying attention to Buchanan. His American Conservative magazine has highly critical of Bush's foreign policy from the start (sample of this can be found here, here and here. Pat Buchanan has also been a maverick within the Republican Party for even longer. In 1992 he challenged President Bush Sr. for the the Republican Party's nomination, in 1996 he defeated the GOP establishment's candidate (and eventually, Republicans' nominee), Bob Dole, in New Hampshire and in 2000 he ran as a third party candidate for President.

For a long time now there has been speculation about conservative dissatisfaction with Geoge W. Bush. Sales of Buchanan's new book could indicate how widespread and how strong anti-Bush sentiments are on the Right.


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