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Dodd Is/Isn’t Writing Book About Crisis

From NBC Connecticut:

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., left, asks a question of Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, not pictured, as the committee’s ranking Republican Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., right, listens during the committee’s hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009.

Dodd’s Book Deal That Isn’t

There’s egg on someone’s face after it was reported Sen. Chris Dodd agreed to write about the financial crisis. He hasn’t.


Mon, Feb 16, 2009

This was going to be a story about Senator Chris Dodd’s personal stimulus plan — authoring a book about the financial crisis.

But like everything on the interwebs, the fact that he’s agreed to write a book is not quite true, even though it was picked up here, here, here, and — perhaps most telling — here:

Crown senior editor Sean Desmond has acquired a history of the congressional bailout of the financial markets by Sen. Christopher J. Dodd with Lary Bloom. Titled "Thirteen Days: How the Financial Crisis Changed the Politics of Washington," the book will provide an intimate look at how, over the course of 13 days last September, a financial crisis led to panic and meltdown. Dodd, the chair of the Senate banking committee, will also describe how he and others acted swiftly to try to save the American economy.

His friends on the other side of the aisle were quick to help.  The National Republican Senatorial Committee quickly fired off a press release, suggesting a slightly different title… "13 Weeks: The Senate Banking Committee Chairman’s Time in Iowa While the Housing Market Collapsed."

By mid-day

Friday, we learned there is no book deal.

The Senator has not signed on any dotted line.  In fact, there’s still this little hurdle of the Senate Ethics Committee.

The publishing company, Crown, which is an imprint of Random House issued this "clarification" by e-mail Friday:

Publishers Weekly, through information prematurely sent by the publisher, announced a book deal between Crown Publishers and Senator Christopher Dodd on the Senator’s role during the financial crisis last fall.

Crown Publishers would like to clarify that in fact, Senator Dodd and Crown do not yet have a signed agreement, and that the actual content of proposed book will chronicle how Congress and the Bush Administration responded to the financial meltdown.

Um, whoops. 

A publishing insider tells us that this is not Senator Dodd promoting a book deal, but really the mistake of the publisher, Crown, making an inaccurate, premature announcement.

But the best official line may be this:  "If Crown and Senator Dodd reach agreement, Senator Dodd plans to donate his proceeds from this forthcoming book to charity."

The forthcoming book that isn’t forthcoming.

Except that you can pre-order the book here on the Random House website, or here on Amazon for just a recession-proof $16.29!

The non-book book is expected in June.

Despite the cuteness of this article, the bottom line is that Mr. Dodd is actually writing a book about the financial meltdown.

And it does not appear to be a mea culpa.

In fact, it will probably be a everyone else is culpa. But especially the Republicans.

What a shock, eh?

(Click to enlarge)

By the way, Mr. Dodd is as original as he is honest.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, February 16th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Dodd Is/Isn’t Writing Book About Crisis”

  1. proreason says:

    thumb screws
    the rack
    ants and rats
    bamboo spikes
    cell mates with Drooling Barney Franks

  2. 1sttofight says:

    WTF is a “interweb”? Did I sleep through class again?

    If there were any justice in America , Dodds book would be entitleded, “My life in an orange suit as Bubbas Bitch”.

  3. Enthalpy says:

    I purchased “Letters from Nuremberg” My Father’s Narrative of a Quest for Justice by Senator Christopher J. Dodd with lary bloom–heavy on the bloom, no doubt because as you suggest, 1sttofight says:, I doubt that Dodd has the truth within hundreds of miles of him. I bought the book so I could in good conscience write Chris and tell him what a slime he is and has been. What a total POS!

  4. proreason says:

    Great photo of Dodd. What was his role in the Planet of the Apes?

  5. mybrotherkeeper says:

    I read his book about his dad at the Nuremburg trials. I came away a believer. Boy, was I hoodwinked. I mean, I loved his dad and I came away with a greater respect for Dodd. He did mention that his dad ended his life in political disgrace over a scandal he got entangled in, but it seemed like it was more an error in judgment, rather than a deeper error in character. Well, the apple did not fall far from the tree. Shortly after reading this, the Bank collapse occurred, with Dodd, Franks, and Obama’s fingerprints all over it. Now he wants to rewrite history to escape the blame. Sad to say, but I should never trust these liberals. When they give their side of the story, it sounds so believable; but when the other side comes out it makes them despicable. Sad when you have to have your guard up with them 99.99% of the time.

  6. wardmama4 says:

    Let’s see – The Wilsons – stars extrodinaire of that endless little ditty – Plamegate.

    Richard Clarke – a legend in his own mind who just had to, had to prove that he warned evil bushitlerburtonco ‘cuz he knew the truff.

    and of course my all time fav – Al ‘I invented the Internet’ Gore with his stellar (and photoshopped/chopped) testament to forcing the entire planet except liberals, dictators and other elitist scum into 3rd World living conditions. . .Which the moroon spent almost no time (even just a ‘symbolic’ signing of Kyoto, ‘cuz they didn’t have the votes in Congress) while VP doing a damn thing about it.

    Should convince you when a Fiberal writes a book – they need the money or they are lying through their keyboard to CYA.

  7. Sister Mary says:

    Can Dodds write?

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