Of Authors And Books

Newsweek‘s Jon Meacham on John McCain:

John McCain is a man of accomplishment and curiosity, of wide and deep reading, travel and experience. He is smart without being a snob. He has authored legislation and books. He is a man of parts—the kind of figure whom one could effortlessly imagine being president.

Um . . . Mark Salter wrote those books. I wrote a book. Meacham’s written books. McCain, not so much. Barack Obama really wrote Dreams From My Father and Jim Webb’s written books, but other politicians’ sign their names to work done by professionals. I think that’s a sensible thing to do, but surely we don’t all need to go pretend that’s not what’s happening. Give McCain credit for the fact that every copy I’ve ever seen of one of “his” books features Salter’s name pretty prominently. There’s no big secret here.