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Drudge has links to 19 articles suggesting the Clinton’s "My Life" is slow out of the gate in select markets. Many of the markets listed are in the south, but several are perceived battleground states (Florida, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Arizona). I personally believe the book will sell very well. Clinton had a charm--a way of drawing people to him--and that will motivate a large number of people to buy the book. He also had a controversial presidency, and he will likely get a bump based on the old adage that sex sells. But I doubt that the sales will help Kerry that much. Clinton is like a flame--bright and fascinating--which would lead one to think that another candidate would need but bask in his light. But when he is in the room, he shares another feature of a flame: he devours the oxygen, leaving none for another candidate, and his light reveals the inadequacies of the replacement candidates. Next to Clinton, Gore appeared all the more rigid. (Gore would have appeared rigid anyway, but the contrast was striking.) And next to Clinton, Kerry’s lack of finesse when it comes to flip-flopping and straddling positions will become all the more apparent. Clinton could play the left against the right and make it look easy. Oddly, this will hurt Kerry, who has to date failed to show Clinton’s skill in meneuvering between positions.

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"Oddly, this will hurt Kerry, who has to date failed to show Clinton’s skill in maneuvering between positions."

One’s acute ability to maneuver "between positions" is not always related, of course, to one’s sex lif... uh, a "stiff" positi... er, "like a flame--bright and fascinating..."

Sheesh, can Clinton escape his legacy? Golly, this would be fun had it not been for some deadly, creepy terrorists, looking for some virgins in the afterlife, huh? :(

Golly, this would be fun had it not been for some deadly, creepy terrorists, looking for some virgins in the afterlife, huh? :(

In the words of a friend of mine: "true ’dat".

Drudge’s anecdotal stories would be more interesting if not contradicted by the overall facts of book sales:
http://abcnews.go.com/wire/Entertainment/ap20040623_1163.html

Super Left Sacramento,CA, home of a vast majority of the "Anybody but Bush" crowd seems to be less than overwhelmed by the, thankfully, former President’s way overlong tome.

http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/9752955p-10675896c.html

Clinton’s book isn’t flying off local shelves
The buzz is there -- and it’s No. 1 on Amazon -- but area stores stay calm

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