Daniel Akst notes that William Weld is both a politician and a novelist.
The candidates dark literary past immediately casts a shadow on his motivations. Everyone knows that novelists will do almost anything to sell a few books; Im thinking of running for president to move a few of my own. Is it really so far-fetched to imagine that Mr. Weld would launch a gubernatorial campaign to gain better placement at Barnes & Noble? What novelist wouldnt? If the gambit succeeds, I wouldnt be surprised to see writers emerging like termites from the literary woodwork, driven to run for offices all over the country just to escape midlist hell.
Which living novelist could you support if he or she ran for office? My vote goes to Mark Helprin, though Im also somewhat tempted by Leon de Winter. Those more widely read than I am are more than welcome to enlighten me.