Greg Sargent has a good run-down of the reasons why Democrats want Dubya to play a starring role in November’s elections. In sum, it’s because voters hate George W. Bush.
I’m of the opinion that the Bush book will get some airtime right before the election and that this will hurt Republicans, though perhaps only slightly (without knowing what’s in the book, it’s hard to say exactly how much attention it will get). Steve M. takes a different view:
I wish the Bush book would have an impact before publication — but I worry that it’s just going to be part of a painful November for Democrats starting on Election Day, thanks to the media. Here’s the sequence:
* On November 2, Republicans gain seats in Congress — and the media will probably accept GOP spin and declare the results a resounding triumph for Republicans no matter how many seats Republicans pick up.
* Then, a week later, Bush begins his Vindication Memoir Tour. He’s mobbed by Republicans pumped up as a result of the previous week’s returns, and those results are the subject of many questions posed to him in interviews. (He’s smug and self-satisfied about the results because, yes, he does think they partly exonerate him.)
* Two weeks later, Sarah Palin’s new book is published — and that one is preceded by leaks that really are newsmaking, because, well, it’s Sarah Palin, and we think everything she does is news. Her book tour is, of course, like the Second Coming of Christ for her fans.
If I were a Republican strategist, I would not be happy to have Bush and Palin coming out with books at the same time. It plays into a “Palin is the heir to Bush’s throne” narrative that helps Palin and hurts the Republican party.