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Summer reading gets political
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Now that summer is upon us it is time to seek out reading material we know as the beach read, the fun novels that have no other purpose than to entertain us.

Summer on the beach or resting in the backyard hammock is not the time for heavy reading. This is why mainstream commercial writers always seem to have a new novel hitting the stands about now.

We want to be entertained with just a cracking good story.

Since we are also besieged each day with the ramblings of the political crowd it would seem to be the perfect time for some of them to put pen to paper and gives us entertaining fodder.

Some could even call on their own personal experiences, uh, that is observations, for the source of their stories.

Newt Gingrich could give us, "The Man Who Would be Brilliant." The story of a powerful and perceived brilliant Washington politician who has been out of work for 13 years but with an ego so gargantuan he makes Donald Trump look humble decides to run for president but is undone by a younger third wife’s desire for diamonds and his foot in mouth disease.

Anthony Weiner could write, "Gone with the Weiner." It would be the story of a Congressman barely known to people in his own district who becomes uncomfortably famous when his attempt to sell underwear on the Internet fails miserably.

He eventually resigns and tries to save his career by seeking psychiatric help and ultimately blames all his problems on Al Gore for inventing the Internet.

From Mitt Romney we might see a fictionalized story of a man with nine wives who becomes king of his country and passes a law calling for everyone to have a doctor, only to discover when he has the chance to become CEO of WaltDisney Studios that he has to explain away the idea everyone needs a doctor and support the notion most things can be cured with herbs. The book would be titled, "The Old Man and the Seesaw."

Then there is the story of a totally unknown businessman and minor league talk show host who realizes that if he wants to take advantage of his 15 minutes of fame he must do something big.

So, the guy runs for president, attracts a group of hardcore followers and makes statements which result in a lot of people nodding their heads and saying, "Wow, that didn’t sound too crazy."

In a happy ending, the main character does not win but gets a huge contract to host a talk show on Fox.

Herman Cain can call his novel, "The Pizza Also Rises."

And certainly we have the story of a former governor of a large but largely unpopulated Western state who creates her own unreality show and cruises across the country on a chopper chased by TV news crews while not running for president with the goal of teaching youngsters the truth about America history, like how the Nazis bombed us at Pearl Harbor in World War II and how Robert E. Lee died at the Alamo.

She runs into lots of interesting and strange characters at fruit and vegetable stands but loses followers when she insists Liberace signed the Declaration of Independence.

Sarah Palin could call the novel, "A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Twilight Zone."

Finally, we would have the effort of Ron Paul.

His novel would be the story of a man who lives in a gated Lilliputian world and cares for nothing or no one, believing that no matter what happens, all ills can be cured by indifference to the world around you and a steadfast resolve to not be involved even if you see your neighbor being stabbed to death on the street.

The novel’s protaginist is finally put in a home for the sick and weird but escapes to be elected to Congress.

The title of his book would be "One Tunneled Under the Booby Hatch."

How many of these novels would become best sellers is a matter of conjecture, but it would certainly be easy reading for a summer day.

Besides, some of these folks are going to need the work in a few months.


Ric Latarski is a freelance writer who writes on a variety of topics. He can be reached at