And if you are a publisher, welcome to the future.
I will not ruin any of the inside baseball that Allen and Thomas provide in great quantity in highly condensed fashion. Hey, it costs three bucks. Buy it and enjoy. The price is the equivalent of a medium coffee at Starbucks and if we want more of such offerings, we have to pay the piper, and these pipers are worth paying.
I am deeply prejudiced in favor of the project's success for three reasons.
First, Politico’s Mike Allen may be the nicest man in journalism, period. If year-end tax planning is upon some of you and you are dispensing with charitable gifts, help him in his effort to raise $60,000 in a challenge grant to benefit the Cornerstone School students in the heart of D.C. Read up on the school and take Allen's word for it.
Second, The Right Fights Back confirms my long-held and frequently voiced assessment that Ed Rollins is among the most disreputable of men. Is there anyone he has worked for that he hasn’t betrayed? It certainly isn’t Michele Bachmann, who has more knives in her back by page 20 that she reminds you of Wile E. Coyote after a chase of Road Runner through a cutlery shop. Many of us tried to warn her, but she didn’t listen and so here is Rollins trashing her in print after taking who knows how much of her money.
Third, I have an eBook in the works that will arrive soon, a small lift of 7,500 words that the publisher requested and which prompted me to think “Why not?” It is too long for a column and too short for a book, and waiting months for some 20-something editor at one of the dying mags to tell me he or she likes it certainly didn’t appeal. Alex Berenson had told me of his following the same course on a subject that interested him some months ago. Lost in Kandahar was the first "mini" eBook I heard of that made sense. Now I see them everywhere. Somebody please tell the country's finest essayist, Joseph Epstein, there's a lot of money to be made here that he really doesn't have to share.