In Canada, our rightward commentators seem able to curry favour with those outside of their sandbox, I think because of a genteel Canadian quality, and because it helps their book sales.
Guys like George Jonas, Conrad Black and now Ezra Levant can work both sides of the street.
It doesn't work as well in the American political culture, which makes the book deal Simon & Schuster has offered to the odious Glenn Beck that much more puzzling.
Essentially Beck gets no advance, but a bigger piece per book sold; traditionally a sweet deal that only top authors get.
Beck has that big audience on his Fox network show, but with the moderates deserting the Republicans in droves, one wonders who's left to read the collected works of this clown.
Pardon me, rich clown.
Posted by David