• tiredofit

    Unless he is in the safest district in the world or not running for reelection, this is a mistake. His name will come out.

    • John_Cabal

      if he’s naming names – outing would be the least of his worries.

  • John_Cabal

    I’m reading the highlights and don’t see revelations that I haven’t already heard, read or seen in the media for the last 20-40 years.

  • stpaultim

    84 whole pages? Wow. This will be so…riveting.

    • Steve Harold

      Didn’t have time to write more..had a fundraiser to attend…

    • ArnoldLayne

      Ignorant comment. A lot can be said in 84 pages. Or shown in a 90 min movie. Do you prefer Cleopatra at 4 hrs, 11 min?

      • Gumbatron

        Case in point:
        War is a Racket – Smedly Buttler (80 pages)

        Pretty much says all you need to know about that

  • Calbengoshi

    The excerpts alone indicate that this book should be required reading for all high school seniors.

    • abctefg

      Lol

  • Fuser

    Confessions of Captain Obvious.

    • ArnoldLayne

      OK, genius, give us 84 pages of ‘the obvious’.

      • Fuser

        It will cost you $9.95.

        • Jimbo896

          Sounds like a good way to raise funds for his campaign…

  • Matt Drabek

    From the excerpts, it sounds like a list of things everyone already knows.

    • Frankie Camardella

      Obviously not because we keep re-electing the same idiots

  • From reading the Amazon synopsis, so much of it seems to boil down to how much money is needed to campaign, and how much time is therefore taken up fundraising. Not new news by any means, but it is a problem. Ironically, Citizens United could have helped by getting Super PACs to do more on the campaign side, freeing up elected officials’ time to focus on actually legislating, but of course it doesn’t really work that way.

  • neonnautilus

    If the most damaging thing he has to say in in the blurb about the book on Amazon, then the book is useless.. He says nothing there that any sentient person doesn’t know already.

    • ArnoldLayne

      Ignorant comment. Your supposition is useless, as is what follows. If you are so sentient, gives us 84 pages and we’ll compare it to the book when it arrives.

    • Frankie Camardella

      Then why do we keep re-electing the same idiots.

      • neonnautilus

        You tell me and we’ll both know.

      • Jimbo896

        Blind ignorance…

  • LordDart

    From the Amazon excerpt…

    “Voters are incredibly ignorant and know little about our form of government and how it works.”

    No argument from me there…I taught federal, state, and local “gubmint” long enough to at least do my part to change that…at least, I did until I quit when they wanted to start “reforming” the schools…and based on that excerpt, doesn’t look like that “reform” did much good…

    • Steve Harold

      Sounds like a conversation between Paul Manford and The Donald….

    • mhandrh

      “Reforming” the schools removed teachers’ creativity and individuality in relating to their students, while at the same time, cutting funds for many valuable programs, and spending money on repetitive tests.

      • Snakegirl Lyn

        As well as removing subjects they don’t like, agree with, or makes them look bad.

        • ArkonaRus

          If the baggers get their way, the only subjects left would be “How to Shoot a Gun” (for whites only), “How to Milk a Cow” and “How to Take Care of Children While Cooking Barefoot” (for girls only, of course).

          • Snakegirl Lyn

            Agreed. The more hard-core members (think the Dominionists like the Duggars) have already started that very process. Including girls are only taught enough reading and math skills to be able to cook. (Reading just enough to follow a recipe. Same for math; given just enough to be able to follow a recipe.)

          • ArkonaRus

            Not even to read a Bible? Well, I guess they read them a good ol’ fire & brimstone “bedtime story” every night. No need to learn how to read a Bible. Just believe your loony parents’ interpretations and contexts.

  • Victor Laszlo

    Since the author is anonymous, we’ve no way of knowing if he is really a Democrat — and some of what he writes sounds like GOP boilerplate.

    • samiyam318

      I’m thinking we have a hoax here.

      • Steve Harold

        Are you talking the book or The Orange faced one ??

        • Hawkeye

          That would not be an either/or question.

        • samiyam318

          I’m just saying that when I get an unsigned letter appearing to contain accusations, I throw it away without reading further. Unsigned letters can be from anybody, with who knows what axe to grind.

          Unsigned books, too.

          • malevolentmuse

            It’s also being released by a self-publishing house. It could be anyone including, and most likely, someone who is not and has never been a Congressman.

      • I passed it along to Snopes. Let them follow up on it.

    • ArnoldLayne

      Can’t handle the truth? Make up excuses! LOL

    • C Law

      II think it could be Republican or Democrat. Unfortunately as a lifelong Democrat I hate to admit this. It’s why I’m voting for Bernie.

      • Article V Patriot

        Great idea… vote for a socialist so we can start rationing eggs and toilet paper. This type of ignorance is the problem we have in this country.

  • mhandrh

    I can’t put any stock into an 84 page book by “anonymous” which is full of claims and assertions which may or may not be true.
    If they are true, why doesn’t the guy quit and reveal himself, or is he still collecting the benefits?

    • ArnoldLayne

      Why do you feel so threatened? Because the author purports to be a Democrat? It doesn’t sound like a partisan book to me. What’s wrong with 84 pages? Would 840 make it more credible?

  • MrBeale

    “Most of my colleagues are dishonest career politicians who revel in the power and special-interest money that’s lavished upon them.”

    “My main job is to keep my job, to get reelected. It takes precedence over everything.”

    “Voters are incredibly ignorant and know little about our form of government and how it works.”

    “It’s far easier than you think to manipulate a nation of naive, self-absorbed sheep who crave instant gratification.”

    “Fundraising is so time consuming I seldom read any bills I vote on. Like many of my colleagues, I don’t know how the legislation will be implemented, or what it’ll cost.”

    “We spend money we don’t have and blithely mortgage the future with a wink and a nod. Screw the next generation. It’s about getting credit now, lookin’ good for the upcoming election.”

    ——-

    Does this book also contain the Earth-shattering revelation that water is wet?

    • Texon

      He missed naming the media as coconspirator in this shame.

    • Snakegirl Lyn

      To his 4th point: of course the media knows this, as they’ve been doing this for decade upon decade. I hope the quip about instant gratification isn’t a ding at mostly younger voters; plenty of voters before them have been totally self absorbed, & ignorant. It’s not like this suddenly popped up with a new, younger crop of voters. The crazy and ignorant has been around for a good long while.

    • Urban_Snowshoer

      The quotes on Amazon read like standard boilerplate of campaigning.

      (1) Unless this author can provide concrete examples, it’s just variation of the belief that he (or your representative) is wonderful and it’s everyone else that’s the problem.

      (2) How is this different than any other job? if you stray too far from what the boss–or in this the case the voters–wants you find yourself out of a job.

      (3-4) These are subjective judgements.

      (5) With respect to the time spent fundraising, it could be true but it could also be hyperbole.

      (6) Is the issue really fiscal, or is it thinly-veiled attack on money going to programs and policies the congressman doesn’t approve of?

      Maybe there is more to the book but the Amazon blurb sounds a lot more like a campaign
      book than the tell-all book it’s marketed as.

  • Hawkeye

    lol at 84 book sized pages put this on news print and it fits right beside the National Enquirer at the supermarket checkout line.

  • pat2009

    Spoiler alert: John Dingell

    • ChouChou

      Nah! Michael Grimm, (R) Felon.

  • Design8

    “Voters are incredibly ignorant and know little about our form of government and how it works.”

    That is so condescending. I, for one, know that one of our Supreme Court justices is named Judy, though I don’t know her last name because they seem to avoid using it.

  • gloriousglo2

    James Traficant? I can dream…..

  • chucktranberg

    This guy won’t remain anonymous for long. I remember when the book Primary Colors came out by “Anonymous” and it soon leaked that Joe Klein was the author. My guess is that this person is not running for re-election.

  • a random European

    maybe it’s Steve Israel. When he announced his retirement he said that he wanted to pursue new passions and was planning on writing a 2nd novel

  • Azhlynne

    The sad thing about this is that people will read it and become outraged. So called “experts” will spend every second on the News dissecting it and discussing it. Even the current crop of career criminals…oops, politicians will hotly and indignantly deny it. Then, suddenly, it will all be gone, The Hill will breathe a collective sigh of relief, and status quo will resume. Every person on The Hill knows full well that they are immune to any repercussions and there is nothing that we The People can really do about it. Who can we replace them with? More of the same. Our government is completely out of control and irretrievably disconnected from those they were elected to represent. It is a closed society funded by taxpayer dollars and the future. How do we fix any of it? How can we fire the exact people who hold the reins of our country? I love my country but am so deeply ashamed of my government. Our Founding Fathers would be aghast and disgusted.

  • kayopunk

    this book only confirms what people already know

  • Hawkeye

    Somehow you almost gotta think that a truely corrupt Congressman would probably need a whole lot more than 84 pages to do confessions…

  • malevolentmuse

    The only thing that makes me think this is legit is how poorly-written the blurbs are; he sounds stupid enough to be in Congress. Otherwise it’s setting off my BS alarms like a Klaxon horn.

  • Jimbo896

    60 Minutes did an interview recently where a Congressman revealed how they are told in their orientation just how they should spend their time while in D.C. Sounded just like the book…