Republican Representative Paul Ryan wants to "renew the conservative vision for 2014 and beyond" in a book slated to hit the shelves next August, according to an announcement by Twelve publishers. For those trying to divine the Republican field for the 2016 presidential elections, Ryan's book deal as almost as good a sign of the former vice presidential candidate's intentions as would be a trip to Iowa. Which, it turns out, Paul Ryan has already done. The speculative logic goes like this: presidential candidates have books. Paul Ryan is publishing a book. Therefore, Paul Ryan is a possible presidential candidate. According to Twelve, his book is tentatively titled Where Do We Go from Here?
We already know a little bit about the Ryan campaign-esque book. In May, the National Review reported that Ryan was working on a then-unnamed book "featur[ing] a mix of autobiography, political analysis, and policy prescriptions." The book won't be a tell-all on Mitt Romney's failed 2012 campaign, either, implying that the autobiographical portions are more about campaign-ready myth-making than about contributing to the historical record. But Ryan, it should be noted, has not declared his intentions to run in 2016. On the other hand, Ryan announced on Friday that he was planning a trip to New Hampshire. And some conservatives would very much like for him to run. Jennifer Rubin already wrote a to-do before 2016 list for the possible presidential candidate. Number 2 on that list? Write a book. "Voters need to identify with a presidential candidate and want someone who has overcome adversity," Rubin advises.
From the AP, here's how Twelve, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, describes the book:
Where Do We Go from Here? will delve into the state of the conservative movement in America today, how it contrasts with liberal progressivism, and what needs to be done to save the American Idea. It will challenge conventional thinking, renew the conservative vision for 2014 and beyond, and show how it is essential for the well-being of our communities and the future of our nation.
Ryan won't get an advance for his book, just royalties, thanks to House rules, the AP explains.
Ryan's co-authored a book before, with Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy, called Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders. But on that book cover, Ryan has to share the dust jacket with his co-authors, which is hardly presidential. Presidential candidates need books that double as thesis statement and campaign ad, with a big bold title and a big bold portrait that's both singular and approachable. His new book deal was negotiated by attorney Robert Barnett, who also snagged deals for Barack Obama and George W. Bush's books.
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