Friday, November 04, 2005

"Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed"

It's a children's book, and it received praise by the Godfather himself. Well, Her Highness, Queen Hillary, seems to be personally offended by it. From WND:
"Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed" skewers a variety of well-known liberals and their philosophy in cartoon fashion, and features a villain who bears an uncanny resemblance to Hillary taxing and regulating a child's lemonade stand.

Last month, the congressional newspaper the Hill quoted Clinton's press secretary Philippe Reines as dismissing the book, which also features look-alikes of fellow liberal icons Ted Kennedy and Jimmy Carter. Reines was quoted as saying, "[I] can't wait for the sequel, 'Help! Mom! I Can't Read This Book Because Republicans Have Cut Literacy Programs!'"
Two observations here:

1. If Her Highness, who's been running from the "liberal" label faster than a N.O.W. hag from an iron, is trying to pass herself off as a non-liberal, then why is she getting so defensive about a book's title...hmm?

2. Her Highness doesn't do a very good job of running from said "liberal" label when she implies that only government (i.e. her "village") is capable of teaching kids to read. Or that normal education doesn't cover reading...only "literacy programs" can do that. Man, how did the republic ever survive before literacy programs existed? Rumor has it that there still exists a species known as "parents" that teach kids how to read. I know, I know, it's a radical idea that parents not defer that role to bureaucrats, but work with me here, people!

Hillary's economic illiteracy has been demonstrated here and elsewhere, and this story further bolsters that image:
When asked by the Hill's reporter last week to respond to DeBrecht's remarks, Reines insinuated the book was not selling well. "It's not the liberal under the bed that they should be worried about," he said, "it's the sales that are in the basement."

But the book has consistently been among the top-selling children's books on, and at one point it hit No. 1 on the Barnes & Noble best-seller list. It has been on the market for only six weeks and the publisher is already preparing for a third printing.
Sales in the basement? Maybe of the 2006 Hillary Clinton Pinup Centerfold Calendar, but not of this book!