With the budget crisis, plummeting polls, bumbling transportation reorg, haunting emails from the past and the present, tax increases, feuding w/ legislative leaders, budget cuts and a whole lot more, it’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 18 months since Deval Patrick signed a book deal
Now we mere mortals don’t know the details, but at the time of the signing, it was reported that, “When the book is published in 2010, Patrick is planning a “vigorous media campaign,” a nationwide book-signing tour, multiple speaking engagements, and efforts to persuade big corporations to buy the book in bulk.”
Well it’s fair to say that a few things have changed since then. Frankly I’m at a lost for adjectives that would describe the political fallout the publishing of a book touting the successes of Patrick and, especially, the subsequent nationwide tour that would occur between now and November 2010. Particularly with all the past and future budget cuts the Governor will have to impose, never mind the current tax increases and, at the very least, talk of future tax increases.
There is a bright spot if Patrick does publish this book and goes on a national tour next Spring, based on the latest Mass Insight poll, Patrick’s approval rating will only fall 19 points…to ah, well, umm…ZERO.
Now Patrick’s political people are no doubt trying to delay the release of the book into 2011 to avoid the obvious fallout from this ticking bomb. But would a publisher really want to take the chance of releasing an book about a successful and inspiring person who just demonstrated these attributes by losing an election? What kind of return will they get for their reported $1,35 million advance, if their author just lost an election? If Patrick delays the release until 2011, will he have to forgo that advance…and pay back whatever money he has already received…with a reported $30,000 in monthly mortgages, can he afford that? Contracts are crappy reality in situations like this.
Even back 18 months ago, it seemed like a bad idea to write this book. Now, it seems like it may be the last nail in the coffin.