One campaign book that has already bitten the dust is right-wing radio host Hugh Hewitt's How Sarah Palin Won the Election ... and Saved America, which the literary agent Curtis Yates sent to publishers in New York last week.
When Media Mob reached Mr. Yates by phone on Monday, he'd already given up on trying to sell the book.
'The idea was to tell the story behind the effect that Sarah Palin has had on this election and how it is and why it is that she has basically turned the election around for McCain and why it is that she is resonating with so many people in the country,' he said. 'The intent was to finish the book by a week after the election, and to have it out before the inauguration.'
Was that the plan regardless of who won?
'The book obviously presumed [a McCain-Palin victory],' Mr. Yates said, 'but the theory was that her impact on this election will have a lasting effect regardless—that she's not gonna go anywhere, that she's just gonna be a figure in G.O.P. politics going forward.'
Somehow the guy whose last two books were about the permanent Republican majority and Mitt Romney being the Republican nominee isn't the one I'd go to for lotto numbers.