Pat Schroeder, president of the American Association of Publishers (yes, old GIs, that Pat Schroeder), comments on a poll which seemed to indicate that Liberals read more books than do Conservatives or Moderates.
The Karl Roves of the world have built a generation that just wants a couple slogans: 'No, don't raise my taxes, no new taxes…(Psst! Ms. Schroeder! Karl Rove retired. You can get off of his jock now.)
It's pretty hard to write a book saying, 'No new taxes, no new taxes, no new taxes' on every page.
Schroeder, who as a Colorado Democrat was once one of Congress' most liberal House members, was responding to an Associated Press-Ipsos [telephone] poll that found people who consider themselves liberals are more prodigious book readers than conservatives.AP didn’t call me. As it happens, however, the news agency didn’t call that many people of any political stripe.
She said liberals tend to be policy wonks who "can't say anything in less than paragraphs. We really want the whole picture, want to peel the onion."
The poll involved telephone interviews with 1,003 adults and was conducted August 6 to 8. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.Now I’m no statistician. However, I’d say that no valid conclusion could be drawn from that particular poll. Just a guess. But Ms. Schroeder probably knows that the sample size is inadequate and is merely taking the opportunity to do a little sloganeering of her own.
For the record, here’s what I’ve read this year:
The Force of Reason, Oriana Fallaci
Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich, William L. Shirer (a re-read)
Unconquerable Nation: Knowing Our Enemy, Strengthening Ourselves, Brian Michael Jenkins
A few Western Civilization Classics and, of course, the Bible
If you want to assist this non-reading Republican in lengthening my short attention span and proneness in the face of sloganeering, click on my Amazon Wishlist and help a sista out! (Sort the list for books.)
(Thanks to Hot Air, where, in the post’s comments, an impromptu book club has begun)