Perhaps he should have considered writing it with Stormy Daniels.
Fresh off the news that former FBI Director James Comey’s interview Sunday with Democrat activist George Stephanopoulos had attracted less than half the television audience that tuned in for the adult film star the week before, Comey’s overhyped book finally has become available Tuesday.
And appears to be getting about the same public “meh.”
Perhaps it was the widespread and bad publicity created by “A Higher Loyalty.”
Apart from being trashed in advance by President Donald Trump, based on strategically released excerpts, the book received criticism by current FBI employees who were concerned that the book might tarnish the bureau’s reputation even more.
Or perhaps it has to do with that the 6-foot-8 Comey’s penchant for addressing to his listeners — or his readers with insulting condescension–was starting to catch up to him.
Whatever it was, it was difficult to find an actual purchaser during a reporter’s visit to a D.C. bookstore on the eve of Comey’s book release.
It wasn’t exactly “Fire and Fury.”
Alice Lloyd, a staff writer for The Weekly Standard, visited Kramerbooks in D.C.’s DuPont Circle, which seemed like the kind of place Washingtonians would get together to show each other how plugged-in and cool they are.
When keyhole-sniffing author Michael Wolff’’s “Inside the Trump White House” hit the shelves in January, for example, the store sold out of its 75 copies of the book in 15 minutes, Lloyd reported.
At midnight there were only four customers waiting in the line for Comey’s book, and each one can be described as more foolish than the next one for being out at that hour for something that obviously no one else was interested in.
This tweet sums it up pretty well:
Comey book comes out in 25 min. Kramerbooks expected long lines but it’s very tame. pic.twitter.com/s4AOPQ3lES
— Saba (@saba_h) April 17, 2018
When it comes to the actual sales, a Kramer employee told Lloyd the store had sold 12 to 15 by 12:30 a.m. — a half hour after the sales started and a half hour before the store’s normal closing time. And most of those were most probably sold to the reporters and cameramen who were more numerous than patrons.
The causes for the lackluster reaction could vary from an unanticipated popularity for President Trump (unlikely in D.C.) to fatigue with the topic (possible but not probably) or abhor for Comey in general. Given the man enraged conservatives and Republicans with his ridiculous pardon of Hillary Clinton in July 2016, then enraged Clinton supporters in October only days before the election, that’s very likely indeed.
Lloyd speculates it’s the book itself:
“Whereas Wolff’s book was steamy, Comey’s book is preachy. It’s a self-righteous breakfast of oat bran, compared to a sugary cupcake you’ll regret later. Comey makes clear his disapproval of precisely what made Wolff’s book seem worth standing in line for, writing on Page One: ‘We are experiencing a dangerous time in our country, with a political environment where basic facts are disputed, fundamental truth is questioned, lying is normalized, and unethical behavior is ignored, excused or rewarded.’”
Regardless of adult film star Stormy Daniels faults — and they are no doubt legion — it’s a fair bet she could write until doomsday and never come out with a sentence as sanctimonious as Comey’s.
She may consider teaming up with Comey for the sequel.