By nature many writers have a
difficult time with the idea of promoting their work and
themselves and this writer is no different. I doubt
that you are interested in learning how precocious I was
or what books I read as a child. What I would like you
to know is some background on the books I have written.
As I launch this website, I hope very much that my work
will find an audience, but I know it may not be for
everyone. While I want to coax you into reading Spin
Doctor, and want you to love it, I also want you to have
an idea about whether it may be for you.
is not Political--it is
about politics. Some people want a message book. But
Spin Doctor is an entertainment. It has drama and a
story, characters and humor. So it isn�t a polemic.
I love thrillers, but it is not a
thriller. I am well aware that I could have placed a
bomb in the motorcade, or perhaps put the President�s
grandchild in jeopardy. Books about evil
corporations, conniving generals/staff/vice
presidents/first ladies--These can be a fun read, but
not what I want to write.
Also, it isn�t a tell-all. Folks
who want to read a tell-all usually have a view of
Washington that is both cynical and na�ve at the same
time. They want to know all the dirty little secrets of
the powerful, to know that they are not what they seem.
They are cynical, believe that all are corrupt and
perhaps that makes them na�ve also. It is na�ve to think
of people in such one dimensional, superficial way.
What interests me about politics
and Washington is the real. You know that song that Willam Shatner, aka James J. Kirk, sings in his act,
which ends with:
I eat and sleep and breathe and bleed and feel
Sorry to disappoint you
But I'm real
It turns out, politicians are real, too. Some of them
may be fundamentally evil, but really, you know that is
a gross exaggeration for almost all of them. They are no
better or worse than the folks who elect them, for the
most part. The people I worked with on the Hill or in
the White House were not different than those I ran into
in other walks of life. I worked in the highest places
for some years and that is the thing I learned: these
are real people, no better or worse than people
everywhere. But it was a pressure cooker, to use an
outdated analogy, and that can certainly impact human
When I worked at the White House, and after, I used to
hate it when people would ask, �What�s it like?� I
could never convey it in a sentence or two. There is an
ambience of power. The pace, the pressure� This drama is
much more subtle and I think more interesting.
In writing this book, it took some
time to come up with issues that were topical and timely
but that would not curdle before I could push the
publish button. But I am not trying to teach you
anything. I just want you to come along for the ride, a
digital staycation to Washington DC and the surrounding
If you want to get philosophical,
that�s your business.