Via the Reliable Source, fans of dubiously sourced tomes of political sex-shenanigans, substance-less reduction, and metaphors that have been sent to CIA black sites to be placed in stress positions for a million billion days have reasons to cheer today -- because Mark Halperin and John Heilemann are all signed up to write a sequel to "Game Change", which will probably be titled "Game Change II: When Harry Met Lloyd", or something.
I have to imagine that a "Game Change" sequel faces some challenges. First there are the fundamentals: 2012 will feature one incumbent, and the GOP primary system tends to be neat and orderly -- not the contentious, superdelegate-filled, resentment-driven mess that the Democrats experienced during the 2008 campaign. Most of the probable players in the 2012 firmament are unlikely to offer the nutlog eruptions of infidelity and weird sex that John Edwards provided. If Sarah Palin is involved at all, she might -- MIGHT! -- attempt to dial back on the cray-cray that she ladled onto the scene in 2008.
One would think that it would be hard for the authors to get so many people to spill so many secrets the second time out, seeing as how now, whenever people in Washington go on background with reporters, they say things like, "I mean it, you had better not Halperin me." But this is an easier hurdle to surmount, because politics is filled with lots of loose-lipped drunks and petty attention-whores. Probably someone will be dumb enough to use the word "Negro," too, you watch.
Also, there will be important, substantive issues, affecting millions of Americans that arise in the next presidential campaign, that you can read about in other books, hopefully!
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