by Chris Haire
When Gov. Nikki Haley announced that she had begun penning a memoir a few weeks after taking office, political junkies knew that it meant one thing and one thing only: she had her eyes on the White House. After all, these days a prospective candidate can’t just hit the campaign trial. They have to hire a ghost writer to turn their life stories into a David Copperfield-esque epic.
From President Obama to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to Ron Frikkin’ Paul, it seems like every candidate has to craft a New York Times best-seller if they hope to have a shot at ever winning a suite at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Some like Sarah Palin and Paul turn the whole book writing thing into a family business.
Well, now we know when that book is coming out: January 2012. Even better, we’ve got a title — Can’t Is Not An Option: My Story. And wouldn’t you know it, it’s right as the presidential primaries get to rolling.
While I’ve speculated time and time again that Haley intends to jump into the presidential race at the last minute when it becomes quite clear that no Republican candidate truly excites the base — and you can’t win unless you get the ground troops in a rabid froth — most believe that the Indian-American governor is angling for a VP nod. That’s most likely the case, even though Haley has consistently denied that she intends to cut her term in the Palmetto State short.
Of course, Nikki Haley isn’t the only South Carolina notable who is reportedly penning a book. There’s also Will Folks, the FITSNews blogger who claims that he had an affair with the now governor.
Not surprisingly, Folks had some words to say about the Haley’s announcement.
“There are going to be several notable differences between my book and Nikki Haley’s,” he says. “For starters, mine will be well-written, authored by the individual whose name is on the cover, and, most importantly, it will be the truth.
Folks adds, “Also, while I suspect Nikki will continue her pattern of denying but failing to refute specific claims, I will offer a critical mass of detail related not only to the claim I made but the reasons I stepped forward to make it.”
The FITSNews blogger also tells us that not only did he give the Post and Courier an excerpt from his book today, but he will publish that excerpt online as well. When it goes up, we’ll let you know.