Silent No More? Conservative Books and Blogs on the Rise

There is increasing evidence of a shift in the political winds as the nation appears to be swinging right after President Obama’s victory last November.

By Maxim Lott
Saturday, September 05, 2009

Book sales … blog visits … tea parties … town halls … a national poll … There is increasing evidence of a shift in the political winds: the nation is swinging right after President Obama’s victory last November.

A recent Gallup poll found that people who identify themselves as conservatives now outnumber liberals in every state. And that tilt is reflected in book sales, with three political books by conservative authors listed in the Top 10 New York Times nonfiction bestsellers: “Culture of Corruption” by Michelle Malkin, “Liberty and Tyranny” by Mark R. Levin, and “Catastrophe” by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann.

There are no political books written by liberals on the list.

Some media analysts say it’s a sign that the mainstream news media are biased and out of touch, which is driving conservatives to find their information in other forms of media.

But others, including the books’ publishers, say it’s just a sign of the times — a reflection of the change of power in Washington. Sales are up, they say, because Democrats control Congress and the White House, and conservatives are frustrated.

“We, frankly, expected to see a rebound in conservative books after Barack Obama’s election,” said Marjory G. Ross, president and publisher at conservative Regnery Publishing.

“There is a phenomenon when one party is out of power that people are searching for leaders … from their side. And if they don’t see those people in Washington, they often look for media and celebrities outside of Washington to support their cause.”

She said Regnery has seen an increase in sales, especially in the last couple of months.

“We right now have more than 300,000 books in print for Michelle Malkin’s book … more books in print for a single title than we’ve had for two years.”

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