WHEN DRUDGE HYPERVENTILATES: Matt Drudge’s

WHEN DRUDGE HYPERVENTILATES: Matt Drudge’s latest “flash” story is about how Sharon Bush — Neil Bush’s ex-wife — plans to write “a tell all [book] on the Bush family”. What are the juicy details? Here are some snippets: “She believes, and is prepared to reveal in her book, that the Bushes are far more pragmatic ...

By , a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and co-host of the Space the Nation podcast.

WHEN DRUDGE HYPERVENTILATES: Matt Drudge's latest "flash" story is about how Sharon Bush -- Neil Bush's ex-wife -- plans to write "a tell all [book] on the Bush family". What are the juicy details? Here are some snippets:

WHEN DRUDGE HYPERVENTILATES: Matt Drudge’s latest “flash” story is about how Sharon Bush — Neil Bush’s ex-wife — plans to write “a tell all [book] on the Bush family”. What are the juicy details? Here are some snippets:

“She believes, and is prepared to reveal in her book, that the Bushes are far more pragmatic and calculating than has ever been seen before. She will show that the family orchestrates its public image from top to bottom. She will reveal that the family is in essence a political operation.”

Oh, dear God, no!! Not “pragmatic and calculating”!! And the family cares about its public image? Wow, this is going to be pathbreaking stuff. Wait, there’s more:

“In the book, she hopes to show that Barabara Bush has exercised a good deal more control over the family than previously revealed. She also wants to show that the relationship between the Bush brothers, as well as relations between the President and former President, have been more fraught and complex than previously known, her associates say.”

Well, there will certainly be an uproar when the American people find out that the matriarch of the Bush clan has influence over her family members. And “fraught and complex” relationships between family members will certainly be a novel theme in American politics. You’d never see that kind of behavior among the Kennedys, Gores, Doles, Rockefellers, Clintons, or Daleys. I understand why Sharon Bush’s lawyer wants to attract publicity. I can’t understand why Drudge would think that a book that spills Neil Bush’s dirty laundry and implies that the other Bushes have political sides to their personalities is particularly salacious. Not developing….

Daniel W. Drezner is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and co-host of the Space the Nation podcast. Twitter: @dandrezner

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