Hillary’s book hasn’t been selling very well, in much the same way the Titanic wasn’t very buoyant. But if you’ve just shelled out $20 for the hardback — or whatever price they’ve slapped on this useless assemblage of tedious lies as it sits on the remaindered table, abandoned and alone — you’d at least sit down and read the thing, right?
Jordan Ellenberg, a professor of mathematics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, outlined what he calls the “Hawking Index” in theWall Street Journal over the weekend. The index is a way to estimate how far into books people actually get. It’s named for Stephen Hawking, author of the dense “A Brief History of Time…”
So, naturally, we decided to apply this methodology to “Hard Choices” and other recent or comparable political books…
1. “Hard Choices,” by Hillary Clinton. Hawking Index: 2.04 percent.
Well, there you have it. The deepest into Hard Choices the popular highlights get is page 33, a quote about smart power. Three of the five most-popular highlights occur within the first 10 pages…
The most popular quote? “Do all the good you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”
Deep Thoughts, by Stank Cankles.
First place is bad, by the way. Number 6 on Bump’s list, Dreams from My Father, has a Hawking Index of 17.94 percent. And that book was so little-read, Obama’s own staff thought it was a good idea to make a campaign issue out of Romney’s treatment of dogs, not realizing their boss was in print and on tape bragging about chowing down on cute little doggies.
It almost makes you wonder what dark secrets are lurking inside Hillary’s book, just waiting for someone to do the unthinkable and actually read it.
If you check Hard Choices out of the University of Arkansas library and quote from it, will they ban you? The ball is in your court, Washington Free Beacon.