The book contest among politicians--former presidents and House speakers, as well as undeclared 2012 possibilities--is well under way. Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has a new book, American By Heart, and it already ranks at No. 53 on the Amazon.com top-books list, even though it doesn't come out until Tuesday. She still trails President Obama's children's book, Of Thee I Sing, which clocks in at No. 10. But the top seller is George W. Bush's memoir, Decision Points, which is No. 1.
Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich all have books in Amazon's top 500. Jindal and Perry have denied presidential ambitions. Gingrich has been more ambiguous about his plans, and his fictional account of George Washington and the Revolutionary War, Valley Forge, is 75th on the list. Jindal's memoir/policy tome sits at 150.
Perry, who is the incoming head of the Republican Governors Association, must watch his his cri de coeur, Fed Up!, languish at 469.
National Journal will keep you posted on the hard-cover horse race in upcoming weeks. As of today, it seems that presidents, national celebrities, and juicy works of fiction have the leg up on policy proposals and rising stars. For more information on the books, check out NJ's "Political Book Club."