You’d think they would be returning my calls a little faster up there at the Energy and Commerce Committee. I discovered this reading Ezra Klein’s interview with the Chairman:
Let’s start with the book. I’ve always wondered why legislators write these books. You win reelection with large numbers. You’re busy. You don’t seem interested in running for president in 2012. You chair an important committee. So why spend your time on this?
I was contacted by Jonathan Carp, the publisher of Twelve Company. He had seen an article in Time that called me the scariest guy in Washington and he was curious about that. So he called me about doing a book. And I liked the idea of doing a book.
And here’s the story that launched a book. Mr. Chairman, I’ll be looking for my autographed copy any day now…