In itself that seemed to position and package him to kill it during the Senate Judiciary hearing today. And, that he did. The Committee will vote tomorrow, not delaying the process for an investigation by the FBI.
In the new book about Hitler's rise to power - "The Third Reich" - author Thomas Childers makes it known that one strategy was preparing his own speeches. That allowed him to learn first hand about the "target markets" and keep refining his remarks for each audience. The connection was direct, with no middlemen.
And savvy thought leaders make it their business to have us ghostwriters/scriptwriters sign bulletproof confidentiality agreements. Every aspect of the process is kept from being associated with us. If we are acknowledged to have a role it is usually that of "researcher." The upside of that arrangement is that they are willing to pay well to own the authorship.
In a sense, all this denigrates the complex role of scribes. Today especially, we took it on the chin. The message delivered: No ghostwriter/scriptwriter can substitute for the blood, sweat, and tears (the latter literally) of the speaker's investment of self.
The role is also confusing. Too often the proximity to power deludes the assistants into assuming they also are a player. Then there is a change of regime, which happens more and more often in these unusual times. And the assistants are escorted out the door by security. Shock: They are simply paid help.
A kid from the hood I never had the kind of sense of self which serves as a platform for such grandiosity. To today, I still can't believe the powerful want to pay for my thinking, research, and, yes, ghostwriting/scriptwriting.
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