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The Ellison Elision

A congressman rewrites his own history.

Feb 3, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 20 • By SCOTT W. JOHNSON
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What’s going on? As he notes in the acknowledgments, Ellison wrote the book with Karen Hunter, of Karen Hunter Publishing, part of the Suitt-Hunter Media Group. Suitt-Hunter “works with celebrities and emerging artists, identifying opportunities to expand the individual’s brand into ancillary markets.” Life as a representative in the House minority doesn’t suit Ellison, and he obviously senses the opportunity to take his radicalism to a mainstream left-wing audience. With a sure feel for the main chance, he finds that his faith provides a means of ascent. 

Ellison begins the book with his attendance at President Obama’s inauguration in 2009. Obama, suffice it to say, seems to have inspired him to certain “dreams” and to an “audacity” that goes well beyond hope.

Scott W. Johnson is a Minneapolis attorney and contributor to the blog Power Line (

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