The secret's out. The anonymous author of O: A Presidential Novel is Mark Salter, a former McCain campaign advisor. Time magazine’s Mark Halperin listed his clues and confirmed Salter’s authorship earlier today, even though Salter emailed he has "the same comment [he] had the last time. None."
Just two days after the book’s release, it didn’t take long for political reporters and D.C. staffers to narrow down their running list of potential ghostwriters. That list included names such as Stephen Colbert, Joe Klein and our very own Lawrence O’Donnell, Jr.
O is a fictional account of the 2012 presidential election, but the intimate portrayals of major-league political figures had some believe the book was a personal narrative. For instance, a character branded as "The Barracuda" is described as a "lusty librarian" with "thick hair piled up high, chin out, defiant, taunting, flaunting that whole lusty librarian thing, sweet and savory, mother and predator, alluring and dangerous." Can you guess who that is? (Psst, here's a hint.) You can read more of O here.