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Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates
Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
by Cory Booker (2016)
The Truths We Hold,
by Kamala Harris (2019)
Smart on Crime,
by Kamala Harris (2010)
Guide to Political Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2017)
Where We Go From Here,
by Bernie Sanders (2018)
Promise Me, Dad ,
by Joe Biden (2017)
Conscience of a Conservative,
by Jeff Flake (2017)
Two Paths,
by Gov. John Kasich (2017)
Every Other Monday,
by Rep. John Kasich (2010)
Courage is Contagious,
by John Kasich (1998)
Shortest Way Home,
by Pete Buttigieg (2019)
The Book of Joe ,
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
by Michelle Obama (2018)
Our Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
This Fight Is Our Fight,
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
Higher Loyalty,
by James Comey (2018)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2017)
Higher Loyalty ,
by James Comey (2018)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Outsider in the White House,
by Bernie Sanders (2015)

Book Reviews

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The Senator Next Door
A Memoir from the Heartland

by Amy Klobuchar

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BOOK REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:

Klobuchar is "Minnesota Nice," a phrase popularized by her fellow Minnesotan and presidential contender, Tim Pawlenty. "Minnesota Nice" means personally friendly and mild-mannered; that translates politically to collaborative and centrist. In the crowded Democratic primary field of 2020, "Minnesota Nice" can either be the most important criteria for success, or a disqualifying characteristic.

This book is just filled with passing mentions of issues no real detail, no harsh policy choices, no negative campaigning just a little something to show policy awareness, then a focus on something that everyone can agree on. Personally, Klobuchar portrays herself as "the Senator Next Door" just a regular person, who happens to have gotten elected to the world's most exclusive club.

I'm a northeasterner, born in New York City and a resident of Boston, where "Minnesota Nice" feels milquetoast and shows unwillingness to stand on principle. But I recognize that the Midwest is the battleground of 2020 because the Midwestern states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin were the decisive battleground of 2016. In other words, being "Minnesota Nice" a centrist collaborator instead of a hard-line progressive may be just what the Democratic electorate needs in 2020.

That's the real choice for primary voters in 2020 whether to choose a collaborator vs. a hard-liner, and whether to pick a centrist vs. a progressive ("centrist" in the Democratic primary still means "liberal," but without any libertarian/progressive leaning). The pundits discuss endlessly the "lanes" for candidates which means categories of candidates, and one candidate will prevail over others in each "lane" but we recommend thinking in a more multi-dimensional manner. In that vein, we categorize all of the Democratic primary contenders in the two dimensions described above:

To fully characterize the Democratic primary candidates, we'll add in their demographics and offices held (which pundits often include as "lanes" also but here we fully describe multi-dimensional "lanes"):

  • Michael Bennet: White male centrist collaborator Senator
  • Joe Biden: White male centrist collaborator Senator and Vice President
  • Cory Booker: Minority male centrist hard-liner Senator and Mayor
  • Pete Buttigieg: Minority male progressive collaborator Mayor
  • Julian Castro: Minority male progressive collaborator Mayor and Cabinet Member
  • John Delaney: White male centrist collaborator Representative
  • Tulsi Gabbard: Minority female centrist hard-liner Representative
  • Kirsten Gillibrand: White female progressive hard-liner Senator
  • Mike Gravel: White male progressive hard-liner Senator
  • Kamala Harris: Minority female centrist hard-liner Senator & Prosecutor
  • John Hickenlooper: White male centrist collaborator Governor
  • Jay Inslee: White male centrist collaborator Governor
  • Amy Klobuchar: White female centrist collaborator Senator & Prosecutor
  • Seth Moulton: White male centrist hard-liner Representative
  • Beto O'Rourke: White male progressive collaborator
  • Tim Ryan: White male centrist collaborator Representative
  • Bernie Sanders: White male progressive hard-liner Senator & Mayor
  • Elizabeth Warren: White female progressive hard-liner Senator and Cabinet Member
  • Which of those characteristics are most relevant for voters? Does minority status matter? Or does legislative or executive experience? Or is it all about collaborative "Minnesota Nice" centrism? That all depends on each voter we will present the evidence so that voters can intelligently decide for themselves.

    -- Jesse Gordon, editor-in-chief, [email protected], April 2019

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