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Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates
Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
Fire and Fury,
by Michael Wolff (2018)
Trump Revealed,
by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher (2016)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2016)
Promise Me, Dad ,
by Joe Biden (2017)
The Book of Joe ,
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
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)
Our Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
This Fight Is Our Fight,
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
by Cory Booker (2016)
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)
by Michelle Obama (2018)
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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  • Amy Klobuchar (19) Minnesota Democratic candidate for President; Minnesota Senator
  • Mark Kennedy (3) Republican challenger (2006), U.S. Rep Minnesota
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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, jesse@OnTheIssues.org, April 2019

     OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Budget & Economy
        Amy Klobuchar: Budget & Economy.
    Civil Rights
        Amy Klobuchar: Hired 30% lawyers of color in County Prosecutor's office.
        Amy Klobuchar: Victims want convictions, but also want to trust courts.
        Amy Klobuchar: People who break the law need to be held accountable.
    Energy & Oil
        Amy Klobuchar: 2007: increased gas-mileage standards.
        Amy Klobuchar: I don't think manure is toxic waste.
        Mark Kennedy: League of Conservation Voters considers manure a toxic waste.
    Families & Children
        Amy Klobuchar: 1996 AdWatch: my daughter endorses 48 hour stay for new moms.
        Amy Klobuchar: Daughter's "drive-by birth" inspired 48-hour maternal stay.
        Amy Klobuchar: Allow adoption of older kids to keep siblings together.
    Foreign Policy
        Amy Klobuchar: Internationalism should include humanitarian policies.
        Amy Klobuchar: Tackle terrorist groups, and stand up for Israel.
    Free Trade
        Amy Klobuchar: Increase jobs by exporting, and enforcing against dumping.
    Health Care
        Amy Klobuchar: 1996: testified & passed 48-hr maternity hospital stay rule.
    Homeland Security
        Amy Klobuchar: Offer troops care for traumatic brain injury.
        Amy Klobuchar: Supported auto bailout to save local car dealerships.
    Principles & Values
        Amy Klobuchar: From Slovenian immigrants; "Klobuchar" means "hatmaker".
    Tax Reform
        Mark Kennedy: 2006: No changes in tax rates, not even for very wealthy.
        Amy Klobuchar: $100M for I-35W Mississippi River Bridge collapse.
    War & Peace
        Amy Klobuchar: 2006: turn over governance of Iraq to the Iraqis.
        Amy Klobuchar: 2007: Withdraw combat troops from Iraq on sensible timetable.
        Mark Kennedy: 2006: We've made some mistakes in Iraq, but stay the course.

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    • Amy Klobuchar Minnesota Democratic candidate for President; Minnesota Senator
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    by Amy Klobuchar

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