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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)
United,
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)
Becoming,
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 Long Game
A Memoir

by Mitch McConnell



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BOOK REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:

Senator Mitch McConnell's memoir, The Long Game, makes it clear that whether as majority leader or in opposition, the man on the page is the same man you see on the news. Originally published in 2016, a paperback edition came out in 2019 that not only included an introduction by then-President Donald Trump but a new afterword where he goes over the battles over the Supreme Court nominations of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. For both Trump and McConnell, that filling of as many vacancies in the Federal judiciary as possible was a top priority.

McConnell does not spend a lot of time on policy, at least in fleshing out his own ideas except insofar as what he's against: campaign finance reform, Obamacare, the media, the "far left agenda." There's a certain amount of score settling. While praising his staff and colleagues, his respect for those across the aisle is somewhat limited. In negotiations, Nancy Pelosi's function "was to come with one talking point and repeat it again and again." [p. 215] He likens Barack Obama to "the kid in your class who exerts a hell of a lot of effort making sure everyone thinks he's the smartest one in the room." [p. 185] One of the few Democrats he speaks well of is Joe Biden. After first relating an anecdote about how Biden likes to run off at the mouth, he says that he could negotiate with Biden because "he didn't only talk, he also listened." [p. 209]

McConnell takes us through his early life and various campaigns, as well as his ascent to power in the Senate. A perfect example of his lack of self-reflection--or, at least, unparalleled ability to rationalize his actions--is his explanation of his infamous declaration to a reporter for the National Journal that "the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president." According to McConnell, that quote which was repeatedly cited by his critics was taken out of context. What he meant was that he wanted Obama to move to the center as, he asserts, Bill Clinton had done. "I don't want him to fail. I want him to change." [p. 202] For him, the "context" was that he said this after the passage of the stimulus package and Obamacare.

The Long Game is a good look into how McConnell views the world, and how he justifies his actions to himself, proud of the items on the Democratic agenda he blocked, and rueful about those he couldn't. It's less an examination of how the Senate works (or doesn't) than how McConnell thinks. As he remains a key Washington power broker, it is useful in laying out his mindset.

-- Daniel M. Kimmel, OnTheIssues editor, June 16, 2021

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy
    Obama's far left agenda led to a mountain of debt.
Government Reform
    Soft money allows conservatives to respond to liberal media.
    Proud to work with McConnell to appoint conservative judges.
Health Care
    ObamaCare: the so-called cure worse than the disease.
Principles & Values
    I only talk to press if it's to my advantage.
    OpEd: Obama tries to make you think he's smartest in room.
    Wanting Obama to be one-term president taken out of context.
    OpEd: McConnell can work with Biden; he talks AND listens.
    Liberalism has contempt not gratitude for the past.
    OpEd: Steely determination to do what's right.
War & Peace
    Bush an outstanding war president; kept US safe after 9/11.


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A Memoir

by Mitch McConnell
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