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Books by and about 2016 presidential candidates
Hard Choices,
by Hillary Clinton (2014)
Crippled America ,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Outsider in the White House,
by Bernie Sanders (2015)
American Dreams,
by Marco Rubio (2015)
Taking a Stand,
by Rand Paul (2015)
by Scott Walker (2013)
A Time for Truth,
by Ted Cruz (2015)
One Nation,
by Ben Carson (2014)
Trump/Pence vs. Clinton/Kaine On the Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Living History ,
by Hillary Rodham Clinton (2003)
Between Hope and History ,
by Bill Clinton (1996)
In Harmís Way ,
by Dr. Jill Stein (2000)
Democrat vs. Republican vs. Green vs. Libertarian,
Four Party's Presidential Nominees On The Issues (2016)
Books by and about 2012 presidential candidates
Ten Letters
about Pres. Barack Obama (2011)
Do Not Ask What Good We Do
about Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)

Book Reviews

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The Last Best Hope
Restoring Conservatism and America's Promise

by Joe Scarborough

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BOOK REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:

Joe Scarborough is a former Congressman (serving 3 full terms and then resigning in the middle of his 4th term), who now hosts the political talk show MSNBC's "Morning Joe". Scarborough is the latest addition to the OnTheIssues series of political pundits:

Scarborough's political views are moderately libertarian, and this book represents a move away from the more hard-core conservative voting record he accumulated in Congress. Specifically:

  • Voted YES on banning gay adoption (1999) but now tolerates gay marriage (pp. 155-6)

  • Voted YES on authorizing the Iraq War (2002) but now says Secretary Rumsfeld bullied Congress (p. 235)

  • Voted NO on the Kyoto Protocol (2000) but now opposes drilling for more domestic oil (pp. 113-4)

  • Voted NO on shortening gun waiting periods (1999) but now says he's 100% pro-Second Amendment (p. 189)

  • Sponsored personal retirement accounts (2000) but now says Social Security privatization is unachievable (pp. 221-4)
Perhaps that "evolution" is really just the opportunity to explain himself in more detail; or perhaps it'll be fodder for a future opponent accusing Scarborough of "flip-flopping". It is possible that Scarborough will run for office again: he was asked by the Florida GOP in both 2006 and 2009 to run for the U.S. Senate. But for now, Scarborough is an influential political pundit, and this book outlines his post-Congressional political views explicitly.

-- Jesse Gordon, [email protected], Jan. 2015
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy
    George W. Bush: 2008: These are not normal circumstances so intervention ok.
    Joe Scarborough: TARP disallows continued arrogance of bailed out companies.
    Joe Scarborough: It's the job of conservatives to conserve.
Foreign Policy
    George Bush Sr.: OpEd: internationalist by instinct and upbringing.
    Joe Scarborough: Don't allow military units to run humanitarian missions.
    Joe Scarborough: Be wary of using US troops to promote social policy globally.
    Joe Scarborough: Go to war as a last resort, and then come home.
    Joe Scarborough: American exceptionalism yes; military over-stretch no.
Government Reform
    Milton Friedman: If government ruled the Sahara, there'd be a sand shortage.
Homeland Security
    Colin Powell: Military mantra: "We don't want a fair fight".
    Dwight Eisenhower: Ended Korean War by practicing nuclear brinkmanship.
    George W. Bush: OpEd: pre-emptive strikes replace multinational cooperation.
    John F. Kennedy: Invented "pre-emption doctrine" in Cuban Missile Crisis.
Principles & Values
    Joe Scarborough: 1994 GOP revolution sought destruction of 1960s ethos.
Social Security
    George W. Bush: OpEd: burdened entitlement system with $7T in new debt.
War & Peace
    Bill Clinton: 1998: Seriously diminish threat posed by Iraqi WMDs.
    Dick Cheney: 1992: stay out of Baghdad; 2002: invade Baghdad.
    George W. Bush: Begin with Al Qaeda, then defeat every terrorist group.
    Hillary Clinton: 2002: Saddam gave sanctuary to terrorists including Al Qaeda.
    Joe Scarborough: 2002: Supported wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    Joe Scarborough: Many mistakes in Iraq may end well because of the Surge.
    Joe Scarborough: Iraq war's main rationale proved to be false.
Welfare & Poverty
    Barney Frank: 2002: "roll the dice" in favor of home ownership.
    Ron Paul: 2002: Warned that housing market was broken.

The above quotations are from The Last Best Hope
Restoring Conservatism and America's Promise

by Joe Scarborough

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