In the Arena

Weekend Book Club

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Karen’s mention of Connie Schultz below reminds me that I’ve been meaning to recommend Schultz’s book, …And His Lovely Wife, which is her account of her husband Sherrod Brown’s successful campaign for the Senate in 2006. It’s just a delight, funny and insightful, offering a glimpse of how difficult it is to be a politician and a human being simultaneously. I’ve never met Schultz, but I totally enjoy her husband–we fight about trade policy, we share a profound hatred of the New York Yankees and I am always impressed by how smart, passionate and honest a public servant he is. This is a book about a wonderful midlife marriage, and a reminder that cynicism about politicians is sometimes a really stupid response.