Can you run for office these days without a book on your resume? Apparently not, because potential 2012 candidates are rolling out tomes just in time for your holiday stocking-stuffing pleasure.
Forget the ballot box. These days it's the Amazon rank that counts.
National Journal is reading these books so you don't have to. Here are the highlights, including one random quote taken from a page we selected by adding up the digits of the month, date, and year of the author's birth.
Valley Forge, by Newt Gingrich
Leadership and Crisis, by Bobby Jindal
Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington, by Rick Perry
Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters, by Barack Obama
America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag, by Sarah Palin
Can't Wait Till Christmas!, by Mike Huckabee
Courage to Stand: An American Story, by Tim Pawlenty
A Simple Government: Twelve Things We Really Need from Washington (and a Trillion That We Don't!), by Mike Huckabee
The Tea Party Goes to Washington, by Rand Paul