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5 Literary Politicians We Wish Could Be President

As we all know, the current presidential race is getting heated.  As Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton continue their controversial campaigns, more and more people voice their dislike for both candidates each day.  All this has prompted us to consider where we could find a candidate more people could get behind. What is we could pick our favorite hero from literature to run for president? Literature has given us some great politicians but who among them would be the best choice to lead our country? Here are five fictional politicians who we wish could join the running in this election.

Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

One of modern literature’s most beloved figures Atticus Finch is a stong candidate. Finch might not have been a career politician, but he likely would have been a more popular choice for president than anyone on this list. As a lawyer with progressive views far ahead of his time, Finch was the picture of compassion, courage and integrity. There’s a lot more we could say about him, but we all know what an incredible leader he would have been.

 Josh Swenson from Vote for Larry by Janet Tashjian 

Here we truly have a candidate who would appeal to our millennial generation. Vote for Larry is the sequel to the popular 2001 YA novel The Gospel According to Larry in which we met Josh Swenson, a lonely but smart teenager who gained tremendous popularity as an anonymous internet blogger under the name of Larry. In this new installment, we see Josh/Larry attempting a presidential campaign. Although not a politician in the typical sense, Josh is a character who’s sermons regarding anti-commercialism resonated very well with his readers both young and old. They could easily do the same in real life.

 

Ellen Fisher from A Time to Run by Barbara Boxer and Mary-Rose Hayes

For all those who think it is time for a female president but don’t agree with Hillary Clinton’s policies, this book presents an excellent alternative. Fisher is a liberal California senator who’s career was launched when her husband passed away in the middle of his own campaign. A California senator herself, Boxer does an excellent job of weaving her complex story of a female heroin and the challenges she faces in the world of politics. 

 

 Jack Gance from Jack Gance by Ward Just

This novel is great. D.C. insider Ward Just does a superb job of detailing the twisted inside world of American politics that outsiders never see. His title character is a very traditional young man who arrives in Washington and rises through the political machine, but not without paying the prices that come with success. While primarily honest and caring, he still tries to remain true to his roots. Gance is not a perfect politician, but he comes to learn some very important lessons along the way.

 

Senator Walt Trowbridge from It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

 

Watching Donald Trump’s campaign unfold has me drawing constant parallels to this semi-satirical novel. It tells of a corrupt but charismatic politician who defeats Franklin Delano Roosevelt and fictional opponent Senator Walt Trowbridge to became president. His policies include outlawing all dissidents and many other terrible things. Senator Trowbridge, though, helps form a group that helps dissidents escape to Canada in a way that is similar to the underground railroad. As Trump gains more and more success, the painful irony of the book, particular its title, is all too clear to me. 

 

 

 

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