Pete Buttigieg has written another book, his second political memoir in as many years, because of course he has. Trust: America’s Best Chance is “not an election book,” he writes, “but I believed it was important to share these thoughts ahead of the November 2020 elections.”

Buttigieg, 38, remains determined as ever to become the next Barack Obama, the serial memoirist turned savior of the Democratic Party. And if there’s one thing the two men have in common, it’s a shared belief in the importance of their own thoughts. That, and a devoted following among wealthy whites in “boat shoe” strongholds like Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. (Alas, Buttigieg’s support among black voters rarely rose to a level of statistical significance.)

It’s an unusual choice for the hyper-ambitious wunderkind, unlikely to improve Buttigieg’s odds when he inevitably challenges Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) in the next Democratic primary, whenever that may be. Obama was conspicuously absent from the 2020 primary. Even his former vice president, Joe Biden, who won the nomination after Obama urged him not to run, seems ready to move on, vowing to improve Obamacare by rebranding it, “Bidencare.”