Amy Klobuchar Announces POTUS Run


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  1. Avatar Michael Cain says:

    The Denver Post reported this morning that Sen. Michael Bennett (D-CO) is hinting that he might run. With some rare exceptions, Bennett makes Hickenlooper seem charismatic.Report

  2. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Back in 2004, my main argument was that Gephardt should have won.

    “Okay, very good. Let’s give the government back to the non-crazy grownups.”

    I still think that that message would have resonated in such a way that would have won Ohio without losing a single state that Kerry also won. (Maybe even picked up a couple more.)

    Alas, Gephardt did even worse than Dean did in Iowa and then we had a crazy-anti-war left vs. the sane establishment player who, it should be pointed out, did *NOT* dodge the draft in Vietnam. Hey! Let’s talk about Vietnam! Vietnam, Vietnam, Vietnam! Did you know that Kerry was in Vietnam! Testified about it before Congress and everything! Even threw his medals over the wall! Wait, those weren’t *HIS* medals. They were the guy next to him’s medals. Why are you talking about Vietnam, anyway? Let’s talk about Iraq and the ec- OOOOH WE FOUND PROOF THAT BUSH DODGED THE DRAFT IN VIETNAM AND DIDN’T SHOW UP FOR NATIONAL GUARD DUTY oh crap those documents were forged?

    So many memories.

    Anyway, I still think that the best play is something like “Okay, very good. Let’s give the government back to the non-crazy grownups.”

    Insofar as Klobuchar’s one of the non-crazy grownups, I’m down, I guess. Hey, what’s this about a Green New Deal that everybody’s excited about? Is there a FAQ I could read to get more information?Report

  3. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    I think the fivethirtyeight analysis of her run is dead on. She has a path, if basically everything goes right for her. From where I sit, I have a hard time seeing her getting past Iowa.

    In fact, she may take Iowa by default: her popularity in neighboring Minnesota may offer enough cover for bigger players like Harris, Warren, Gillibrand, Sanders (blech), and Booker to say “Nope, we’re skipping Iowa,” so their performance there won’t matter.

    In fact, THAT may be good towards defusing the bizarrely disproportional importance the Iowa caucuses have in the process.Report

    • Avatar pillsy in reply to Burt Likko says:

      I think everybody but Harris, Sanders, Warren, and the yet-to-announce Biden are pretty much banking on an “everything goes right” path to the nomination.

      I also think Warren is probably very unlikely to make it (which is kind of a shame), but she’s got name recognition and popularity within the party to run on.Report

  4. Avatar North says:

    I’m a fan and donated to her campaign. I’m a touch bitter that the media’s been so absent on her run but it’s not surprising. Sensible moderate liberal who matches with a lot of the voters in the party but doesn’t fit the right wing media model of a raving leftist nut or the main stream medias fetish for an interesting politician who they can balance off of Trump as some kind of left wing equivalent to him is not someone either of those groups want to highlight.
    She’s gonna have to do it the hard slog way. I hope she can pull it off. Also I hope ol’ Uncle Joe stays out.Report