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Smart Liberal

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Nov 20, 2012
The rumors have begun that Sen. Amy Klobuchar (DFL-MN) is aiming for a 2016 Presidential run. Klobuchar first ran for Hennepin County Attorney in 1998 and was reelected in 2002. Soon after her reelection victory she began touring Minnesota relentlessly. Nobody was surprised when she ran for US Senate in 2006.
She walloped rising MNGOP star Mark Kennedy in the 2006 MN-SEN race and her popularity has always remained high. In her 2012 reelection bid, she klobbered Ron Paul minion Kurt Bills who barely even campaigned after winning the MNGOP nomination.

I've spoken with plenty of political insiders and hacks who are convinced Klobuchar will run for President. Personally, I always thought she's angling for a Supreme Court nomination. It wouldn't be the first time I've been wrong. Either way, these rumors are rampant.

Now we have a well-connected woman urging her Facebook followers to tell Klobuchar to run.

So what is the deal? Does she have a chance? What are her strengths/advantages? What are her weaknesses?

Chances?

Her chances hinge entirely upon one and only one name: Hillary. If Hillary Clinton does not run, she is well-positioned to vie for the nomination.

Klobuchar the Moderate

Sen. Klobuchar has positioned herself as a moderate. Despite the clear and obvious dysfunction of the US Senate in that the minority (concerned only about political posturing) virtually controls the Senate via the threat of filibuster, she always talks up bi-partisanship and explains how she works across the aisle.

She has a liberal voting record on all the important issues and she's reliably voted the right way on the big issues. Democrats can trust her to do the right thing.

On the other hand, she rarely takes a stand on the issues of the day.

She's vote correctly, but she won't lead. For example, she was absent during the health care reform debate. When pressed she offered non-commital statements about how important the issue is.

Her triangulation toward the middle is probably an advantage nationally, but progressives in MN consider it a weakness. We want a leader and this is something Klobuchar hasn't done.

She is quick-witted and funny

Klobuchar is great at the unscripted moments. She is really calm under pressure and this is a huge advantage over the stodgy, over-scripted alpha males she'll face if she runs.

Furthermore, she's often quite funny.

There is no better way to make voters comfortable with you than making them laugh. She'll never get herself in trouble, either, as her humor is self-effacing. Her jokes are about herself and her family or about her interactions with the press or other politicians.

Don't discount the ability to make non-offensive jokes that make people laugh. It's a rare ability. I think she has the ability cut through to the heart of issue in a memorable way.

Conclusion

Klobuchar will likely join Michele Bachmann and make it two Minnesotans (and 2 MN women) to vie for their party's presidential nomination. One representing the wackiest far right and the other a confirmed moderate.

Unlike Bachmann, Klobuchar will not embarrass us if Hillary decides not to run. It will be nice to have a Minnesotan on the national stage who isn't crazy.

So ... who has Hillary's cell and can ask her what she's planning to do?
digger

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Nov 20, 2012
Smart Liberal wrote:
The rumors have begun that Sen. Amy Klobuchar (DFL-MN) is aiming for a 2016 Presidential run. Klobuchar first ran for Hennepin County Attorney in 1998 and was reelected in 2002. Soon after her reelection victory she began touring Minnesota relentlessly. Nobody was surprised when she ran for US Senate in 2006.
She walloped rising MNGOP star Mark Kennedy in the 2006 MN-SEN race and her popularity has always remained high. In her 2012 reelection bid, she klobbered Ron Paul minion Kurt Bills who barely even campaigned after winning the MNGOP nomination.
I've spoken with plenty of political insiders and hacks who are convinced Klobuchar will run for President. Personally, I always thought she's angling for a Supreme Court nomination. It wouldn't be the first time I've been wrong. Either way, these rumors are rampant.
Now we have a well-connected woman urging her Facebook followers to tell Klobuchar to run.
So what is the deal? Does she have a chance? What are her strengths/advantages? What are her weaknesses?
Chances?
Her chances hinge entirely upon one and only one name: Hillary. If Hillary Clinton does not run, she is well-positioned to vie for the nomination.
Klobuchar the Moderate
Sen. Klobuchar has positioned herself as a moderate. Despite the clear and obvious dysfunction of the US Senate in that the minority (concerned only about political posturing) virtually controls the Senate via the threat of filibuster, she always talks up bi-partisanship and explains how she works across the aisle.
She has a liberal voting record on all the important issues and she's reliably voted the right way on the big issues. Democrats can trust her to do the right thing.
On the other hand, she rarely takes a stand on the issues of the day.
She's vote correctly, but she won't lead. For example, she was absent during the health care reform debate. When pressed she offered non-commital statements about how important the issue is.
Her triangulation toward the middle is probably an advantage nationally, but progressives in MN consider it a weakness. We want a leader and this is something Klobuchar hasn't done.
She is quick-witted and funny
Klobuchar is great at the unscripted moments. She is really calm under pressure and this is a huge advantage over the stodgy, over-scripted alpha males she'll face if she runs.
Furthermore, she's often quite funny.
There is no better way to make voters comfortable with you than making them laugh. She'll never get herself in trouble, either, as her humor is self-effacing. Her jokes are about herself and her family or about her interactions with the press or other politicians.
Don't discount the ability to make non-offensive jokes that make people laugh. It's a rare ability. I think she has the ability cut through to the heart of issue in a memorable way.
Conclusion
Klobuchar will likely join Michele Bachmann and make it two Minnesotans (and 2 MN women) to vie for their party's presidential nomination. One representing the wackiest far right and the other a confirmed moderate.
Unlike Bachmann, Klobuchar will not embarrass us if Hillary decides not to run. It will be nice to have a Minnesotan on the national stage who isn't crazy.
So ... who has Hillary's cell and can ask her what she's planning to do?
NO WAY. BAD IDEA. Her dad was an alcoholic drunks liberal at the Strib, her husband has been de-balled, the daughter looks like a total NERD, this is NOT the kind of "person" who you want to lead the USA in a troubled, dynamic, violent world. She doesn't have the WISDOM, the NERVE, or the COURAGE to make the toughest decisions. Let's END this presidential run RIGHT NOW, before it is TOO LATE, and I'm not even talking about her LACK OF LEADERSHIP on the FEDERAL BUDGET/DEFICT, ENTITLEMENT REFORM, ENFORCING OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS, ETC.
digger

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Nov 20, 2012
Smart Liberal wrote:
The rumors have begun that Sen. Amy Klobuchar (DFL-MN) is aiming for a 2016 Presidential run. Klobuchar first ran for Hennepin County Attorney in 1998 and was reelected in 2002. Soon after her reelection victory she began touring Minnesota relentlessly. Nobody was surprised when she ran for US Senate in 2006.
She walloped rising MNGOP star Mark Kennedy in the 2006 MN-SEN race and her popularity has always remained high. In her 2012 reelection bid, she klobbered Ron Paul minion Kurt Bills who barely even campaigned after winning the MNGOP nomination.
I've spoken with plenty of political insiders and hacks who are convinced Klobuchar will run for President. Personally, I always thought she's angling for a Supreme Court nomination. It wouldn't be the first time I've been wrong. Either way, these rumors are rampant.
Now we have a well-connected woman urging her Facebook followers to tell Klobuchar to run.
So what is the deal? Does she have a chance? What are her strengths/advantages? What are her weaknesses?
Chances?
Her chances hinge entirely upon one and only one name: Hillary. If Hillary Clinton does not run, she is well-positioned to vie for the nomination.
Klobuchar the Moderate
Sen. Klobuchar has positioned herself as a moderate. Despite the clear and obvious dysfunction of the US Senate in that the minority (concerned only about political posturing) virtually controls the Senate via the threat of filibuster, she always talks up bi-partisanship and explains how she works across the aisle.
She has a liberal voting record on all the important issues and she's reliably voted the right way on the big issues. Democrats can trust her to do the right thing.
On the other hand, she rarely takes a stand on the issues of the day.
She's vote correctly, but she won't lead. For example, she was absent during the health care reform debate. When pressed she offered non-commital statements about how important the issue is.
Her triangulation toward the middle is probably an advantage nationally, but progressives in MN consider it a weakness. We want a leader and this is something Klobuchar hasn't done.
She is quick-witted and funny
Klobuchar is great at the unscripted moments. She is really calm under pressure and this is a huge advantage over the stodgy, over-scripted alpha males she'll face if she runs.
Furthermore, she's often quite funny.
There is no better way to make voters comfortable with you than making them laugh. She'll never get herself in trouble, either, as her humor is self-effacing. Her jokes are about herself and her family or about her interactions with the press or other politicians.
Don't discount the ability to make non-offensive jokes that make people laugh. It's a rare ability. I think she has the ability cut through to the heart of issue in a memorable way.
Conclusion
Klobuchar will likely join Michele Bachmann and make it two Minnesotans (and 2 MN women) to vie for their party's presidential nomination. One representing the wackiest far right and the other a confirmed moderate.
Unlike Bachmann, Klobuchar will not embarrass us if Hillary decides not to run. It will be nice to have a Minnesotan on the national stage who isn't crazy.
So ... who has Hillary's cell and can ask her what she's planning to do?
Klobuchar is STUPID, not FUNNY. WHERE is the HUMOR?? We have SERIOUS PROBLEMS? WHERE are HER SOLUTIONS?? NOWHERE...

She is NOT MODERATE, she is a FULL BLOWN LIBERAL, just go back to her alcoholic dad's roots at the Star Tribune. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Wake up America, and Minnesota, before it is TOO LATE.
goose

Wheaton, IL

#4 Nov 21, 2012
This from the people that thought Palin was bad?
Too funny!
Clint

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Nov 21, 2012
Klobuchar would make a great president. She's done a great job of representing Minnesota - even the Republicans admit that. Amy beat her GOP challenger by a 2 to 1 margin.
Fred

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Nov 21, 2012
Clint wrote:
Klobuchar would make a great president. She's done a great job of representing Minnesota - even the Republicans admit that. Amy beat her GOP challenger by a 2 to 1 margin.
I hope Amy does run. Perhaps then the MN voters will see how empty that ugly head is.
Miss Piggy

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Nov 21, 2012
Clint wrote:
Klobuchar would make a great president. She's done a great job of representing Minnesota - even the Republicans admit that. Amy beat her GOP challenger by a 2 to 1 margin.
Klobuchar keeps getting elected in a district that would elect Big Bird if he had a D after his name.
And, it's true her dad was a hack as a journalist, but even though she's married she keeps his name. Creepy.
DSM Local

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Nov 21, 2012
Klobuchar would make a great president. She's done a great job of representing Minnesota - even the Republicans admit that. Amy beat her GOP challenger by a 2 to 1 margin.

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#9 Nov 21, 2012
DSM Local wrote:
Klobuchar would make a great president. She's done a great job of representing Minnesota - even the Republicans admit that. Amy beat her GOP challenger by a 2 to 1 margin.
Is that what is required to become President of the United States? Be a famous named Democrat in MN and defeat a Republican no one ever heard of?

If that is the qualification, we are in for an even quicker slide downward to the level of Greece than we will have under the Obama regime.
DSM Local

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Nov 21, 2012
What is required is to not be a bigoted right wing extremist. That would leave you out, and also almost any candidate you would endorse.
Amused Slew

Shakopee, MN

#11 Nov 21, 2012
I love it when "people" say "she has done a great job representing Minnesota".

I read that statement "she has gotten a good share of Pork for Minnesota".

It's time the president understands the position is one of being the president of the USA, NOT one of how much Pork the president can deliver to his/her home state!

Ron Reagan challenged Russians to "tear down the wall" and they did. That would be a good example of leadership. I don't see Barak Obama "leading" i fact it is well known Obama will never lead on any issue instead Obama insists on being pushed into anything by numbers of agitators.
Amused Slew

Shakopee, MN

#12 Nov 21, 2012
Besides Amy is dense.

“The one and only Smart Liberal”

Since: Aug 12

Former MN Tax Payer

#13 Nov 21, 2012
DSM Local wrote:
What is required is to not be a bigoted right wing extremist. That would leave you out, and also almost any candidate you would endorse.
Wow, the little boy is still trying to throw an insult that will do some damage to anyone. Your inferiority complex is going to cause you problems one of these days.
Wade Gustafson

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Nov 21, 2012
Amy Klobuchar makes Tim Pawlenty seem exciting. Apparently, she does ok with constituent service, but all she does is vote the president's positions on every bill.
Amused at YOU Slew

Seattle, WA

#15 Nov 21, 2012
Yeah, a dip wad would write nonsense, without a clue... Ps- That's you ! LMAOROTFU~!
digger

Minneapolis, MN

#16 Nov 21, 2012
Clint wrote:
Klobuchar would make a great president. She's done a great job of representing Minnesota - even the Republicans admit that. Amy beat her GOP challenger by a 2 to 1 margin.
Blah, Blah, Blah, from a mindless loser.

How has she represented those of us who believe in a BALANCED FEDERAL BUDGET??

When has she proposed ANY workable solutions to this problem??

Answer: she has NO ideas, solutions, or even a stated policy as to how to deal with our FEDERAL budget problem....

But, the POOL DRAINS got fixed.....
The Truth

Minneapolis, MN

#17 Nov 21, 2012
digger wrote:
<quoted text>
Blah, Blah, Blah, from a mindless loser.
How has she represented those of us who believe in a BALANCED FEDERAL BUDGET??
When has she proposed ANY workable solutions to this problem??
Answer: she has NO ideas, solutions, or even a stated policy as to how to deal with our FEDERAL budget problem....
But, the POOL DRAINS got fixed.....
How did George Bush do on this?
Wade Gustafson

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Nov 21, 2012
Amused at YOU Slew wrote:
Yeah, a dip wad would write nonsense, without a clue... Ps- That's you ! LMAOROTFU~!
Exactly, what, do you, know, about Minnesota politics, and politicians?
digger

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Nov 21, 2012
The Truth wrote:
<quoted text>
How did George Bush do on this?
Bush, AGAIN?? What, you think that I'm some kind of "Bush" worshiper? Think again.
Then, TRY to ask me an INTELLIGENT QUESTION, if you are able.
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#20 Nov 21, 2012
How did George Bush do on this, dumb ass ?

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