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Amy Klobuchar looked great on paper. What went wrong?

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    1. mrbig
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      If that article is true she’s deeply insecure and psychologically unstable. America doesn’t need another one of those.

      If that article is true she’s deeply insecure and psychologically unstable. America doesn’t need another one of those.

  2. AnthonyB
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    This is 538 so obviously they didn't look beyond the numbers, but to me there were two major issue with her. First, she wasn't very charismatic. She relied heavily on canned lines and had a very...

    This is 538 so obviously they didn't look beyond the numbers, but to me there were two major issue with her. First, she wasn't very charismatic. She relied heavily on canned lines and had a very ''politiciany'' speaking cadence, and not in a good way. To me she seemed like a smart person that was trying hard to seem folksy. She wasnt as natural or uplifting as candidates like Pete, Booker, Beto, or Warren. Second, her debate performances were bad. Maybe it's just the way she speaks, but she always seemed like she was going to lose her composure. Her voice was cracking and her head shook a little, not to mention the frustrated sighs and guestures. I felt like she was always holding back from going off, which would've been nice to see, but since she's a woman she had to hold back to avoid unfair criticism and sexist ''shrill'' remarks. Those prefomances would not work in a general election against Trump. Checking twitter I noticed other people picked up on those things a little, maybe that had to do with her poor performance.

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    Kuromantis
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    Kinda unfortunate tbh. Out of the moderate candidates she is the one I found most compelling.

    Of the numerous Democratic presidential candidates who ran on an “I can beat Trump” message, Sen. Amy Klobuchar made perhaps the best case on paper. Lots of voters are basically looking for someone who can win the Midwestern states that are likely to prove pivotal in a general election — Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania — and Klobuchar seemed like a logical choice. In 2018, she cruised to reelection in Minnesota, a state very much like those other three — i.e. Midwestern with a large population of the white voters without college degrees who broke from the Democrats in 2016. She has plenty of experience (13 years in the Senate), but isn’t that old (59). And she has a fairly liberal record, but she’s not as far to the left as Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren (she’s never embraced positions like Medicare for All, for example).

    Another way of saying all this, of course, is that the Democratic presidential field in 2020 was really big. A lot of candidates who looked good on paper — most notably, Klobuchar’s Senate colleagues Cory Booker and Kamala Harris — won’t win the nomination either. In a field that numbered more than 20 serious candidates, everyone, individually, was a long shot, and Klobuchar never caught the breaks she needed.

    That said, Klobuchar still may get to the White House. She’s almost certain to be on the short list for vice president, particularly if Biden wins the nomination. She has the Washington experience that Georgia’s Stacey Abrams lacks, plus a long record campaigning in the Midwest that distinguishes her from Harris. (It’s very likely that a male Democratic nominee will pick a female running mate.) So Klobuchar could still get a chance to show that she can win the Midwest for her party — just not at the top of the ticket.

    Kinda unfortunate tbh. Out of the moderate candidates she is the one I found most compelling.

    1. Loire
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      I think the decisive turnaround we saw with Biden, this primary season, illustrates how the path to the Democratic Nomination is dependent on the African American vote, and will continue to be...

      I think the decisive turnaround we saw with Biden, this primary season, illustrates how the path to the Democratic Nomination is dependent on the African American vote, and will continue to be that way until that older black voting block starts to thin out.

      Whichever candidate wins that support seems to sweep the south and gives themselves a pretty compelling delegate lead. Had Amy managed to pull off serious endorsements in that community we would be discussing a completely different race right now.

      I think this goes to show a lesson we learn every single election but never fail to be surprised by: It's not about "on paper", it's not about policy, it's about familiarity. Sure, Klobuchar would very likely be a better pick than Biden on paper. Warren would be immensely better. But most Americans aren't familiar with them like they are with Diamond Joe.

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