The well-regarded Economist magazine warns people to take the presidential candidacy of Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar very seriously. Hardly a household name, Klobuchar nevertheless looks very strong by some metrics. As The Economist puts it in an article titled Democrats Should Take a Good Look at Amy Klobuchar: “Ms Klobuchar scores highly on measures of electability—an effort to quantify a candidate’s electoral success when allowing for national trends, the benefits of incumbency and other factors.”
Translation? If the Democratic surge to the left presently being led by the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders camps loses momentum, a more centrist pragmatist like Klobuchar could bask in the light. (It may dawn on Dems that rather than change the entire program, they might merely tweak a platform that saw Hillary Clinton actually win the popular vote in 2016.)
A self-made woman without inherited family money or deep donation pockets as yet, Klobuchar doesn’t have to pretend to speak for the American middle class — she comes by it naturally and speaks its language. (Even though she went to Yale and the University of Chicago Law School.)
Funny, tough, irreverent but practical, Klobuchar has a solid charm and an aura of political virtue that’s rare in big-time electoral politics. She’s also a winner, taking rural areas that Hillary Clinton surrendered to Donald Trump in 2016 and winning them by wide margins.
And how will Klobuchar solve the imminent challenges of not having a big enough war chest to battle the bigger names? The smart Klobuchar may be working on an answer. In January Politico reported this spotting: “Mark Cuban walking through the Hart building. He was seen entering Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s (D-Minn.) office.” Only Cuban and Klobuchar know what, if anything, transpired there — or if there was a meeting at all. But such gossip can help a candidate amp her name recognition.