Is This Amy Klobuchar’s Moment?

The Minnesota Senator has grabbed voters attention in the last two rounds of debate.

Tom Williams
Oct 17, 2019 · 5 min read
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“I think simply because you have different ideas doesn’t mean you’re not fighting for regular people.” — Amy Klobuchar

She even managed to make a viral tweet from her launch after Trump mocked her for talking about climate change during a blizzard (Even though climate change causes both extreme hot and cold weather, not just the former). Her retort, asking Trump how his hair would fair in a blizzard got over seventy-thousand Twitter likes, but that, like the substance of her speech, was not enough to shift the media’s focus off her treatment of staff. Klobuchar’s positioning of herself as an electable, more moderate, Midwestern candidate would later be overshadowed by the surge of South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who had been polling below 1% at the time of Klobuchar’s launch. Clearly, the campaign was not going the way the Senator had imagined.

Moderate Democrats are sick of being told that they can’t question the leftwards shift of their party without using “Republican talking points”

In an election where about two-thirds of primary voters are prioritising electability, it is Klobuchar — not Biden — who can make the most convincing case to be able to beat Trump. Indeed, after Trump nearly won Minnesota in 2016, Klobuchar won it by 24 points in 2018. In doing so, she won two congressional districts which the GOP had gained from Democrats in the House and, beat out the Democratic gubernatorial candidate by nearly two-hundred-thousand votes. Moreover, she consistently ranks as one of the top 10 most popular senators in Morning Consult’s quarterly polling. No other candidate can point to such a strong electoral record. Unfortunately, this gets little attention — in part due to outdated, gendered notions of electability.

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