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Mon Apr 1, 2019, 02:28 PM

George Will: Amy Klobuchar could be the Democrats' best bet in 2020

Yes, support from George Will, or the WSJ can be a kiss of death.

But if we want to keep the independents, the ones who flipped Republican seats last November, it is worth listening.

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar is the person perhaps best equipped to send the current president packing.

She is from a state contiguous with Iowa, whose caucuses might, or might not, be as big a deal in 2020 as they have been since Jimmy Carter’s 1976 success in them propelled him toward the presidency. (Early voting for California’s March 3 primary, in which probably 11 percent of delegates to the Democratic National Convention will be allocated, begins the day of Iowa’s caucuses, so some candidates might slight Iowa in order to court California.)

Minnesota also borders Wisconsin, one of the three Rust Belt states (the others are Michigan and Pennsylvania) that Donald Trump took that had voted Democratic in at least six consecutive presidential elections. She is from the Midwest, where Democrats need help in Michigan (Trump carried it by just 0.3 percent of the vote), Iowa (Trump by 9 percentage points), Ohio (Trump by 9 points).

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Her state has a significant farming population and agribusiness (e.g., Cargill, General Mills, Land O’Lakes, Hormel), so she has had practice speaking to populations and interests that Democrats need, and speaking against trade wars in which farmers quickly become collateral damage. She has become informed about what could be one of the most salient issues in 2020 — the high costs of prescription drugs. In the Almanac of American Politics’ most recent (2015) vote rankings, she was the 27th most liberal senator, liberal enough to soothe other liberals without annoying everyone else.

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Her special strength, however, is her temperament. Baseball, it has been said, is not a game you can play with your teeth clenched. That is also true of politics, another day-by-day game with a long season: It requires an emotional equipoise, a blend of relaxation and concentration, stamina leavened by cheerfulness. Klobuchar laughs easily and often. If the nation wants an angry president, it can pick from among the many seething Democratic aspirants, or can keep the one president it has. If, however, it would like someone to lead a fatigued nation in a long exhale, it can pick a Minnesotan, at last.


http://www.startribune.com/george-will-amy-klobuchar-could-be-the-democrats-best-bet-in-2020/505107432/

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Mon Apr 1, 2019, 09:28 PM

1. I like this line from Will:

 

If the nation wants an angry president, it can pick from among the many seething Democratic aspirants, or can keep the one president it has.


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Mon Apr 1, 2019, 10:35 PM

2. Nice observationl and welcome to DU!

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