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Washington Post on chances of Amy Klobuchar for president in 2016

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Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post’s politically obsessed blog “The Fix” ranks Sen. Amy Klobuchar eighth on the list of the 10 politicians with the best chance of being the Democratic Party’s 2016 nominee for president.

There are few ways to be more politically obsessed than compiling such lists 39 months before the next presidential Election Day, but anyone who harbors the faintest of Oval Office amibitions is surely taking steps to be ready, especially in the current situation, in case Hillary Clinton shocks the world by announcing her non-candidacy.

Cillizza, of course, lists Clinton at No. 1, but he has three other women on the top 10 list, including the senior senator from Minnesota. Writes Cillizza:

If Clinton takes a pass on 2016, there is a strong group of female Democratic candidates who could emerge as serious contenders for the nomination.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), who took Clinton’s place in the Senate, has emerged as a leading voice for gay men and lesbians and for women in the military during her relatively brief stint in the chamber. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) is already a national liberal hero for her crusade against big banks. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) may well be the most talented — and effective — politician most people have never heard of.

When he gets around to Klobuchar at No. 8:

We’ve written many times that no politician ever goes to Iowa accidentally. So, the Minnesota senator’s trip to the Hawkeye State next month means only one thing: She wants to be part of the great-mentioned when it comes to 2016. Klobuchar’s résumé is very impressive: a two-term U.S. senator and, before that, a county attorney.

The full Fix list:

  • 10. Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer
  • 9. Mass. Sen. Elizabeth Warren
  • 8. Klobuchar
  • 7. Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean
  • 6. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley
  • 5. Newark Mayor Cory Booker
  • 4. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
  • 3. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
  • 2. Vice President Joe Biden
  • 1. Hillary Clinton

Comments (19)

  1. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 07/22/2013 - 10:05 am.

    A remarkably low-profile bench of possible candidates. This has to change, and soon. The two highest profile potential candidates, Clinton and Biden, are pushing the “old” and “old school” end of the spectrum pretty hard.

    • Submitted by Eric Ferguson on 07/22/2013 - 02:45 pm.

      Seems normal-profile

      I wouldn’t call that low-profile, even if we discount Clinton and Biden. We have the usual mix of senators and governors. There are always a bunch of candidates who elicit a “Who?” response among those who don’t follow politics closely. If you want a lack of profiles, just think back to the last GOP race, which was Romney versus about seven variations on “Are you frikkin’ kidding?!” The Democrats start out with a distinct lack of clowns. My guess, Clinton runs and gets it; Biden tries because it’s his last shot, but despite being VP which is usually a great head start, doesn’t get far; the others run to prove their bona fides for Clinton’s VP or to be taken seriously in the next campaign.

  2. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 07/22/2013 - 10:30 am.

    Just sayin’…

    …..Number 8 seems pretty impressive until you seen Howard Dean is No. 7.

    • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 07/22/2013 - 11:28 am.

      At 39 months out

      this is largely name recognition.
      Dean has run (if with spectacular lack of success) a national campaign; Klobuchar hasn’t. She also has been more collegial than contentious in the Senate; she hasn’t headlined controversial causes.
      So, the fact that she has top ten national name recognition is impressive. Having seen her live when she first ran for the Senate, I can attest to her campaigning skills. If she chooses to run she will be formidable.

      • Submitted by Neal Rovick on 07/22/2013 - 01:01 pm.

        This was not about current name recognition, it was the Post’s writers list of whom he thought would have the best chance.

  3. Submitted by David Frenkel on 07/22/2013 - 11:02 am.

    water cooler conversation

    The Washington Post is the newspaper of US politics and at this point these discussions are strictly for political pundits. A lot will happen between now and the actual nominating season. The only problem with Klobuchar is she has no shining achievements of national merit. Has she done anything for the fastest growing group of Democratic voters, Hispanics?

    • Submitted by Tomas Mauser on 07/24/2013 - 07:09 am.

      No shining achievements of national merit

      True, but then what shining achievements could Obama tout when he ran…other than a rousing speech at the Democratic convention?

  4. Submitted by Peder DeFor on 07/22/2013 - 11:07 am.

    Number 8?

    The good Senator has been amazingly nondescript in office. She’s a reliable Dem vote and I’m sure she handles her Senatorial duties well. But is there anything to distinguish her from any generic Dem?

  5. Submitted by Beryl John-Knudson on 07/22/2013 - 11:43 am.

    What have we got to lose…what have we got to choose?

    Howard Dean is a true Progressive in the mode of Wellstone but what is Klobuchar, really? Doesn’t seem to have enough guts or active will to challenge the system…and there is so much to be challenged?

    Obama, I almost feel betrayed on bad days; yes, I’ll say it…but then tomorrow, who knows?

  6. Submitted by Robert McManus on 07/22/2013 - 12:24 pm.


    I find Sen. Klobuchar to be a typical annoying politician, so it’s no wonder she’s been identified as a notable one. Her transformation from someone I held my nose and voted for to a big business supporting nightmare who I’d never vote for again is particularly interesting.

    Prosecutors are people who seem to have little compassion for those “on the other side” and will pad their careers with victories over them. Thus, I was suspicious of her from the start. But being a good little Dem. supporter, I voted for her, really because Dems. tend to be more environmentally concerned. So when she jumped on board with the biggest nightmare in congress(yes, our own beloved Rep. Bachmann) to support a notably oversized bridge across a federally protected waterway that had already been rejected by the park service, it didn’t take any more for me to see that she is one of the biggest nightmares for our state to deal with.

    Yet, the good, little, well-meaning liberals and the ridiculous party loyalists continue to support her, despite her support of the security state, crony capitalism, and big agribusiness(Monsanto et al) which will be all our undoing.

  7. Submitted by John Edwards on 07/22/2013 - 04:28 pm.

    Republican Wish List?

    The names sound like a Republican wish list to me. Hillary Clinton who lost to Obama? Joe Biden? Elizabeth Warren?

  8. Submitted by Brian Simon on 07/22/2013 - 09:00 pm.

    the flip side?

    The complete conversation would include the top 10 from the Repubs. Certainly Rep Ryan, Gov Christie & Gov Jindal, all of whom have been positioning themselves for this run for years. Sen Portman of Ohio & Jeb Bush round out the top 5. After that group, 6-10 are thinking about being potential VP candidates. Which may be where Klobuchar’s chances improve; she’d pair well with Biden or Cuomo, for sure. Booker is another front-runner for the 2nd banana position, for both Clinton & Biden.

  9. Submitted by Charlie Quimby on 07/22/2013 - 09:43 pm.


    Effective as in how besides never sticking her neck out?

  10. Submitted by Joanne Simons on 07/22/2013 - 10:34 pm.

    Klobuchar before Warren? Ridiculous.

    Good grief. Amy over Elizabeth Warren? Who put together these ratings? Amy’s a cream puff. She wouldn’t take a stand on anything of substance to save her soul. While she boasts great ratings, popularity, and a seat that won’t easily go to a right wing crazy, she also stands for almost nothing of substance. Photos of her and Michelle Bachmann together at Stillwater Bridge ribbon-cutting ceremonies were nauseating. Toy safety and international adoptions are nice, but take on the banksters, the health care industry, or big pharma? Look to Elizabeth Warren, not Amy.

    • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 07/23/2013 - 09:50 am.

      This is the republican death wish–

      Nominate an extreme candidate whose positions you like, even if they have no chance of winning an election.

      • Submitted by Karen Sandness on 07/23/2013 - 11:48 pm.

        Nominating extremists is a way to lose?

        Tell that to Michelle Bachmann and the whole slate of Tea Party Congressional representatives.

        Unlike them, Elizabeth Warren actually advocates common sense ideas that are good for the majority of people and does so calmly, even when being yapped at by ignorant TV hosts.

        • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 07/24/2013 - 10:42 am.


          Why do you think that Bachmann did so poorly in Iowa, and dropped out of the race in a district historically safe for conservatives?
          By and large, TP backed candidates have not done particularly well.

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