Amy Klobuchar for president in 2020? It’s a long shot, but I’ve heard crazier ideas, and it’s getting some buzz in The New Yorker magazine.
Liz Fedor has a piece in MinnPost this morning speculating that Klobuchar might be thinking about running for governor in 2018, when Gov. Dayton steps down. I’ve heard that speculation too, and it makes plenty of sense. There are somewhere between 10 and 100 Minnesota pols mulling that race, but how many of them would want to take on Landslide Amy, who was re-elected to the Senate in 2012 by a 35-percentage-point margin?
True, she faced little-known Republican Kurt Bills in that one, but that’s mostly because bigger-name Republicans didn’t like the odds. When she was first elected to the Senate in 2006, she was supposed to have a tough race against Rep. Mark Kennedy, but it turned into a 20-point rout.
I also heard some buzz about Klobuchar as a possible Supreme Court nominee under President Hillary Clinton, but that ain’t happening.
But president? Klobuchar is no household name nationally. But U.S. senators run for president all the time. So, when I saw this piece, in which Amy Davidson of The New Yorker rolled out a list of “Thirteen Women Who Should Think About Running for President in 2020,” and saw that the first name on the list was the senior senator from Minnesota, I thought I’d at least pass it along. Writes Davidson:
“1. Amy Klobuchar, senior senator from Minnesota. Popular, practical, appealing, progressive—picture her, for a moment, on a debate stage with Donald Trump, cheerfully taking him down. Why shouldn’t she beat him? Klobuchar has been in the Senate since 2006. When a Minnesota television station asked her, just after the election, if she might consider running in 2020, she said, ‘We just got through a Presidential race, and I love my job and what I do now, and more than ever we need people in the Senate that can work across the aisle.’ We might need people like Klobuchar in the White House even more.”
p.s. No. 2 on Davidson’s list is Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
p.p.s. Do you think an exercise like this could wait until after Inauguration Day?