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Klobuchar at National Press Club: substantive, likable, full of good ideas

In an appearance before the National Press Club, Sen. Amy Klobuchar came across as smart, likable, substantive, knowledgeable and full of good ideas in the liberal-but-not-too-far-left lane that she inhabits in the crowded Democratic presidential field. It’s an hour long.

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  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 07/18/2019 - 08:31 am.

    Alas, “…smart, likable, substantive, knowledgeable and full of good ideas…” are all admirable qualities that will be unlikely to have much effect on the 2020 presidential race if, as we all pretty much assume at this point, Mr. Trump is the Republican nominee.

  2. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 07/18/2019 - 09:02 am.

    I don’t share Eric’s reaction. While Klobuchar isn’t awful, she offers a list of common sense executive actions that almost every other Democratic candidate would endorse and enact. These aren’t dumb ideas, but they’re not brilliant or original ideas or proposals.

    Klobuchar’s response to a question regarding Trump’s attacks on Omar et al are actually quite disappointing and troubling.

    After claiming that she’s gonna be the one to take on Trump, when asked about his racists attacks on fellow lawmakers, the FIRST thing Klobuchar says is that she doesn’t agree with everything Omar says… Instead of beginning with an unconditional condemnation of Trumps racist statements, she essentially points out that she kind of agrees with Trump regarding some of Omar et al’s statements. Then she goes on to a little lecture about what presidents are supposed to do, and she talks about her mom who was a teacher, and blah blah blah. She NEVER actually condemn’s Trumps behavior or statements, she just suggests that he’s not being very “presidential”. If THIS is Klobuchar’s model for confronting Trumpism, we’re more than likely doomed if she were to on the ballot OR elected. I expect unconditional repudiations, not stories about the dress somebodies mom wore to the grocery store. This was a softball question and Klubuchar blew it. Trumps speech and behavior aren’t merely “unpresidential”, they’re dangerous and wrong… Kloubuchar shouldn’t have to so much difficulty recognizing and declaring that fact.

  3. Submitted by Constance Sullivan on 07/18/2019 - 01:38 pm.

    Paul Udstrand wants Amy Klobuchar to be more frontally combative. But that means he wants her to be like everyone else, and not herself.

    Klobuchar is never frontally combative. She never has been, she isn’t, and she won’t be that. And that is why she has won three state-wide Senatorial elections in Minnesota, now pretty much a purple state–you know, the state that will live in infamy for that stupid GOP woman who in 2008 prompted John McCain to take the mic from her to correct her assertion that Barack Obama is “an Arab.” Yeah, you know Eden Prairie or Eagan or thereabouts.

    Commenbtators keep saying that the Democrats will have to reach beyond the fervent blue base of young radicals who want Big Change,Now! to the general public that’s fed up with Trup but needs a good alternative. Amy Klobuchar can be that.

    I happen to like Elizabeth Warren, rather than one of the two old men running at the top of the Dems’ candidate field at present (I’m Bernie’s age, and I know whereof I speak: the man is too old to begin being presiident when he’s almost 80; Joe Biden–look and listen carefully–shows his advanced age even more pronouncedly). DSo Ay says the same things? Of course she does; all of us who have watched here votes in the Senate know she’s True Blue and votes as a strong progressive. She just doesn’t scream.

    Do we need a screamer? Nopem we do not. We need a strong Democrat, and any one of the three top women–Warren, Harris, and Klobuchar–could take Trump on and best him. He’s not too bright, after all.

    Klobuchar and Warren, however, have the sense of humor, the wit, and the comic timing to put Trump in his place. Besides the substance.

    I am so tired of people wanting perfection, especially from women, when the male roundup doesn’t look very prepossessing.

    • Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 07/18/2019 - 03:33 pm.

      You don’t have to scream to speak truth to power. If you can’t simply condemn Trump’s disgraceful behavior, you’re not the antidote to Trumpism. If THIS who Klobuchar is, she’s not the candidate we need.

      No one is demanding perfection, we’re all adults here. Those who criticize one candidate don’t do so because they think some other candidate is perfect.

    • Submitted by Mark Jurgens on 07/18/2019 - 05:43 pm.

      Connie, I think there is a real problem with Senator Amy Klobucher not being asked tough questions. And, on the national scene she doesn’t need to follow the crowd of other Democratic Presidential candidates. She does need to lead. Just being good at attacking President Trump like other candidates does not make her a leader, but it makes her one of the pack. I have recommended to her multiple times in the past to lead by being the first candidate to make a public anouncement that she fully agrees with and fully supports the Civil Rights Acts of 1964, 1968 (and it’s 1988 Amendment). And, to challenge her opponents to make the same statement. However, some of our Presidential candidates actually support the illegal discrimination of women and their families who are protected by the 1988 Amendment. It would be interesting to see how they explain why they are so against this portion of the Civil Rights Acts.

      2 surprises: Amy has never responded to my recommendation, but does ask for donations from me 7 times a week. And, at least one of the other women Presidential candidates does not fully agree with and fully support the 1988 Amendment.

    • Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 07/19/2019 - 10:18 am.

      To be clear, I don’t expect Ms. Klobuchar to be anyone other than Ms. Klobuchar, I’m just saying she doesn’t get vote in the primary… if she’s still in the race at by then.

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