An open letter to Amy Klobuchar

Dear Senator Klobuchar,

Congratulations on your endorsement by the DFL this weekend, and on what looks to be a relatively easy re-election bid. You’re the most popular politician in the state by a wide margin, and in your single term as a Senator so far, you’ve built up quite a bit of political capital.

I’m writing to ask you to invest some of that political capital in making positive change here in Minnesota in 2012. Notice that I’m not asking you to “spend” your political capital, but “invest” it. With a bit of work, you’ll make it back with hefty interest, making you not just the most popular but one of the most powerful politicians in the state. What is political power but the ability to affect change? And what is the point of amassing political capital if you can’t use it to make things happen?

That’s why I’m asking you to devote a portion of your time and energy this year to fighting the harmful constitutional amendments on the ballot this year and returning the DFL to power in the state legislature. Your overwhelming popularity gives you significant influence with swing voters, and your fundraising prowess could transform marginal seats in the legislature into major opportunities. Your involvement could mean the difference between winning and losing all of these fights.

I know your popularity is built, in large part, on your efforts to be a bipartisan figure, so you may want to stay “above the fray.” But what is the point of amassing this level of support if you can’t use it to make a difference? You’ve earned the trust of millions of Minnesotans, but that trust has little value if you can’t or won’t use it to advance a positive agenda.

Senator Klobuchar, I hope 2012 will be a year of great triumph for you. I hope it will be the year you win re-election by an overwhelming margin — and the year your coattails mean victory in the legislature and on the constitutional amendments.

This post was written by Jeff Rosenberg and originally published on MNpublius. Follow Jeff on Twitter: @JeffRosenberg.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 06/07/2012 - 09:50 am.

    “But what is the point …

    of amassing this level of support if you can’t use it to make a difference?”

    The point is to get re-elected so you can continue your cushy government job without any challenges. As soon as you take a stand you generate opponents and having opponents might hurt your re-election chances.

    See how that works?

  2. Submitted by rolf westgard on 06/07/2012 - 10:06 am.

    Another suggestion for Amy

    Drop her absurd support for 20% moonshine(ethanol) in gasoline.

  3. Submitted by Dennis Litfin on 06/07/2012 - 11:42 am.

    The way it should be…

    Mr. Rosenberg calls it like it should be for all candidates who outwardly indicate that they represent a certain dogma. Tea Partiers appear to be the only candidates that actually do live up to their legacy….what you see is what you get.
    There are some Democrats and Republicans who also follow their party closely; but with that said, both of those parties have changed over the years so that many of their candidates are blurred….including Amy K. to a degree.
    What you see with Keith Ellison and Al Franken is what you get with the Democrats. Having been around a while, my positive thoughts about Republicans go back to the D. Eisenhower era where and when I then voted Republican.

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