“She is decidedly ambitious and it’s not all that hard to imagine her, at some point down the line — 2020 or 2024 –inserting herself into the presidential/vice presidential conversation. (Klobuchar could also be doing a bit of spadework in the event Clinton wants to go with an all-female ticket in 2016.)”
Even though Klobuchar has spent lots of time in Iowa, too, he doesn’t believe she would buck the Clinton machine in this cycle.
“She’s not even in Clinton’s ballpark in terms of resume, name ID or fundraising ability at this point in her career. Klobuchar would be fodder for the Clinton buzzsaw and, in the process, ensure that the entirety of Clintonworld would work actively against her in any future national races.”
But Cillizza says he doesn’t see her prep work as “House of Cards” machinations:
“To be clear: I don’t think Klobuchar is executing some long-range plan to get elected president. (Not every politician is Frank Underwood.) But what she does have is a plan about how to boost herself into that tier of politicians who are part of the great mentioning when it comes to running for president or being selected as a vice presidential nominee.”