Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar has failed to gain momentum for two reasons.
Joe Biden is the consensus ‘moderate’ candidate. As long as he is in the race any other moderate is frozen out of the mix. If Biden was really the pro woman guy he claims to be, he would withdraw his candidacy right now.
In addition, earlier this year the Senator was subject of press reports that she is not easy to work with. This is sexism. When a man behaves in this manner it rarely, if ever, becomes an issue.
The Senator is no ideologue. She is practical, smart, tough and could win the election next November.
The Guardian 11.24.2019
Democrats “better not screw this up”, a contender for the party’s presidential nomination said on Sunday, as Michael Bloomberg confirmed his late and self-financed entry into the crowded race.
Discussing the impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump, Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar told ABC’s This Week: “The American people see this now, they’re listening to it, I’m sure they’re going to be talking about it at Thanksgiving.
“But they want a check on this president, they want an economic check … they also want a patriotism check and a value check. You look at those voters in Kentucky and Virginia [in recent state elections]. They said, ‘Enough is enough,’ they switched the state House and Senate in Virginia and they elected a new governor in Kentucky.
“And as Democrats, as we go into this presidential race, we better not screw this up. Because we, right now, have with us a fired-up base, but also independents and moderate Republicans.”
Whether Democrats might be about to screw this up, by either shifting too far left and alienating moderates or by electing a moderate unable to inspire the progressive base, is a subject of constant debate.
On Saturday Monika McDermott, a political science professor at Fordham University in New York, told the Guardian: “Democrats have a real problem here in that they have a bunch of candidates who appeal to different groups for different reasons but they don’t have a clear leader in the group.”
Barack Obama has waded into the morass, telling donors in Washington the party has to appeal to “persuadable independents or even moderate Republicans” and saying: “This is still a country that is less revolutionary than it is interested in improvement … the average American doesn’t think that we have to completely tear down the system and remake it.”
Klobuchar is running in the centre of the primary field. She has not polled highly, trailing top four Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg. The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, another moderate, has surged in Iowa and New Hampshire, the first two states to vote.