On the ABC news show This Week with George Stephanopoulos, analyst Matthew Dowd, after the recent debate performances of Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, called her “the Goldilocks” Presidential Candidate.
Is Senator Klobuchar the Presidential Candidate that is just right for the Voters?
Senator Klobuchar represents the left of the center wing of the Democratic Party and moderate center of the political spectrum that can appeal to the voters Democrats need to win in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Virginia, Iowa, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Colorado, and Arizona.
She has won the blue and red areas of Minnesota.
She has reached out to urban, rural, and suburban communities.
In other words, she can win a national Presidential Election.
During the debates and on the campaign trail, she presented herself as a person of strong policy awareness, sound positive character, and optimistic temperament. She will have to deal with the reports that she has been hard with past members of her staff but voters have not seen any indication of that this campaign season. But considering how Donald Trump treats his people, this should not be a difficult task.
The above two qualities could be helpful to Democratic Senate candidates like Mark Kelly in Arizona, John Hickenlooper in Colorado, and the other Democrats in states like Arkansas, Maine, Iowa, North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina. Her ability to win and convey a positive-optimistic image on the campaign trail could provide large coattails for Democratic candidates down the ballot for the United States Senate, House, and state and local offices.
Finally, Klobuchar has a pragmatic progressive agenda (please click here to see the program) that includes programs on infrastructure, rural area revitalization, a pubic health care option, tackling climate change, and promoting equality. This legislation could be passed, especially if the Senate reverts back to Democratic control through the reconciliation process. Senators like Kyrsten Sinema, Joe Manchin, and (if reelected Doug Jones) should not have any problems with it.
Senator Amy Klobuchar may be Hillary Clinton without the baggage. She has a progressive program that could win the approval of the base and the vital center. She has consistently performed well in the debates and has received praise for her presentation.
The key, however, is for her to start winning and competing well in primaries and caucuses so the people will firmly conclude she is “just right” for the country.