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Is Klobuchar campaigning for the vice-presidential nomination?

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Is Klobuchar campaigning for the vice-presidential nomination?

Is Klobuchar campaigning for the vice-presidential nomination?
February 26
17:59 2020

In the game of political Whack-A-Mole, those who rise to the top ranks of presidential contenders – only to be wacked down – rarely resurface.  Some, like New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and California Senator Kamal Harris, got whacked right out of the game.  Others, like Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Elizabeth Warren strive to crawl out of the hole.

Then there are those who seem like they should be packing it in.  Billionaire businessman Tom Steyer and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar seem to have no prospect of rising out of the hole into which the voters have whacked them.

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After betting $50 million dollars in Nevada – more than all the others combined – Steyer came out in low single digits – and at last count will leave Vegas with as many delegates as he had going in – zero.  He bet big and lost.  If Steyer is looking to South Carolina as his firewall, he would have to get past former Vice President Joe Biden and Buttigieg to claim to be the Anti-Bernie.  He has no reason to keep going.

Klobuchar seems to be in the same boat, but she may have a reason to fight for more delegates – even though her chance of getting the nomination, or even going into the convention with a plurality, seem as remote and barren as the far side of the moon.

So, why continue to campaign?  There is only one answer – for power, leverage and a shot at the vice-presidential nomination.

With either Sanders, Biden or former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg as the likely nominee, there is no chance that Steyer would be selected as a running mate.  No way.  It is going to be a woman.

Klobuchar is shaping up as the ideal running mate for any of the old white guys.  She would balance the ticket in several ways.  She is young enough to represent the younger generation of Democrat leaders – barely.  She comes from the heartland – fly-over country.  She represents the more moderate Democrats – especially as a counterbalance to Sanders.

There are other women Democrats who might like to be selected – Warren, Harris and even former First Lady Hillary Clinton – among them.  But they do not check off as many boxes as Klobuchar and they all have political baggage.

The Klobuchar’s most important assets could well be the delegates (read that “power”) she brings to the convention.  Should it be a brokered convention, she could use her delegates as leverage after the first ballot.  If she were to cut a deal and thrown in with Sanders, it would tend to blunt the impact of the Super Delegates, who are mostly opposed to Sanders.

Even though Warren would have delegates, Sanders would not have to deal as much for those.  They would mostly flow to Sanders anyway.  And Warren’s weakness is being almost as much as a socialist as the Vermont Senator.

Klobuchar would be a natural match for any of the old boys, and every time she gains a delegate, her prospects improve.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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