According to CBS News, Joe Biden has asked Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota to be vetted for consideration to be Vice President.
Context: That this headline is making news is somewhat misleading, as Amy Klobuchar is among a dozen or so female candidates being considered — and possibly vetted — for VP consideration. The headline has nevertheless provoked scores of comparisons to Hillary Clinton’s VP pick, Tim Kaine, on Twitter.
Amy Klobuchar would be the Tim Kaine of Joe Liebermans.— Travis Akers (@travisakers) May 21, 2020
I'm a very big fan of Amy Klobuchar, but this would be Tim Kaine 2.0, a choice for percieved Electoral College needs that will energize NOBODY in the base.— Ben. No More, No Less. (@BJS_quire) May 21, 2020
This would be a colossal mistake. https://t.co/QMHuGSBYJH
Bottom Line: Joe Biden needs to win in three pivotal swing states in the Midwest: Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. It’s hard to imagine that the Minnesota Senator will help much in that regard, and even so, there’s almost no one that would diminish enthusiasm more than Klobuchar among more progressive Democrats. Elizabeth Warren would be a better candidate for the progressives, while Kamala Harris or Stacy Abrams might be able to attract more progressives without alienating anyone in the swing states.
In either case, with one of the dullest candidates at the top of the ticket in a long time, this is no time for Joe Biden to play it conservatively, especially with the VP candidate playing such a crucial role in an election where — should Biden win — he would likely step down in 2024. Choosing Klobuchar feels very much like a 2016 pick.
Biden is also apparently looking at the two female Senators in New Hampshire, although Senator Jeanne Shaheen has already declined to be considered, as she is running for reelection. Senator Maggie Hassan, however, has agreed to be vetted. Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer is another candidate thought to be under consideration.
Don’t Rule Out: Klobuchar’s campaign may have floated this herself in an attempt to generate some interest in her as a VP candidate. If social media is any indication, it has backfired spectacularly.
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