2020 Whispers: Senator Amy Klobuchar and Beto O'Rourke

Senator Amy Klobuchar has tweeted that she'll be making a big announcement this weekend:

Presumably, it won't be: "I'm NOT running for president!" It could be something else entirely (it's not), but I suspect we're about to get another awesome contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination (we totally are).

I'm pretty excited about Klobuchar running (if she is) (she so is), because I think she'd be a strong candidate in a field of strong candidates.

Last year, I even made her first campaign poster!

image of Senator Amy Klobuchar smiling, to which I've added text reading: 'Hi, I'm Amy Klobuchar, a very nice, normal lady who is not Donald Trump.'

Senator Klobuchar has a lot of terrific qualities that would certainly make her an excellent president if she indeed wants the job, but the not being Donald Trump part would be quite a compelling place to start her campaign.

If I get to see Senators Klobuchar, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Elizabeth Warren all up on the debate stage together, I am going to be one excited lady!

I will confess, however, that I am a little concerned about four of our 17 female senators running for president in what is certain to be an ugly campaign. Though I'm reasonably certain they'll commit to being respectful to one another, Trump and the GOP aren't going to commit to that. And I don't want four (or more) female senators emerging from a presidential run so damaged that they can't retain their senate seats in future elections.

Of course, I don't want them to not run for that reason. It's just scary.

Yet another thing on an impossibly long list of reasons why it is fucking horrendous to have a sadistic chauvinist wreck of a human being sitting in the Oval Office.

In other news, Beto O'Rourke, who tried to claim Ted Cruz's senate seat and lost, is also contemplating running for president.
Breaking months of near-silence about his political future, Democrat Beto O'Rourke said Tuesday that he would announce his decision about a 2020 presidential run "before the end of the month" and suggested he's leaning toward it.

The former Texas congressman, who found political stardom in his unsuccessful Senate bid last fall, opened up about a potential 2020 run in a conversation with a bigger star, Oprah Winfrey, during a taping of her program "Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations from Times Square."

"I have been thinking about running for president," O'Rourke told Winfrey as the packed audience cheered. The 46-year-old Democrat cited his desire to help unify the country. "I'm so excited at the prospect of being able to play that role."
Play that role? Nope. That really rubs me the wrong way.

I realize I'm in the minority on this one, but something about O'Rourke just bugs me. I don't connect with him at all.

(Sorry, O'Rourke heads! I promise I will give him a fair shake if he runs. Maybe I just need to know him better.)

Anyway! As much as I am dreading the misogyny and racism that will be unleashed during this campaign against a fine field of Democratic candidates, the fact that I get to spend some of my time focused on the positive things that Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Julián Castro, Pete Buttigieg, and Cory Booker (at least) have to say, scrutinizing their visions for the future of this country to decide which is the best, is what's going to get me through this election. At least the primary.

One final note: Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, please don't run.

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