[January 29, 2020] Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar has a good track record of serving her constituents in her state. As a Democrat, she follows the party line on nearly every major issue. She has one characteristic that stands out and that is she is demanding of her staff and those around her. This no-nonsense approach has served her well and that of those in her state.
Amy Klobuchar is a hard worker. Combined with being intelligent, these are the two characteristics that are most closely associated with success in any field. These traits also explain, in part, her ability to raise funds for her election and why she is still among the top Democrats remaining in the race.
But, she is not decisive, nor is she bold. In every significant issue put forth by her party, she hedges her bets on each of them. She says that she is “open” for discussion and we are starting to gather a “framework” for future conversation. Some say she employs half-way measures and is never “all in.”
Of course, Amy Klobuchar has several essential characteristics. Also, take note of those from yesterday’s summary of key traits (see link here):
- Intelligent and Articulate
- Tough negotiator
- Hard worker and Resilient
- Loyal to her state of Minnesota
“To me, a public servant should have both the grounding and the compassion to carry the common sense and goodwill of his or her neighbors into the political arena.” – Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Presidential candidate1
Media reports note that Klobuchar has been dogged by reports she abused and demeaned staff, including throwing a binder that “accidentally” hit a staffer.2 I will say to the media reporting this, please grow up now before you embarrass yourself even further. She has announced that she can be hard at times and can be a “tough boss.” If you want to be president of the United States, that characteristic is what we should all want.
Senator Klobuchar would like to hold those working for her, and the nation, to high standards. That is an excellent way of getting the attention of all voters. But, the proof of this is how she acts during her time in office. So far, her track record on this issue is still out.