Archive for the ‘Klobuchar’ Category

When Amy Klobuchar submitted to an interview with Chris Wallace, she apparently thought that Wallace would treat her like he treated Joe Biden — with kid gloves. That assumption went down the drain quickly. Klobuchar got caught during the interview when Wallace started asking about ACB’s confirmation hearings.

The key paragraph says “During the Sunday interview, Fox News host Chris Wallace noted that the Barrett hearings could be held virtually, a safety precaution Klobuchar praised Republicans for taking earlier this year.” In other words, Klobuchar knows that virtual hearings are perfectly safe because she’s participated in virtual committee hearings. Consider this proof positive that Sen. Klobuchar just got caught trying to delay the confirmation hearing. This didn’t help Sen. Klobuchar:

“This is for the highest court in the land. Yes, we have had virtual hearings. I helped to put them together. It’s important to give senators that option, but you want to be able to go back and forth with this nominee given her views on the Affordable Care Act, given that she has clearly criticized Justice Roberts … for upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, which allows people to keep their insurance when they’ve got preexisting conditions,” Klobuchar replied. Wallace then pointed out that he and Klobuchar were conducting their interview virtually.

This interview with Klobuchar won’t redeem Wallace’s reputation after Wallace’s debate ‘performance’ last Tuesday night. Elephants have long memories. Here’s the entire interview:

Amy Klobuchar is politically talented but she isn’t that quick on her feet. In that respect, she’s still Schumer’s Shill.

Apparently, Tina Smith wants to represent a state filled with racists. That’s what she said in this video:

Smith said that it’ll require lots of hard work “to root out the racism that is too much a part of this state.” Then Smith asks “my fellow Minnesotans to raise up your voices in righteous protest. That is how we change this state and this country so that it is worthy of all of us.”

That’s stunning. I’ve just celebrated my 64th birthday. I’ve lived in Minnesota my entire life. While there have been pockets of racism from time-to-time, it’s BS to think that Minnesotans, as a whole, are racist. In fact, smearing people with the type of broad brush that Smith just applied is itself racist.

It’s disgusting that Smith hasn’t recognized that what the DFL often characterizes as racism is actually people holding deeply held religious beliefs found in the Christian Bible. Christians have frequently been mocked for their sincere beliefs. Christians shouldn’t expect the DFL to show even the least amount of grace in this time. The DFL isn’t into showing mercy or grace. They’re into rioting and looting.

Jason Lewis is into growing economic opportunity, calling out corrupt career politicians and strengthening local communities:

Other than Tim Walz and Jacob Frey, who looked like idiots during the rioting, the DFL disappeared. Tina Smith and Amy Klobuchar disappeared. Ilhan Omar disappeared, apparently to meet with the Minneapolis City Council to advance the Squad’s agenda of dismantling the Minneapolis PD. When Minnesota needed leadership, President Trump called Gov. Walz and told him to call in the national guard or the feds would clean up Walz’s mess. Gov. Walz obediently complied immediately.

President Trump was a portrait in leadership. Gov. Walz wasn’t. Neither was the DFL. Unfortunately, I’m not surprised. This November, Minnesotans can vote for the party that’s accused them of being unwitting racism. That’s the DFL. If they don’t want to vote for the DFL so they can constantly be called racists, they can vote for the party that wants everyone to succeed, aka the MNGOP.

Republican Sen. Tim Scott has lived with racism all his life. Since entering Congress, he’s worked on race-related issues. He was the chief author of the Opportunity Zones section of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act. He’s worked hand-in-hand with HUD Secretary Carson to bring economic opportunities to minority neighborhoods. Frankly, he’s got more credibility on race-related issues than any politician, including President Obama.

Democrats are losing credibility on race-related issues because they’re constantly thinking of how this or that event can be converted into a political advantage. That isn’t how normal people think. They just think about doing the right thing, then making it happen. Yesterday, Democrats ripped the mask off. They exposed themselves as interested in race-related issues only in the context of winning control of the Senate majority.

Yesterday, Senate Democrats exposed themselves of putting a higher priority on partisanship than on doing the right thing when they voted to not even start debate on Tim Scott’s JUSTICE Act. Democrats voted to not start debate on the bill. Democrats voted to not let the amendment process start. Minnesota senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith are constantly touting their bipartisan record. They voted against starting debate. Think about that.

Democrat senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, who theoretically represent Minnesota, the state where George Floyd was allegedly murdered, voted against the JUSTICE Act, aka police reform. Minneapolis is the city where Floyd lost his life. Their city council wants to “dismantle” the Minneapolis Police Department, aka the MPD.

This pair should be leading the fight for the JUSTICE Act. Instead, these Democrats voted against it. That isn’t a sign of bipartisanship. That’s proof of bad faith negotiating. If I lived in Minneapolis, especially in one of those minority neighborhoods that were looted, then destroyed, I’d take it out on the politicians that didn’t protect me.

This is typical Democrat thinking:

This is typical GOP get-positive-things-done thinking:

That’s quite a contrast. Republicans want to fix existing problems. Democrats want to stoke racial fears ahead of their next campaign. It isn’t that Democrats want to fix things. That isn’t part of the Democrats’ recent history. Democrats used to be dealmakers back before they lost their minds. Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Bill Clinton were dealmakers. By the way, where is Bill Clinton these days? We see Hillary too often. Ditto with President Obama. Bill Clinton is nowhere to be found. That isn’t difficult to figure out. Bill Clinton doesn’t want his legacy tarnished by today’s Democrats.

Things aren’t working too well for the anti-police Democrats:

A progressive Minneapolis neighborhood that pledged not to call the police in the wake of the death of George Floyd is now dealing with a 300-strong homeless encampment in a local park, according to reports. Traffic has reportedly increased in the neighborhood around Powderhorn Park, as drug dealers seek to meet their clientele displaced during the civil unrest, rioting and looting following Floyd’s death at the end of May. At least one person overdosed inside the park and was brought out by an ambulance. Prostitution has also been reported in the area. Residents though have agreed to “check their privilege” and “protect people of color” by not involving law enforcement to report instances of property damage, according to the New York Times.

By checking their privilege, there’s been an upsurge in prostitution and drug overdoses. Isn’t that lovely? Thanks to the Democrats’ bad faith and their unwillingness to negotiate during this historic opportunity, major cities are falling apart. Needless to say, these cities are run by Democrats.

If you think that Democrats care about crime, you’re kidding yourself. There’s no proof that Democrats are willing to do the things that are required to maintain a civil society.

Saying that St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter’s national moment didn’t go well is understatement. Appearing on The Daily Briefing With Dana Perino, Carter was asked about the breaking news that Minnesota AG Keith Ellison had just announced that he had increased the charge on Derek Chauvin from third-degree murder to second-degree murder. Ellison also announced the arrest of 3 of Chauvin’s colleagues.

Carter started by saying “I think that’s absolutely critical. Everybody knows that the basic job of a police officer is to help when people are hurting and so when we look at this video and see Officer Chauvin committing this gross atrocity against humanity against George Floyd…” Let’s get serious, Mayor Carter. The primary function of a police officer is to protect the public. Period. If you want to help people who are hurting, join the Peace Corp. The job of law enforcement is … to enforce laws.

The primary reason why governments exist is to protect people. If neighborhoods are pillaged, stores are looted and people are too afraid to venture outside, then that isn’t a society.

Here is Sen. Klobuchar’s tweet about the upping of charges:

I’m tired of letting Democrats off the hook because they’re (supposedly) well-intentioned. I don’t give a damn anymore. Democrats, especially here in Minnesota, have turned a blind eye toward the activist/agitator wing of their party. The DFL needs to stop thinking first about how to acquire more political power and start worrying about doing the right thing first. Remember this: the DFL will always do the right thing — when it’s the only option left.

This breaks my heart:

It’s time for Melvin Carter to figure out what the role of government is. The primary function of government is to protect its citizens. Apparently, they didn’t teach that in college.

The minute this news broke, Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s vice presidential unofficially ended. It likely ends her chances of becoming a Supreme Court justice. It likely ends her chances of being the U.S. Attorney General. Senator will be her highest rank.

If you’re wondering what the news is that brought Sen. Klobuchar down, here it is. “The Floyd case has put the national spotlight back on Klobuchar’s days as a prosecutor, particularly as it became clear Derek Chauvin, the officer involved in Floyd’s death, was involved in the death of another citizen while Klobuchar was prosecutor. Chauvin was one of six officers who fired on and killed Wayne Reyes in 2006 after Reyes reportedly aimed a shotgun at police after stabbing his friend and girlfriend. While the death happened during Klobuchar’s tenure at the helm of the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, the case did not go to a grand jury until after she left the office and became a senator. Klobuchar did not criminally charge other police involved in the more than two dozen officer-involved fatalities that occurred during her time as prosecutor. She left those decisions to a grand jury, a practice that was common at the time.”

That didn’t appear in the Strib’s article until the 10th paragraph. By comparison, the Washington Examiner made that information the lede in their article:

Outrage over the Minneapolis police killing of black man George Floyd is sinking Amy Klobuchar’s stock as a potential vice presidential pick for Joe Biden.

Then there’s this:

Some of Klobuchar’s harshest critics engage in messy criticism by saying that when she was the Hennepin County attorney, she did not prosecute one of the now-fired officers involved in the Floyd killing, Derick Chauvin, when he was involved in an October 2006 police shooting. A Klobuchar spokeswoman noted that the indecent occurred near the end of her term, just before she joined the Senate in 2007. In 2008, a grand jury declined to charge the officers involved with wrongdoing.

Huffington Post put it in the harshest tones:

Kenza Hadj-Moussa, a spokeswoman for the progressive group Take Action Minnesota said Klobuchar’s actions as a prosecutor “caused trauma that’s been long lasting.” “With everything that’s happened in Minneapolis and across the country,” she said, Klobuchar would put Biden at even more of a “disadvantage” politically.

If this was just up to Biden, he’d probably still consider Sen. Klobuchar. With African-Americans making demands of him, this eliminates Sen. Klobuchar. Then there’s this:

It’s time to run Sen. Klobuchar out of office. She failed as a prosecutor. She’s failing as a senator. Most importantly, Sen. Klobuchar’s attitude towards violent police officers is cavalier at best.

This article highlights the pickle that Joe Biden is in. If he picks Democrat Sen. Amy Klobuchar as his running mate, there’s a strong probability he’d lose the election. If you think that sounds a little hyperbolic, consider the pickle that Biden currently finds himself in.

Late this week, Biden went on the Breakfast Club, then dissed the African-American community by saying that “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, you ain’t black.” If you want to drive down minority turnout, that’s an effective way of doing it. Though Sheila Jackson-Lee defended him, Ms. Jackson-Lee didn’t have much company.

Apparently, people from the community have a problem with Sen. Klobuchar:

The Minnesota Democrat would “risk losing the very base the Democrats need to win,” said Aimee Allison, founder of She the People, according to Politico.

“It comes from her performance in the primary — her weakness in being able to motivate them,” BlackPAC executive director Adrianne Shropshire said. “The engagement and the enthusiasm of black voters is going to be a difference-maker in this election, and the concerns about her in this role stem from the degree to which she resonated or not with those core constituencies.”

Compare that message to what’s transpiring in this video:

It’s obvious that President Trump won’t win a majority of the African-American vote. He doesn’t have to. In Michigan, Rep. Karen Whitsett, a Democrat, sat down with President Trump, HUD Secretary Ben Carson and John James, a Republican African-American candidate for the US Senate, during a meeting in Detroit. During the meeting, Rep. Whitsett proposed an idea that caught President Trump’s attention when she said it’d be great to open an HBCU in Detroit.

President Trump just signed legislation providing additional funding for HBCUs so he thought that would be possible. He then suggested that Rep. Whitsett work with John James on that issue. Rep. Whitsett agreed to do that, adding that “John will get it done.”

BONUS QUESTION: Does that make Republican John James black enough in Biden’s opinion? Perhaps, only Biden’s leg hair stylist knows for sure.

The serious question facing Mr. Biden is whether he can sufficiently energize the African-American base to win this election. At this point, that’s a major question for his campaign. I’m not sure if they even know.

Some outrageous things were said by Democrat senators when they attempted to demolish then-Judge Kavanaugh’s family. Elizabeth Warren, later a Democrat presidential candidate, made some disgusting statements regarding then-Judge Kavanaugh. In a speech from the Senate floor, Warren said “Republicans want to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and they will ignore, suppress, or shout down any inconvenient facts that might give the American people pause about this nomination. Republicans are playing politics with the Supreme Court, and they are willing to step on anyone — including the victim of a vicious sexual assault — in order to advance their agenda.”

The biggest thing missing from Sen. Warren’s diatribe was the truth. Christine Blasey-Ford’s best friend, who was supposed to corroborate Dr. Ford’s testimony, testified that she didn’t know Kavanaugh. Dr. Ford’s testimony was riddled with inconsistencies, including the misstatement that Dr. Ford doesn’t fly. We found this out after-the-fact:

Senate Democrats and the legal team for Ford forced multiple delays of the hearing because Ford was allegedly unable to fly due to extreme anxiety. He pivoted to Ford’s statements to Senators that she couldn’t come to Washington D.C. by Monday because she’s “afraid to fly on airplanes” and that her fear is directly connected to her alleged assault by Kavanaugh.

“But wait, is this true?” Carlson asked. “Ford has relatives on the east coast. According to published accounts, she’s been here recently. Did she drive back and forth to California every time she visited? We don’t know. Then last week, The New York Times reported that Ford did graduate work at the University of Hawaii. That’s on an island thousands of miles in the Pacific. How exactly did she get there?”

Apparently, telling the truth isn’t one of Sen. Warren’s priorities.

Apparently, protecting creepy old senators is one of Sen. Warren’s priorities. She hasn’t said a thing about VP Biden’s alleged sexual assault of Tara Reade. Sen. Klobuchar provided some odd opinions of Dr. Ford, too:

2018: “She was so graceful and so dignified, went through every question you could imagine… What she was doing was basically laying out the fact that you have so well articulated during the show, is that she actually has talked about this in the past, she said it to a therapist, her husband had remembered the name Brett Kavanaugh, she has with some detail remembered the assault. And all she’s asked is that the FBI figure out when Mark Judge was working at this Safeway when she saw him later because that would help her get the exact date.” – Sept. 27, 2018 to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow

Sen. Klobuchar pretends to be a warrior for women. Selective accountability seems more her style:

Fox News reached out to Klobuchar for comment after the “Larry King Live” video resurfaced, which occurred after the interview with NPR, but did not receive a response.

This is hilarious:

Then there’s Kamala Harris’s opinion:

2018: “Ours was not a search to determine whether a crime occurred. Ours was not a search to determine whether we had enough facts to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime had occurred. No, ours was an investigation to figure out enough about what happened to determine if Brett Kavanaugh is fit to serve on the highest court in our land. Is he fit to be a jurist in the place where we have said justice in our country occurs? In the house where we listen to evidence and truth and make determinations based on the veracity and truthfulness of what has occurred. That is our role when it comes to Dr. Ford’s allegations, and we fell short. We fell short. We did not do her justice. We did not do the American people justice.” – Oct. 5, 2018, in a floor speech opposing Kavanaugh’s confirmation

Notice that Harris used the term allegations. She didn’t vote to confirm Justice Kavanaugh. Harris, like the other Democrats in the Senate, voted against Justice Kavanaugh. After praising VP Biden, the Tara Reade accusations came out:

Fox News reached out to Harris for comment after the “Larry King Live” video resurfaced, which occurred after her interview with “It’s All Political,” but did not receive a response.

Apparently, selective accountability is the Democrats’ strategy.

It’s been confirmed that Sen. Amy Klobuchar has suspended her campaign to become the Democrats’ presidential nominee in 2020. It’s further been confirmed that she’s flying to Dallas to endorse Joe Biden at a rally tonight.

This weekend, the Democrats’ field has narrowed substantially. Saturday night, billionaire Tom Steyer dropped out. Yesterday, Pete Buttigieg dropped out. Today, Amy Klobuchar dropped out. Thus far, she’s the only Democrat presidential candidate to endorse another candidate. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Warren has said that she’s in it for the long haul.

The new Klobuchar-Biden alliance is a big deal from the perspective that she’s one of the most-respected so-called moderates in the race. She showed herself, for the most part, to be a capable debater. By endorsing Biden tonight in Texas, she’s giving VP Biden a boost in a state where polls show him within striking distance of Sen. Sanders. It’s an open question whether the endorsement will help at this late date but it’s worth finding out.

This is the right move for Sen. Klobuchar at this point. It’s been apparent since before the Nevada Caucuses that her campaign wasn’t competitive after her surprising third-place finish in New Hampshire. She finished a distant sixth in Nevada. She followed that up with a distant fifth place finish in South Carolina with just 3.16% of the vote in South Carolina and 4.2% of the vote in Nevada.

UPDATE: Pete Buttigieg will join Sen. Klobuchar at Vice President Biden’s rally tonight. Both former rivals will endorse Joe Biden tonight:

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s Democratic presidential bid picked up steam on Monday as he was set to pick up the endorsements of two former 2020 rivals – Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg – on the eve of the crucial Super Tuesday primary elections.

With Super Tuesday literally just days away, the question that all of the pundits are asking is whether Joe Biden will get a bounce from his victory Saturday night. A quick scan of the RCP average of polls for Super Tuesday primaries shows Bernie Sanders with leads in most of the states, including delegate-rich Texas and California. Sen. Sanders also leads in Virginia and Massachusetts. The RCP average shows Sen. Sanders running away with Colorado and Utah.

If things go well for Sanders on Tuesday night, he’ll be in a dominant position to win the Democrats’ presidential nomination. That’s what I’m expecting. Further, I’m expecting Biden to do just well enough to continue but not well enough to contend. I expect Klobuchar, Warren and Buttigieg to drop out of the race, with Klobuchar having the best shot at doing well enough to stay in the race.

California will send a harsh signal to the Democrats. Here’s why:

There’s an outside possibility that Sanders will be the only candidate who will win California delegates. If that’s what happens, Sanders will be virtually unstoppable. Sanders also leads in Texas:

This doesn’t sound like the type of performance Biden and the Democrats’ Establishment needs. If things go according to the RCP average in each of these states, Bernie will be the prohibitive favorite to be the Democrats’ nominee. After that, expect to hear about lots of article with ideas on how to steal the nomination from Bernie.

Everyone’s heard the cliché that “a picture is worth a thousand words.” When it comes to presidential campaigns, the cliché changes. The videos contained in this post signal the end of Sen. Klobuchar’s presidential campaign.

First, the video in this article says everything. In a medium-sized auditorium, Sen. Klobuchar attracted a ‘crowd’ that’s measured in the dozens. At the rally in Fargo, Sen. Klobuchar said “This is a campaign that believes in underdogs. A lot of people didn’t predict that I would make it through that snowstorm. Then they said she’s not going to make it through the summer. Then they said she won’t make it through the debate stage. It is one thing after another.”

This is essentially the speech she gave last night after getting trounced in Nevada. All that’s missing is Sen. Klobuchar’s claim that she’d exceeded expectations in Nevada. How you finish 40+ points behind the winner while exceeding expectations is a little confusing but that’s her line.

Another step on Sen. Klobuchar’s schedule was in Arkansas, where she ‘rallied’ with defeated U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln:

The ‘crowd’ in Arkansas was better, perhaps reaching 200 people. Still, the writing is on the wall. This poll shows how she’s falling in South Carolina:

When the top 2 in the polls are averaging in the upper- or mid-20s and you’re stuck in the mid-single-digits, that isn’t proof that the campaign is built for the long haul. At some point, exceeding expectations are meaningless. At some point, you have to start winning primaries. At some point, you have to start building a coalition that gets you into the mid- to upper-20s, then eventually into the mid- to upper30s and 40s.

Yesterday in Nevada, Bernie proved that he could put such a coalition together. He was the only one that did that. With most of the others running short on cash, this is starting to look like the field will get narrowed pretty quickly.