On Brink of 2020 Decision, Klobuchar Gets Bad Press - Page 2

HuffPost reports that former staffers accuse senator of mistreating employees
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2019 10:24 AM CST

  • Grain of salt: That's what Jonathan Bernstein of Bloomberg advises to take with the HuffPost story. The inability to manage staff is "certainly a legitimate factor to consider when choosing a candidate," and he wouldn't be surprised if the allegations have some truth to them. But he, too, wonders about gender stereotypes. "Are a handful of episodes more likely to generate a 'bad boss' reputation for a woman than for a man?"
  • See what's next: So will this damage Klobuchar? It probably depends on what follows, writes John Sexton at Hot Air. Unflattering quotes in a story are one thing, but "it would be something else if one of the staffers came forward and blasted her on MSNBC or Fox News."
  • Looks like a sure thing: The 58-year-old Klobuchar is "almost certainly" running, per a post by Eric Lutz at Vanity Fair. The piece, written before the HuffPost article, sees a different potential problem: "While she's been generally liberal throughout her tenure, she's likely to be seen as a more moderate Democratic option, which could be a drawback in the current political clime."
  • Impressed: At the Washington Post, conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin runs through a basic political bio of Klobuchar and comes away impressed. "If one thinks that the country is ready for a sober, calm, and self-contained figure, someone in control of her emotions and in command of her facts, Klobuchar might be the right candidate," she writes. Her biggest threat, adds Rubin, appears to be a Joe Biden candidacy.
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