Both Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar’s weakness is that as US Senators they don’t have to speak to angry constituents as often as a mayor does and, as a consequence, they aren’t as polished at dealing with hostile questions. Take Mayor Pete’s response during the last debate when he was asked about a black man being four times as likely to be arrested in South Bend.
His answer was classic deflection, and did not answer the moderator’s question, however, it was extremely polished and one could even be convinced that he had provided a satisfactory answer.
Klobuchar by contrast had a deer in the headlights look to her and couldn’t effectively communicate that
-One of their guests on the View, Pete Buttigieg, ran a city where a black man was four times as likely as a white man to be arrested and where incarcerations of minorities had increased during his term.
-By contrast, her team focused on ensuring that the innocents were protected and incarcerations of minorities actually went down during her time as prosecutor.
-She called for an investigation and therefore cannot comment on an ongoing investigation, however, if there was wrongdoing by the police or one of the prosecutors then there should be consequences.
Right now, Nevada is having early voting for their caucus. Ballots must be filled out with a first, second and third choice: you can put “uncommitted” for your second and third choices. Among Sanders supporters, there is talk of putting Klobuchar as the second choice in order to reduce the SDEs for Biden and Butttigieg: Klobuchar could become the equivalent of American Idol’s Sanjay, making it harder for a moderate Dem to stand out from a still crowded field.