This is a thread for random thoughts and comments about the Democratic presidential candidates. I only have a vague, superficial impressions of the current candidates, but here’s the one that appeals to me the most: Senator Amy Klobuchar. Why does she appeal to me? Off the top of my head, I think she seems reasonable, intelligent, competent, and well-respected by both sides of the aisle. She also seems less a good foil for Trump. I feel like Trump’s name-calling schtick would not work well against her. Additionally, and more importantly, I feel like she has a less of a chance of riling up and motivating Trump’s base to turn out and vote. Again, all of this is based on my impressions of seeing her on TV–in other words, the impression isn’t worth a lot. There is one significant problem that has come up–namely, reports that she mistreats her staff. I would like to see more reporting on this, getting at whether she is a good leader who can be tough to work for or someone who is abusive and therefore can’t return a good staff. This last point may be the most critical for me. Can Klobuchar attract and keep talented and good people to her administration? This will be something I will monitor closely, starting with the quality of individuals on her campaign team. Lastly, let me say a few more general comments about the Democratic candidates. A key attribute, in my opinion, is a candidate who can talk about race, gender, and other social issues in way that resonates with the Democratic base–without inflaming the Trump voters and alienating moderates. All the candidates are way better than Trump now, so I might support the candidate does the best in this domain. On a related note, a more moderate, versus far left candidate, is going to appeal to me. Any candidate that promises all sorts of good programs, in a way that seems unrealistic and irresponsible (i.e., not thinking about the way to pay for these programs) is going to turn me off. I would support more taxes and government spending, but anyone that acts as if spending doesn’t matter will turn me off.