Klobuchar likely announcing soon. Honestly, don’t know what to think about this. I’ve written previously that I thought someone utterly unlike trump might be the antidote we need for trump, but now I’m not so sure Klobuchar is that person. (I found her ‘savings account for college’ thing off-putting, but something is better than nothing I guess. This though speaks to character and temperament, which apparently many Americans don’t give a crap about but I still do.)
But not every former staffer sees Klobuchar’s intensity as a liability. A fourth former staffer said that he did not believe Klobuchar’s temper — “She makes it clear when she is disappointed,” he said — affected her office’s ability to function successfully. Klobuchar is known in Minnesota for her attention to detail, he pointed out, and her ability to speak to and attend to the needs of many different constituents.
“Her office is a very successful office, and in part the reason she’s re-elected with the margin she has, and enjoys the popularity in-state, is a result of her hardworking office and a member who’s very focused on representing her state.”
A fifth former aide said Klobuchar’s toughness had improved her work, and had had an undeniable impact on her state. “Her job wasn’t to be my mentor and cheerleader,” she said. “Her job was to get shit done for Minnesota.”
But four other staffers disagreed, saying their work, and the office’s, suffered as a result of Klobuchar’s behavior, because of a tense, anxious work environment and the high level of staff turnover.
"I’m not an anxious person; I’ve worked for other tough bosses,” said the second former staffer. “But it’s hard to explain the anxiety that permeates the office. It’s an overwhelming sense of panic and not being able to plan. You never knew what was going to come at you. That compounds, and it affects the workplace.”
“The reason it matters is when I hear the descriptors of our current president and how he lacks responsibility and everyone is to blame, and there’s erratic behavior, name-calling,” she said. “It’s unfortunate, but you’re also describing her.”
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being a tough boss per se, but there’s also IMO a big difference between being demanding and being an asshole, and from the sound of it Klobuchar is more the later. What point is there to humiliating your staff? It’s one thing if for example it’s the military and lives literally depend on performing under pressure, it’s another entirely if you’ve misplaced a comma in a brief to a lawyer or Senator. (Full disclosure: I have misplaced commas before.)