This puff piece article on Sen. Klobuchar reveals some interesting information about the senior senator from Minnesota. This information is shocking:
Does Amy have household help?
“We have none,” she laughs. “In both places.” They also rent a small house in Arlington, Virginia. She notes, more soberly, that all the women senators who have schoolaged kids moved their families to Washington, DC. “Hardly any of the men did.”
This article wasn’t written by a hardline conservative magazine. It was published in Elle. The article paints Sen. Klobuchar as a creature of DC, not Minnesota:
Amy admits that her husband does a lot of the Mr. Mom stuff. Right now, John is back in Virginia with Abigail, ferrying her to various lessons and preparing to have a group of his students over for brunch. Occasionally he calls Amy to double-check the “egg bake” recipe with her. It’s one of the few things she knows how to cook.
She loves to talk about how her husband “is in fact the first man to be active in the Senate spouse club, okay?” A beat. “They meet every week, they plan a luncheon with the first lady. He got on the hospitality committee!” This is all delivered in a bitingly funny tone. “But I knew things were getting a little out of hand the day that Claire McCaskill and I were driving out of the Capitol to go to an event, and she looks out the window and says, ‘Isn’t that your husband walking across the lawn with a pink box?’ And I rolled down the window and I said, ‘What are you doing?’ And he said, ‘I’m going to Jim Webb’s wife’s baby shower.’”
It’s apparent that Sen. Klobuchar’s ties with Arlington, VA are quite a bit stronger than her ties to Minnesota. More importantly, her bills and public appearances are geared more towards photo ops and mundane things. Sen. Klobuchar certainly hasn’t pushed anything on the major issues facing Minnesotans. Here’s a typical Klobuchar scene:
Today, Amy is headed to Big Lake, in Rep. Michele Bachmann’s very Republican district, to inaugurate the new train line. She arrives to find a packed tent and color guards. And she manages to upstage Bachmann on her own turf. She has to be practically dragged out by her staff, who are trying to keep her on schedule. But Amy is very Bill Clinton–esque in how she works a crowd. She stays till the last hand is shaken, the last photograph is taken. She’s supposed to spend part of this afternoon dialing for donors; the next election is but two years away, but when she hears there are five more train events at various local stops along the line, she instructs her staff to “cancel everything else.” She wants to hit every one. “We’re going rogue!” she announces on the phone to her finance director.
Sen. Klobuchar doesn’t know the meaning of the phrase going rogue, a phrase coined by Sarah Palin. In Palin’s lexicon, going rogue means standing up against corruption, standing on important principles.
By comparison, in Sen. Klobuchar’s world, going rogue means blowing off volunteers to do a series of photo ops. There’s no standing up against President Obama, no telling Harry Reid that Senate Democrats need to pass a budget for the first time in over 1,000 days, no voting against Chuck Schumer, the man that really runs the Senate.
Here’s the Dictionary.com’s definition of rogue:
no longer obedient, belonging, or accepted and hence not controllable or answerable; deviating, renegade: a rogue cop; a rogue union local.
Sen. Klobuchar is nothing if not obedient to Senate Democrat leadership. As a result of that, Sen. Klobuchar has voted with Bernie Sanders on the stimulus bill, Obamacare and the bailouts.
Going rogue isn’t blowing off supporters to do the photo op thing for an entire afternoon. That’s just being inconsiderate. Still, it’s typical A-Klo. That’s why she’s earned the nickname of Photo Op Amy.
Minnesota doesn’t need a senator who specializes in photo ops and grandstanding. Minnesotans need a senator who’ll roll up their sleeves and get important things done, things like getting PolyMet running. Things like solving America’s energy crisis. Things like doing something to cut Minnesotans’ home heating bills.
When gas prices started to spike in 2006, A-Klo’s first reaction was to do a photo op. This year, six years later, her first reaction was to stage a photo op:
Minneapolis, MN – At a busy gas station, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar announced that she is asking the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission to respond to high gas prices by acting immediately to limit excessive price speculation in the oil markets.
Sen. Klobuchar is all about photo opportunities. She isn’t about solutions. Minnesota needs a senator who’s more interested in solving big problems than she’s interested in wasting an afternoon doing photo ops.