Other Voices | Wednesdays Wars: Senator Amy Klobuchar in 2016: Minnesota Mellow in the Age of Rage

Published on Nov 1, 2013

Senator Amy Klobuchar grew up in Plymouth, MN, just down the road from Garrison Keillor’s mythical lake Wobegon, where “all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.”

Plymouth is the epicenter of the heartland … halfway between Portland, OR and Presque Isle, ME. Head west out of Plymouth and you hit Bismark, Billings, Bozeman, and Butte, and not a whole lot more before you come to Portland, OR.

It’s safe to say Amy Klobuchar is a country girl. It’s also safe to say she hit the Lake Wobegon trifecta.

She’s strong. She looks like she could hold up her end on the farm or anywhere else. Politically, she won the four races she’s been in … two for prosecutor in the state’s largest county, and two for the United States Senate.

In 2012, Minnesota was somewhat of a battleground state. Barack Obama won the state with 52% of the vote. Meanwhile, Amy, in her reelection bid, won the state with 65% of the vote.

That’s strong.

She’s good looking. Hey, it matters. Look at who wins elections: JFK, Reagan, Clinton, GWB, Obama. They all did better than average in the DNA lottery.

Amy has that open, friendly, unpretentious, upper middle-West look and manner. By senatorial standards, she clearly is not a power dresser. Continue Reading……..

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