Thursday, February 05, 2009

Go Amy

I think you'll be hearing alot from Amy Kobuchar, Minnesota's junior (or maybe now senior) Senator in the coming years and decades. She's smart. She's energetic. I think she's got a chance to be our president 16-20 years from now. Today is a good day to start paying attention to her since she's in the news for being funny:
"No one will beat Rahm," they said, but they turned out to be wrong.

"They" being the folks gathered tonight at the ballroom of the Ritz Carlton for the Washington Press Club Foundation's dinner that marks the beginning of the political prom season, when Hill seniors and freshmen alike get dressed and dolled up to toast, and roast, each other. The bar is pretty low for "entertainment" at these affairs, as it's tough to take good, hard shots at people you have to work with the next day. And there's a big difference, of course, between off-the-record funny and reporters-in-the-room funny. Last year, then-congressman Rahm Emanuel was as a guest speaker — and really nailed it.

But it turns out Sen. Amy Klobuchar is funny. Very funny. Bring-down-the-house funny.
"I'd like to make this as short as Bill Richardson's tenure as Commerce Secretary," she opened. "I raised $17,000 from ex-boyfriends — true story! I know that is the record in the Senate, but in the house it's held by Barney Frank." Roars of laughter, even from Frank.

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