WASHINGTON — Sen. Amy Klobuchar had mop-up duty today, wrapping up the Senate’s outstanding business before the upper house adjourned for the weekend. Unfortunately for her, the item on the agenda was a resolution honoring the Green Bay Packers on their recent Super Bowl win.
Klobuchar is one of the more outspoken Vikings fans on Capitol Hill, who in 2009 and early 2010 took some joy in needling her Wisconsin colleagues over exactly which team Brett Favre now played for. She even presented National Press Club President (and Minnesota native) Alan Bjerga with a Favre jersey on his inauguration in early 2010 (though at the last Press Club news conference he moderated earlier this year, Bjerga would jokingly offer Tim Pawlenty the chance to take it back).
Sen. Al Franken, meanwhile, says he takes a back seat to no one in his Vikings fandom, having been a fan since the 60s and attending training camp in 2010. The Pioneer Press, in a story off that visit, lightheartedly dubbed him Al ‘Skol Vikings’ Franken.
Yet here Klobuchar stood in an almost-empty chamber taking one for the team and putting the motion forward. Franken, the only other senator in the chamber, was presiding. With no objections, the motion passed by unanimous consent.
“I was simply asked to read all the resolutions for the close of the day, and it happened to be one of them,” Klobuchar said. “While it wasn’t my resolution, I congratulate the Packers on their victory and know that next year it will be the Vikings.”
And when the clerk read the bill, “Amy and I just looked at each other and knew that it just wasn’t our place to say anything,” Franken said.
One expects Wisconsin Sens. Herb Kohl and Ron Johnson will return the favor, should the Vikings ever win the Super Bowl. The Vikings, as all their long-suffering fans well know, have gone to the Super Bowl four times but never won it.