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Klobuchar…in Iowa…hmmm?

This is probably silly, but when U.S. senators who don’t represent Iowa turn up in Iowa it is generally assumed that they aren’t looking for a potential retirement community.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who is frequently described as a rising star in the Democratic firmament, took a few hours after visiting the endangered Red River areas of her own state to nip down to Des Moines and speak at a summit arranged by the Democratic Activist Women’s Network.

The Des Moines Register coverage of the event also brought out a surprising fact: Iowa is one of only two states (Mississippi is the other) that have never elected a woman to either house of Congress.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Ron Gotzman on 03/30/2009 - 01:22 pm.

    Oh please!!

    Please remind your readers of the campaign promises of Amy K. She promised to lower the deficit, lower the national debt, follow pay-go, and get us out or Iraq. So far, she has “failed miserably.”

  2. Submitted by Mark Gisleson on 03/30/2009 - 01:40 pm.

    It would be easy to assign too much significance to this. Klobuchar is exactly the kind of politician who gets pulverized by skeptical Iowans in living room meet and greets where cute jokes MUST be followed up with by serious remarks that clearly demonstrate a deep understanding of the issues. Klobuchar’s rep as a jokester or her love of folksy stories would not play well with Hawkeye state caucusers.

    Iowa’s had a woman lieutenant governor and a woman attorney general. Their Congressional representation gender imbalance speaks more to their long Republican history than anything else. They came very close to having a woman governor in 1982, but the current “dean of the Iowa press corps,” David Yepsen, almost singlehandedly killed Roxanne Conlin’s campaign with a five-month, momentum-killing jihad in which he bludgeoned Conlin with her husband’s tax filings over 80 times in his Des Moines Register columns and articles.

  3. Submitted by John E Iacono on 03/31/2009 - 04:43 pm.

    Well, she killed two birds with one stone.

    Good for her: we pay enough for congressional junkets already.

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