Amy Klobuchar Made Fun of My Cubs Hat
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — I was expecting to discuss retirement security, but instead, I ended up “playing defense” for my hometown Chicago Cubs. Last week during what should have been an Iowa Caucus Project all-staff meeting, my colleagues and I made the spontaneous decision to trek over to West Des Moines for a house party with U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, Democrat of Minnesota. As we entered the home of Jackie Wellman, a long-time Iowa Democratic activist, we were greeted by cheery campaign staff, dozens of Iowans, and a cabal of dogs running around the Wellman’s home.
Being an Iowa captive, I’ve learned a thing or two about how to get presidential candidates to engage with my questions. And thus, I’ve developed an arsenal of questions that I’m ready to throw at candidates at a moment’s notice. And I’ve had some success with this strategy. That’s what I had planned to do when I was sitting on the Wellman’s floor in front of Amy Klobuchar, arm raised.
But before I could even launch into my question about Social Security solvency, I was cut off by Klobuchar who had decided to malign the Chicago Cubs hat I was proudly sporting. “You’re wearing a Cubs hat…are you aware that the Twins are in the playoffs?” she said to cheers and applause from some in the crowd.
At this point, you could imagine the thoughts racing through my head. Sure, this season wasn’t our best and the whole Maddon thing didn’t help. But it isn’t every day when a sitting United States senator and presidential candidate gives you a hard time about your team. Especially not when you’re simply just trying to have a nuanced conversation about social insurance.
“I just wanted to make you were aware…in case you didn’t know” she continued. “Yeah, you really came for me,” I said back as she made the universal symbol for ‘I’m watching you’.
And then, the laughing died down. Klobuchar relented and said, “you should support whatever team you want…we are an open environment.” Fair enough. And then, just as I was ready to let my guard down and get back to my safe zone of retirement security policy, Senator Klobuchar came in for her final assault.
“And, they did win the World Series,” she said before deadpanning into the microphone, “which the Twins also did…twice.”