Democrat candidate for the 2020 nomination Sen. Amy Klobuchar has, from the gate, been running her campaign at a different pace and tune than her many, many rivals. And the weekend gathering in Iowa, celebrating her birthday and chock full of anecdotes, was no exception.
One particular anecdote stood out, shared and reported across a lot of media because of the two subjects. Naturally, like all anecdotes, policy discussions, jokes, or passive sighing sounds made by any Democrat running for office, Trump was one of the subjects.
The other was Trump-foil and redeemed hero to Democrats who reviled him in 2008, the late Sen. John McCain.
Klobuchar spoke of him twice in her remarks, that were either disjointed or seem that way because of social media. In one case, she referenced Trump attacking McCain after his death (a true story), and in the other a story about the former POW himself, and what he had to say during Trump's inauguration ceremony. Or rather, what he had to list.
It was that one that got the ink. Watch.
"I sat on that stage between Bernie and John McCain," said Klobuchar. "And John McCain kept reciting to me names of dictators during that speech because he knew more than any of us what we were facing as a nation."
"He understood it. He knew because he knew this man more than any of us did," she said.
An odd but very believable story, though seemingly one without any real conclusion. It is the suggestion that there is a point without really making one.
Klobuchar was a great admirer of McCain and speaks of him often on the trail. It just one of the many ways in which she campaigns differently than her competitors. Just not necessarily better, given the poll numbers.