In recent days, Sen. Amy Klobuchar has tossed out her “moderate” card and embraced more hard-left positions than any time in her tenure.
It may seem like last century, but as recently as 2017, two-thirds of Senate Democrats signed a bipartisan statement supporting the legislative filibuster’s preservation.
Klobuchar was one of the 31, but like most Democrats since the party took charge in Washington, she’s flipped. The Minnesotan now deems the filibuster “an archaic Senate rule that cannot get in the way of protecting our democracy.”
“We’ve got to work on changing the filibuster. I would abolish it,” she said over the weekend. “I have come to that decision after seeing all of the gridlock and all of the inability to move on the important issues of our time like immigration reform and climate change. We are not giving up.”
.@amyklobuchar: "We've got to work on changing the filibuster. I would abolish it. I have come to that decision after seeing all of the gridlock and all of the inability to move on the important issues of our time like immigration reform and climate change." pic.twitter.com/h4H21vaSsC
— The Hill (@thehill) June 27, 2021
Appearing in a jovial mood on radical Joy Reid’s MSNBC show during a week the program hit record-low ratings, Klobuchar castigated the GOP about so-called voting rights and rehashed why she favors abolishing the procedure.
She and Reid also bashed Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema while lauding conspiracist Stacey Abrams.
Klobuchar then praised first-term Sen. Raphael Warnock’s “maiden speech,” a 20-minute attack mostly along racial lines this spring, where the first term politician noted, “some people don’t want some people to vote.”
“Instead of Republicans changing their candidates or changing their views on issues, or changing how they talk to people, they double down on it,” Klobuchar claimed. “And now they’re saying we want to change the voters. We need to look at these Senate rules, figure out what we can do to move ahead. As Sen. Schumer has said many times, failure is not an option.”
Speaking of Warnock, he recently appeared with Klobuchar during her “North Star” conversation series to discuss “legislation that aims to limit the influence of money in politics.” It’s an interesting topic considering even CNN reports that Democrats receive more “dark money” than Republicans, especially at the national level.
Last week, donors paid over $700 to attend the talk between the Georgia and Minnesota Democrats.
According to a fundraising message, supporters can become members of Klobuchar’s inner circle by forking over at least $725 annually; this gets you into the senator’s donor club that participates in regular policy talks with her.
Contributors can also access “quarterly virtual gatherings with the Senator and special guests, a monthly newsletter, and other unique opportunities.”
Klobuchar is also a leading sponsor of the controversial For the People Act, which some have called “an aggressive federal takeover of the administration of all elections,” and a vocal supporter of the anti-religious liberty Equality Act.