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Rick Steelhammer: A re-examination of Senator Klobuchar's salad days

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar apparently has a hunger for power — not to mention salad.

As one of three dozen Democrats who have either announced, or are expected to announce, their candidacy for president in the 2020 election, her every action from now until the primary can be expected to receive media scrutiny.

But on Friday, the New York Times time-traveled back to 2008 to focus attention on an incident that occurred in an unidentified airport during a trip Klobuchar took to South Carolina. An aide managed to snag a to-go salad for his boss while the two were hurrying through a passenger concourse, but somewhere between the snack bar and the boarding gate, lost possession of the plastic cutlery that came with the food.

Rookie presidential candidates take note: Hunger can do strange things to a person’s sense of propriety, when food — even airport food — is finally at hand.

Once seated in her plane, Klobuchar learned that no utensils were on board. So, after a few moments spent berating the aide for losing her disposable knife and fork, she opened her handbag, peered inside, pulled out a comb,and began eating her salad with it.

I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt. Maybe she mistook the the comb for a vegetable brush to freshen up her salad greens a bit. And, to be fair, combs have teeth, and teeth, after all, are for eating. Mercifully, she didn’t select one of her aide’s shoes as a dining implement, since they come equipped with tongues.

Had I found myself in a similar circumstance, I think I would have eaten the salad by hand, as daintily as possible, skipping any dressing-drenched morsels to spare my clothes from splatters.

Combs, in my opinion, should only be used to eat pasta during such food emergencies.

The Times apparently resuscitated the 11-year old anecdote to help add color and substance to a now-prevailing contention that Klobuchar is hard on her staff. The kicker to the piece was a recounting of the Minnesota attorney, then in her second year as a senator, ordering her aide to clean up her comb after dining as punishment for losing the plastic utensils.

So, should Amy Klobuchar be driven off the campaign trail for making her aide clean up her comb after eating the salad?

Of course not.

She should be driven off the campaign trail for not forcing the aide to clean up her comb before eating it.

As of this writing, it is 619 days, 1 hour, 7 minutes and 24 seconds until the presidential election.

But who’s counting?

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