...it turns out Sen. Amy Klobuchar is funny. Very funny. Bring-down-the-house funny.
It's a tough crowd. No one really wants to be there, but they don't not want to be there either. Dinner is eaten. Planners are thanked for their planning and attendees for their attending, and then Nancy Pelosi, always radiant, takes the mic and gives a couple of corny jokes: "When Secretary Geithner gets a call from The New York Times, he doesn't know if it's for a scoop or a bailout." And Barack Obama's e-mail address is I'mAllEars@WhiteHouse.gov, while Rahm's is bleepbleepbleep@WhiteHouse.gov.
And then Klobuchar — who told Politico that she wrote half of her own jokes — stepped up, and things got unexpectedly funny.
"I'd like to make this as short as Bill Richardson's tenure as commerce secretary," she opened. "I raised $17,000 from ex-boyfriends — true story! I know that is the record in the Senate, but in the House it's held by Barney Frank." Roars of laughter, even from Frank.
Then she turned to the "great reporters? in this room — all of whom got scooped on the John Edwards story by the National Enquirer." She promised not to be too rough with them, though, since "I'm all about protecting endangered species."
Perhaps best of all: "Typically a Republican and a Democrat speak at this -- you could have saved a lot of money by asking Joe Lieberman."
When Klobuchar finished she received a partial standing ovation, the first this reporter has seen at a WPCF dinner.
After the dinner McCarthy, told Politico he knew he was in trouble following Klobuchar. "When she was finished, Tom Pryce emailed me and said 'What are you going to do now?' And then I thought, 'my last joke is about the clap!'"
Imagine the DFL dinners when they're both in the Senate!