A selfless act? Well, maybe, but perhaps only in part. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has been shortlisted for the running mate position ever since Joe Biden finally took command of the Democratic primaries, but that doesn’t mean the Minnesota senator was a shoo-in. Even before the events of the past couple of weeks, the party’s African-American base of voters looked uneasy with Klobuchar, and not just because of the Minnesota pallor she exhibits.
Nevertheless, Klobuchar tried to present her withdrawal as a kind of selfless sacrifice on last night’s Lawrence O’Donnell Show on MSNBC. At first O’Donnell plays along, giving her a buildup as perhaps the most traditional of Democratic choices. However, what follows after this clip might get more to the heart of the matter: