Klobuchar: No Room for ‘Wise Slovenian’ Like Me on Supreme Court

By Matt Loffman

Apr 9, 2010 5:39pm

ABC News' Teddy Davis and Matt Loffman report:

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar's (D) name has been floated in the media as a possible replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

But during a Friday appearance on MSNBC's "Hardball," she once again jokingly dismissed the chances of it ever happening because of controversial speeches she has given during her political career.

"There you go.  Shermanesque.  As I said the other day on Rachel's show, I couldn't get it because of my past speeches, you know, all the times, remember Sotomayor – the 'wise Latina woman'?  You can't imagine how many times I referred to myself as a 'wise Slovenian woman,' Chris.  It's over," said Klobuchar.

Klobuchar, who is well-known in Washington for her comedic timing, was elected to the US Senate in 2006. Previously, she served as the chief prosecutor for the most populous county in Minnesota.

On top of any strikes that may come from being a "wise Slovenian," Klobuchar is damaged as a Supreme Court prospect by coming from a state, Minnesota, which has a Republican governor, Tim Pawlenty.

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