In the never-ending election of 2016; for the first time in America’s history, women politicians are acting the most powerful surrogates for each other. Sisterhood is on the march. Senator Amy Klobuchar credited Clinton with creating this dynamic on the campaign: “She’s the one that wanted that image….That was important to her—that it wasn’t just about her, but supporting other women.”
An image if two women on stage in their matching blue suits, fists raised in front of their Ohio audience. America had not seen campaigning like this before.
I asked Senator Amy Klobuchar about these moments. “In the past, you thought you’d have to balance it,” she told me. “That you’d need a man up there on stage, that people wouldn’t accept you without man.”
I asked Klobuchar why, and she said that having a man on stage, “would give you this air of authority. You were acceptable because you brought in a man.”
But it is not without precedent in American politics. The women of the Senate, for example, have been working in partnership for several years to get things done.