I fell in love with Claire McCaskill my Junior year of high school. I ‘got’ to go to Girls State, which was hands down, one of the worst weeks of my life. It was death by boredom (well, we almost died by tornado). The only time I smiled that week was when I got to hear Claire speak. She really inspired me.
I supported her full throttle when she usurped Bob Holden for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2004. I was crushed when she lost to Matt Blunt (who rode the coattails of an anti-marriage amendment, and has an approval rating so low, hes not running for a second term this year). I was all gung-ho again in 2006 when she tossed Jim Talent out of the senate (Talent ruined my damn college graduation) and recruited Michael J Fox to help pass MOs stem cell initiative.
Claire was ‘disinvited’ from speaking at her daughters high school graduation after the Vatican whined about her stance on abortion and stem cell research.
Shes taken pharm companies to task for bribing physicians.
She went nuts (in a good way) after the Walter Reed fiasco.
I love Claire.
Claire and Obama seem to have become good friends in the Senate (I was happy to see her next to Michelle at the last debate), and shes been doing the media circuit to support him. Well, a couple nights ago she was making a stop at MSNBC. Mitt Romney was the next guest, so he got her mic/ear piece/etc. Mitt, with the social grace you expect from a Mormon, took the ear piece and said ‘You dont have an ear infection, do you?’
Claire responded ‘No. But I spit on it.’
I love Claire.