Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar has seen her profile rise over the past week thanks to her role in the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court hearings.
After being involved in some significant exchanges with the SCOTUS nominee over the allegation of attempted sexual assault made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Sen. Klobuchar continued to attract national attention over the weekend.
After being spoofed by Rachel Dratch on Saturday Night Live, Klobuchar appeared on CNN's State of the Union Sunday morning with Jake Tapper, to whom she talked about the nominee.
During the interview, Klobuchar admitted she was "stunned" by Kavanaugh's behavior towards her during the hearing, after an exchange in which she asked him if he'd ever blacked out after drinking too much, only for him to respond by asking her the same question.
"I was really stunned by how he acted at that hearing, this is basically a job interview for the highest court of the land," Klobuchar said.
"Everyone has said that they respected Dr. Ford for coming forward and that her testimony was compelling and credible, but both accounts cannot be true.
"And so one idea here is that he simply was drinking more than he was saying over the time period and he did not remember what had happened, and so I was just simply trying to get at that and really couched it in the fact I have alcoholism in my own family.
"My dad who is 90 now struggled with it throughout his life and finally got treatment and is sober and got help from AA. I was actually trying to get at the truth and so that's why I was stunned by how he answered it, but later of course he actually apologized."
You can watch the exchange here.
Will the hearings help Klobuchar's presidential aspirations?
While all the focus is currently on the Supreme Court, the events over the past few days could have an impact on Sen. Klobuchar's possible 2020 presidential election ambitions.
Although she has not publicly expressed interest in running, her name has been mooted in recent weeks as a possible Democratic candidate to face President Donald Trump.
One of the oft-repeated points against her potential candidacy is that she is not very well-known outside of Minnesota, compared to other possible candidates like Sens. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris.
However, it's very possible that her involvement in the Kavanaugh hearings could change that since it has thrust her into the national spotlight.
This point has been picked up on by the Washington Post, noting her involvement in the SCOTUS hearing is earning her "strong reviews from partisan crowds" who note she "is essentially the complete antithesis of Trump"
That's despite Klobuchar being one of the more moderate Democrats at a time when the liberal left is looking for increasingly progressive candidates.
"It’s easy to dismiss 'Minnesota nice' as an overly broad stereotype," the Post writes, "but Klobuchar has in many ways turned it into her political brand. Local political observers say she has built a strong one by focusing on less-divisive issues and emphasizing bipartisanship and coming together."