Thursday, October 26, 2017

Remembering Paul Wellstone

Martin Longman has a very nice tribute to the late Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-MN) who died 15 years ago in a plane crash while campaigning for re-election and running against Republican Norm Coleman.

As it happens, I’m reading Al Franken’s book “Giant Of The Senate,” which is a very funny and insightful story of his career both in comedy and in politics, which seem to be interchangeable.  A good deal of Mr. Franken’s impetus to run for the Senate was based on his reaction to Norm Coleman’s smug and snotty attitude about winning the election in 2002, and Mr. Franken’s determination to defeat Mr. Coleman in 2008.

Paul Wellstone was an inspiration to a lot of people and the legacy he established is still on-going.

(And yes, I remember where I was when I heard the news.  I was driving home from work, just getting off I-95 onto US 1 in Miami.)