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October 25, 2007

Remembering Paul Wellstone

Today is the fifth anniversary of Paul Wellstone's death. I met Wellstone when I was 14, and I think the experience played no small part in propelling me into politics. His early death was an astonishing tragedy. I'd love to hear him right now, in this moment when liberalism appears once against ascendant. But even if that's not possible, the amount he did to keep the movement alive during its darker hours should not be forgotten. I try to remember some of it in my column today at TAP.

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ezra...

that is indeed a beautiful and touching tribute to two of your heroes...
your brother, and paul wellstone.

Posted by: jacqueline | Oct 25, 2007 11:46:36 AM

Nicely done.

Posted by: Chris | Oct 25, 2007 12:07:01 PM

I'd love to hear him right now, in this moment when liberalism appears once against ascendant.

Al Franken was also devasted by Wellstone's loss and I think demonstrates how he wants to carry on his tradition as best he can.

I think Paul Wellstone would be very okay with your asking for donations to Al Franken's campaign.

Posted by: jerry | Oct 25, 2007 12:07:37 PM

Asking for donations for an unelectable candidate "from Paul" seems a little crass.

I found about his death when I was camped outside the Kohl Center for b-ball tickets, in the cold rain. I ran back to my apartment and watched the news for the next 2 days straight I think.

I emailed him the week before about the Iraq stuff, and I received a letter about my email after he died, which was pretty creepy. He was a huge voice against Iraq I and II, one which was very needed at the time.

He also propelled me into politics. He showed that even some no-name professor from the middle of nowhere can make a huge difference. (btw Everyone should see the Wellstone documentary)

Posted by: yep | Oct 25, 2007 2:20:47 PM

So many Minnesota DFL-ers (that's what we call our state Democratic party) took an interest in politics because of Paul Wellstone, and I am one of them. The saddest memory I have of his death took place at a remembrance march from the St. Paul cathedral to the Minnesota state capitol shortly after the accident. Minnesota has a significant Somali-American refugee population, and a leader from that community was chosen to speak. He just broke down sobbing as he talked about how Paul had helped his community. It was heartbreaking, because you could feel how Paul had had an impact on this man and the magnitude of his grief.

Thanks for writing about Paul today, Ezra.

Posted by: PM | Oct 25, 2007 8:30:04 PM

Remembering Paul Wellstone

Who could forget it? Dick Cheney offered his attendance but was turned down by organizers. After Rick Kahn began urging that the crowd should win the election for Wellstone and that Republicans should stop their opposition to the Senate seat, Governor Jesse Ventura stormed out of the service in disgust. bottom line is they turn Senator Wellstone's funeral into a political pep rally.

disgusting

Posted by: El Viajero | Oct 26, 2007 3:13:23 PM

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