The cult of Wellstone!
Al Franken picks up a key endorsement in Wisconsin! The Capital Times ("Wisconsin's Progressive Newspaper) has this endorsement of Al Franken's yet to be formally announced candidacy for Sentor Coleman's seat in 2008. To give you a feel for the CapTimes true colors (and they are well to the left of Pravda on the Mississippi!) we have this quote:
"Wellstone's death in 2002 hit Wisconsin progressives every bit as hard as it did our neighbors to the west. Many of us thought we had lost our third senator."
...and then they follow it up with this!
"So it is that, like a great many Minnesotans, we are looking for a suitable replacement for Wellstone to stand against Coleman in the 2008 Senate race."
We, the editorial staff of the Capital Times, are looking for a suitable WHAT?!?!?!?!? Don't you think you should pay attention what is going on in your own state?????
"In many senses, Franken reminds us of an entertainer-turned-politician we did not agree with but whom we had to respect: former President Ronald Reagan. Reagan got deeply involved in conservative politics years before he entered the 1966 California gubernatorial race. Reagan was ridiculed by liberals and many in the media but he beat them every time because he actually understood politics and was firm in his beliefs."
As someone who lived in MadTown in the latter part of the Reagan era I can only say one thing. WHAT A LOAD OF HOOEY! The Cap Times editorial board couldn't say a single nice thing about President Reagan if their lives depended on it. President Reagan was evil incarnate according to the CapTimes.
As many other, more talented writers than I, have pointed out (here, here, and here) the cult of Wellstone! can not deal with the fact that their patron saint is no longer in office. They are desperately trying to resurrect a man whose time has passed. Don't get me wrong, while I vehemently disagreed with Senator Wellstone's politics, I admired the fact that he would give well thought out reasons for his stance - regardless of who was asking. However, they really need to park the bus and move on. Paul is dead and there is no "heir to the throne". Senator Wellstone was one of a kind. You can not replace him.
(hat tip to the Wingman at The Wind Beneath the Right Wing)