Thursday, October 31, 2002
A sad display: Well, the Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone Memorial/Pep Rally was the talk of today's news shows.
I didn't watch the entire four hour "service" -- mainly because it wasn't readily accessible on TV. I'm not sure if it aired on CSPAN, but I don't have four hours to spend watching a "memorial." Seriously, has anyone ever attended a four hour service? Ever? Anywhere? I'm curious if anyone knows of one.
But, this political rally aside, what really disgusted me was the greetings that Gov. Jesse Ventura and Senate Minority received as they entered the arena.
Can you picture Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle on the receiving end of similar treatment at a memorial service for, say, Jesse Helms? Strom Thurmond?
The actions of the Democratic crowd were disgusting and uncouth.
It seems as though the Minnesota Democrats are the type who love "the people" as a group, but can't stand the individuals.
Someone should apologize to Ventura and Lott for the offensive behavior. Mondale should do it at the very least, and probably the head of the Minnesota Democratic Party.
On Fox News' "Special Report with Brit Hume," The Weekly Standard's Fred Barnes made the following point about Wellstone vis a vis the crowd at his "memorial service."
Said Barnes: "Paul Wellstone was not a hater."
Too bad we don't have more politicians of both parties like that.