Senator Paul Wellstone


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Minneapolis, Monday, October 28

4:15 pm ? It would have been amusing if it weren't so tragic. Washington pundits like CNN's Jeff Greenfield and politicians like Sen. Orrin Hatch practically stumbled over themselves this weekend to say what a sweet, passionate man of integrity Paul Wellstone was, all the while walking on eggshells around any discussion of the political implications of his death. I just hung my head at the irony of seeing these men paint Wellstone as that rare politician who dared to vote his beliefs. As Sam Smith, editor of the Progressive Review , aptly put it: 'The coverage given Paul Wellstone's death illustrates that, for the corporate media, the only good progressive is a dead one.' Sad, but apparently true.

Meanwhile, this weekend saw an outpouring of condolences and support for the families of the deceased from progressives across the country and around the world. Some wrote beautiful eulogies to Wellstone, many pondered the political fallout of his death, and discussion forums were aflame with speculation about both who might replace him on the ballot and the mysterious cause of the plane crash.

Here are a few Wellstone links that have come accross my desk since Friday:
? Paul Wellstone, 1944-2002: An Appreciation, John Nichols,The Nation
? America Has Lost a True Hero, Jim Hightower
? The Progressive Mourns Paul Wellstone, Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive
? Our Hearts Are Breaking from the Loss of Paul Wellstone, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Tikkun.org
? Was Paul Wellstone Murdered? Michael I. Niman, AlterNet
? Wellstone for President, David Morris, AlterNet
? Paul Wellstone Dies in Tragic Plane Crash, Don Hazen, AlterNet

Memorial web sites:
? www.wellstone.org
? Democrats.com tribute site
? www.wellstonetribute.org
? Minnesota Democratic Farmer-Labor Party

Discuss in Caf? Utne: People have started three discussion topics devoted to Wellstone's memory, how to replace him, and whether or not he was murdered. (If you're new to Cafe Utne, register here):
? Paul Wellstone is dead
? Who can fill Senator Paul Wellstone's Shoes?
? Political assassination speculation

Around the Globe, Protesters Demand Peace
Hundreds of thousands turned out at peace rallies and marches around the globe on Saturday?from San Francisco, where organizers estimated the crowd at 50,000, to Washington, D.C., where estimates ranged from 100-200,000 marchers, to much smaller gatherings in Stockholm, Berlin, and even Baghdad. Visit our updated Anti-War Room for links to photos and stories.