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Friday, October 25, 2002

You've probably noticed (assuming I did the HTML right) that I've turned my top bar black.

This, as you may have guessed, is in honor of the late Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-MN), who died in a plane crash today.

People caught on the wrong side of the have-have not line had no better friend in the United States Senate. People who value the integrity of our public officials had no better friend in the United States Senate. Defenders of civil liberties arguably had no better friend in the United States Senate. What's left of the mainstream progressive movement in America had no better friend in the United States Senate. And those who simply value those willing stand up as a voice for principle above all, against the din of push-polls, the fuzzy static of focus groups, the cold white noise of triangulation and above all the deafening feedback of lavish campaign money had no better friend in the United States Senate.

I simply cannot imagine anyone, whether from Minnesota or any other state, filling these roles in his absence nearly as well as the man we've just lost.


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