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Remembering Paul Wellstone

Sen. Paul Wellstone died eight years ago today. He was one of the first politicians I ever met, and one the people who inspired me to go into politics. On the fifth anniversary of his death, I wrote a remembrance of him, and I hope no one minds if I link to it.

By Ezra Klein  | October 25, 2010; 10:22 AM ET
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I lived in South Minneapolis when Paul Wellstone was killed in 2002. People literally draped black cloth around their Wellstone yard signs. Wellstone stickers can still be found adorning bumper stickers of Subarus from Nokomis to Seward. It was a sad, sad time.

Posted by: klautsack | October 25, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I hate to admit it, but the first thing this post made me feel was old. 8 years ago? It's been that long?


Posted by: Kevin_Willis | October 25, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Great remembrance Ezra, especially this quote:

"If we don't fight hard enough for the things we stand for," he said, "at some point we have to recognize that we don't really stand for them."

I always respected Senator Wellstone for his honesty and straightforward positions, even though I rarely agreed with his position on any issue. It would have been interesting if he was around to give his position on some of the issues of today, such as TARP, the mortgage crises, and the financial regulation overhaul. I suspect we may have even seen an interview posted on this blog as well.

Posted by: jnc4p | October 25, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

We're all the poorer for not having him around. I'm always reminded of him when "Watch Out" by Atmosphere (a Minnestoa-based hip-hop group) comes up. "Peace to Jack Tripper and those Wellstone bumper stickers."

Posted by: MosBen | October 25, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Ezra.

Posted by: michaelh81 | October 25, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I had just moved to MN for college the fall that Wellstone died. I got the news on the radio while driving to Madison to catch a bus to DC for a protest in the run-up to the Iraq war. The person driving the car was a Wellstone volunteer. He had to stop the car. I remember returning to school at the end of the weekend just in time to watch in person as Mondale kicked off the one-week Fritz Blitz at Macalester. All in the run up to my first voting experience. I live in the Seward neighborhood of MPLS now, and still see Wellstone stickers everywhere. He still contributes to the political culture of the state. RIP.

Posted by: spaz06 | October 25, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

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