Scott Brown's Paul Wellstone strategy
I knew it was deja vu all over again when I kept hearing the story, which has taken on the patina of legend, about how Massachusetts Sen.-elect Scott Brown traveled all over the Bay State in a green pick-up truck. An initial lack of funds and lack of poll support necessitated such a move.
The late Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.), my professor at Carleton College, rolled into the U.S. Senate in 1990 aboard a beat up green school bus. He traveled all over the Land of 10,000 Lakes securing the votes of Minnesotans. And just as Brown did 20 years later, Wellstone shocked the political establishment with a come-from-out-of-nowhere victory. Wellstone and his wife were killed while campaigning for reelection when their plane crashed in 2002.So, the enduring political lesson in the Brown-Wellstone model is this: work hard for every vote and do so from the green vehicle of your choice.
| January 22, 2010; 11:28 AM ET
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