You know, it's getting harder and harder to think I'm just being cynical...
I'm not certain what exactly you're implying with this one...
Nevertheless, while I agreed with practically nothing he said, you have to give Sen. Wellstone his propos for sticking with his ideological guns(execpt for his term limits pledge which actually became a serious bone of contention in this race).
The real interesting question politically now becomes the fact that a governor belonging to a third party who is leaving policitics can now tip the balance of power completely by himself.
I'm going to be a good boy, and not even think about verbalizing what many of the voices in my head are screaming. This is just too much to digest right now.
Instead, I'm simply going to post something the deceased said recently, in response to his vote on Dubya's war resolution:
"There is lots at stake," Wellstone conceded as he boarded the sleek subway from the Senate chamber back to his office. "I was asked this morning if this would hurt me politically. I don't have any idea. But what would hurt me for sure would be to utter words on the floor of the Senate that I don't believe or to vote for something I am against, especially on a question of life and death."
Someday, I dream that I'll wake up in a world where all politicians -- left, right and center, Democrat, Republican and other, local, state and federal alike -- can say the above statement with a straight face. Whether you liked him or not, the man had guts.
In pace requiesat.
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The Senate is composed of 100 Members-two from each state, regardless of population or area-elected by the people in accordance with the 17th Amendment to the Constitution. The 17th Amendment changed the former constitutional method under which Senators were chosen by the respective state legislatures. A Senator must be at least 30 years of age, have been a citizen of the United States for nine years, and, when elected, be a resident of the state for which the Senator is chosen. The term of office is six years and one-third of the total membership of the Senate is elected every second year. The terms of both Senators from a particular state are arranged so that they do not terminate at the same time. Of the two Senators from a state serving at the same time the one who was elected first-or if both were elected at the same time, the one elected for a full term-is referred to as the "senior" Senator from that state. The other is referred to as the "junior" Senator. If a Senator dies or resigns during the term, the governor of the state must call a special election unless the state legislature has authorized the governor to appoint a successor until the next election, at which time a successor is elected for the balance of the term. Most of the state legislatures have granted their governors the power of appointment.
(edited by Guru Zim on 25.10.02 1155) I am not your mother.
I'm guessing Jesse could appoint himself to the Senate for the remainder of the current term when the Senate meets in November and December. If Wellstone is left on the ballot and wins, then the new governor makes the decision at the beginning of January. If the Democrats pull the switcheroo and put Mondale on the ballot and he wins, he gets six years.
I want you to know, I agree with everything I've just said.
Well, I posted it the minute I read it, and I was still in shock and digesting all the information, but I'll be completely honest and say the first thing that I thought was "Now, that's convenient, isn't it?".
Originally posted by OlFuzzyBastardWell, I posted it the minute I read it, and I was still in shock and digesting all the information, but I'll be completely honest and say the first thing that I thought was "Now, that's convenient, isn't it?".
Well, in terms of crazy conspiracy theories and such, it would make a lot more sense for the G.O.P. to kill Norm Coleman instead. I mean, there is a historical precident and all for what usually happens in tight races where one of the contestants dies in a plane crash a few weeks before the election.
With the amount of travelling that candidates do while campaining, I'm not that surprised this happened again. As crazy as candidates get about out-fundraising each other, they're twice as crazy about out-working each other. Wellstone is far from the first candidate to fly in small aircraft during really bad weather - despite the fact that it's somewhat risky - because he had one more event to do. And unfortunately, he probably won't be the last either.
Expressing myself EVERY day - but especially on July 22, 2002!
I disagree with much of what Wellstone said and stood for, but like most of his opponents, I admire him for his tenacity in standing up for what he believed and in not waffling to every political wind, a la Senior Clinton. Too bad he died a liberal, but at least he went down swinging.
For the record (since it rolled right off Grimis's back), I do *NOT* think there was any sort of right-wing conspiracy. Period. I was just pissed off that there's, like, five Democrat senators who'll fight back, and we just lost one of them, and I alluded to something I didn't mean.
And, furthermore, all I said in the first place was that it's getting harder to believe I'm just cynical. I could've meant anything by that - you just interpreted it as a conspiracy theory. I save those for the Super Bowl, thank you very much.
If each individual soldier is having an impact, than so is each individual Internet user. I think the Internet reaches more people and is a bit more indicative of world culture than dropping some bombs.