30 October 2002
The final farce in Minnesota
It should have been obvious that something was going to be terribly wrong with the funeral for Senator Wellstone when Dick Cheney the Vice-President of the United States, fercrissake! was disinvited. And when it was all over, Stephen Green said exactly what needed to be said:
Paul and Sheila's sons allowed perhaps even encouraged their father's funeral to become a testament, not to a good man's life, but to everything that is wrong and slimy and sleazy and uncivilized about modern politics.
Damn them both. Damn those Democrats partaking in it. Damn those Republicans too cowardly to call them all on it. And may we all be damned, for our politicians are merely reflections of our own ugly tastes, boorish manners, and tolerance for those same traits in others.
Civilization demands civility. Rome didn't fall to barbarians; Rome fell because it took the barbarians in.
If there is any justice in this world, the GOP will pick up this seat in the Senate. And if there is any kindness, Norm Coleman will smile and politely refuse to talk about this incident ever again.