i will not let it rest
i will not let it rest. i'm still pissed
From Maria McGrory in the Washington Post: more glorification and rationalizing of the Wellstone Ballot Drive Memorial Service. (italics are hers)
Wellstone was unique in death as well. His memorial service, which commemorated all the victims of the crash, was like no other.
Got that right. He's probably the first person to be memorialized at a party convention rally.
Twenty thousand grievers crowded into the University of Minnesota -- and had a wonderful time.
Actually, they weren't all grievers. There were busloads of union workers and voters brought in to lend to the politcal rally atmosphere.
There was rock music, there were emotional, dry-eyed tributes from his two lovely sons, one of whom looks just like him.
Don't forget the beach balls and concession stands selling hot dogs and soda. And his son looks like Yahoo Serious.
Tom Harkin delivered what could only be called a fighting eulogy, almost every line of which was cheered to the rafters.
That wasn't a euology. It was a campaign commercial.
It ended with a call to arms for the mourners to fight for the causes Wellstone had bequeathed to them -- along with his high heart for life and politics.
It ended without the governer of Minnesota in attendance, because he walked out on the shameful display. It ended without dignity. It ended with a disgusting display of partisanship and election time whoring.
Funeral service as rally is a new concept, but as the master of ceremonies, George Latimer, said, "He would not have wanted it any other way."
Master of Ceremonies? Where were the scantily clad girls to escort the speech makers out on stage? Where was the Ringmaster in his tophat announcing each new speaker? They wouldn't have been totally out of place.
And please stop calling it a funeral service. It was a ballot drive, pure and simple.
His memorial service, which commemorated all the victims of the crash, was like no other.
Really? I bet the families of the pilots who died thought the service was "like no other" also. Not in a good way, dear.
Will someone from the Democratic party please stand up and admit how wrong this was?