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9215 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-11-03 08:08 PM
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8. You are one of few people left on this board
who knows what the fuck is going on and how to follow up with some background on current news. Excellent work as usual.

In addition:

Bush Fears Tenacious, Popular Wellstone
Published on Tuesday, April 24, 2001 in the Madison Capital Times by John Nichols
ST. PAUL - U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone had just finished rousing a crowd of 2,000 trade unionists, farmers, environmentalists and students with a fiery condemnation of George W. Bushs free trade policies, and now he had a problem. He couldnt get down the steps of the Minnesota State Capitol here to join the march protesting Bushs Free Trade Area of the Americas scheme.

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Most of them also asked a question: "How come Bush hates you so much?" Let there be no doubt as to the identity of George W. Bushs least favorite Democratic U.S. senator. Its Wellstone, the rabble-rousing Progressive who represents not just Minnesota but what remains of the fighting populist spirit of the Upper Midwest. As Wellstone prepares to seek a third term next year, it would be reasonable to assume that he might finally be in for some smooth political sailing. But reasonableness doesnt figure into the calculations of the Bush White House, where the president himself, Vice President Dick Cheney and political commissar Karl Rove practice the politics of vengeance.

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Other Democratic senators who face re-election contests in 2002 are, according to polls, more vulnerable than Wellstone. But the Bush camp has been focusing highest-level attention on "Plan Wellstone" - its project to silence progressive opposition.

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Last Tuesday as Minnesota House Majority Leader Tim Pawlenty was just hours away from announcing his intention to mount a Republican challenge to Wellstone, he got an urgent call from Rove asking him to step aside for Bushs preferred candidate, St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman. Then, on Wednesday morning, with just 90 minutes to go before his planned announcement, Pawlenty was driving his kids home from a dental appointment. The car phone rang, and Pawlenty found himself talking to Cheney. The vice president told Pawlenty that Bush did not want Coleman - a party-switching former Democrat who chaired the losing Bush presidential campaign in Minnesota - to face a difficult primary contest from a credible Republican.

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