Death On The Campaign Trail

A plane crashes, a Democratic Senator dies and suddenly both parties must readjust their strategies for winning control of the Senate

In 1990, a few weeks after Paul Wellstone--a wiry 5-ft. 5-in. ex--college professor, liberal ideologue, professional agitator and extreme long shot--unseated an incumbent Senator in an election no one thought he could win, he sat down for breakfast with one of the few Establishment politicians he genuinely admired. Fellow Minnesotan and former Vice President Walter Mondale congratulated Wellstone on the upset but warned that the aggressiveness Wellstone had shown on the campaign trail (he starred in a series of Roger & Me--inspired ads in which he stalked his opponent) might not go over well on Capitol Hill. "Remember," said Mondale, "you...

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