Saturday | October 26, 2002
Dems want Mondale to run
It's not the most exciting choice IMHO, but national Democratic Party leaders are pushing hard for Walter Mondale to pick up where Sen. Paul Wellstone left off.
Regardless who gets chosen, Republicans are now pessimistic they can take the seat.
Any Democratic replacement will have only a week to establish himself, which is why the party was seeking such a prominent figure as Mr. Mondale. Republicans and Democrats alike said that Mr. Coleman's task would now be more complicated as he tries to find a way to keep his campaign alive without running against Mr. Wellstone's legacy.And, as I wrote this morning, the tragedy may give Sen. Carnahan a boost in her tight Missouri race:
Some strategists said the crash might have an effect in the Missouri race, where Mrs. Carnahan is facing a stiff challenge from James Talent, reminding voters there of the way she came into office and bringing her more support.I still believe the tragedy may have coattails beyond Minnesota and Missouri -- as Wellstone is eulogized, his politics praised, and his legacy debated. Sen. Johnson in neighboring South Dakota may well receive a boost (even a slight one could propel him to victory), while Dems in Wisconsin and Illinois could also benefit from the good vibes. Posted October 26, 2002 04:16 PM | Comments (15)