October 31, 2002
WHITE MEN ONLY--NO HEAVY LIFTING REQUIRED:Democratic tough guys (Robert Novak, October 31, 2002, townhall.com)
DFL chieftains immediately decided on Mondale, and quickly talked him into it. "I wonder whether there is such a dearth of new material that we have to recycle these old men," one veteran Democratic national operative told me. There was one other possibility: Alan Page, the 57-year-old former Notre Dame and Minnesota Vikings football star who has been an associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court since 1993. A law-and-order liberal, Page has led the state Democratic ticket in recent elections. According to Minnesota sources, he was eager to seek the Senate seat. But the DFL apparently did not want to risk running the African-American Page in an overwhelmingly Caucasian state, and Page was swiftly discouraged.
Page might have required a campaign, and that is not what the DFL wanted.
As the Psalmist said: They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul.... Posted by Orrin Judd at October 31, 2002 12:47 PM