October 26, 2002
Two Footnotes on Wellstone

I don't have anything much to say about Paul Wellstone that hasn't already been said better by others, but here are two brief comments:

  1. I think it was A. E. Housman who once wrote that "truth emerges more easily from error than from confusion". (He may have been quoting someone else when he wrote it.) That is one reason to like a man as forthright about his opinions as Wellstone was, even if one finds those opinions mostly deplorable.
  2. It is a little unfair -- but only a little -- to say (as some have) that Wellstone was the only senator who voted his conscience on Iraq. It is true that he was the only Democrat in a close race for reelection this year who voted NO, but it is certainly possible that one or two or three of those who were not up for reelection this year would have voted NO even if they had been. And I certainly hope that at least one or two senators from either party would have voted YES even if it had looked likely to endanger their chances of reelection. Asking which ones in each party would have voted their consciences if they had been forced to choose between conscience and career would make an interesting, though depressing, parlor game.
Posted by Dr. Weevil at October 26, 2002 10:55 PM