November 17, 2002


SIX DEGREES OF RONALD REAGAN: It's been two weeks since Norm Coleman was elected Minnesota's new senator, and it took until now for me to arrive at a sudden realization. You see, seven years ago (April of 1995) I ran successfully for regional Vice President of the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY), the youth arm of the Reform Movement. It was the last time I ran for anything, and the girl I defeated in the election happened to be the daughter of Sandra Pappas, a Democratic state senator from Minnesota who ran unsuccessfully for mayor of St. Paul in 1997, losing to Norm Coleman. Coleman of course just won the Senate race over Walter Mondale, who as we all know lost the presidential election in 1984 to Ronald Reagan. Now I've never actually felt that much kinship with Reagan, but this means that I ran against someone whose mother ran against someone who ran against someone who ran against the Gipper.

Posted by Stephen Silver at November 17, 2002 11:43 PM
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