Please, Not Walter Mondale

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Tuesday, October 29, 2002

Please, Not Walter Mondale

The tragic plane crash that killed Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota does not give former Vice President Walter Mondale the right to take a cake walk into the job.

Mondale once said Ronald Reagan was too old to be president. Now, Mondale, at 74, is older than Reagan was when he said that.

Mondale also said in 1989 when democrats tried to get him to run for the senate: "One of the requirements of a healthy party is that it renews itself. You can’t keep running Walter Mondale for everything."

Apparently they can. During his previous senate incarnation more than 25 years ago, Mondale repeatedly said he thought taxes were too low. He is a classic tax and spend liberal.

When he ran for president in 1984, he barely carried his own state and the District of Columbia, losing everything else.

Sympathy for Wellstone is appropriate. But this is an election about issues and Minnesotans had better get past their feelings and focus on their, and America’s, future.

I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.