"He instinctively can find the shining greatness of our American culture and does a good job of highlighting it (although he also does have those rare lapses when he writes about hockey, but that is something caused by impurities in the Eastern waters or something)." Erik Keilholtz
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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
For all its stated devotion to tolerance, the secular faith in which progressive politics composes the sacraments has a fundamentalist cast that is anything but ecumenical in spirit. Imagine asking a Republican vice-president – the vice-president of the United States! – not to attend a memorial service for a late Democratic senator lest the Republican VP's presence upset the worshipers. Imagine singling out GOP dignitaries who have come to pay their respects, and urging them to join in granting the late senator's seat to a Democrat by acclamation. Altar calls, anyone?
The political wake has a long and proud tradition, but as a complement to a proper funeral. How sad that Sen. Wellstone, his wife and daughter, tragically lost, were sent to their rest with rites so partisan, and lacking in grace.