I happened to watch 10 minutes of the Wellstone memorial live, and was appalled. I saw a mob cheering a speaker screaming (approximately, I'm doing this from memory): "We're going to win! We're going to win!... we're going to take back the house, we're going to take back the senate... in 2004 we're going to take back the white house!" The crowd went wild.
It didn't take any right wing cabal in the press to spin this and distort it to create some powerful election-winning myth. The "memorial" was purely and simply a naked, partisan political rally masquerading as a memorial.
I wonder how Franken explains independent governor Ventura walking out in disgust.
Exactly. I watched the whole thing live on Cspan and didn't need Rush Limbaugh to tell me how disgusting it was.