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Rick Kahn says he regrets (Wellstone) memorial service (campaign rally) speech, fears its impact
Minneapolis Red Star ^ | November 7, 2002 | Chuck Haga

Posted on 11/07/2002 7:44:25 AM PST by GreatOne

Edited on 04/13/2004 3:37:55 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

In the final hours of what victor Norm Coleman would call "this most incredible campaign," Rick Kahn is reported to have waited nervously with his family for results in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race.

If Walter Mondale were to defeat Coleman, Kahn told a Newsweek reporter Tuesday night, he might attend the celebration with Mondale's supporters at the St. Paul Radisson Hotel.


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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: coleman; election; kahn; minnesota; rally; wellstone
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Should try to find this loser's address and send him a thank you note (there are several "Rick Kahn's" in Minnesota, so I don't know which address is the right one). Couldn't find his law office address.

Anyone?

1 posted on 11/07/2002 7:44:25 AM PST by GreatOne
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To: GreatOne
"We've all made mistakes," he said. "Can't we find it now in our hearts to forgive?"

Only regrets you have you scum is that you lost If you cared about anything but the arrogant pursuit of power you wouldn't have had that farce of a ceremony
2 posted on 11/07/2002 7:48:15 AM PST by uncbob
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To: GreatOne
I'm game, get his address, and I will surely thank the man.
3 posted on 11/07/2002 7:50:58 AM PST by BuddhaBoy
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To: GreatOne
... It wasn't about politics. It wasn't about partisan politics. It was a public expression of my private grief ...
Private grief my ...
4 posted on 11/07/2002 7:51:32 AM PST by Asclepius
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To: uncbob
That's the amoral liberal way. Do any disgusting thing you want, then say you're sorry - that makes it OK.

And obviously, people are increasingly tired of this moral bankruptcy.

5 posted on 11/07/2002 7:52:57 AM PST by gramho12
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To: uncbob
Those photos of Mundale and Clinton yukking it up at the "fun-eral" were worth more than money to the pubs. Kahn is contrite now but had Mundale won he would be outfront with his blathering mouth. As it is, being a shell of a man, he is unable to repent.
6 posted on 11/07/2002 7:52:59 AM PST by cynicom
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To: GreatOne
I'm still trying to find out the identity of the ugly girl that kept screaming "We Will Win".
7 posted on 11/07/2002 7:56:12 AM PST by Ben Hecks
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To: GreatOne
"We've all made mistakes," he (Mondull) said. "Can't we find it now in our hearts to forgive (Kahn)?"

I forgive him so much I want him to make another speech on election-eve 2004.

8 posted on 11/07/2002 7:56:47 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum
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To: GreatOne
Perhaps the Dems can get Wellstone stuffed ala Lenin (their hero). Then they can bring him out, parade him around every election. After a few years, you plop him next to Hitlery and she might start looking better...well on second thought.
9 posted on 11/07/2002 7:57:22 AM PST by xfmrman
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To: GreatOne
According to Martindale's lawyer search:

Richard S. Kahn
V.P.
Shelton Corp.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
(Hennepin Co.)

Born 1952; Admitted 1977; Carleton College, B.A.; William Mitchell College of Law, J.D.

10 posted on 11/07/2002 7:58:00 AM PST by yianni
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To: GreatOne
He added, "Even though people continued to cheer, there was a lot of shifting in seats and realizing that this was something different."

LOL... yeah, right. It's all Rick's fault. They all cheered, clapped, and stomped, but they weren't responsible for it. Other speakers were just as partisan, but they weren't responsible either. Blame Rick.

That rally grew more and more partisan and less and less "memorial" as the night went on. It was planned that way, and the Democrats LOVED it at the time. They loved the fact that they hijacked every non-cable television broadcast in the state, and couldn't resist the urge to use it as a campaign commercial. They loved booing the token Republicans in attendance.

They loved it all, until they realized it had backfired.

11 posted on 11/07/2002 7:58:02 AM PST by Snuffington
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To: GreatOne
...several "Rick Kahn's"...

How many in Minnetonka?

12 posted on 11/07/2002 7:58:43 AM PST by DuncanWaring
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To: GreatOne
"All I was talking about at the rally was that Paul was a brother to me," Kahn says in the report.

What a slip! He admits that it wasn't 'just a memorial'. It was a rally, pure and simple, and the final bit of evidence came out of his own mouth.

13 posted on 11/07/2002 7:58:48 AM PST by WileyC
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To: GreatOne
The rats are throwing Kahn and the Wellstone kids to the wolves to protect themselves.

I defy any of them to show any substantive difference in tone, tenor, content, or intent between Kahn's speech and that of keynote speaker Tom Harkin.

There was none.

14 posted on 11/07/2002 7:59:25 AM PST by William McKinley
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To: GreatOne
We oughta send hium flowers. Like Hugh Hewitt did to Pat Leahy.
15 posted on 11/07/2002 7:59:44 AM PST by Johnny Gage
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To: GreatOne
The dimcRATS just couldn't resist pulling the corpse from the wreckage and flopping it on the stage, using the coffin as a platform and proclaiming that a "vote for the Democratics is a vote for Wellstone"

Its too bad that the last curtain call for Wellstone was a partisan political act - he should have been remembered as the humanitarian that he was.....but its too late for that.

Its also too bad that DemocraticUnderground no longer lets anyone read the forums....they now have to pay to access the Website. Its now a "subscriber only" service. Too funny!

Ashland, Missouri

16 posted on 11/07/2002 8:00:48 AM PST by rface
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To: GreatOne
WE WILL WIN!
WE WILL WIN!
WE WILL WIN!
WE WILL WIN!


BWAHAHAHAHA.....screw sending them a note - get a copy of the 'memorial' footage on RealPlayer and send that to them followed by a clip of loud, gloating laughter.
17 posted on 11/07/2002 8:02:03 AM PST by RabidBartender
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To: yianni
The Richard S. Kahn noted in #10 is the only "Kahn" actively practicing law in MN.
18 posted on 11/07/2002 8:04:34 AM PST by yianni
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To: GreatOne
It wasn't about politics. It wasn't about partisan politics.

Uh, Rick? It was so much about partisan politics that it energized the opposition and cost you the election. But at least it relieves us of that idiotic "that's what Wellstone would have wanted" crapola - that gent may have wanted a lot of things, but getting his boy's butt kicked wasn't one of them.

19 posted on 11/07/2002 8:05:16 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: BuddhaBoy
Kahn, Richard S and B 2895 Ella Lane
Minnetonka, MN 55305

of course his phone number is in the book too, but I will refrain from publishing it here.

That Democratic Rally was the most disgusting event I have seen in a while.

Ashland, Missouri

20 posted on 11/07/2002 8:05:45 AM PST by rface
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To: GreatOne
The next Supreme Court will be known as the "Kahn Court".

Yet another Democrat tripping over his emotion.

21 posted on 11/07/2002 8:07:15 AM PST by Senator Goldwater
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To: Ben Hecks
That "ugly girl" was a man, Paul Wellstone's son.
22 posted on 11/07/2002 8:07:27 AM PST by Wordsmith
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To: Snuffington
It's all Rick's fault.

You've hit the nail on the head. That's what this article is all about -- running for cover and placing blame. Don't these people make you sick?

23 posted on 11/07/2002 8:08:00 AM PST by 1L
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To: GreatOne
There is no question the tone of the
Paul Wellstone/democ"rat" Pep Rally was a contributing factor in Mondale's defeat ... up to that point a victory for Mondale was assurred. It didn't help when MN Governor Jesse Ventura got up and left the Memorial/Pep Rally ... then voiced his outrage on local and national TV. Then to top it off, after saying he would appoint a democrat, in deference to Wellstone to fill out his Senate term, adruptly reversed himself and appointed an independent. The Paul Wellstone/democ"rat" Pep Rally was certainly a defining moment in Mondale's defeat.
24 posted on 11/07/2002 8:08:42 AM PST by BluH2o
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To: GreatOne
Thank you, Mr. Kahn, for your childish, nasty speech and your boorish behavior. You elected the 51st Republican to the Senate, meaning we don't have to worry about Chafee as a potential party switcher at 50/50 taking the Senate (and a slew of conservative judges) away from us. You also may have damaged your fellow Democrats such as Jean Carnahan in other states, who only lost by 23,000 votes who may have lost because this wretched spectacle you orchestrated fired up the Republican vote nationwide (whoever heard of attendees at a MEMORIAL service being booed?)
25 posted on 11/07/2002 8:08:59 AM PST by laconic
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To: GreatOne
"All I was talking about at the rally was that Paul was a brother to me," Kahn says in the report. "It wasn't about politics. It wasn't about partisan politics. It was a public expression of my private grief.

What a hypocrite! How can he claim it wasn't political when he has just called it a "rally"?

26 posted on 11/07/2002 8:10:51 AM PST by knuthom
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To: GreatOne
Couldn't have won without you!
27 posted on 11/07/2002 8:11:53 AM PST by Andy from Beaverton
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To: yianni
Dear Mr. Kahn,

I offer you my sympathy, I can't imagine how difficult this time must be for you - Paul Wellstone sacrificing his life for this campaign race - and you, his close friend, virtually winning it for the Republican Party. If it's any consolation, Paul is now more eligible for the nickname 'The Body' than Jesse Ventura is. I like to think maybe he's up there in heaven right now, campaigning for that.

Love,
fm1
28 posted on 11/07/2002 8:15:03 AM PST by fm1
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To: GreatOne
Concession stands at a funeral. Doesn't that just say it all? The Democrats had 20,000 union members bussed into the "funerally", they had Bob Shrum write the "eulogies" and they had concession stands serving hot dogs for the "grief stricken" mourners. Come freaking OFF IT, Kahn, you knew exactly what you were doing. You aren't some poor little grief stricken mourner who had a lapse in judgement, you aren't sorry you did it -- you are only sorry that it didn't work.
29 posted on 11/07/2002 8:16:49 AM PST by justanotherfreeper
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To: BuddhaBoy
Note to Rick Kahn:

For your own safety, stay the hell away from Fort Marcey Park.
30 posted on 11/07/2002 8:18:25 AM PST by Dallas
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To: justanotherfreeper
Concession stands at a funeral?? Oh, it must have been the guys in the paper hats who were passing out beer and throwing hot dogs that turned the memorial service into a hatefest carnival, not Rick Kahn.
31 posted on 11/07/2002 8:19:55 AM PST by laconic
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To: Snuffington
The only thing, the ONLY thing, these folks regret is that they did not win.

If they could have swung the election their way by clubbing baby seals onstage they would have done it. Things are judged as right or wrong by these people solely as to whether it gets them elected.

It is grotesque, and in this case also pitiful. Pitiful that grown men and women doing these things cannot see the real issue. Pitiful that this guy is probably on a suicide watch because he lost an election for the demonRATs. Someone needs to tell him that he may have done them a huge favor. Especially if this leads to the demonRATs cleaning house and expelling Billary and all his/her minions from leadership.

32 posted on 11/07/2002 8:20:53 AM PST by Tennessean4Bush
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To: GreatOne
Mr. Kahn, we understand your grief, we also understand your politics. :) We feel your pain.
33 posted on 11/07/2002 8:24:08 AM PST by Letitring
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To: gramho12
That's the amoral liberal way. Do any disgusting thing you want, then say you're sorry - that makes it OK. And obviously, people are increasingly tired of this moral bankruptcy.

It's not just moral bankruptcy, it's barely-disguised aggression. They provoke people to outrage and then snarl "Where's your forgiveness?!" as if somehow the offended parties were wronging them by witholding their approval. So the offended parties get slapped twice.

Yeah, I'm damned sick of it. Thought it was only me for a while.

34 posted on 11/07/2002 8:24:22 AM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: uncbob
truth bump!!!
35 posted on 11/07/2002 8:24:39 AM PST by homeschool mama
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To: uncbob
"We've all made mistakes," he said. "Can't we find it now in our hearts to forgive?"

OK, you're forgiven. Now go back to flippin' burgers.

36 posted on 11/07/2002 8:24:41 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: GreatOne
Aw, come on Rick, don't take it so hard. It's just those nasty Republicans who didn't understand your enthusiasm. It was a great speech and I'm thoroughly looking forward to the next time you give a funeral speech for a stupid dem who thinks the law of gravity doesn't pertain to them in 2004.
37 posted on 11/07/2002 8:24:52 AM PST by Shooter 2.5
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To: uncbob
Exactly. If Mondale had won, they'd be hailing him as the next Lee Atwater.
38 posted on 11/07/2002 8:26:22 AM PST by Howlin
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To: GreatOne
His office is in Minnetonka, per the zip file from the Minnesota courts, at http://www.courts.state.mn.us/mars/marstxt.zip, available from the Minnesota Attorney Registration System - Public Inquiry page.
39 posted on 11/07/2002 8:29:04 AM PST by Mike Fieschko
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To: GreatOne
saying that he regrets the speech "and, worse, fears he may have lost the race he set out to revive,"

He probably made a major contribution to GOP wins in Colorado, Missouri, New Hampshire, and Georgia as well.

40 posted on 11/07/2002 8:29:50 AM PST by NittanyLion
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To: GreatOne
What cracks me up about the Wellstone funerally debacle is McAuliffe's reaction. He claims he didn't plan it, had nothing to do with it it was all the family's fault - heck give him a few more days and he'll be saying he wasn't even there!
41 posted on 11/07/2002 8:31:56 AM PST by Clintons Are White Trash
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To: uncbob
Only regrets you have you scum is that you lost...

You are so right uncbob. Imagine the tune this character would be singing if Mondale would have won. It's all about the win. They continue to have no shame.

42 posted on 11/07/2002 8:32:34 AM PST by Boxsford
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To: RabidBartender
WE WILL WIN!
WE WILL WIN!
WE WILL WIN!
WE WILL WIN!

Another freeper posted the riposte:

YOU JUST LOST!
YOU JUST LOST!
YOU JUST LOST!
YOU JUST LOST!
43 posted on 11/07/2002 8:33:44 AM PST by Mike Fieschko
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To: Snuffington
I missed the full show, but you are right. The rally showed the Demon_rats for what they are. They are so foolish and out of it that they did not realize at the time how cruel the service seemed to the average person. A dignified memorial service with displays of patriotism would have stilled the doubts of many moderates. But who wanted to turn the state over to those zanies?

Besides that, Mondale only looked good when he was smiling. Otherwise he looked like a lab specimen preserved in a glass jar.

I agree with those who thought that Clinton grinning (not strong enough term) with Mondale was disgusting. I kept thinking, "Clinton did Mondull's daughter and they are both leering, or smiling, or yukking it up?" I imagine even some of the most liberal parents care, even in this hedonistic society. It made Mondull look like his was deliberately pimping his own daughter.

Bless their little pea-picking hearts, they haven't figured out yet how foolish they are.
44 posted on 11/07/2002 8:35:01 AM PST by Chemnitz
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To: GreatOne
This is a prime example of the harvest from the indoctrination that has gone on in our school systems over the last three decades, where feelings of the heart surpassed logical thinging by the brain.

If it makes you feel good, then it's OK, a la Hillie & Billie Clintoon!
45 posted on 11/07/2002 8:35:11 AM PST by leprechaun9
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To: GreatOne
I told everyone when that memorial happened, they sealed the Dems fate in Minnesota. Some here were advocating major attack campaign against Mondale etc... I said, no need, they just slaughtered themselves. Just act civil and stick to issues and Coleman will win. Then to add insult to injury Mondale came out in debate railing like a radical liberal jackbooted thug, making matters even worse. Nothing better than watching a party self destruct...
46 posted on 11/07/2002 8:39:14 AM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: GreatOne
"All I was talking about at the rally was that Paul was a brother to me," Kahn says in the report. "It wasn't about politics. It wasn't about partisan politics. It was a public expression of my private grief.

The democrats knew exactly the kind of "funeral" they were planning. This was exactly the reason Vice President Cheney was told not to come. And also why Ari let the press know in advance that V.P. Cheney had received the anti-invite.

The democrats played from the Klinton playbook and found that (thank goodness) only few can play this kind of petulant, punkish politics and get away with it. Now they are trying to figure out the rules of the game again.

47 posted on 11/07/2002 8:40:12 AM PST by Ghengis
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To: Snuffington
I think the rally publicly showed what I had started to believe long ago about the character of the Democratic Party and its leadership. For me the appologies do not go to address the core issue, "Is this who the Democrats really are?" I'm afraid the answer is YES and nobody has done anything to demonstrate that it isn't.

It isn't Rick's fault. Rick was being himself and Paul's friend.

48 posted on 11/07/2002 8:40:24 AM PST by DrDavid
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To: GreatOne
Here is a msg from my heart, Mr. Kahn.

I am glad Mondale lost!!! Wrong for America.

49 posted on 11/07/2002 8:40:26 AM PST by sauropod
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To: Boxsford
Cheer up, Rick Kahn! You'll go down as a footnote person in US election history, an otherwise minor character whose actions or comments affected the course of history without intending to and certainly in a direction you didn't want to. You join the Reverend who gave the invocation "Rum, Romanism and Rebellion" at James G. Blaine's presidential campaign breakfast, thereby alienating Catholic voters and winning the election for Grover Cleveland; the barber who didn't show up before the first presidential debate in 1960 to shave Nixon, making him look swarthy and untrustworthy; and the presidential briefer who informed Jerry Ford before the 1976 debate with Carter that Poland was not a communist state, widely credited with stopping Ford's momentum and throwing the election to Carter. Thank you for the new conservative Supreme Court judges who will serve for forty years!!
50 posted on 11/07/2002 8:41:51 AM PST by laconic
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