Hotdish Politics: 'Happy Warrior' to be honored at Capitol

  • Article by: JIM RAGSDALE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 30, 2012 - 5:26 PM
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codger1016Jun. 30, 12 7:51 PM

My favorite Humphrey story... Don't know the year or the office. He and his opponent were to speak at a gathering. As most know, it was hard to get in the last word with Humphrey, and his opponent had prepared a scathing speech very critical of him. Humphrey allowed his opponent to give the second speech, and the guy figured he'd get a chance to deliver his speech and not get any response. Instead, Humphrey spend the whole of his speech singing the praises of his opponents and saying what a good guy he was. There was absolutely no way the opponent could deliver his planned speech without coming across as a total jerk.

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comment229Jun. 30, 12 8:36 PM

I do know there are a lot of politicians in Washington, D.C. today, that could learn a lot about being a statesman from Hubert Humphrey.

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alellefsonJul. 1, 12 6:46 AM

If we had leaders like Humphrey and one of his opponents Everitt Dirksen today this country would be in a much better position and a nice place to live.

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elmore1Jul. 1, 12 6:46 AM

There are a lot of politicians in Minnesota who could learn from HHH about leadership. He really made a difference as Mayor. I didn't always agree with him but he truly gave his all for his constituents.

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fdrebinJul. 1, 1210:05 PM

yes good ol' Hubert and his contribution to the Great society. Babies born out of wedlock. generational poverty, violence and lack of education. Yes, let's honor this clown.

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gunflint55Jul. 3, 12 1:56 AM

My anti-Hubert post was censored. I realize this is supposed to be a feel-good story but I shall try once again. At the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, the police beat the anti-war demonstrators severely. Presidential candidate Senator Eugene McCarthy was shown on the TV visiting the injured children in the hospital. Presidential candidate Hubert Humphrey was shown smiling and laughing at the podium in the safety of the auditorium. That is the image I shall always remember of HHH. When it was time to stand up and be counted, Hubert hid.

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gunflint55Jul. 3, 12 5:36 PM

I was an apprentice Teamster in 1975, and the older Teamsters HATED Humphrey, hated him like poison for things he did while mayor back in the 40s. They wouldn't even tell me what the details were as they were too angry, 30 years later, to even speak upon the subject. What was the deal with that? I wonder if this topic will be brought up at the ceremony honoring HHH at the Capitol? I doubt it will be, but I still wonder what would make my liberal union buddies loathe HHH as much as they did.

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