When travelling the highways and byways of Minnesota, you will often see cars with little green bumper stickers that say "Wellstone!" It's not at all uncommon to see cars with bumper stickers from elections past.
Paul Wellstone was a US Senator from 1991-2002 and a progressive icon. He was a small man with fierce determination and proudly wore the "Liberal" label. He died in October 2002, days before an election he would easily have won.
Yesterday, while driving down my local freeway, I saw a car with a Wellstone! bumper sticker. A 2009 Ford Focus. A car manufactured a good seven years after Paul Wellstone left the mortal coil.
Seven years and Minnesotans are still claiming Wellstone, one bumper sticker at a time.
Kind of says it all.