Best of PL: What Wellstone and the Chicks have in common

One bad thing about being a liberal, you tend to get death threats. That’s how it seems, anyway. Yesterday’s Minneapolis Star Tribune headlined “Wellstone’s life threatened at least six times.” The paper reported, based on FBI files, that “Sen. Paul Wellstone received at least six death threats from anonymous callers during his 12 years in office.” Whether that’s above or below average for a Senator, I have no idea.
Now it’s the Dixie Chicks. Rolling Stone reports that they, too, claim to have received death threats following lead singer Natalie Maines’ announcement last month from a London stage that “we’re ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas.”
The Chicks are taking practical steps to restore their sliding popularity. They did an interview with Diane Sawyer for ABC’s Primetime Thursday, scheduled to air tonight. And they took off their clothes for the cover of next week’s Entertainment Weekly. Going back to what made them popular in the first place, I guess. Maines appears to have lost considerable weight for the photo shoot. Needless to say, we’ve got the story covered.
BIG TRUNK comments: This selection is by Rocket Man, dated April 24, 2003. I love the way it reflects his overlapping interests in politics, country music and aesthetics.


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