Paul Wellstone is not why I got involved in politics. It's why I stayed involved. After several years working in progressive politics, I was burned out and frustrated - ready to quit. I watched Wellstone's speech on the Iraq war. Then read Conscience of a Liberal. It gave me hope. The kind of inspiration that gets you through the worst days. And still does. I remember where I was when the news came out about the plane crash. And in my tiny office in Planned Parenthood in San Diego, I cried. Kind of thought I wouldn't stop. But I did stop crying. And then I got back to work.