Remembering Bob Proxmire

Apologies in advance to those who think this is nitpicking, but here's a line from today's Journal Sentinel about the late Sen. Bill Proxmire:

"He paved the way for future Democrats like Gaylord Nelson and Jim Reynolds and Pat Lucey and Les Aspin," Ellen Proxmire said.

It's doubtful that Prox's widow said that, since she knew all of the politicos personally, including John Reynolds, who had a distinguished career as attorney general, governor, and federal judge.

But if she did have a slip of the tongue, how on earth did Katherine Skiba write it and the JS army of editors let it get into print?  Doesn't anyone there have any sense of Wisconsin political history?

While we're quibbling: Although Prox was elected before Nelson, Reynolds and Lucey, the fact is that the work those three and others did for the Democratic Organizing Committee in the late 1940s and early 1950s laid the groundwork for Prox's election in 1957, not the other way around.


July 24, 2007 - 11:07am