For the Good of the Order: Nick Coleman and the High Tide of Liberal Politics in Minnesota, 1971-1981

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This book is part of our history one that has slipped from memory in the passage of time The story of Nick Coleman one of his generation s most inspired leaders while overdue is still worth telling and surely it carries important lessons for us now Walter F Mondale In January 1973 Nick Coleman became the first Democrat in 114 years to lead the majority in the Minnesota Senate He provided the vision and leadership required to enact the Minnesota equivalent of Lyndon Johnson s social and economic programs known as the Great Society This was the high tide of liberal politics in Minnesota the crest in voter support that also sent Hubert Humphrey Eugene McCarthy and Walter Mondale to national prominence For the Good of the Order chronicles Nick Coleman s role in the legislative cauldron that resulted in Minnesota being recognized throughout the country as the state that works Despite spirited political challenges these remarkable achievements resulted from genuine collaboration from both sides of the aisle Moreover the debate over these initiatives helped raise Minnesota s legislative branch to coequal status with the executive Sadly they also marked the beginning of the demise of civility respect and compromise among lawmakers Coleman was an Irish American and proud of his heritage His talent for leadership was surely enhanced by his Celtic wit and view of the world No caricature of the Irish pol however Coleman used his verbal gifts and charm to offer reasons why a hesitant colleague could safely follow him when votes were needed for controversial bills He led from the front especially when debate was most intense and unfl inchingly took the fi ercest fi re from adversaries When Nick Coleman left the political arena in 1981 a wave of conservatism was sweeping the country Since his departure much of the agenda Coleman fought so hard to accomplish has been diluted or reversed Nevertheless his legacy remains an inspiration to all who

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