Two months ago, when U.S. Rep. Martin Sabo abruptly declared that he would not stand for reelection in November, there was ample reason to believe last Saturday's 5th District DFL convention would offer up some of the most entertaining political theater of the new millennium. Each of the dozen or so fairly prominent pols who threw down had a mere seven weeks to convince 222 DFL delegates why he or she should be the endorsed candidate to succeed Sabo. The DFL's hegemony in the district provides any endorsee with the inside track to what is essentially a lifetime appointment to Congress. Given the high stakes, crowded field, and collapsed time frame, the headlong rush to secure or block the endorsement promised to turn the convention into a delicious scrum of backstabbing mayhem, rancor, and slapstick all around the hallways of St. Louis... More >>>