Heh, I leave that for you to decide.I know this Wikibox is about Mondale but the POD introduces some interesting questions about Skip Humphrey. First does he serve more than 2 terms? Under MN law you serve as many as you want. If so does he run in 2008 for the Dem nomination? Humphrey was a liberal who supported universal healthcare, environmental protections, enacting campaign finance reform, and was generally a traditional progressive like his father. If he’s a 2-3 term governor, who’s successful and popular he has a shot IMO at winning Iowa due to being from a neighboring Midwest state. Not to mention name recognition from his last name and Humphrey still being popular. Even if he fails he could siphon enough votes away from Obama if he runs that Clinton wins Iowa and Obama is prevented from winning the nomination (as everyone who wins the first three primaries has a pretty good chance at winning the nomination). If he does win I would expect him to do well with his stance of campaign finance reform being popular post 2008 Great Recession. Back to MN I have no clue who wins in 2010 as it was a Republican wave year but Dems do have a Democratic administration that would be reasonably popular IMO. Heck maybe even Jim Oberstar (Representative from the traditionally Democratic Iron range and Arrow Head region, and besides Rick Nolan probably one of the last Dems to represent it), could benefit with him winning re-election in 2010. That would either cement Republican dominance earlier as he dies or keep it in the hands of Dems longer with the added Democrat popularity until 2020. Or it could flip on schedule in 2018. Also Franken’s election would probably be less controversial as the margin wouldn’t be so ridiculously small at 312 votes OTL.
Ah! You mean the deputy president pro tempore. Admittedly it didn't even cross my mind, but you're right. Well, because former VPs are only entitled to the position and don't automatically get the rank, let's just say he turned it down on the basis that he was only serving out Wellstone's term.The only thing I can see wrong with the wikibox is Mondale due to being VP would be the 2nd Vice President Pro Tempore of the senate.
It's not like he had too much of a choice. Mondale had already been picked by the DFL to be the replacement candidate and went on to defeat Coleman, so Humphrey appointing someone else for two months would be both pretty pointless and would unnecessarily ruin his image within the party.Would Humphrey had picked Mondale if Wellstone still dies like in otl?