0 thoughts on “Coleman Steps Aside: Franken is Senator

  1. Doesn’t the Gov. still have to certify it? I wonder how many Senate votes he gets to make F. sit out first.

  2. Nathan: Ugh. Technically you may be correct. However, there may also be a way for the Dems to seat Franken if Pawlenty does not certify.

    Also, I promise you this: If Pawlenty refused to certify now, he will be impeached. All we need to do is grow some balls on our legislature.

  3. For all this delay, Franken should just be allowed to stay in the Senate for two terms, skipping the next election entirely.

  4. I wonder, Greg, since only governor can call for a special session (which would be needed for impeachment) if Pawlenty could be impeached, or possibly recalled. He’ll sign it, though, because Coleman conceding gives him an out and will help him save face for his conservative backers.

  5. He’ll sign it.

    “The Minnesota Supreme Court has today addressed the issues surrounding the accuracy and integrity of our election system during the 2008 U.S. Senate race in Minnesota. In light of that decision and Senator Coleman’s announcement that he will not be pursuing an appeal, I will be signing the election certificate today as directed by the court and applicable law.

    “I would like to thank Senator Coleman for his service. As state solicitor general, Mayor of Saint Paul and United States Senator, he has been an extraordinary leader and public servant for Minnesota.

    “I also want to congratulate Al Franken and wish him well as he serves the people of Minnesota.”

  6. I will be interested to see what the reaction is when Al Franken walks onto the Senate floor for the first time.

    Democrats would be right to applaud him. The Republicans should applaud him as well, or at least, fall silent.

  7. Wasn’t it Coleman who said immediately after the election, (when he appeared to be ahead by a few votes) that the honorable thing for Franken to do would be to concede, and not put Minnesota through the required-by-law recount? Did it really take a half-year for honor to catch up with him? I hope Minnesotans remember which party deprived them of representation in the Senate for these six months.

  8. Given what Rush said about the supreme court’s Hartford decision (9-0), he’ll probably say that Coleman won the election contest and Franken mugged him and took the electioncertificate.

  9. Yeah, a 5-4 decision becomes a “nine-zip” win, and a 9-0 decision becomes scary hyperbole. I’d recommend Limbaugh take a remedial math course, but that isn’t his problem — it’s an inability to face reality.

  10. ugh. finally over.

    however, i think both coleman and franken should be held accountable for the fiasco. the 312 vote difference is well within the error rate for both hand count and machine count. the vote discrepancy is meaningless. franken and coleman were tied. lots of money was wasted on recounts and litigation when there should have just been a coin flip to decide.

    i am surprised that coleman conceded. he must have had some reason. i am scared to think of what it is. maybe a coleman/bachmann ticket for the next presidential race?


  11. Rob: I understand your frustrations, but when “oughtta be” and “what the law is” are different, especially when it comes to the election process, it is the law that has to be followed.

    I actually suported Coleman’s right to proceed as he did up to and not including his contest with the State Supreme Court. Yes, he had that right, but not a single legal expert speaking with a modicum of honesty thought it had a chance. This, and the way he did it shows that the SC appeal was a political gambit, and for that, he should be held (politically) accountable. Otherwise, neither candidate did anything wrong.

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