Meanwhile, Back in Minnesota…

Finally. Al Franken pries his Senate seat from Norm Coleman’s cold dead fingers.

From the Miami Herald:

Franken’s eight-month quest to become Minnesota’s junior senator ended Tuesday when the Minnesota Supreme Court unanimously rejected Republican incumbent Norm Coleman’s challenge.

“Al Franken received the highest number of votes legally cast and is entitled under Minnesota statute … to receive the certificate of election as United States senator from the State of Minnesota,” the court ruled.

Coleman conceded soon afterward. First elected in 2002, he seemed at ease during a news conference outside his St. Paul home.

“Sure, I wanted to win. I thought we had a better case, but the court has spoken,” Coleman said. He called Tuesday “a time to look forward and not backward,” but wouldn’t discuss a possible 2010 governor’s race.

Franken, one-time star and writer on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” dismissed talk about his status as the 60th Democratic vote.

“That’s not how I see it,” he said. “The way I see it, I’m not going to Washington to be the 60th Democratic senator, I’m going to Washington to be the second senator from Minnesota, and that’s how I’m going to do this job.”

Coleman’s quest to have Franken’s recounts quashed was riddled with corruption and funding questions. Plus he estranged Minnesotans from the Republican Party amid louder and louder grumblings of “sore loser.” As plum posts in Senate committees were handed out, Minnesota figured far down on the list as Coleman kept stalling. The Republicans may not easily recover from the damage. On the other hand, the Dems and Obama didn’t exactly give Franken any overwhelming help or encouragement, as if they were embarrassed to have him, so you can bet your ass that he won’t be counted on for certain votes unless they really kowtow to him and his state’s interests.

I was never too enamored of Franken as a talk politics host. He seemed too M-O-R for me. I liked Air America firebreathers like Randi Rhodes and Ed Schultz. Let’s hope that he will turn talk into action in the same vein as his hero, the late Senator Paul Wellstone.

But hey, he is the 60th Democratic vote in the Senate. Bite on that, O’Reilly.

~ by blksista on June 30, 2009.

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