Senator Al Franken

by Ryan on July 1, 2009

in Election 2008,Election 2010,Politics

Yes, Al Franken has been (ahem) elected a United States Senator from the state of Minnesota — Jesse Ventura and Walter Mondale-Land now has a new embarrassment!

I feel bad for Norm Coleman.  He did the noble thing by conceding promptly after Minnesota’s Supreme Court handed the election to Franken after a long and arduous legal battle to settle this election.  As in typical recount form however, it ended with the Democrat winning, as was generally predicted – it seems to always happen that way with the exception of Florida 2000.

I’m not too worried. 

Think about this – many have pondered:  Why doesn’t America become a dictatorship?  The typical answer:  Because of the next election.  So, even with 58 Dems, a Socialist Independent, and Joe Lieberman, the Senate Democrat coalition is not quite a guaranteed filibuster-proof body.  Occasional illnesses from Teddy and Byrd, and the fact that so many Dem Senators are from Red States should keep many of them in line — they’ll have to stand on their records in the next election and unlike the House, Senators can’t hide behind others as easily. 

Stuart Smalley is in the Senate (shudder).  I suppose it was inevitable given the history of such elections, but we don’t have to like it.  However, it does give Coleman more time to work on his and the party’s future at the grassroots level before 2010, getting the message out and rallying the troops (once the party sorts those few things out in the meantime).

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Moogie P July 2, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Stuart Smalley. Heh.

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Mr. Blue July 4, 2009 at 9:27 am

Franken is a douche, he won’t last long. Especially not now with everyone so pissed about what the rest of the dems are up to.

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