Tuesday, June 30, 2009

You Can Call Me "Senator Franken"

Congratulations to Al Franken! After the Minnesota Supreme Court confirmed the Election Commission's decision that Franken did indeed win the Senate election last November, his opponent Norm Coleman has conceded and decided not to pursue the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

This should do it, unless Senate Republicans dig in their heels against their man's wishes, which would be both unlikely and unseemly, though it could delay Franken a bit longer.

I remember an old Franken & Davis bit on Saturday Night Live when they played two competing electoral candidates who raised their rhetoric progressively until they were calling each other murderers and rapists. Fortunately, it never came close to that, and we have to thank Coleman--who was never the bad guy, just a Republican--for that.

Franken should be a reliable vote for progressive legislation, and one that will be needed by the Obama Administration for some of the tough votes coming up in the Senate.

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