Minnesota Senate Race: It’s All Over

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Al Franken’s favor — and Norm Coleman has conceded:

Republican Norm Coleman ended his bruising eight-month court fight over Minnesota’s U.S. Senate seat this afternoon, conceding to Democrat Al Franken after the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in Franken’s favor.

The justices ruled today that Franken won the U.S. Senate election and said he is entitled to an election certificate that would lead to him being seated in the Senate.

“Affirmed,” wrote the Supreme Court, unanimously rejecting Coleman’s claims that inconsistent practices by local elections officials and wrong decisions by a lower court had denied him victory.

Two hours after the decision was released, Coleman said he would “abide by the results.”

Eric Kleefeld was first out of the gate on the court ruling.

You can read the opinion here.

Norm Coleman’s concession statement is here.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will sign the election certificate, and Minnesota’s Secretary of State Mark Ritchie will co-sign it.

So the Democrats have their filibuster-proof 60th Senate seat — and it only cost seven and a half months and $11 million.

Will Democrats seize the day?

But just as the Republican dominance in the early-Oughts was illusory, and the 61 Democrats who controlled the Senate in 1978 were about to be run over by the Reagan Revolution, it’s a pretty safe bet that Democrats won’t hold these margins for long. As such, there are two ways to think about a 60-vote majority. One way is in terms of how long you can keep it. The other is in terms of how much you can achieve with it. The latter strategy means forcing risky votes from vulnerable senators in order to secure enduring accomplishments on things like health-care reform and cap-and-trade. It means accepting, as Kristol said, that the worm will turn, and the question is what the world looks like when it does.

Charles J. Brown has some ideas for the future.

Tons more commentary at Memeorandum.

4 Responses to “Minnesota Senate Race: It’s All Over”

  1. Jack Jodell says:

    Kathy, I can’t tell you how overjoyed we are here in Minnesota to have “Bush Boy” Coleman finally retired. What a suck-up that sop was! Now it’s time to roll up our sleeves and pass a Public Option health care plan, and to kick Lincoln’s, Nelson’s, and Baucus’s butts to keep them on the straight and narrow for universal coverage!

  2. JohnHolmes says:

    Al Franken is one of the most vile and divisive personalities out there. I used to listen to his radio show on Air America and was disgusted by the vitriol spewed forth by Stuart Smalley.

    That said, he’s won the seat in a tight election wrought with apparent fraud and deceit … like all the ballots stuffed in the DNC staffers car …. Geez … Holding this majority now does not give Democrats the right to smother even more of our Liberty and Freedom through oppressive legislation like “Crap-n-Trade” nor this regressive Health Care Bill. Neither of which anyone has read. Taxing people into oblivion and forcing us into a failed Government Health system like Medicare/Medical/the VA etc. is a recipe for continued depression and even more job losses.

    I can hear the sound of nails as even more American Businesses board up their shops … looking for greener pastures elsewhere …

    I hope more and more people begin to realize the nonsense of this Socialist Democrat Party. The Polls show people like Obama as a man, but disagree with his policies. Hopefully this hypnosis wears off come November 2010 and all these regressive policies can be reversed.

  3. Kathy says:

    Al Franken is one of the most vile and divisive personalities out there.

    Really? Worse than Rush Limbaugh?

  4. JohnHolmes says:

    Really? Worse than Rush Limbaugh?

    Yes, worse than Rush. At least Limbaugh provides some introspection into politics along with pertinent facts in between his rants … thus Limbaugh succeeds in Talk Radio whereas Franken failed. Both are indeed partisan.

    Kathy, have you ever listened to Limbaugh’s show? Or have you learned about him through Olbermann and Media Matters?

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