BREAKING: Franken Wins! UPDATED: Coleman Concedes!


The Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered that Democrat Al Franken be certified as the winner of the state's long-running Senate race.

The high court rejected a legal challenge from Republican Norm Coleman, whose options for regaining the Senate seat are dwindling.

Justices said Franken is entitled to the election certificate he needs to assume office. With Franken and the usual backing of two independents, Democrats will have a big enough majority to overcome Republican filibusters.

You can read the decision here.  I can't get near a television, so I'm not sure what the talking heads are saying.  At Fox News, I'm sure it's something about the liberal activist judges trying to steal an election.  I might just have to watch O'Reilly tonight to see him suffer.

Updated at 4:15pm by Psychodrew

CNN is reporting that Norm Coleman has conceded the race:

Former Sen. Norm Coleman gave up his challenge to the November election results Tuesday, clearing the way for satirist Al Franken to take the state’s remaining U.S. Senate seat.

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Re: BREAKING: Franken Wins!

Also, the decision says Franken is "entitled" to the certificate of election but doesn't explicitly order Pawlenty to issue it. So now is the time to see what Pawlenty is made of: he has just enough wiggle room that he can do what any reasonable, rational human being would do, or he can do what the far-right of his party demands that he do (which is never reasonable, nor rational).

Still, I'm betting Pawlenty's sense of ethics is stronger than his allegiance to the Rush Limbaugh wing of his party.

by fsm 2009-06-30 10:58AM | 0 recs
Re: BREAKING: Franken Wins!

If he has any chance to be the presidential nominee for the GOP, he will have to distinguish himself from Huckabee, Palin and Romney.  Therefore, he will have to be the "moderate' choice, and appear not to be beholden to Limbaugh.  It won't be his sense of ethics that prevails, but his sense of political expediency.

by Khun David 2009-06-30 11:11AM | 0 recs

...the "We don't have 60 votes" excuse is about to become no more.  Let's see what they come up with next.

by psychodrew 2009-06-30 11:31AM | 0 recs
They can't...

Unless they really want to lose us as their base. Democrats don't have any more excuses. The 60 votes are here, so go get it done!

by atdleft 2009-06-30 12:34PM | 0 recs
Re: They can't...

They're not worried about their base.  They're worried about the Conservadems.  Conservadems first, base last.

by psychodrew 2009-06-30 12:36PM | 0 recs
Re: They can't...

Not so fast, grasshopper.  The Dems have 60 votes but those 60 include Specter, both Nelsons, Landrieu, and Lieberman.  On some issues we'll have them all, on others we won't.   Add Snow & Collins to the mix and the truth is that on some key votes we need to score five out of seven.  Not a slam dunk by any means.

by InigoMontoya 2009-06-30 06:31PM | 0 recs
Pawlenty'll do it.

He's already said he'd do it; to do otherwise is to directly go back on his word, which he's far too smart (and self-serving) to do.

by Dracomicron 2009-06-30 11:33AM | 0 recs
He left himself some wiggle room.

He said he would do it if the Supreme Court "directed" him to sign it.

by psychodrew 2009-06-30 11:38AM | 0 recs
Re: He left himself some wiggle room.

Pawlenty wasn't involved in this suit.  They had no reason to order him to do anything.  However, he made clear that he would sign if the Minn. Supreme Court ruled for Franken, and they did.  If he refuses to sign now, he'll lose any semblance of support from the moderate center, and the Republican Party will look even more ridiculous than it does now.

Coleman will concede today and Pawlenty will sign.

by markjay 2009-06-30 11:44AM | 0 recs
I tend to agree with Markjay

It would be nigh suicidal for him to delay it now.  We Minnesotans have had so many false endings to this saga, resentment's going to rise dramatically if he stalls here.

by Dracomicron 2009-06-30 11:48AM | 0 recs
Hell yeah

About damn time, too.

I can finally take the Franken sign out of my window!

Now that Norm is done with his throwaway courtroom suits, he can start to worry about his Nieman Marcus suits as he's investigated on bribery charges.

by Dracomicron 2009-06-30 11:35AM | 0 recs
About damn time!

Let Senator Franken be seated! He's good enough, he's smart enough, and doggone it the voters really like him! ;-)

by atdleft 2009-06-30 12:33PM | 0 recs

Now let's go kick some ass.

by Reaper0Bot0 2009-06-30 02:29PM | 0 recs
what was Coleman waiting for?


by Lakrosse 2009-06-30 03:26PM | 0 recs

He was waiting for his RNC masters to run out of available money for legal fees.

by Dracomicron 2009-06-30 03:32PM | 0 recs
We did it.

Congrats to everyone who supported Al Franken.

Because of the astonishing 312-vote margin...this would not have been possible without every last effort by the volunteers, donors, bloggers, and everyone else that matter how small it may have seemed at the time.

He will be a great progressive senator for MN and the USA.

Somewhere, Paul Wellstone is smiling.

by Scan 2009-06-30 05:26PM | 0 recs
Go us

On my way home from work last night, I ran into a local supporter of Al Franken who I went canvassing with one night a week or so before the election.  She was waiting with her young son for her husband outside the restaurant I'd gone to.

We'd had the same response to the news yesterday: Go get some Chipotle' and celebrate.  We recognized each other and she told me that she'd served on the recount.  She explained that, even if she'd wanted to cheat, there was no possible way: it was set up with two election judges and two supporters of each of the two major candidates there at all times.

Which brings me to Hannity last night; I caught him talking to Jivin' Mike Steele and outright saying that the election was stolen.  He was conflating facts from the Iranian election (more votes than population, etc) with the Minnesota election.  Steele agreed with him that the Democrats stole it.  Hannity also said that Franken "Wasn't all there."  Look who's talkin, Sean.

Other than that, I saw very few references to Franken at all on Fox News last night, when it dominated other news shows.  O'Reilly had the night off... maybe he needed some time to cool off and lower his heart rate before tackling the reality of Senator Elect Al Franken.

by Dracomicron 2009-07-01 03:07AM | 0 recs
Go Dracomicron!

It came down to every single vote and your canvassing efforts no doubt contributed to that!

by psychodrew 2009-07-01 04:51AM | 0 recs


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