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It is U.S. Sen. Al Franken.

The Minnesota Supreme Court today decided that Franken, a Democrat, won the highest number of votes in last year’s U.S. Senate race and deserves a signed election certificate.

The court said that Republican Norm Coleman didn’t prove that a lower court made mistakes requiring a rehearing of the case. Coleman had asked the court to order thousands of rejected absentee ballots counted. He had hoped the counting would allow him to overcome Franken’s 312-vote lead.

The court’s decision brings to an end the seven-month state fight over the Minnesota Senate race. Franken has had a lead since January and a trial court decided in April that he won the highest number of legally cast votes.

But Coleman has fought that determination, first in front of a three-judge panel and then in front of the state Surpeme Court. He had left open the possibility that he would wage a federal court fight for the lead either by appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court or by encouraging supporters to file a suit in federal court.

Neither of those would necessarily keep Franken from being seated.


  1. sargasso says:

    #30. morepork – miniature owl, native to New Zealand.

  2. ApexMI says:

    60 votes now they can ram all of the chosen one’s bullshit up our asses…

  3. brm says:

    Bend over. No filibuster.

  4. cornholer says:

    He will not last. He will get caught in a “69” with Craig the republican from Idaho.

  5. Dallas says:

    AWESOME !!

    We need to bill Coleman and the GOP for wasting tax dollars and keeping government from doing real work.

    I recommend house arrest for Coleman and seizing GOP bank accounts until the tax payers are compensated.

  6. Improbus says:


    Like Ronald Reagan?

  7. Awake says:

    #32 – ApexMI

    It’s called Democracy. The majority of Americans have chosen a way of life for the country, and the minority doesn’t get to make the rules.

    If you don’t like it, you are always welcome to go live somewhere else. America, love it or leave it.

  8. clancys_daddy says:

    “It kind of rolls off your tongue doesn’t it.” S**t rolls off the tongue to. You know as in politician.

  9. Esteban says:

    About damn time.

  10. John Paradox says:


    The United States is a Republic
    Polls show that the Neocon view is in the minority

    The United States is a Democracy
    Polls show the Neocon view in a majority


  11. Awake says:

    #39 BryanP
    >> “Go back and re-take fifth grade civics.”

    Maybe you should take a reading comprehension class?

    I didn’t call the USA “A Democracy”, I said “It’s called Democracy”. They are very different statements, with very different meanings.

    Funny how some people want “Democracy”, unless the majority goes against them… then it’s whine, cry and bitch that they are not “having a voice”.

    What is really nasty about the losers this time around is that an attempt to include them has been made, and they have turned out to be real aholes, intentionally obstructing any and all proposals (regardless of the merits of the proposal) that the winning party proposes just out of pettiness and spite. The attitude of the losers has become one of “If we don’t have our way, let the country fail, we frankly couldn’t care less.” The attitude of “Party first, America second” is becoming so deep in the losers that having them be cut off from the process completely will soon become the only way to keep America great.

  12. --- says:

    @# 26 Pmitchell

    Quote “…at least he is one liberal who can logically argue his point with out resorting to the usual name calling…”

    This is the man who wrote a book called “Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot”.

  13. homehive says:

    In Ancient Times, the Roman Senate made a horse made a Senator during the rule of emperor Caligula (to more easly pass desired legislation). Therefore, I see no reason why Al Franken can’t be made a U.S. Senator for our “Dear Leader” Barack Obama. He is certainly the man we deserve.

  14. cmon says:

    #45 — said,

    Tee hee.

    But to the progressive crowd, that’s not name calling, it’s just telling the truth…

    Poor Minnesota, the joke continues. Interesting to note that Jesse and Al were born the same year.

  15. Dick Weed says:

    You guys are clueless. Obama is in the process of ruining this country and now he has Franken it will be even easier for him. What has happened in the last 6 months goes way past what party you are a member of and if continued will be a fundamental change in the USthat we all grew up in. All I can say is I hope you have your guns and God help us.

  16. Norm what an empty suit says:

    The country is no longer on the wrong track that your NeoCon puppetboy Bush had us on. Things are not perfect but better and improving. Cowards like Hannity, Rush, Beck, O’Reilly hide behind their microphones and fancy editing, at least Frankin was brave enough to face the voters and tie/beat an incumbent Senator. If you are an incumbent Senator and fail to win re-election you are a LOSER. It shouldn’t even be close.

    WTG Al now make us proud or at least don’t suck like Norm did.

  17. Olo Baggins of Bywater says:

    Alfred…How’s Fantasyland these days?

    The only way conservatives get to 80% is if they exterminate all the Hispanics, blacks and gays, then burn California, New England, and much of the Midwest to the ground. Even then, 80% is unlikely in 16 months.

  18. qb says:

    #51 You forgot carpet bombing the Pacific Northwest and the Rockie Mountain states.

  19. badtimes says:

    Good to see Franken get the seat. Imagine that- Harvard grad, cum laude, majored in political science.
    With the ongoing Michele Bachmann train wreck I was starting to wonder about Minnesota. Al Franken’s win reassures me that not all residents there are crazy or mentally handicapped.

  20. Olo Baggins of Bywater says:


    Seriously though, I listened to Franken quite a bit when he was on Air America, and read one of his books. He’s no idiot. Minnesota could have done FAR worse (Coleman), and they have, in fact, a legitimate dumbass nutjob, Michele Bachmann in the House. That woman is high entertainment, and crazy.

    Al plans to fly under the radar for a while, obviously. He’ll be fine until he has to confront of the lying liars he wrote about, which includes a few senators.

    But maybe now he can force Peter Paul to make an Almond Joy with dark chocolate and white coconut. Yum!

  21. vibaku says:

    Just another nail in Amerika’s coffin. How sad..the Democrats are in control and we’re losing the battle. Thanks to Ensign and Sanford the Republicans have egg on their face and we now have to look at the stupid comedian, Franken. Great going guys.

  22. MikeN says:

    Not too surprising. Coleman lost his last chance in the recount when he agreed to count ballots that he was arguing in court were invalid and shouldn’t be counted. Umm, Senator, if you think they are invalid and should be thrown out, then why did you agree to count them?

  23. Mr. Fusion says:

    The right wing nuts now have something else to complain about.

    Aahhh, poor dears.

  24. Improbus says:

    If the right wing nuts don’t have anything to complain about they will make something up … just tune into Fox News to see what I mean.

  25. Olo Baggins of Bywater says:

    Re #51/52….I finally realized this is why the wingnuts are buying up all the guns and ammo. Maybe I’m more correct then I imagined.


  26. Rick Cain says:

    This is the beginning of the NEW Al Franken decade!


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