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Coleman Concedes to Franken in MN Senate Race

By Perry Bacon Jr.
Updated, 4:25 p.m. ET: Norm Coleman (R) today conceded defeat to former Saturday Night Live star Al Franken (D) in the U.S. Senate contest in Minnesota following the Minnesota Supreme Court's ruling that Franken won last November's election, completing one of the longest election processes in American history and giving the Democrats an even larger majority in the Senate.

"The Supreme Court has spoken. We have a United States senator," Coleman said in a press conference outside of his house in Saint Paul, as his daughter stood beside him. "It's time to move forward."

Coleman, who was elected to the seat in 2002, said he had called to congratulate Franken today following the court's decision and also told the state's Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) that he would concede. Pawlenty must sign an certificate certifying Coleman's victory, which he is expected to do soon.

Franken, in a press conference outside of his home in Minneapolis, said of his victory "it hasn't fully sunk in yet." He played down the importance of giving Democrats their 60th vote.

"I"m not going to Washington to be the 60th Democratic senator, I"m going to Washington to be the second senator from Minnesota and that's the way I'm going to do this job," he said. "I won by 312 votes so I really have to earn the truth of people who didn't vote for me and let them know that I"m going to be working for every Minnesotan," he said.

President Obama, in a statement released by the White House, said "I look forward to working with Senator-Elect Franken."

After a seven-month long election battle, Coleman said he still disagreed with the court's decision, but "I think the issues have been heard." Coleman had argued a recount of the vote there that put Franken ahead by 312 votes was improperly conducted and applied different standards to ballots in different counties in the state, but he decided against any further appeals.

"The election of Nov. 2008 is over," he told reporters. "I congratulated Al Franken on victory."

The longtime politician and former mayor of St. Paul said he wasn't sure what he would do in the future, but said "I'm really at peace."

Franken could be seated as soon as next week when the Senate returns from a holiday recess. His seating would give the Democrats a 60-seat majority in the Senate, potentially allowing them to stop Republicans from using the filibuster to slow down controversial bills, although Democrats Ted Kennedy (Mass.) and Robert Byrd (W.V.) have missed many votes this year because of health issues and might continue to do so.

The court's unsigned opinion did not include a dissent from any of the five justices who heard the case. The court's decision completes a legal process in Minnesota that started with a legally required recount after the Nov. 4 election, which ended with Coleman narrowly ahead by 206 votes out of almost three million cast. A statewide recount that lasted till January found after counting absentee ballots that had been improperly excluded, Franken was ahead by 225 votes.

Coleman filed a formal contest of the election in January, resulting in a two-month long trial where more absentee ballots were counted, and Franken emerged with a 312 vote lead. Coleman appealed the decision by the district court in April, and the state Supreme Court heard arguments in the case earlier this month.

By Paul Volpe  |  June 30, 2009; 2:20 PM ET
Categories:  Senate  
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Comments

Former comedian? I think his funniest stuff is yet to come.

Posted by: hz9604 | June 30, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Hurray!!!!!!

Posted by: butforthegraceofgod | June 30, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Franken wins, America loses. We now have a king. 1776 anyone?

Posted by: prairiedog | June 30, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

its about time.

Posted by: realadult | June 30, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

As great as 60 votes sounds to democrat supporters, I think this is something that Obama actually dreads. With 60 votes, there are no excuses for not getting things done- they'll have the votes they need to pass anything they want.

Except for, thank God, those pesky Blue Dogs...REpublicans should just sit back and watch the implosion.

Posted by: boosterprez | June 30, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Franken wins, America loses. We now have a king. 1776 anyone?

Posted by: prairiedog | June 30, 2009 3:41 PM

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Sorry, we already deposed the tyrant Dr. Strangelove and his figurehead president Little W on November 4, 2008. It doesn't get more revolutionary than the ballot box-- if you like coups please move to Honduras.

Posted by: alarico | June 30, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

A comedian in the US Senate? OMG, our legislature will be reduced to a laughing stock of...oh, wait a minute.

Never mind, you're right. He'll fit right in with all the other goofballs already there.

Posted by: hisroc | June 30, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

To: boosterprez

He'll get healthcare at least. Cap and Trade is far more contentious amongst Democrats than Health Care reform is.

If he gets both then people will have to concede that he had the requisite pull to get his agenda through congress, whether you agree policy wise or not.

Posted by: onebrightmonkey | June 30, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

FRANKENSTEIN.

Posted by: IIntgrty | June 30, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse


prairiedog whined: "Franken wins, America loses. We now have a king. 1776 anyone?"
________________

SEKRET MOOOOOZLIM! WHERE'Z YOUR REEEEAAAAAL BIRTH CUMTIFIKET?

Have fun at your goofy revolution, Dummy. America voted for change.

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | June 30, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

60 votes! Super majority! Congrats Al!

Posted by: Honest_Abe | June 30, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

It is fitting that the guy who gives the dems a veto proof majority in the Senate is Al Franken. God help us.

Posted by: alstl | June 30, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse


Good, now we can do the following:

1) Recend the Bush/Cheney presidency as a farse

2) Remove Roberts/Alito from the bench, due to option 1

3) Remove Boehner and McConnell from office under treason

4) Set a minimum requirement of a college education so someone like Bush or Palin can never cheat their way to victory again

Posted by: DannyP1 | June 30, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

A pro wrestler for governor, a football jock who took too many blows to the head on the state Supreme Court, a third rate clown for the U.S. Senate.
The lunatics have taken over the asylum in the great state of Minnesota.

Posted by: dcn1 | June 30, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

He's good enough, he's smart enough, and, doggone it, the Minnesota Supreme Court likes him!

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | June 30, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse


Awesome! I love the guy. He's very smart, a good progressive AND he drives Republicans CRAZY!

This is gonna be FUN. Go Landslide Al!

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | June 30, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Has everyone see the photo of Franken on the bed, wearing a daiper and bunny ears? It should become his official portrait. LOSER!

Posted by: pgr88 | June 30, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

You think the Democrats have more Senate seats now, just wait until the next elections.

The ONLY "idea" the GOP has is to want America to fail!

What are they thinking?

Hate, fear and anger will no longer work Repugs, time to move on and actually "govern" for a change.

Posted by: beenthere3 | June 30, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

"Vote for me, Al Franken."

By golly, the good people of Minnesota did just that!

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 30, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Norm Coleman needs to salvage what little dignity the GOP's got left and graciously concede defeat. Will it happen? I seriously doubt it. The Grand Old Party's become the joke -- where did they get the likes of Sarah Palin, Mark Sanford, George Bush, Dick Cheyney?

Posted by: BeverlyC2 | June 30, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Coleman to speak at 4pm. Hopefully a concession. This has gone on long enough.

Posted by: Honest_Abe | June 30, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I find it hilarious that republicans are upset Al Franken won the election.

With other republicans running around screwing someone other than their own wife, turning tricks in airport bathrooms and chasing underage Pages around the Congressional cloakrooms, one would think Al Franken is the LEAST of their concerns.

Go figure. I guess they need a distraction or something.

DAStubbs,
Minneapolis

Posted by: dastubbs | June 30, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

A failed comedian, a failed talk show host, a failed writer (his books never came close to other political writers) and now Minesota can look forward to a failure Senator. I wonder what other failures Franken will drum up.

Comment on DannyP1's entry, another liberal who needs to be retrained on how to use the johns after lunch. There should be a age requirement to comment, at least they should have reached 5 years of age or at least learned how to read history books.

Posted by: captain3292 | June 30, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

A very bad joke on the people of Minnesota!

ACORN fraud shows its clout while media runs the full court press coverup!

Posted by: Obama_TRAITOR_in_Chief | June 30, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

"A pro wrestler for governor, a football jock who took too many blows to the head on the state Supreme Court, a third rate clown for the U.S. Senate.
The lunatics have taken over the asylum in the great state of Minnesota."

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Yea for some reason i still can't understand why they keep voting Michele Bachmann back to congress.

Posted by: dcp26851 | June 30, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Coleman! And Minnesota Republicans! Enough already. (Or how about "dayenu"? Inasmuch as both candidates should get the translation....)

The court - YOUR state's highest court - has ruled. It's time to let Franken take his rightful place in the Senate. (And if the count had gone the other way, I'd be saying the same to your opponents.)

You and your fellow Minnesotans deserve your full representative complement of Senators. And the rest of the country deserves the benefit of Minnesota's able representation as well.

So you lost. Sorry. Someone had to lose. Far better that your opponent fills the Senate seat than NO ONE. And Franken's a decent guy, with a lot on the ball and his heart in the right place.

Time to move forward.

Posted by: nan_lynn | June 30, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

captain3292 and prairiedog: It's called democracy. You have an election, the guy with the most votes wins.
I guess you would feel more at home in Iran. (They blame the media for their problems, too, so you should feel right at home.)

Posted by: pecos45 | June 30, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Yep he will be one funny sob when he starts working, just what we need.

Posted by: affirmativeactionpresident | June 30, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Obama_Traitor_in_Chief: You want some cheese with your whine?

Posted by: pecos45 | June 30, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

prairiedog whined: "Franken wins, America loses. We now have a king. 1776 anyone?"

If you don't like America you can GIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIITTTT OUTTTT!!!

Sound familiar republitards?

Posted by: bogardp | June 30, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Now let's hope that the Governor signs this and get it over with. With regard to all those saying voter fraud, any memory of the 2000 election? Our side doesn't do that, your side does, what a different world this would be if the true winner of the 2000 election was allowed to be president, there would be no iraq war, we would be ahead of everyone else in green technology, I'm sure there would have been bumps along the way, but the last eight years our have trampeled our constitution and our country and if you disagreed you were unamerican, well I say to you now, I am an American and I am glad that Al Franken is allowed to take his proper place in the senate.

Posted by: jbaldwin1 | June 30, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

The fight is over. Coleman conceded.

DAStubbs,
Minneapolis

Posted by: dastubbs | June 30, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Minnesota has voted for some nuts, but Franken isn't one of them. I hope he proves to be another Humphrey, or at least another Wellstone or Mondale.

Posted by: nita3 | June 30, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

prairiedog - America has been winning since 2006 and the final victory was in 2008 extended through June 2009. You can't stand that the US now has Shaka Zulu as President. Emperor Bush and his fellow axis of evil Cheney and Rumsfeld with their Rethuglican lemmings have been soundly rejected. Get over it or move to Alaska where you can enjoy the Russian horizon.

Posted by: bgreston | June 30, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Suck it, Rush!

Posted by: NapoleonComplex | June 30, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

His vote will be very good for Obama.

But his sound bites can be fantastic for the rest of us.

All Coleman would have done is bring more misery to the middle class (and lower).

Posted by: KHMJr | June 30, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Oh goodie Just what we need...another Obama puppet..... Has he sealed his personal records also ? Any Muslims relatives? THe people there are ACORN nuts for picking this fool.

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | June 30, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm Good Enough, I'm Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me!

Posted by: coqui44 | June 30, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Mommy what's that I hear?

Son, that's Bill O'reilly crying his eyes out.

Posted by: August30 | June 30, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Hey prairiedog...guess you're not familiar with our form of government in the United States. We don't have a king, our President and Members of Congress are ELECTED. The Democrats are in the majority because the American people have chosen them to be.

Posted by: LindaL1 | June 30, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Minn was one of the states targeted by ACORN in their massive voter fraud efforts that helped the marxist drug addict steal the election, so it is not a surprise that these criminal efforts are having an effect on the Senate race.

In a perverted sense, one must admit that franken, if the ACORN fraud prevails, could become the best symbol of the d-crat party: a pathetic, non-funny clown. He'll also provide a new and even better justification for their jackass symbol.

Posted by: LoonyLeft | June 30, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

The Senate is a about to become much more interesting.

Posted by: skrut003 | June 30, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait to hear him do a filibuster.. Ha!

Posted by: ryan_heart | June 30, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

It can't be. It's not over till the fat Norm sings.

Posted by: Matthew_DC | June 30, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Sas
He's good enough, he's smart enough, and, doggone it, the Minnesota Supreme Court likes him!

SPLOOT!


A comedian in the US Senate?

California once sent a song-and-dance man.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 30, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE...HERE WE COME!!!!!

Posted by: August30 | June 30, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

The Democrat stood for reform.
His upset win set off a storm
of GOP folly;
Now Senator Smalley
Will deviate far from The Norm.

News Short n' Sweet by JFD8
http://twitter.com/JFD8

Posted by: jd121 | June 30, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

minus one for the gipper!

Posted by: ryan_heart | June 30, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Franken wins, America loses. We now have a king. 1776 anyone?

Posted by: prairiedog
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prairiedog..we voted both acting KINGs out..even though they tried to ammend the Constitution to run 8 more years..


Fei Hu

Posted by: Fei_Hu | June 30, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

but Democrats, shouldn't every vote be counted? Or does that only apply when it is a Democrat is challenging an election result. Since at issue is rejected absentee ballots, can we say that Franken "stole" the election in Minnesota, much like you claim Bush stole the election in 2000? Hypocrisy at it's finest.

Posted by: Csmith5 | June 30, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Events in Honduras have all the Goobers excited. They're fantasizing about overturning the Nov 2006 election at the point of a gun.

Sorry, you guys already tried rebellion, remember? You surrendered in 1865.

Posted by: kevrobb | June 30, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

It is fitting that the guy who gives the dems a veto proof majority in the Senate is Al Franken. God help us.

Posted by: alstl
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which god alstl??

Fei Hu

Posted by: Fei_Hu | June 30, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: pgr88
Has everyone see the photo of Franken on the bed, wearing a daiper and bunny ears? It should become his official portrait. LOSER!
........................

I wouldn't display a picture like that. Senator Vitter has already suffered enough abuse.

Posted by: not_fifty | June 30, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Okay, there is a bullet-proof majority. Now put Bush et al. to the fire and/or pass some legislation that punishes them for their treason.

Posted by: johng1 | June 30, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Ugh! Another fool to add to the Senate. Coleman keep fighting. You know you won just like they said that night then the mysterious 312 votes appeared. It seems quite fishy to me "Democrats will do anything to win." we stopped them in Florida with Gore. Keep up the good fight.

Posted by: Salmon3343 | June 30, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

President Obama anounced today "This election is proof that my stimulus package is creating jobs. We have just taken a mediocre comedian who failed dismally on talk radio and turned him into a US Senator. He has personally assured me that he will work tirelessly to pass legislation that he promised not to read to better represent our great country. With his outstanding background I am appointing him our new light bulb czar that will create an additional 50mm new green jobs by 2010"

Posted by: bz11 | June 30, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I thinks its great too!. He won fair and square and you Repugs need to get a grip. You LOST BIG TIME!! You just don't get it. YOU LOST!!! Hello, McFly- you in there? YOU LOST!! But the sad part is the American people lost 8 years with King George at the wheel. The 3 trillion dollar war could have been avoided and we wouldn't be in this mess. If we had put that money to good use for our own people we would be so much better off today.

Posted by: sschutz1 | June 30, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Seems fitting that the new face of the Liberal party would be a vile washed up has been comedian.

Posted by: FraudObama | June 30, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Franken will bring some good ideas and (I hope) fireworks to the senate. I'm glad for that. But Republicans probably don't have to worry about a veto-proof senate. After all, we're talking about Democrats, and look who's leading them. Senator Reid is no LBJ.

Posted by: theonebigone | June 30, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

It's time to bulldoze the Republicans. They don't cooperate. They do not comprehend the word "bi-partisan." They are as a rule self-righteous hypocrites who preach about family values for *you* but apply another standard for themselves. Use the 60!! Get things done, Democrats!

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | June 30, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

How long before an member of the RNC leadership, representing the party that always champions the rights of states and complains about federal government interference in state decisions, declares that the will of the people, legislature, and court system of Minnesota is irrelevant and encourages Coleman to pursue the matter at the federal level?

Wait for it...wait for it....

Posted by: labman57 | June 30, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

but Democrats, shouldn't every vote be counted? Or does that only apply when it is a Democrat is challenging an election result. Since at issue is rejected absentee ballots, can we say that Franken "stole" the election in Minnesota, much like you claim Bush stole the election in 2000? Hypocrisy at it's finest.

Posted by: Csmith5
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All the Votes were counted including the ones you threw away..guess you could not manipilate the system enough this time..No more Diebold machines to FIX-Count the software..

AND

THE WORLD WAS WATCHING @@

Fei Hu

Posted by: Fei_Hu | June 30, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

pecos45:

No, but I'm sure he'd like a nice cup of tea. And perhaps some friends to teabag with.

Posted by: washpost18 | June 30, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

This was not ACCORN's doing. The fraud was in the counting, or more precisely the not counting from GOP enclaves.

This was a joke of an election and the best clown won.

It is time to change how we count our ballots and how we register voters.

As a special message to all those ACCORN haters, think about this, Why aren't your pet groups out registering voters? What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

Here's the scenario to these poeople, If you registered to vote with 10 of your GOP friends, then you found out that the the group that registered you threw out your info because the group thought it was fake; would you be angry? Would you cry discrimination? Would you cry fraud? You betchya you would.

Posted by: skramsv | June 30, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

So, now the transition will be complete, to dictatorship, (But, actually, Soros is the boss).
We must remember, Hitler and Mussolini were loved by their people... until they lost the war...
Them we had to save theeir countries.

I wonder, who can save us?

Posted by: smizgala | June 30, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Progressives will no doubt see this as a victory, but keep in mind that Franken didn't win anything near a majority, as the third-party independent candidate effectively split the moderate voters away from Coleman.

Minnesota is one of a handful of truly purple states, and if Pawlenty endorses Franken's win, he'll have a fairly good chance at actually beating Franken in 2014, should he choose to run for Senate.

Posted by: RambleOn | June 30, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

don't let your hearts be heavy 2010 is around the corner and all of these economy wrecking democrats will be gone.It is amazing all these dumb comments about our former president and vice president come from the democratic party who if I remember had a 14% approval rating and is stripping away the countries wealth as well as our pay checks.With them in the majority they won't be able to play the blame game anymore and the people will right the ship again.Hope all you people who voted for change enjoy the higher cost of taxes, services and goods especially the poor who will be affected the most when the cap and trade bill wrecks our economy followed by the job killer bill of health care reform when big corporations move to china.

Posted by: tswank1 | June 30, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Another black eye for America's traitors.

Posted by: August30 | June 30, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Please stop with all the "Acorn - Voter Fraud" nonsense. Acorn contractors - (repeat - CONTRACTORS - look it up in the dictionary) did some stupid and perhaps illegal things. And when those contractors presented their work to actual, real life Acorn employees, guess what? In many cases, Acorn employees blew the whistle on their own contractors.

Also check out the difference between voter fraud and REGISTRATION fraud...two different things with two different and likely outcomes - here's a hint - Registration Fraud = signing a whole bunch of registration forms with the names of the Dallas Cowboys. I do hope that none of you are stupid enough to think that Tony Romo was going to show up to vote in Nevada because an Acorn CONTRACTOR decided to pad their pay?

I don't really care if you all don't like Al Franken; I'm ambivalent. But stop blowing your silly little Acorn brains into a tizzy over something that's not an issue.

Thanks, I've got to go stop my state from enacting a dumb ass Voter Fraud bill.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | June 30, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

don't let your hearts be heavy 2010 is around the corner and all of these economy wrecking democrats will be gone.It is amazing all these dumb comments about our former president and vice president come from the democratic party who if I remember had a 14% approval rating and is stripping away the countries wealth as well as our pay checks.With them in the majority they won't be able to play the blame game anymore and the people will right the ship again.Hope all you people who voted for change enjoy the higher cost of taxes, services and goods especially the poor who will be affected the most when the cap and trade bill wrecks our economy followed by the job killer bill of health care reform when big corporations move to china.

Posted by: tswank1 | June 30, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

A comedian in the US Senate? OMG, our legislature will be reduced to a laughing stock of...oh, wait a minute.

Never mind, you're right. He'll fit right in with all the other goofballs already there.

Posted by: hisroc | June 30, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

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Why not ? Didn't we just have a freakin' clown in the White House for 8 years ?

At least Franken has some brains and was actually TRYING to be a doofus.

Posted by: dennissuper | June 30, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

So, now the transition will be complete, to dictatorship, (But, actually, Soros is the boss).
We must remember, Hitler and Mussolini were loved by their people... until they lost the war...
Them we had to save theeir countries.

I wonder, who can save us?

Posted by: smizgala
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We must save ourselves.

Posted by: prairiedog | June 30, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

What is about Liberals that so easily give themselves up to State Control? They gladly allow Government to control their lives without a struggle. Is it a weakness, a lack of self respect or simply they need to have the Government mother them. It makes them feel secure. Liberals have become an increasing Government dependent bunch, giving up freedoms daily and they are completely unaware as to what is taking place. They are easy pickins' for Barry and he is smiling in approval.

Posted by: FraudObama | June 30, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure he'll be funnier as a politician than as a comedian.........good news is..........I don't live in MN........he looks eerily like Barney Frank with NEATER HAIR..........oh oh !!! This mor*on will just help bring the Democrat Joke to an end sooner............

Posted by: nobama2012 | June 30, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Danny P in Pants 1

How did Palin cheat to win? I thought she lost.

Franken received every break in Minnesota. Different rules for tabulating votes in multiple precincts. So be it. You have the votes. It is all yours. Go to it.

I will not buy your products. (GM, Chrysler, GE, etc.)

Good luck.

Posted by: jhpbriton | June 30, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

OK, so what's the big deal? The Democrats already have Collins and Snowe on their side. They really didn't need weird Al.

As for you parasites clamoring for your nanny state, it was coming anyway, so enjoy your victory while you can.

Regarding the shots at the character of Bush, Palin, Sanford, and Chaney, remember this; It was DEMOCRAT Kennedy who let HIS lover DIE in the cold waters of Chappaquiddick and it was DEMOCRAT Barney Frank who was caught with a gay prostitution ring (whatever the @#$%^@!#$^ that is) operating from his apartment, and it was DEMOCRAT Bill Clinton who was caught force feeding an intern in the White House, so be careful you don't step in the poop deposited by your own high horse.

There is nothing in the GOP files to match just those three.

Besides, you will need those same GOP rascals when Comrade Obama's reign has mercifully ended. As for me, I'm going to save my money so I can buy all the stuff you guys will have to sell when the time comes to pay these bills.

Posted by: stevenlemon | June 30, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

How much you want to bet that Pawlenty will just HAVE TO GRANDSTAND and NOT sign the certificate?
"To enhance his chances in 2012".....

Posted by: Tomcat3 | June 30, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Seems fitting that the new face of the Liberal party would be a vile washed up has been comedian.

Posted by: FraudObama | June 30, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

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No, no, no, no, no.

It was Al Franken that took the win, not Rush. Hope it causes that fat b@stard to have a heart attack.

Posted by: dennissuper | June 30, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

So, now the transition will be complete, to dictatorship, (But, actually, Soros is the boss).
We must remember, Hitler and Mussolini were loved by their people... until they lost the war...
Them we had to save theeir countries.

I wonder, who can save us?


Yes, Obama's Final Solution will be to rid this country of you right wing nut jobs that put us in this mess in the first place.

Posted by: bogardp | June 30, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse


Can't wait to hear him do a filibuster.. Ha!

Posted by: ryan_heart
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Well, he's created a super majority, so don't expect that anytime soon!

Posted by: abqcleve | June 30, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

GOPigs keep deluding yourselves that Obama will over reach in the economy and you'll win big in 2012. This ain't 1982, and the grand Ole' party of hate and racism will never win an election outside the deep south. Good bye, GOP. Don't let the door knob hit you on the way out.

Posted by: August30 | June 30, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Franken: A funny thing happened to me on the way to the Senate....

Posted by: henry6 | June 30, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Save yourselves!
Save yourselves!
Remember Jonestown!
Remember Waco!
Remember those kooks who took the poison thinking that the flying saucers were going to pick them up and take them away! (hint, hint!)
Save yourselves!
Save yourselves!

Posted by: Tomcat3 | June 30, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

This is just great. We get rid of the warmongering Coleman but get stuck with the loon Franken. Maybe someday we will get some political leaders who believe in the Constitution, but I doubt it.

Posted by: txpenguin | June 30, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Holy crap! Why the big beef with Franken? 'A loser.' 'A failure.' Seriously? You hate him because he's a democrat. Wow. That's petty, folks. I'll bet the same people trying to insult him are the same people who liked his characters and laughed along with him back on SNL in the day. Now, because you don't agree with his politics you have to hate him? Seriously?

I am so sick of the childish, vicious attacks just because someone supports the opposing party. Franken is a good man, with a good heart, stepping into public office to try to make the country a better place. Same as your Republican senators.

WTF have you done today?

Posted by: neko4 | June 30, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans knew they had a losing hand, but continued to fight it to the end, in order to delay seating a Democratic vote. This attempt to thwart the will of the people was despicable, and shows how low they will sink to advance their agenda. Thank God it's finally over, and thank God Democracy prevailed!

Posted by: scoogy | June 30, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Good, now we can do the following:

1) Recend the Bush/Cheney presidency as a farse

2) Remove Roberts/Alito from the bench, due to option 1

3) Remove Boehner and McConnell from office under treason

4) Set a minimum requirement of a college education so someone like Bush or Palin can never cheat their way to victory again

Posted by: DannyP1 | June 30, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse
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Some on the right accuse those on the left of being "elitists". Well, read that post. The left also has some not so bright bulbs.
1) Al Franken is going to do what?
2) Sometimes your side loses. When that happens, the other side appoints judges. Both were appointed after the 2004 election, which was generally considered to be on the up and up. If one of the two were Harriet Miers you might have a point.
3) Yes. Thats a great idea. An authoritarian state arresting people of differing political views. Very democratic.
4) And further limit elected office to the John Kerry's and George Bush's of the country. Point 4, of all the stupidity here, is the worst. George W Bush has an undergrad degree from Yale and an advanced degree from Harvard. If that isn't enough for him to be considered qualified in terms of education, few people are.
Which victory did Palin cheat her way to? I don't live in Alaska, and could not care less who is the governor of that state.
I think Palin is a very stupid woman, but she is clearly more intelligent than this guy.

Posted by: billy8 | June 30, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

GO 'HEAD AL FRANKEN!!! TAKE YO SEAT IN THE SENATE AND MAKE IT FILABUSTER-PROOF SO THE PRESIDENT CAN PASS LEGISLATION THAT GOOD FOR AMERICA!!! HIP HIP HORRAAAAAAAAYYYYYY!!!!

Posted by: demtse | June 30, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Suck that Limbaugh, McConnell, Boner, and the rest of you walking, talking t@rds!

Posted by: Heerman532 | June 30, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

"Yes, Obama's Final Solution will be to rid this country of you right wing nut jobs that put us in this mess in the first place.

Posted by: bogardp | June 30, 2009 4:41 PM"
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Anyone have any questions about how this will go down? Be prepared.

Posted by: prairiedog | June 30, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

What do they put in the drinking water in Minnesota?

Posted by: jameswcarter | June 30, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Awesome!

Now even more of the neocons who are only in DC to pocket money and power will leave dejectedly because the NEOCON political crime spree is now over.

...Watch for more retirements from impotent criminal NEOCONS in the weeks to come.

..And what were we doing about the public option in health care? NEOCONS were getting in the way of providing real competition to the insurance industry before Franken...

STEAM ROLL THE NEOCON AGENDA INTO THE DIRT OF HISTORY!

I WANT THE SAME HEALTH COVERAGE CONGRESS GETS AND NOTHING LESS!

Posted by: onestring | June 30, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Long live the GOC (Grand Old Club), lol...The RNC (Republican National Club) is out of power AT LAST! Now let's fix this mess they've made!

Posted by: Beingsensible | June 30, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Franken wins, America loses. We now have a king. 1776 anyone?

Posted by: prairiedog

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What did we have the last 8 years PrairieDog?

Did you forget about King George and Queen Dick?

THAT was when America lost.

Posted by: vigor | June 30, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse


What is about Liberals that so easily give themselves up to State Control? They gladly allow Government to control their lives without a struggle. Is it a weakness, a lack of self respect or simply they need to have the Government mother them. It makes them feel secure. Liberals have become an increasing Government dependent bunch, giving up freedoms daily and they are completely unaware as to what is taking place. They are easy pickins' for Barry and he is smiling in approval.

Posted by: FraudObama | June 30, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse
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Is this supposed to be a joke?
Who wants to legislate bedroom behavior? A president from which party initiated the illegal/unconstitutional warrantless wiretapping? Which party was responsible for the Terry Schiavo fiasco?

Posted by: billy8 | June 30, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

GO 'HEAD AL FRANKEN!!! TAKE YO SEAT IN THE SENATE AND MAKE IT FILABUSTER-PROOF SO THE PRESIDENT CAN PASS LEGISLATION THAT GOOD FOR AMERICA!!! HIP HIP HORRAAAAAAAAYYYYYY!!!!

Posted by: demtse | June 30, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

"Coleman awarded sore loser of the year award"

It is the least he should get after losing this long fight to stop the inevitable.

Posted by: bill30 | June 30, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

That thug finally conceded. If the 08 elections weren't a referendum on Rethugs than I don't know what is. BO routed Palin/McCain in the general. Rethugs lost record numbers of House seats. Democrats finally achieved the 60 vote majority. All they have are sexual deviant studs like Sanford.

Posted by: jabreal00 | June 30, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Republicans just keep losing ground. Elections, party switches, court decisions. What's next?

Posted by: Honest_Abe | June 30, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Quoting jhpbriton;

Franken received every break in Minnesota. Different rules for tabulating votes in multiple precincts.

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You're wrong.

Go read the MN Supreme Court decision at
http://www.courts.state.mn.us/?page=230

DAStubbs,
Minneapolis

Posted by: dastubbs | June 30, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Hallefreakenlujha! ! ! !

I can hardly wait to turn on Fox ' unfair and (mentally) unbalanced' news this evening to hear the wailing and nashing of teeth. I wonder if Tom will wear sack cloth and ashes?

Eat your heart out (if you have one) Rush.

Posted by: jrnberrycharternet | June 30, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps we should institute a "mental health" test to screen out people who don't have the right attitude before they can vote and screw up the country even worse than the ________________ (put party name here) Party did/has.

Posted by: Apostrophe | June 30, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Bend over, GOP.

Posted by: hairguy01 | June 30, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse


What is about Liberals that so easily give themselves up to State Control? ...

Posted by: FraudObama
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What is it about a tiny, inconsequential group of Glenn Beck listeners that causes so many true "can do" Americans to wonder why we've become a nation of whiney, fear-possessed cry babies? Ultimately, why can't these guys get an inkling that Rush and Glenn and Mike S. and all the rest are simply entertainers and not to be taken seriously for a single thing they say? I will give Glenn credit for this: at least he tells you in his opening spot that he's about nothing more than "the fusion of entertainment and enlightenment."

In other words, he's a clown guru.

Posted by: abqcleve | June 30, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Another jew in congress.He will appoint billions of taxpayer dollars to his beloved Israel.DISGUSTING !!!

Posted by: jellyhouse56 | June 30, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

ABOUT TIME!! I can't believe the sore loser, Coleman, had such audacity and so little self-esteem that he had to drag it out this long! Unbelievable! He knew he lost from the beginning!

Congratulations, Al Franken! You'll make a fine, trustworthy Senator!

Posted by: Maerzie | June 30, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Finally! Congratulations Franken!

Go suck an egg, Coleman.

Posted by: binkynh | June 30, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I hope the same strident, incoherent voices who took such glee in slandering Palin join together to mock this idiot.

There can never again be a leftist argument against experience with this drug addled moron a US senator.

This is simply not good for the left - or the right - certainly not good for America. This man is a certifiable dope.

This is not the usual political angst - this guy is a mess. He is actually dangerous with any amount of power, let alone a senator.

Well, Minneeeesota, you did it. You really did it. Jesse Ventura wasn't enough. You had to elect one of the most unbalanced retards ever to disgrace public office.

And considering Kucinich and Craig - that is saying a lot.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | June 30, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

A heartfelt "CONGRATULATIONS!"

Posted by: abelito | June 30, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

"Pawlenty must sign an certificate certifying Coleman's victory" -- what?

Posted by: ChrisCombs | June 30, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

This is good stuff! Congratulation Mr Franken and thanks for running to be instrumental in the cleaning process.

Posted by: rrcrosby | June 30, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

'Bout time...

I wish him well and much success.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | June 30, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Well this is certainly fantastic news for the Obama regime and
his Democrats in congress. They can now move full speed ahead
with their schemes and not have to worry overmuch about those
pesky republicans. Reid and Pelosi are in charge!

Unfortunately, the Obama will feel unbound and his fascist tendencies
will come to the fore.

This does not auger well for the deficit, the dollar, the American society,
responsible fiscal policies, and the rule of law. Taxes will skyrocket and
those not yet born will have to bear the burden of multi-trillion dollar deficits.

A sad day for the United States of America.

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | June 30, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

It's about time Coleman and the G.O.P. stopped thwarting the will of the people of Minnesota. Now, with 60 Democrats in the Senate, Republicans will not be able to filibuster any legislation as long as Democrats stick together. And, the nation can now move forward with the liberal/progressive programs that provide our only hope of saving her from the destruction wrought by George W. Bush and his Administration. There are many wrongs committed by the former Administration, and I could sit here all day listing them. But, the one I want emphasize is the fact that George W. Bush's Administration more than doubled the federal debt from 4 Trillion Dollars to 10.5 Trillion Dollars. Yet, the Republicans have the gall to complain about President Barack Obama's spending, which is nowhere near that amount and is being spent in an effort to save the country.

Posted by: Caliguy55 | June 30, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I see that the voters of the Frozen Bun State have graduated from electing wrestlers to third-rate comedians. Whay to go, dontcha know?

Posted by: CubsFan | June 30, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

So, now the transition will be complete, to dictatorship, (But, actually, Soros is the boss).
We must remember, Hitler and Mussolini were loved by their people... until they lost the war...
Them we had to save theeir countries.

I wonder, who can save us?

Posted by: smizgala
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We must save ourselves.

Posted by: prairiedog
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BUY more DUCT Tape..

Fei Hu

Posted by: Fei_Hu | June 30, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

No prejudice in YOUR family, jellyhouse56!! YOU are the small mind who is DISGUSTING!

Posted by: Maerzie | June 30, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Al immediately knew how to take apart Rush and Newt and that whole crowd...

I guess they're still mad -- they don't have much of sense of humor about themselves...

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | June 30, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Welcome aboard, he will make a fine senator.

Posted by: yarbrougharts | June 30, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Norm Coleman delivered my pizza today.

Posted by: August30 | June 30, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Franken wins, America loses. We now have a king. 1776 anyone?

Posted by: prairiedog
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If you think that we live under a monarchy or a tyranny then you have obviously have drunk too much Republican Kool-Aid. Were you as upset when the Republicans held a similar majority during most of Bush's presidency?

While our democracy is not perfect, it is a far cry from a dictatorship, monarchy or tyranny. For one thing if we had a Monarchy or Tyranny then it wouldn't matter who won the MN senate seat - laws would be dictated with maybe a purely symbolic rubber-stamping by an 'elected body' similar to Iran or Communist Russia. How odd that the Post has an article today about the difficulties President Obama has just within his own party. A Monarch or Tyrant wouldn't be having any difficulties because he would rule with an iron fist. Clearly you have no idea of political theory and you are mearly hyperventilating ridiculous statements that you know are not true. It's either that or a case of supreme ignorance.

Posted by: dre7861 | June 30, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Thank God the nightmare is over. At last you will think that the dems will finally push their agenda through a republican congress that stands for just NO. Not really, the dems are knowledged on how to shoot themselves on their foot. Remember 1993, they had a dem house and senate but could not figure out what to support and what to oppose. Two years later, they lost both houses. So don't bet on this one cos same self rightous dems like Liberman (I) and Specter among other Blue Dogs are still there. Sometimes, I admire the discipline of the republicans on getting behind their leadership. if you listened to Sen. Graham last Sunday on Meet the press, you will think he just joined the senate this month.

Posted by: rnacho1 | June 30, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather have a comedian in there than yet another lawyer or career politician. Despite how Franken chose to spend his earlier career, he is a sharp guy, and, thank God, a dependable Liberal vote.

Posted by: acboatman | June 30, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Whoo, hoo! It's a shame it took so long. As one critic put it, Coleman's day in court turned into months.

I am looking forward to Franken adding a little spine to the Democratic caucus.

Posted by: SarahBB | June 30, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Great news. Now, lessee. What are we gonna have him do?

I know! Let's put Franken in charge of the Cheney war crimes trial.

Posted by: trenda | June 30, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

He fits right in with the rest of the CLOWNS in this administration.

Hopefully in 2010 we take a lot of the Bozos out of office

Posted by: myword | June 30, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Between Obamas super majority of 60 votes and the RINO's in the Republican party we are in for one heck of a rough road ahead. If you think you have seen the worse get ready for King Obama for life. They have already been stiring in congress to eliminate the term limitation of the presidency. Next they will want to take away our vote, Oh wait they already have by using ACORN to rig elections and register all the decease democrats to vote for them also. But it is not only their fault, the Republican party failed to field a viable candidate in the last election. If it looks like a democrat, smells like a democrat and acts like a democrat then why not elect a democrat?
Obama ran for two years to get this election and still has yet to prove he is a legimate holder of the office. WHERE IS THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?

Posted by: jmsmaxwell | June 30, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Well now Obama will have an even easier time eacting his socialist agenda, raising taxes and turning the US into another France. I guess there is nothing that will stand in the way of Socialized medicine, more union bailouts and addtional "stimulus" plans. It's just very scary to think how much damage this leftist move will do to the American economy and the geometrically increasing budget deficit.

Oh well, the loonies are in charge and we are stuck with the price tag!

Posted by: Realist20 | June 30, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

If you read the Supreme Court of Minnesota's opinion it is rather clear that the Coleman case bordered on frivolity. A unanimous court rejected every point Coleman made by finding that there was not only no law to support his case but no evidence either. This is a rather disgraceful example of a mean-spirited attempt to deny a winner part of his term. Ben Ginsberg was one of Coleman's attorneys. He was one of the people behind the swift-boating of John Kerry. This great Republic has always had low-life operators like this.(Aaron Burr comes to mind.) The people who bought us Tom DeLay and Ben Ginsberg are out there recruiting and their pockets are very deep.
We will see more of this but it's OK. The ship rights itself and we sail on.

Posted by: Ralph-FL | June 30, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

From most of the predictions I have seen the Democrats should gain 2-4 seats in the Senate, and a similar number in the House in 2010 and that is assuming President Obama doesn't have any major successes.
If the Republicans continue their plan of running more to the Right combined with more attacks then its all over, and then perhaps we will have a three party system.
1. Democrats with majorities or near majorities.
2. Republicans- A few Southern Senate Seats, and a few rural ones scattered around the country.
3. Liberterians holding what are currently big city Republican and Western Seats.
4. Greens representing the 12-30 House districts that are actually liberal.

Posted by: Muddy_Buddy_2000 | June 30, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

I hope Minnesotans never forget how the utter arrogance of former senator Coleman cost them six months worth of representation in the U.S. Senate, as well as wasting thousands of their tax dollars and precious public employee time that could have been much better spent on pressing issues in their state.

Posted by: Kathy8 | June 30, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Well the Left controls the Presidency and the Congress.. but thank goodness the Right still controls the Supreme Court. But now we will get to see how Franken behaves, hope he is a better Senator than comedian. I'd be very surprised if he lasts more than one term (or what's left of it).

Posted by: sovine08 | June 30, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

The really funny thing is that this comedian is smarter than most of the GOP's "intellectuals."

Posted by: nodebris | June 30, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Great news! This helps the Republicans farther along in their march to irrelevance.

I wonder what comedian Mush Slimeball will have to say about this. They are so close with Al mentioning him in a book title and all.

Posted by: BaltimoreJim | June 30, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

GREAT !!!! Okay, now that Al is officially Senator and after the 7 months of BS that Colman caused let's get Mr. Al to host Saturday Night Live so we can celebrate and have a little fun!!!... or should we just go for a hike on the AT??? ... or how 'bout 'Ol Rag?...

Nelson
Reston, VA

Posted by: jeter96 | June 30, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

It's understandably difficult for the American Right to accept the bizarre notion that the candidate with the most votes wins. Perhaps this should have gone to Supreme Court to rid us once again of such a pernicious idea.

Posted by: dane1 | June 30, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Realist20 wrote: "the loonies are in charge and we are stuck with the price tag!"

Funny, that's exactly what the majority of Americans had come to believe by November 2008. You're a bit behind the curve.

Posted by: nodebris | June 30, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Great news at long last. Properly run elections don't take months and months to decide, even the close ones. Perhaps Franken can chair a new left-wing Un-American Activities Committee, in which the Senate ferrets out info concerning abuses of Our Rights during past Republican administrations. Clearly anything that causes an economic meltdown that requires government intervention is an Un-American Activity. Let's have a long, hard look at who did what when and how closely those things resemble FRAUD and subornation of FRAUD.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | June 30, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Hate, fear and anger will no longer work Repugs, time to move on and actually "govern" for a change.
Posted by: beenthere3
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It's your turn to goven now.. So we'll finally get to see how high taxes, more spending and large deficts work out for you Dems...

Posted by: sovine08 | June 30, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Certified just in time to begin his re-election bid!!! LOL :)

Posted by: htimothyjones | June 30, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Perfect, just in time to pass a less molested version of Cap & Trade, so we can take out some of the house's "midnight favors" in conference.

There may be hope for the planet yet!

Let's get to work. There is so much to be done: repair aging infrastructure, wean ourselves off imported oil, rebuild mass transit, restore common sense in medical decision making...

It's morning in America... again!

Posted by: rwolf01 | June 30, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Minnesota has elected a clown and a buffoon as a U.S. Senator? What more could you expect from the State that elected Jesse Ventura as Governor?

Posted by: xeinal | June 30, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

prairiedog whined: "Franken wins, America loses. We now have a king. 1776 anyone?"
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This comment explains a lot of the Bush years . . . I guess Republicants think that President from one party + Congress from same party = Monarchy. Don't be scared, prairiedog, we still have a Constitution (no thanks to your guys).

Posted by: tomguy1 | June 30, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Perfect, just in time to pass a less molested version of Cap & Trade, so we can take out some of the house's "midnight favors" in conference.

There may be hope for the planet yet!

Let's get to work. There is so much to be done: repair aging infrastructure, wean ourselves off imported oil, rebuild mass transit, restore common sense in medical decision making...

It's morning in America... again!

Posted by: rwolf01 | June 30, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I give Coleman credit for not pursuing a further appeal and drawing out this process any longer.

Senator Franken - I like the sound of that.

Posted by: maggots | June 30, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Good news and bad news,the good news is we can now call Mr Franken a Senator, the bad news, the suicide rate for the repubs are about to expand. Congratulation's to Senator Franken.

Posted by: shipfreakbo214 | June 30, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Franken wins, America loses. We now have a king. 1776 anyone?

Posted by: prairiedog | June 30, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

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For the last eight years, we had a village idiot. This is a great improvement.

Posted by: maggots | June 30, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

FraudObama says: Seems fitting that the new face of the Liberal party would be a vile washed up has been comedian.

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That's still better than not having a leader for the Conservative party (unless you count a drug addicted radio shlock jock).

Posted by: vlodko | June 30, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Will be the final nail in the coffin (not counting healthcare takeover, or immigration "reform"). Nothing the repubs need to worry about. They should keep distancing themselves from this Senate majority. Will only expedite the reality check. This will be worse than '93 for the Dems.

Posted by: NoWeCant | June 30, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

xeinal
Minnesota has elected a clown and a buffoon as a U.S. Senator? What more could you expect from the State that elected Jesse Ventura as Governor?

California elected George Murphy to the Senate, and Reagan and Schwarzenegger to the Governor's mansion. At least Franken's well-educated.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 30, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Don't blame me. I voted for Obama.

Posted by: August30 | June 30, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Franken wins, America loses. We now have a king. 1776 anyone?

Posted by: prairiedog
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If you think that we live under a monarchy or a tyranny then you have obviously have drunk too much Republican Kool-Aid. Were you as upset when the Republicans held a similar majority during most of Bush's presidency?

While our democracy is not perfect, it is a far cry from a dictatorship, monarchy or tyranny. For one thing if we had a Monarchy or Tyranny then it wouldn't matter who won the MN senate seat - laws would be dictated with maybe a purely symbolic rubber-stamping by an 'elected body' similar to Iran or Communist Russia. How odd that the Post has an article today about the difficulties President Obama has just within his own party. A Monarch or Tyrant wouldn't be having any difficulties because he would rule with an iron fist. Clearly you have no idea of political theory and you are mearly hyperventilating ridiculous statements that you know are not true. It's either that or a case of supreme ignorance.

Posted by: dre7861 | June 30, 2009 5:11 PM
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Or indifference to intolerant knuckleheads like you. I never claimed to be a Republican and yet I have been branded one because I don't agree with you and the other brainwashed Obots posting on here. History has shown that absolute power, corrupts absolutely, and now a complete empty suit is POTUS with a Super Majority. It certainly looks like a disaster waiting to happen to me, and I might add, quite a few others. So those of us that are not viewing this through the partisan lens that has gotten us to this point feel no need to restrain our voices or opinions regarding the vile, deceitful, corrupt, criminals on the left and the right that have destroyed this once great country. It's time for patriots to rise up and dismantle the corrupt power structure of the two party system and take back our country!

Posted by: prairiedog | June 30, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope he's a better senator than he was a comedian.

Posted by: telesonic | June 30, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

1. Democrats with majorities or near majorities.
2. Republicans- A few Southern Senate Seats, and a few rural ones scattered around the country.
3. Liberterians holding what are currently big city Republican and Western Seats.
4. Greens representing the 12-30 House districts that are actually liberal.

Posted by: Muddy_Buddy_2000
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Good analysis, MB. The only part I slightly question is the Greens representation: their "leader" right now is Kucinich and as much as I respect him, he's not a natural leader and the lesser lights currently in that movement can win in only the narrowest enclaves: Berkeley/East Bay; some parts of Boston and NYC; Madison, WS area and the like. They need a galvanizing figurehead who doesn't appear to most folks to be a wild-eyed loon (e.g., Nader would be one of the latter). Don't see that individual at the moment.

I actually see the hard core right leaving the GOP--there's an awful lot of talk about that now--and the remainder of that group transforming into something like an urban industrialist conservative party. The disaffected conservatives could be about equally split between religious conservatives and libertarians and I see them in different camps or even different parties.

Right now, it appears Obama is handling conservatives so well strategically--while in some respects mishandling factions of the left--that there could be fragmentation such as we've not seen before here, but that is common in Europe.

Posted by: abqcleve | June 30, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Another nut job going where there are 525 nut jobs already. Minnesota - aren't you proud of yourself!!! Such a piece of work.

Posted by: PalmSpringsGirl | June 30, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama ran for two years to get this election and still has yet to prove he is a legimate holder of the office. WHERE IS THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?

Posted by: jmsmaxwell | June 30, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse
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Oh...and there it is. Wondered what took so long.

Posted by: neko4 | June 30, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Yet another clown added to the list....talk about being the laughing stock of the world with Obama at the helm and jokesters like Franken governing. This country deserves what they have elected. You just have to shake your head....

Posted by: PittAlum | June 30, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

"It is fitting that the guy who gives the dems a veto proof majority in the Senate is Al Franken. God help us."

I think you meant FILIBUSTER proof majority.

There is no need to fear Republicans will conceivably get enough people for a super majority to over-ride any Obama veto. And we all know where a grateful comedian's head will be stuck for the next 3 1/2 years, at least.

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | June 30, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

What a circus!We now have a second rate comedian joining the Senate show.I can only conclude the people of Minnesota have a sense of humor.They allowed us to enjoy the big buffoon,Jesse Ventura and their gift to the nation is now Franken. Harry Reid should be able to roll guys like Franken,Burris,plus NY`s bewildered, Gilliland.Somebody had to become the Court Jester and replace Biden and it looks like Al Franken will do it well.

Posted by: bowspray | June 30, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

For all the losers who knock Franken as "failed" comedian, writer, et al, chances are good that any skit you enjoyed from the first 10 years of SNL was written by Franken & Davis. Also three NYT #1 bestsellers. I'll take that kind of "failure" any day of the week.

Posted by: pcpatterson | June 30, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

The only way he couild win was to count votes for him twice. Much like the way Obama won with Acorn's help. Oh, well. It was a fine country.

Now it's the Unioted Socialist States of America, not the United States of America! Sung to the lyrics of Istanbul, not Constantinople......

Posted by: FairTaxEd | June 30, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

A proud day for Minnesota! I think the people of Minnesota should take this opportunity to re-name their state in celebration of this great victory for intelligent democracy. May I suggest Illinois- North or New Jersey - West or maybe Iran of the North Woods?

Hopium Dopium

Posted by: JoeDBrown | June 30, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Or indifference to intolerant knuckleheads like you. I never claimed to be a Republican and yet I have been branded one because I don't agree with you and the other brainwashed Robots posting on here. History has shown that absolute power, corrupts absolutely, and now a complete empty suit is POTUS with a Super Majority.
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Your actions betray your words -- what is it you think people are reacting to?

If you just pretend you're OK, despite your invective, everyone one else will buy it?

Your post sounds like a mindless parroted attack against Obama, completely without merit.

Cheney tried in many ways to deconstruct the Constitution, everything from GITMO, to legalizing torture to increased powers of spying for the state -- this is why he was rightly labeled a traitor, a would-be despot, would be functionally retarded king.

Obama is not in anyway perfect -- Wall Street WILL blow up in his face again, as will his inability, for whatever reason, to finally rid himself of those torture kooks like Brennan. And healthcare will fail, too unless he steps up and takes power away from -- Wall Street.
Obama is in many ways continuing to advocate for the torture kooks, protecting their crimes rather than any state secret -- this will hurt him, and the US, and it's a mistake. Why aren't you legitimately attacking him on these issues?

Because you can't, past the Rush spew, you're lost. And you think reiterating Rush talking points without understanding reason is enough?

But at least OBama isn't actively campaigning to take apart the Constitution.

You can't make any legitimate argument to support your claim, at least not rationally, yet here you thinking simple invective is enough -- it's laughable.

You're not a victim, and it's not the same.


It's not black/white, I'm amazed at this idea
it's either one or the other, it just doesn't work like that...

BTW, anyone know what event in WW2 marked the turning point toward allied victory over Hitler?

Not the big splashy ones, but something more nuanced?

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | June 30, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse


Good news and bad news,the good news is we can now call Mr Franken a Senator, the bad news, the suicide rate for the repubs are about to expand. Congratulation's to Senator Franken.

Posted by: shipfreakbo214
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Not all bad news, though. Clearly, suicide to a Republican means a good role in the hay with a man or woman who is not your wife.

Posted by: abqcleve | June 30, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Al Franken should fit right in at the Senate. He's a clown and the Senate is full of clowns.

People get on their high horses and demand constitutional amendments for this and that. Let's have one that really makes sense and add a Constitutional amendment that members of the Congress leave their lapel flag pins at home and wear red be-bop noses in public instead.

Posted by: jfregus | June 30, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Another clown among clowns.

Posted by: jfregus | June 30, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

This string has to be one of the funniest I've seen in a long time -- thanks to all the sore sports who are going apoplectic at the mere thought of Senator Al Franken! Go get 'em Al -- somebody needs to remind the Senate that Dems WON!

Posted by: Omyobama | June 30, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

"It certainly looks like a disaster waiting to happen"

Don't worry, PrairieDoggie, the Human Disaster is out of the White House now and Obama is well on the way to cleaning up the mess Bush-Brain left behind...

Posted by: Jerryvov | June 30, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

"Coleman, who was elected to the seat in 2002, said he had called to congratulate Franken today following the court's decision and also told the state's Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) that he would concede. Pawlenty must sign an certificate certifying Coleman's victory, which he is expected to do soon."

Not likely Pawlenty reads the Post. He will hopefully certify FRANKEN!!!

Posted by: fangoo | June 30, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Coleman = Hofstra grad
Franken = Harvard grad

Only a republican would think Franken is less qualified than Coleman.

Posted by: August30 | June 30, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Alex, I'll take the Harvard alumni over the Hostra alumni anyday.

Posted by: August30 | June 30, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Well, well, Al Frankel is going to the senate and obersturmführer Psycho Von Limbaugh (the Bouncing Ape), and Bill Phats O’Dummy are left behind eating feces.
WOW, what a spectacle!

Posted by: analyst72 | June 30, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Another Democrat crook. After many recounts, the loser becomes the winner. Minn is the new Ill.

Posted by: MRGB | June 30, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Is there a Republican out there who is rooting for America to actually improve the lives of the people?

I mean, I didn't like George Bush when he was elected, but I was hoping the economy would stay strong, the war in Iraq would turn out in a positive way, etc.

I guess it's like Pogo said, "We have met the enemy and he is us." All you have to do is read the comments to this article.

Posted by: amaikovich | June 30, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Another Democrat crook. After many recounts, the loser becomes the winner. Minn is the new Ill.

Posted by: MRGB | June 30, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

It's not so much that Franken was elected but that Coleman could not get re-elected.

Franken is intelligent and very informed, you people focused on the comedian aspect, the people didn't find Coleman amusing at all. Republicans miss the difference between being laughed with or laughed at.

I'm laughing at you right now.

Schadenfreude!

Posted by: ORNOT | June 30, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Mark Sanford can lead the O'Reilly, Beck, Hannity and Limbaugh in a chorus of "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina."

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | June 30, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

The fact that Al Franken is a comedian is not
a fact to be ridiculed; comedians are smart
people and comedy is harder than drama. The man was smart enough to organize a political
machine to defeat Coleman.

Posted by: blacknight1 | June 30, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Good news. I like Al Franken, congrats Al. I like his humility in that he states he is not the 60th Democratic Senator but the second Senator from Minnesota. He is going to do good for his state and the good people of Minn are lucky to have him.

YOU GO AL.

Posted by: lndlouis | June 30, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to both candidates:
Mr. Coleman for a most gracious concession statement.
He is to be honored and respected for his conduct this day.
Mr. Franken deserves congratulations for a remarkable and close election.
He has conducted himself with great distinction as we waited through this long spring.
Now he has won the day.
We look forward to seeing our new Senator, Al Franken, sworn in next week.
Listening to him today, it's apparent he's ready for the responsibility and up to meeting the challenges of his new position.
At last ...

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | June 30, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

To all you sorry losers, stop crying. Franken is a better choice than all those clowns, who got us into the mess we are in. You need to stop complaining and start helping your country. So negative.

Posted by: mdlaf | June 30, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

"BTW, anyone know what event in WW2 marked the turning point toward allied victory over Hitler?

Not the big splashy ones, but something more nuanced?"
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The day that his miltary tried to kill him, even though it failed it was the beginning of the end.

Posted by: ORNOT | June 30, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

At last.
Good luck and best wishes to Senator Franken.

Now, here is the only question worth asking: Why should we listen to anything the Republican'ts have to say. No power. No clout. No votes.

The Democrats have all the power, all the votes, and all the fun. We really want universal health care, a clean environment, and no war. GET MOVING DAMMIT.

Posted by: roboturkey | June 30, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

How is adding a partisan clown going to help?

Posted by: postfan1 | June 30, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Is Norm Coleman a true Republican? No. A true Republican would ignore the voters desires and just stay in denial forever until he/she got what they wanted. No true Republican would give up and bend to the will of the American people.

Posted by: rkz1964 | June 30, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Well, I guess in Minnesotans can elect a dope like Jesse Ventura as governor, they can elect a tax-cheat like Al Franken, too.

Posted by: rg019571 | June 30, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Only in America... Mr Smith goes to Washington.

Posted by: robinhood2 | June 30, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

It's a modern day success story - and that is in no way encouraging.

Posted by: MisterJ8 | June 30, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

roboturkey

Yep, the Liberals own this mess entirely, the whole enchilada. And based on recent irresponsible legislation it is bound to get much worse from here. It is yours and most likely will be the only thing you ever own outright.

Posted by: FraudObama | June 30, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

The democrats have an historical opportunity to implement the agenda they, supposedly, believe in, espouse and ran on its platform. They have no excuse now, and any more pussyfooting and wishy-washy talk about the need to build consensus with the republicans will be an utter failure of conviction and leadership. The republicans hate their guts and wouldn't give them the time of day or any consideration if the shoe was on the other foot, and it's high time they show some balls and tell the hypocritical neo-cons to go and....themselves. America that voted them into office is watching and wants to see some guts and to get some serious work done.

Posted by: walidmaaytah | June 30, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Not to be too much of a stickler, but didn't he concede victory (rather than defeat)?

Posted by: SteveO3 | June 30, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Will Rogers said: " when Congress passes a law it's a joke and when they make a joke it's a law." Now more than ever the people have proven that celebrity trumps everything.

Posted by: mharwick | June 30, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Electing a Democrat, yes.
But electing a self-professed clown???

Posted by: llrllr | June 30, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

The Democrat party should be proud...they've elected a clown as their representative. How apropriate!

Posted by: DaMan2 | June 30, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Barry ACORN Soetoro can now implement his Socialist vision for America. He can increase the ranks of non tax paying government dependents to ensure Liberals remain in power for generations to come. America will suffer, will be weakened as a result of the Liberal policies of redistribution of wealth, massive spending, debt, increased taxes for all, and an over arching Central Controlling Federal Government. Liberals sell their souls to the Government and the reasons why they do is a complete mystery (assuming they even comprehend that) and contrary to the ideas of Freedom.

Posted by: FraudObama | June 30, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

August30 humorously wrote, "Coleman = Hofstra grad, Franken = Harvard grad. Only a republican would think Franken is less qualified than Coleman."

And only a liberal would believe that so many uncounted ballots kept magically turning up in Al's favor. The people of Minnesota, or rather the crooks fat-fingering the votes counts for the past eight months, certainly got what they deserved in the end.

Posted by: VAStateOfMind | June 30, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

The final act of Bush and Cheney.

We don't "have a king"; we have a government elected by the people. People obviously sick of the brilliance of the last eight years. The current government is a response to the last administration. Like it or not, the Republican's really blew it and are responsible for the current President and make up of Congress.

We need more comments from Rush, Dick, and Hannity so that the Dems can gain even more independent votes during the midterms.

Posted by: hacksaw | June 30, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

No state deserves a Senator Stuart Smalley more than Minnesota.

Posted by: drjohn3 | June 30, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Please check the third paragraph; the governor will certify FRANKEN'S, not Coleman's victory.

Posted by: smithsmithjohnjohn | June 30, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

I really don't understand it.

What's a State Supreme Court doing deciding an election?

Isn't that why we have the Supreme Court in DC?
If I correctly recollect there was this minor thing
back in 2000.

Really, why am I so puzzled? Could anyone provide me with an explanation???

Posted by: jato11 | June 30, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

I think I shall brew myself a cup of tea with the tears of all the whining rebunglicans. "ACORN waaaah!" "Fraud waaaaaaah!" "Kennedy waaaaaah" (I don't know what particular brand of derangement led to that last one being posted above). Miss any bullet points from your memos, cupcakes?

Jon Stewart put it best - "You're in the minority, it's SUPPOSED to taste like a s**t taco!"

Posted by: washpost18 | June 30, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

one more item...someone wrote:

Point 4, of all the stupidity here, is the worst. George W Bush has an undergrad degree from Yale and an advanced degree from Harvard. If that isn't enough for him to be considered qualified in terms of education, few people are.

Well, well, well. I finally found out where he went to college.
Till now I figured it was some extension university; the kind
we used to find inside matchbooks during the '60s.

Thanks.

Posted by: jato11 | June 30, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

HELLO! SENATOR HARRY REID!

IT'S TIME TO GET DOWN TO BUSINESS!

STOP BEING THE LIMP WRIST WITH THE PENNY LOAFERS PLEASE!

Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | June 30, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Excellent! Now nothing will stop the Democrats from over reaching and sooner or later handing Congress to the Republicans.

Posted by: alientech | June 30, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse


Yippee!

Now we'll have fun
In more ways that one.

60 Votes and Franken, too! Doesn't get better than that.

But...can Franken outwit...McConnell? Grassley? (Actually, Roberts may be a challenge.) Making Barrasso laugh would be an even bigger challenge.

Posted by: joshaughn | June 30, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

this is why our country is on the verge of collapse.

moronic voters elect people such as al franken who have NO BUSINESS REPRESENTING AND MAKING DECISIONS for this country.

case in point. a friggin comedian is elected to the u.s. senate.

Posted by: DriveByPoster | June 30, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Hey prairiedog and the rest of the moral minority: suck it up.

Your day in the sun is over. Your representatives screwed it up so badly that even a 'clown' like Franken can get a senate seat.

Whose fault is that?

Perhaps now you can catch a glimmer of the rationale behind evolutionary theory.

Posted by: alexandersharkey | June 30, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

More well-deserved payback for the failed and incompetent Republican Party who destroyed our great country in only thirty years. Americans will NEVER let the Republicans run anything...ever again.

Posted by: wilder5121 | June 30, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

this is why our country is on the verge of collapse.

moronic voters elect people such as al franken who have NO BUSINESS REPRESENTING AND MAKING DECISIONS for this country.

case in point. a friggin comedian is elected to the u.s. senate.

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He went to Harvard, and his "Rush Limbaugh is a Big fat Idiot" ranks right up there with "The Art of War" when it comes to telling others how to handle the empty-headed neocon chicken-hawk kook.

I'm not kidding -- he nailed it. Take no prisoners, mock them for the empty-headed bimbos they are, fight civilly, intelligently, deftly and with fact.

Why do you think Jon Stewart is so effective?

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | June 30, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

That popping sound you heard a little while ago was Bill O's head exploding. :)

I've got $150 bucks tied up in Franken's campaign and the subsequent defense against overturning election results. The six years of quips and quotes will be well worth the money. Maybe CSPAN will give him his own show? ;)

Posted by: pclement1 | June 30, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Uff Da!

Congratulations Senator Franken. How sweet it is.

Apparently many of the commenters aren't aware that Al is a very intelligent guy, smart enough and sufficiently hard working to get into Harvard and graduate WITHOUT legacy support like a recent president.

Any American who goes to a war zone to perform USO shows for free - and truly entertain our troops - deserves more credit than all those chickenhawks.

Posted by: boscobobb | June 30, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

franken is a loon and all you who think he will be great in the senate are going to experience quite an embarassment as soon as he opens his mouth.

Posted by: 12thgenamerican | June 30, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Boy, Norm Coleman really must've upset a great deal of voters to lose to a clown like Franken.

No matter how much I dislike Franken, Coleman's done the State of Minnesota a real disservice by allowing this to go on for so long.

I really think there should be a run-off when both candidates are in a statistical dead heat. Minnesotans will have to debate the merits of that.

I listened to Franken on one of his 'radio broadcasts'. This guy is a loon. It says a great deal if there was no one better to vote for.

Posted by: Samael | June 30, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

DriveByPoster wrote:
"moronic voters elect people such as al franken who have NO BUSINESS REPRESENTING AND MAKING DECISIONS for this country."

So then who, pray tell, DOES have business representing and making decisions for this country? Shall we restrict Senatorial candidates to lawyers and CEOs only?

Posted by: presto668 | June 30, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

jato11 wrote:
"What's a State Supreme Court doing deciding an election?"

Because the election occurred in their state?

"If I correctly recollect there was this minor thing back in 2000."

...which was a national election, not a state election.

Posted by: presto668 | June 30, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

As a fourteenth-generation American, I agree with 12thgenamerican. No way will Al Franken be as great as Republican Senators like Larry "Wide Stance" Craig, David "Diaper Man" Vitter, or John "Loverboy" Ensign!!!

By the way 12thgenamerican, are you here LEGALLY in MY country?

Posted by: wilder5121 | June 30, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

The Al Franken decade begins.

Posted by: spidey103 | June 30, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

The number 60 is a very versyile number. Its divisable by 1 2 3 4 5 6 10 12 15 20 30 and 60

Posted by: pvogel88 | June 30, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

FINALLY...!!!!!!!!!! Bill and Rush will be sputtering spit over this for days!!! Drink a big glass of water boys!!

Woohoo!!!!!!... =)

Posted by: tbenn1021 | June 30, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Congrats Al. Look forward to having you in the Senate. We need to insure that Repugs remain irrelevant the next 8 years so we can get a few positive things accomplished for the benefit of the people and this country. At the very least, now that the Democrats have the majority in both chambers, we are not going to see a rubber stamping Congress like we did under the republicans and the Bush White House.

Posted by: goofycarly | June 30, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Whoppee, we now have a congress that is every bite as corrupt as the congress they replaced and now they have a complete majority. I am underwhelmed. Still congratulations to Al Franken, I think he will make an ok senator. At least this congress is not the overt bullies that the former Republican congress was.

Posted by: saibubba | June 30, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Rush's talking point about this election was that Franken is a "clown." Way to think for yourselves Repugs.

I think this is great. Franken is a smart guy and we need more of that in our national leadership. Too bad his term will only be 5.5 years.


Posted by: msame | June 30, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

The right-wing vitriol in these comments is like nectar from the heavens. I'm just eating it up. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

:)

Posted by: lostinthemiddle | June 30, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Lose a Supreme Court decision one day... gain a senate seat the next. Ain't life grand?

Posted by: AverageJane | June 30, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I am so loving it!

All that crap the 25% talking about another clown....Someone please tell them the clowns started leaving our Capital back in 2006 and we finally got rid of the last clown as of Jan. 22, 2008!

Let's continue to get rid of the PARTY OF NO!

Let'sdecrease them down to just Tenneesse, Kentucky, Alabama, Texas, Wyoming and Mississippi

Posted by: danders5000 | June 30, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Would the US government and many of its citizens have been outraged if this had happened in Iran? I imagine that many of you would have attacked the Iranian government with ridicule and vehemence.

The US is quick to criticise other nations and to interfere in their affairs but, for inexplicable reasons, it has failed to clean up its own backyard.

You might remember that Bush, the GOP and Jeb used their best endeavours to stop Gore obtaining a re-count of votes in Florida. The US Supreme Court had the appearance of being politicised with GOP Judges supporting Bush and Democratic Judges supporting Gore. In any event, Bush became president notwithstanding that Gore had more votes.

The US federal presidential electoral system is cumbersome, unreliable and badly designed. The College system may have been appropriate in the days of the horse and buggy when time and distance were a tyranny. However, there is no reason why the Electoral College should not be abandoned and replaced with the electorate voting directly for the president of their choice.

Congratulations to Mr Franken. His appointment to the Senate will come will just in time for the next election.

Posted by: robertjames1 | June 30, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Why does this not surprise me. Look who they voted for president. Someone who is very swiftly destroying this country, making it another Europe, and heading for socialism. How does it feel to slowly lose your freedoms, to see your Constitution destroyed, watch the smaller businesses that employ 95% of the people, go out of business. You haven't seen anything yet when it comes to unemployment. You might, just might, be able to get a government job now, but watch your freedoms disappear, one bill at a time. You're just going to be a puppet. This socialistic government will drain all the energy out of the people, so much, that the drive for capitalism will slowly disappear. It's failed in all the other countries, and the people hate it. It WILL fail here.

Posted by: Joyce16 | June 30, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: prairiedog: Franken wins, America loses. We now have a king. 1776 anyone?


So you are comparing the election of a congressman to the revolutionary war? Huh? You want America to lose the revolutionary war? What? Can you go back and re-listen to what you think you heard Sean Hannity say? I think you've mis-quoted him. Let us know, all right? Good boy.

Posted by: swatkins1 | June 30, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Besides getting a super majority, another plus of getting Franken finally seated is hearing all the right wing nuts' head explode. And yes, he did call Rush a big fat idiot. And he was right!

Posted by: ualec1 | June 30, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Joyce16, call a waaaaaambulance; then go in for your Republican lobotomy.

You Retardlicans are soooooo d@mn
stupid

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | June 30, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

third rate clown for the U.S. Senate. . .
Sorry, I always found him t/b a 1st rate clown. I like clowns - it's hypocrites that I have a problem with, and there are already too many of them in politics - including the Senate. I look forward to a fresh point of view from Mr. Franken. Maybe, just maybe he hasn't been bought by K Street - yet.

Posted by: begal125 | June 30, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Note for all the confused Republicans posting here...this is how it works:

1. Your party completely destroyed America
2. Americans hate your guts
3. Democrats now get to clean up your mess

See how simple it is when you get the facts you'll never get from Fox "News" or the leader of your party...Rush Limbaugh?

Posted by: wilder5121 | June 30, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

I tell you what...

Those of the 25% whom think's that this country is becoming a Socialist Country (most of you dittoheads probably don't know what the word means)...

Please we don't mind if you move to Argentina...

JUST GO ALREADY...SORE LOSERS!

Posted by: danders5000 | June 30, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

To the America-haters in the GOP, we have but one thing to say ... if you don't like it, move to Argentina or Iran.

Posted by: WillSeattle | June 30, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

I feel like fragging a couple of republicans today.

Posted by: playa_brotha | June 30, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Oh goodie! Another steaming pile of good news.

Personally, I like Al Franken although he's not the funniest person in the Senate--only the funniest person that indends to be funny.

In reality, his official election really doesn't matter. Both the House and Senate have given up the charade of encouraging thoughtful, democratic debate. HINT: Invest in companies that make rubber stamps!

Posted by: SoquelbytheCreek | June 30, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Republicans just keep losing ground. Elections, party switches, court decisions. What's next?

Posted by: Honest_Abe | June 30, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

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Some of them have been real busy losing first their pants and when their wives get done with them, their shirts.

Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of @ssholes. Karma is a bi.tch, isn't it boys ? Of course, if I were a Republican, that's one bi.tch I'd stay away from.

Posted by: dennissuper | June 30, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

wilder5121:

Note for all the confused Republicans posting here...this is how it works:

1. Your party completely destroyed America
2. Americans hate your guts
3. Democrats now get to clean up your mess
===
Got it!

May I ask a favor, from personal experience? We all want America to be a successful, powerful, just country, right? Watch out when your party has a monopoly on power. Really bad legislation is passed without real debate. Unlike the Republicans, please temper your absolute power with wisdom and foresight, not with retribution and ego gratification. Unfortunately, both the House and the Senate seem to have given up on reasoned, thoughtful debate. Let's just hope that we don't spend ourselves further into oblivion.

Posted by: SoquelbytheCreek | June 30, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

It's about time that loathesome GOP crank Coleman put the people of his state ahead of the GOP.

WELCOME SENATOR AL!! YOU'RE GREAT, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOU STICKING IT TO THE THUGS LEFT OVER FROM GEORGE BUSH'S DISASTROUS REIGN!!

Oxycontin Limbaugh's fat head must be exploding!

This is going to be great!

Posted by: losthorizon10 | June 30, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Lynn Cheney is an absurd figure. Her husband made pseudo-intellectual arguments for years, they don't withstand a minute of public scrutiny; they're cold war relics and emblematic of a reactionary party. The quality of the social debate went from collegiate to jr. high while the subliterate set was in power, and guttural aggression was substituted for fact-based analysis. For that matter, 'faith-based' replaced 'fact-based' and we're all paying the price for the regression. The Cheneys are corrupt, lying criminals who belong in jail.

Posted by: cattheanimal | June 30, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Lynn Cheney is an absurd figure. Her husband made pseudo-intellectual arguments for years, they don't withstand a minute of public scrutiny; they're cold war relics and emblematic of a reactionary party. The quality of the social debate went from collegiate to jr. high while the subliterate set was in power, and guttural aggression was substituted for fact-based analysis. For that matter, 'faith-based' replaced 'fact-based' and we're all paying the price for the regression. Moreover, the Cheneys are corrupt, lying criminals who belong in jail.

Posted by: cattheanimal | June 30, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

don't let your hearts be heavy 2010 is around the corner and all of these economy wrecking democrats will be gone.

(Too late, your party spent six years ruining this economy which had a SURPLUS when King Cheney and his Court Jester Dubya took control)

It is amazing all these dumb comments about our former president and vice president come from the democratic party who if I remember had a 14% approval rating and is stripping away the countries wealth as well as our pay checks.

(Cite your source, stupid)

With them in the majority they won't be able to play the blame game anymore and the people will right the ship again.

(Yeah! It looks like your GOP party of do nothing will continue to do nothing, much like they did for the six years they had control. Obama has done more positive for the people of this country than your party EVER did)

Hope all you people who voted for change enjoy the higher cost of taxes, services and goods especially the poor who will be affected the most when the cap and trade bill wrecks our economy followed by the job killer bill of health care reform when big corporations move to china.

(2 suggestions; (1) Call a waaaambulance, you whining baby. (2) Your crystal ball is still as broken as it was when you predicted that John "Geezer" McStain would win)

Posted by: tswank1


HAHAHAHAHA! Your party was beaten by a black man and a Harvard graduate. That says a LOT about what the majority of Americans thought about your party.

BTW, I'll bet you're relieved that Sanford was caught with a WOMAN! I'll bet your crystal ball never predicted that.

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | June 30, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

It will take less than one week for the failed left wing radio pundit to disgrace himself and the entire Democratic party.

Posted by: Digitalman08 | June 30, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

With Collins and Snowe, the Dem majority is really 62.

Higher taxation and central planning to follow forthwith. Starting in 2009 the FedGov now buys its own debt while deficit spending $Trillions annually.

Did anyone, liberal or conservative, ever expect to see the day when the socialists of Europe would stand to the right of America? – or that the US would be lectured by the Chinese and the Russians about the perils of socialism and the virtues of free market economics?

As has been said – there has been a revolution in American. A revolution in the minds of American’s about the very notion of what it means to be American. Independence, self-reliance, and the ‘can do’ spirit have been replaced by dependency, desperation, and the nanny state.

Oh, well. It’s worked so well in Cuba, Zimbabwe, and North Korea, its sure to work at least as well in the good old US of A.

Posted by: PattiORiley | June 30, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Love how Republicans posting here hate the fact that Enron and Exxon no longer own America. Horrible...just HORRIBLE how our tax money is actually BUYING something now...instead of being funneled into the pockets of a handful of rich CEO's.

These people proved how much they hate America during the Bush years. Good thing only 21% of voters still call themselves the most hated word in the English language: Republican.

Posted by: wilder5121 | June 30, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

60 Democrats in the Senate. Maybe now we get the change for which we voted.

Posted by: irv1 | June 30, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: italco | June 30, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

3 words:

WHO NEEDS SPECTRE?

Posted by: treetopflyer | June 30, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

60 Democrats in the Senate. Maybe now we get the change for which we voted.

Posted by: irv1 | June 30, 2009 9:36 PM

irv1 ..... be careful what you wish for. You just might get it. You will then, be forced to suffer, along with the rest of us.

Posted by: oldanncrjr | June 30, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

No excuses, but the Dems will still whine about Rush and Fox News. When you have no real opposition you need to create one to explain your failure.

The socialist can now ruin the country they loathe and build the United States of Socialism. China wins. Chavez wins. Castro wins. North Korea wins. We thought we won the Cold War and defeated collectism. Somewhere Lenin is smiling.
Every day Ameria looks more like Honduras.

Posted by: maxtel1910 | June 30, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

If the people whining like spoiled brats about President Obama had spent HALF AS MUCH time and energy complaining during the Bush years...maybe the Republicans would've had a harder time COMPLETELY DESTROYING America.

Posted by: wilder5121 | June 30, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Dear FraudObama,

Your language is stale and very much out of date. The truth is the Bush government spied on its own citizens (look at the charge at the bottom of your phone bill) and spent the country into the economic abyss giving Republicans every wish they ever had in the hopes of creating a permanent Republican majority. As GW was supported by such large numbers from 2001-2004, and re-elected by such a landslide in 2004, that actually means conservatives like a nanny state.

Posted by: realadult | June 30, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

This is definitely a time for a CHEERS "NORMISM",Woody asks Norm "How's Life Norm?" and Norm replies "It's a Dog eat dog world and I'm wearing milk bone underwear". I have no respect for either candidate but it sure feels good to see Norm Coleman out on the street. Remember Norm Colemans questioning of George Galloway? Former Gov. Jesse Ventura describes Norm Coleman the best. I wish someone from Minnesota was actually a candidate though. Good LUCK with Al Franken

Posted by: wmcrae4 | July 1, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

There certainly are a few aberrant personalities out there.

Oh, well. I can curl up with a good book, can't I? Chain-ey has a book deal. It will have to be twice as thick a volume as most, because only the pages on the right will have ink on them.

And Governor Sanford of South Carolina HAD a book deal. Canceled. He probably couldn't find his notes for all the--ah, telephone numbers. It was to be a little black volume. Too bad!!

Posted by: MouthSore | July 2, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

The Minnesota voters proved that the American people trust an ex-clown more than a corrupt republican to look out for them. That is all because of "POLICIES AND CORRUPTION OF THE BUSH ADM". We will no longer be slaves to the elite and Faux News will no longer fool the American voters.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | July 2, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

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