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Minnesota Recount Update: All Eyes on Pawlenty

UPDATED, 2:55 p.m. ET: National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Brian Walsh respond to this posting by accusing Democrats of stooping to desperate attacks on the governor.

"If Democrats are so confident that they won this election then they should have no problem with state law being followed," Walsh says. "But their continued efforts to undermine state law and attack those who choose to follow it should raise real red flags regarding their true intentions."

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If there's one group that pines more than any other for an end to Minnesota's nearly five-month long Recount From Hell, it's Senate Democratic leaders. A victory by Al Franken gets them oh-so-close to the magic filibuster-proof majority of 60.

But Republicans appear to have an ace-in-the-hole, at least for the time being: GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty. (The same Pawlenty who John McCain passed over in favor of the one and only Sarah Palin to be his 2008 running mate.)

With a conclusion to the saga nowhere in sight, Democrats are now turning their frustrations on the Minnesota governor, a rising star in his party and a potential 2012 presidential candidate.

Democrats are waiting with bated breath for a three-judge panel to rule on the election challenge brought by Republican Norm Coleman, who trailed Franken by just 225 votes (out of 2.9 million cast) after a statewide recount.

Coleman has signaled he'll appeal if a ruling comes back in favor of Franken, which means the recount drags on ad infinitum. At that point, all eyes will be on Pawlenty.

Democrats are poised to blame the governor for not handing them what they believe is a deserved victory. The big question among Democrats (and everyone, really) is: If the three-judge panel rules in favor of Franken but Coleman appeals, will Pawlenty certify Franken the winner?

The governor's office indicates the answer is no.

Asked whether Pawlenty would certify Franken the winner, the governor's spokesman, Brian McClung, told us, "The recent Minnesota Supreme Court decision indicated that an election certificate could be issued once the state courts process is complete. However, if one of the parties appeals to a federal court, a question will arise whether the federal court might stay the issuance of a certificate. We'll see what the courts determine."

In other words, Franken shouldn't count on the governor seating him any time soon.

Them's fightin' words to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

"Republicans have made it clear they will hold this Senate seat hostage in order to pursue their political agenda - at the hefty expense of Minnesota having full representation in Congress," says DSCC spokesman Eric Schultz. "Governor Pawlenty has said that Minnesota is suffering from not having two senators. Governor Pawlenty ought to make clear that if former Senator Coleman chooses to appeal the outcome of the contest in the state Supreme Court that this is the end of the road -- and that, consistent with the law, he will certify Al Franken the winner following that state court appeal."

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 26, 2009; 11:05 AM ET
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Something still smells very fishy about this election. Minnesotans have more sense than to elect an unsuccessful comedian to the Senate. Franken wasn't a good comedian, and he also failed as a radio talk show host. What - do Minnesotans think the third time is a charm? That he'll be a better Senator than he was a comedian or talk show host? Is the bar for the Senate really that low?

Posted by: SB52 | March 26, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I think you are missing the point. It's not that Franken would be a better Senator than he was a comedian (and by the way, he was funny - if you don't see that, then you're letting your political bias get in the way), it's that he would be a better Senator than Coleman. And since I'm a Minnesotan, I get to choose. So please don't tell me who I should or should not vote for...

Posted by: dug2008 | March 26, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

To SB52 - Two words: Jesse Ventura.
By the way, I think Franken will make a fine Senator for the folks in Minnesota.

Posted by: scobamagirl | March 26, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

The one truely consistent value of the Republican Party is unabashed anything-to-win selfishness.

Posted by: abetterfuture | March 26, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

If they elected him, they get what they deserve...Jesse Ventura, Al Franken... who's next, Siegfried and Roy?

Posted by: capsfan77 | March 26, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Republicans will pay if their Governor plays politics with their right to be represented in the Senate. They dug us deep in a hole and are preventing us from climbing out. Thin ice, very thin ice.

Posted by: thebobbob | March 26, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Everyone seems to forget that the three judges are actually supposed to report to the Senate of the United States their only ruling, which is WHO GOT THE MOST VOTES. They are not supposed to rule on anything else, according to the legislation that they are working under. They can have opinion behind their ruling, but their only ruling is WHO WON. They are not supposed to determine if different counties used different rules, or anything else. They can decide to include or exclude ballots, but need to answer that one simple question. Read the legislation they are working under. And if that is all they are supposed to do, what can an appeal do? Either they have it right or don't and that is what the appeal has to be based on. But if they've done their job and given their reasons, and IF their reasons are 'reasonable' [They to NOT have to be perfect, incidentally... just reasonable.] that is where it should end. That is the way almost all appeals court judging is done and viewed.

Posted by: RsHRsH | March 26, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I have lived in Minnesota all my life, and I can assure you that we do not have more common sense than to send Angry Al to the Senate. As a case in point. If the DFL party had chosen anyone even remotely qualified, there would be no need for a recount. Barack Obama's coat tails would've made any other candidate a shoe-in. Instead, they chose to become enamored with A.A.s marginal celebrity & the fact that he's "One of Us"

Posted by: Mele1 | March 26, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Elect Stuart Smalley for US Senate, because -

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

We have quite a few clowns in Washington,
why not add one more to the list.

Posted by: jmk55 | March 26, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

The Minnesota Supreme Court has made it clear that after they have reviewed this case, they will direct Governor Pawlenty to issue a certificate of election to the winner. Coleman may appeal his case to the Federal 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul, Minnesota; but while his case winds its' way through the federal courts, Al Franken will be a member of the U.S. Senate.

Posted by: ForrestDarby | March 26, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

In an answer to the first post; when was being a "successful" entertainer a prerequisite to becoming a senator? Not that Franken was not a successful comedian...he was. As a political commentator, he impressed me with his views, and I don't even agree with everything he says. It amazes me how people use a faulty yardstick from one discipline to predict the competence of the person in another completely unrelated one.

Posted by: nom_de_plume1 | March 26, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

It's not just Minnesota that is suffering for only having one Senator represent them, we're all suffering. If Franken was the winner, regardless of the narrowness of his victory, the people deserve his vote in the Senate, now. We have some horrific problems facing us and one vote can make a big difference in the outcome.

What really annoys me is the Republican response to this. Remember the 2000 election when Al Gore defeated George Bush by half a million votes? Remember their response to the Dems when George Bush was sworn in? "Get over it!"

Face it, Franken won. So seat him and get over it, Pawlenty!

Posted by: Trakker | March 26, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

You guys STILL got that circus up there in Minniesotaw? Hope it ends soon in a Franken victory.
Anyway, the US Constitution sez that a candidate has to be the following things in order to be a Senator:
1) 30 years of age;
2) a resident of the State;
3) a naturalized citizen of the US for 5 (or is it 7?) years.
Thats it. No arguments. No debate. If it's EXPERIENCE that you demand, say so.

Posted by: hobsry7350 | March 26, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

SB52 said: "Minnesotans have more sense than to elect an unsuccessful comedian to the Senate."

But we already elected the fraudulent, brain-dead, Bush-sycophant Norm Coleman, proving we had no sense to begin with.

Posted by: derfolo | March 26, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Mele1 that if the DFL had selected a decently qualified candidate, we wouldn't be having this circus. I'm a lifelong Democrat, and yes I voted for Franken, but I had to hold my nose in doing so; I saw his politics as being much superior to Coleman's, but Coleman was professional, hard-working, and never an embarassment, even though I bitterly disagreed with much of what he stood for. The enthusiasm for Franken was pretty much nil in the month leading up to the election, and I imagine a lot of fellow Democrats succumbed to Franken fatigue when they got in the voting booth.

Posted by: RNM1 | March 26, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

The Dems at the national level are turning this into an attack on Pawlenty even though the certification of Franken is entirely out of the governor's hands at this point. The governor's office made the right response--if a federal court orders the governor that he should not yet certify the election, then he will not, and it's not really Pawlenty's fault either way.

If Pawlenty were presented with a winner and with no court orders to the contrary and still refused to certify the person, then he would be out of line, but all Pawlenty has said so far is that he is going to follow the law and is going to accept what the courts say.

Do Democrats no longer believe in respecting court orders? In that case, there is a certain 1972 court decision that I'm sure a lot of conservative state legislatures would be happy to start ignoring.

The Dems in D.C. need to butt out and to let the courts direct Pawlenty on what the proper legal course of action is with regards to this election. They need to stop trying to turn it into a political bludgeon because it's only going to backfire on them. The only reason that D.C. Dems are making this an issue is because Pawlenty is potential presidential timber, and they'd love a chance to chop him down a few years before the election.

Posted by: blert | March 26, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

We already have a Siegfried and Roy: Pawlenty and Bachmann!

Posted by: MarkGisleson | March 26, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

The worst comedian would be better than the best republican. The republicans should stop fighting and organize for 2012. How about the intellectual wing of the party. Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber on the same ticket.

Posted by: omjo | March 26, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

As a former Minnesotan, I was there in the time that we also elected Jesse Ventura. Why should it matter that Al Franken is/was a comedian? If he can do the job, and will do it well, that should be the most important thing.

Posted by: palermo1 | March 26, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

The fact that this election was so close is no surprise. In the last governor's race Pawlenty won by approximately 27,000 votes. Minnesota is divided almost equally between the two parties.

For those of you who think that Al Franken is not smart enough to be a senator - how can you possibly say that when your party picked Sarah Palin?

Posted by: OnTheWriteTrack | March 26, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Please, spare us Minnesotans the "Franken as a Senator is a joke" rhetoric - it's tired and just plain stupid. Last time I read the founding documents of this country, ANY citizen, with a very few exceptions, can run for office. That's called freedom. The best thing you can have when you do run is a strong desire to serve the country whether you are black, disabled, a comedian, ex-wrestler, atheist or openly gay. Any one of these is preferable to some 60 something white guy with no sense of humor and has sat in congress for 10 years shoveling your tax dollars into the pockets of his Wall Street cronies and distracting his constituents with such important issues such as flag burning, brain dead patients, abortion, creationism, terrorists and bestiality.

Posted by: aredant | March 26, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I have to address this oft-stated claim that Al Franken is a "failed radio talk show host." His daily show on Air America (XM and many local stations) was still going strong when he retired from it, explicitly to run for Senator. To me it was a great loss. Although there's no question Al used it as a forum for his own views, always carefully stated and never bombastic or blustering, the biggest value was the constant stream of pundits, from the left (mostly) but also the right and the center, who found a forum on his show. There was nothing "failed" about it. Whether Air America itself can succeed over the long run is a different question. For one thing, it's mostly rants with call-in me-toos, just like the other side, and with none of the class and substance of Al's benchmark program.

Al Franken is a serious and extremely well-informed student of the American political scene, and should perform well better than average as a representative of the people.

Posted by: DigitalDan | March 26, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Re-thinking the Siegfried/Roy idea; the tiger probably would be a better idea.

Posted by: capsfan77 | March 26, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

At least they'd be replacing the incumbent clown who thinks he's a wonderful senator, with a self-avowed would be difficult for Franken to be less effective and responsible that Coleman has been...

Posted by: constwkr | March 26, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Al Franken graduated Harvard University cum laude.

Norman Coleman graduated Hofstra University and the University of Iowa College of Law.

Will Franken's detractors please tell us why Coleman is better educated?

Posted by: Desertstraw | March 26, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

..."Republicans did all they could to "STEAL/LIE/CHEAT the voters of Minnosota out of a United States Senate Seat, "WOW, how did they lose all of Al Franken's Votes, and still, "LIED ABOUT WINNING THE ELECTION THEY CLEARLY REFUSE TO GIVE BACK!

Posted by: ztcb41 | March 26, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

More a mystery than how long this race will last is why Governor Pawlenty is described as a 'rising star' in the GOP. He's certainly a likable fellow, but the state is in a budgetary disaster - and the governor is proposing little more than postponing the disaster as long as he can, letting the next executive make the difficult decisions. While some might say the national economy excuses him from blame for this year's troubles, the reality is that the state budget has been a disaster every year of his administration - in 6 years he has managed to make zero fundamental changes to the state budgetary process. That the GOP looks at this kind of incompetence and starts thinking "hey, this guy might be good for higher office" is a bad sign for the party's future.

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 26, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

It's interesting to see the Republicans bash Franken for his entertainment background. The same people who voted Bonzo's buddy into the White House and Cher's ex into the House. Those two had a truck load of talent between them, didn't they?
Then there's the steroid freak they elected Governor of California. At least Bonzo-lite and Bono could speak English.

Posted by: northguy3 | March 26, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

If Pawlenty is a rising star in the republican party, well, it's no wonder the republican party has become an irrelevant regional party of the deep south.

Pawlenty has been a do-nothing governor, reduced to ruling by veto in a state controlled by democrats. It will be funny to watch Pawlenty "scrapping" in the 2012 lineup.

And I'm confident that after the state panel declares Franken the winner, he will be seated in the Senate. Norm doesn't have the cajones to continue his appeal ad infinitum as it would end of whatever political future he's hoping to continue. He'd make republicans in the state even more irrelevant than they already are.


Posted by: dastubbs | March 26, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

"If Democrats are so confident that they won this election then they should have no problem with state law being followed,"... A recount in Minnesota is automatic in an election this close. This did not sit well with the Coleman camp. When the election didn't go in his favor, Coleman took this to court. The Coleman campaign vociferously claimed that votes were being counted twice during this recount. Why then didn't they present any evidence of this in court? They also complained that absentee ballots were disqualified, but these were disqualified based on rules they themselves had previously agreed to. And they wanted to challenge the rejections only in a small number of precincts. Whats with that? Coleman says he will appeal the court's decision. Meanwhile Minnesota is missing a senator. The governor of this state is lying to say that he can't certify this election till after the courts make a decision. While all this legal nonsense is going on, Franken should be seated. If Coleman wins his little appeal he would then be seated. Otherwise Minnesota will go without a senator for a very long time and apparently that is just fine with the Republican party. What do they care, they want to drag out this nasty partisan charade as long as they can. And Minnesota be damned. Are you grateful Minnesota? ...If Republicans are so confident that they won this election then they should have no problem with state law being followed.

Posted by: cvs2491 | March 26, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Franken graduated cum laude from Harvard with a degree in political science, has written several books and has been around politics for a long time. Shall we compare his resume to some of his soon-to-be colleagues across the aisle?

Posted by: ABHFGTY | March 27, 2009 3:06 AM | Report abuse

What on god's green earth is the matter with all the readers here!? Franken has more votes. The judges are allowed to call this however they want with regard to the absentee ballots. But they aren't calling it! Why is that? How politicized are they becoming? That's corruption, folks. Don't blame Franken. Are Minnesotans so idiotic that they will just go with one Senator instead of two forever, and support a corrupt governor and corrupt judges? Are Republicans such utter losers that they can't allow the winner of an election to take the seat? There's no outrage in Minnesota, and nothing but a bunch of horse hockey here (with a few exceptions, you know who you are)...I really don't get it.

Posted by: wilderhouse | March 27, 2009 3:06 AM | Report abuse

Coleman has a persona of an old smelly fish that needs to be thrown back. He belongs in the MN Sewerage System.

Posted by: winemaster2 | March 27, 2009 8:03 AM | Report abuse

I forgot to send in my vote and it got lost in the shuffle. I'm sending it in today and I insist that it be counted. Al Franken was the best left wing talk show host on the air and the Republicans knew it. That's why they played their regular dirty underhanded smear and banish trick on him with their stinking control of talk radio and corporate ownership of media. Typical commie move.

Posted by: kimkimminni1 | March 27, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

I cannot believe that the people of Minnesota are so stupid as to even vote for Al Franken. Does Minnesota enjoy being the laughing stock of the United States? It makes me believe that Larry, Curly, and Moe all live in Minnesota.

Posted by: JayBird4 | March 27, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

If they elected him, they get what they deserve...Jesse Ventura, Al Franken... who's next, Siegfried and Roy?

Posted by: capsfan77 | March 26, 2009 12:29 PM

Why not ? You clowns have had such a stellar group of your own.

You know, the guy who starred with (and was way overshadowed by) a freakin' chimpanzee.

The guy who sang but wasn't smart enough to go AROUND the tree.

The lady who thinks that because your plane refuels in another country that's international experience.

The team manager that performed an exorcism and lied about insurance certificates and rescue boats.

The cheerleader who rode a bicycle and looked into peoples' eyes to get a measure of their soul.

Yeah, if I was Al Franken I'd be scared to death to have to compete with those folks.

Posted by: dennissuper | March 27, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Having lived in Minnesota most of my life I would tell you we are patient, reasonable fair-minded people. Most believe Franken won, and beleive Coleman has his right to appeal. We understand the national importance of this decision and in a vote this close we want to follow the rules of law. We have no desire to be political pawns or treated as children. Points I'd like to make. If you think Franken is stupid do your homework. Top education and a perfect SAT score. I'm not sure that will maake him a good senator, but he isn't stupid. Pawlenty would seat Coleman in a second if they ruled in his favor. The GOP and Pawlenty lose bigtime in MN the more they play politics over this.

Posted by: tdaniel1 | March 27, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

I would also encourage the GOP to avoid this issue completely. Speaking as a citizen of the state it doesn't sit well when they openly admit that they expect Franken to be seated and their goal is to keep him from office as long as possible. Could you imagine the screaming, hysterics, and name calling if the Democrats openly employed such a tactic. Bill O'Rielly, Rush Limbaugh, as well as the rest of neo-cons would wet themselves if those tactics were used against them. Sorta like how they were opposed to filibusters when the democrats were the minority party. And you think Minnesotans are stupid! Q: Oh by the way what do Jesse Ventura and Franken have in common? A:They both beat Norm Coleman. Coleman's only victory came when he was a democrat and after the plane crash of Paul Wellstone. There are some in Minnesota think that Coleman might have been Wellstone's mechanic. (Strictly Satire) sheesh

Posted by: tdaniel1 | March 27, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Get it over with before Minnesotans entirely forget what democracy means -- which is not who has the most tenacious lawyers.

Posted by: cdc9 | March 27, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

It's simple: just require all the Reupblicans in the Senate to vacate their seats while Coleman's endless appeals run. If there's anything despicable it's a sore loser who knows neither that he is sore nor that he is a loser.

Posted by: MouthSore | March 27, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

With the perfect SAT score, and a cum laude degree from Harvard, Franken clearly has the brains to do the job more than just adequately! His creative ability in turning politics and other weighty topics into humor does indicate that he has more than the right tools to seek and find ways to solve many of the problems our country faces now. Wouldn't it be fun to see him match creative humor with POTUS? Look back at some of the musical humor that has come from Harvard grads (think the 60's) and get on the Franken bandwagon.
I no longer live in MN, but I cherish and respect the representatives who served when I did live there: my neighbor, HHH, and John Blatnik. They were always informed and always working for the folks they represented. Franken will do the same!

Posted by: maab76 | March 27, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

The "drag-your-heels, hauled-away-kicking-and-screaming" resistance to Franken's election has been looking pretty pathetic for some time. Its got to the point where the contagion may infect national Republican politics in general. Does the RNC really want to be known as the "Party of Obstruction"...even if Democrat policies cause the wheels to fall off (and they may), this will ricochet back on us as an excuse for their failure..."The Democrat policies only failed because of Republican obstructionism". Why give them this argument?

Stop the nonsense, seat Franken, and lets get on with it.

Posted by: Observer44 | March 27, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Let's see.
Ventura beat Coleman during his 1998 re-election.
And now Frankin has beat Coleman.
Maybe someone from Minnesota should tell Coleman that he can't win an election.

Think about it. He couldn't beat Ventura or Frankin. What does that tell you about Coleman?

Posted by: strictly_liberal | March 27, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I love how the dems say it's over once they have the result they wanted. The point is that Coleman first came out ahead. Have any of you actually seen how the recount was done? If it benefitted Coleman it was thrown out, if Franken it counted. Those in charge of the recount were dems and nearly every decision favored Fanken. Why are there so many clueless people who don't know how to vote. I will side with you that most of those who can't follow the voting directions are probably dems.

Posted by: rmw5 | March 27, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Gov Pawlenty is following the law. Do you want a Governor who would do less? He said he would have to wait and see what the court allows him to do. Some people are so dense. We already have the crooks in DC.

Posted by: annnort | March 27, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Let's be honest, a win by a few votes in an election with millions of voters is essentially an admission that we will never truely know who won, but so it goes. We know that Bush didn't win the popular vote in 2000, and the win in Florida is highly questionable, but even Al Gore who stood to gain the Presidency, realized that it was in the best interest of the US to finish the election. Of course in hindsight I am sure most Americans wish that Gore had fought for the Presidency just a bit harder, but who knew.

As to the notion that people would never elect a comedian to be a senator, and as someone said, perhaps not even a very good comedian, that is a rediculous idea on the face of it. America elected a washed up third rate actor as President, and loved him (or so I am told), why wouldn't they elect a Senator who was a comedian?

There is no doubt the Republican party wants this to take as long as possible to resolve. It is hard to imagine any other outcome beside Franken being elected, what is the other choice, to pick the guy who got fewer votes? While the Democrats are missing Franken the Republicans have the power to get more earmarks and consessions from the Democrats. I am sure the pressure from the RNC on the Governor is tremendous, and there is nothing that politicians like more then to be relevent.

Posted by: bjuhasz | March 27, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Minnesota should take a tip from Washington State. Christine Gregoire won the governorship in 2004 by a similar number of votes, and after a couple of recounts. Her opponent at least had the decency to bow out at that time. As to assuming Al Franken won't be a good senator because he was a professional comedian, please remember that Ronald Reagan was a B list film actor, and many people think he was a successful governor and president (thought I am not one of them). This is obviously a tactic by the Republican Party to keep a Democratic senator from joining his colleagues in the senate. Pawlenty, show that you can take the high road and certify this election asap.

Posted by: misschris49 | March 27, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

This fiasco is just another indication that the Republicans are all strategy and no substance.

Posted by: dena2 | March 27, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

"If the DFL party had chosen anyone even remotely qualified"
Going on that George Bush would NEVER have been elected. In fact most of the Republican Party would be disqualified.

Posted by: burgess2 | March 27, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

If they instituted an IQ test for politicians and voters the last 8 years would not have existed.

Posted by: burgess2 | March 27, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Minnesota is a laughingstock. I'd be embarrassed to live in a state that can't decide an election after four months.

Posted by: jdrocket | March 29, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

It isn't about Coleman or Franken anymore, it's about the GOP last-ditch attempt to hang onto any legislative control. The statements by the senator from Texas are clear. The GOP intends that if they can't have the seat, nobody will have the seat, by any means necessary. They will continue to finance endless Coleman appeals for years. I used to think that there could be partnership with republicans. I was wrong. God Bless Texas.

Posted by: ninjagin | March 30, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

As a Minnesotan I'm tired of the what is wrong with you, you are an embrassment angle. We voted, and it was an extremely close election. If anyone doesn't know how the recount went you don't want to take the time to educate yourself. It was televised and scrutinized closely. There are no cases of voter fraud against the Democratic party (Only one and that was a Coleman supporter). On November 4th Minnesota, like the rest of nation spoke, On January 5th the most extensive recount told us that Franken won by the narrowest margin ever in a senate race. Any time now the court is going to support that decision (because it is the most open and accurate accouting possible) and Coleman and the GOP will have again lost. Coleman has lost in every thourough evaluation of the vote count. Like it or not, small margin or not, Franken won a very close election. Coleman wasn't robbed, it wasn't stolen, there was bipartisan representation that had almost total unanimous agreement at each step. When the court rules seat the winner, Immediately.

Posted by: tdaniel1 | March 30, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

What's all the fuss about Franken being a comedian? He was a good and funny comedian while Ronald Reagan, whom you Republicans found fit to be president, was a poor actor. The GOP seems to have no limits on its hypocrisy.

Posted by: DWSouthern | March 30, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Franken won. The Republicans will have to accept it (hard as it may be for them). And so what if he was a comedian? Reagan was an ACTOR and HE was elected California Governor AND President! Give Minnesota the man they elected. AL FRANKEN.

Posted by: voyager6331 | March 30, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

May the best crook win, and it appears to be Franken. Pawlenty will stick to his guns.
Minnesota is the new Florida.

Posted by: seemstome | March 31, 2009 6:21 AM | Report abuse

Ms Akers,
You fail to report that the only reason Franken overcame the 700+ vote lead in the recount is the fraud perpetrated by thge Franken campaign in collusion with the MN elections chief and that is why they are in court to begin with. Do your job reporters! You are just as guilty as they are for the fraud in this past election. You purposefully omit relevant information in order to manipulate public opinion. We just heard about the NYTs halting stories about Obama's connections to ACORN and others because they didn't want to adversly affect his election and you are doing the same. Franken and the Dems have tried to STEAL the election and this would never have happened if there were not so many ignorant voters in MN. Franken? What a joke! You folks in MN sure know how to embaress yourselves. First Jesse the wrestling governor Ventura and now Franken. Your a laughing stock MN if your election thieves succeed then we will be laughling at you all the louder while we sympathise with all those in MN and throughout the US who have to deal with the results of your collective stupidity.

Posted by: jerryo1 | March 31, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

As I read many of these posts it is clear that many of you have blinders on. It is clear that Franken and his liberal moles in the elections offices there have disenfranchised military voters and embraced the smelliest of Franken votes ( some of which just magically turned up well after the election - how convenient) so that Franken and his partners in crime like ACORN and your flaming liberal elections chief could reverse the will of the people. You liberals are willing to overlook this fraud in order to win. You disgust me. You discuss this issue like global warming by pretending that everyone is in agreement when they are not. You act (AND REPORT)as if Franken won and Coleman is not accepting it but the truth is that Coleman won and the Liberal election thieves in MN set about to reverse it by crapping on our military. WHOM WE ALL KNOW YOU LIBERALS DESPISE. I have no respect for your corrupt election process and the ease with which you accept this corruption. My grandfather lived his entire life there and I have watched your shenanigans for decades and have no sympathy for your plight or your lack of a senator. You made this mess that we all may have to live with and I hope it bites you on the backside. Don't come whining to the rest of us when you have to bootleg dish soap like they are in Oregon just to be able to clean thier dishes. Thats Liberalism for you; quintessential asininity!!!

Posted by: jerryo1 | March 31, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter if you don't like AL FRANKEN. It doesn't matter if you don't Liberals. It doesn't matter if you don't like Democrats.


Just like BUSH won in 2000. He won a close but fair election, Its official OVER. Its time to get over it and prepare for 2010.

If the GOP and their minions persist in trying to delay FRANKEN from getting seated it is they that will show their true colors.

That they don't like DEMOCRACY and therefore don't like AMERICA.

Best of luck with that platform in 2010.

Posted by: mmarsh1 | April 1, 2009 5:26 AM | Report abuse

Coleman can't quit because he doesn't have permission from the republican leadership. He has no future in MN and his only political future is with the national republican party. So he must follow orders. Much to Pawlenty's good fortune he was not selected as VP nominee and avoided that disaster. He has a 50$ approval rating in MN and is hardly a shoein for relection. He has his eyes on 2012 but he will not be very popular in MN if he holds up the seating of Franken but may lose support of the GOP leaders if he seats the GOP's worse nightmare Al Franken. The GOP has done a wonderful job labeling Franken as "mad Al." but down deep, more than a 59th senator Franken is a very intelligent, articulate liberal who once seated will make the GOP cringe. The worse kept secret in Washington is that Franken won the election and will be seated. The MN supreme Court will likely not accept the case and order Pawlenty to sign the certificate. That will give Pawlenty the political cover to duck the issue.

Posted by: tdaniel1 | April 2, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

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