Monday, March 9, 2009
One month later, still waiting.
29 days ago, I asked what the hold up was for seating Al Franken. I listed a bunch of things that might have been what we were waiting for before his election could be ratified and he could be seated as the 100th senator.
All the future events I listed in jest have happened, but still the Norm Coleman legal team wastes time in court. When the recount began and Coleman was a few hundred votes ahead, he argued that Minnesota couldn't afford a recount. Now that he's a few hundred votes behind, he wants a complete "do over" election, which sounds like it would be more expensive than a recount, don't you think?
It has to be a little galling to people like Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh, both of whom Franken mercilessly mocked in his best-selling books. Like the other two, Franken was a radio talk show host for a while and a best-selling author, but used it as a springboard to enter the Senate. For O'Reilly and Limbaugh, being a senator would be both a loss in pay and in influence, but it would be a validation, and these guys live for validation. It must irritate them to know they would get killed in the political arena, while Franken actually ran a campaign that worked.
Franken's lawyer says it will be a couple weeks now. Unfortunately, "couple" means either "two" or "some small number, probably no more than ten, but we aren't making any promises". Let's hope it's two. This is the 21st Century, and this process is moving at 19th Century speeds.