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.


Karen Zipdrive said...

Funny how Minnesota wasted no time seating Jesse Ventura in the Governor's position, yet they are dragging their feet on Franken.
He may have won by only a few hundred votes, but he won. Get over it, Coleman.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Free Al Franken!

Karlacita! said...

I heard from a friend in Minnesota that the voters now think both guys are complete tools. So maybe they're sorta glad this thing is dragging out?

Anonymous said...

Well, MN voters must be stupid to stop their Senate representation. Coleman is a fool and this is just politics, has nothing to do with him caring about his State or America. Another Limpo fanatic.

FranIAm said...

It is maddening and idiotic. I can't believe that Coleman can keep this going!

Matty Boy said...

I blame the judges in the case. If they want to, they can light a fire under the asses of the lawyers, especially since it's the Minnesota Supreme Court and the only court of higher appeal is the U.S. Supremes, as far as I know.

There's talk that Arlen Spector is thinking of jumping ship. I'm a little surprised it isn't one of the ladies from Maine.

Boss Limbaugh has said that if you are a moderate Republican, you stand for nothing. The moderates should leave and show the True Conservatives how teeny-tiny there base truly is.

dguzman said...

Why is it that when judges get super-high-profile cases, they turn them into circuses? See: Lance Ito, and this case. Ridiculous.

After Jesse Ventura and now this, I say we cut Minnesota out completely. It's too damned cold there anyway.

Sorry, MN-ites! but that's how I feel.