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When Can U.S. Senator Al Franken Take Oath Of Office?

April 14, 2009

UPDATED

Why sore-loser Norm Coleman is spitting in the wind….that is not the legal language…for that read this.

I have never made the claim that Democrats are always the virtuous ones.  But when it comes to following through on the large themes for which our party stands I think we mostly get it right. Not always, but most times we walk our talk.  But when it comes to the Minnesota United States Senate race from November 2008, over five months ago, the Republicans have shown to all that petty politics trumps their larger stated principles of following the law, and conservative bedrock philosophies of making government work in an orderly process.  Unless one of those foundations for the GOP now includes disallowing duly elected officials with which they disagree from taking office, I would argue that the Republicans took such a pummeling last year that it has left them stunned and unable to react rationally.  Norm Coleman has become a national boob while the people in Minnesota are denied full representation on the issues of the day.  Way to go GOP!!   I am sure this will help you find your way out of the political wilderness! 

Here is a tip for the wayward Republicans…..the path to the light does not go through the land of  10,000 lakes.

Three judges soundly rejected Norm Coleman’s attempt to reverse Al Franken’s lead in the U.S. Senate election late Monday, sweeping away the Republican’s claims in a blunt ruling Coleman promised to appeal.

After a trial spanning nearly three months, the judicial panel dismissed Coleman’s central argument that the election and its aftermath were fraught with systemic errors that made the results invalid.

“The overwhelming weight of the evidence indicates that the Nov. 4, 2008, election was conducted fairly, impartially and accurately,” the panel said in its unanimous decision.

The panel concluded that Franken, a DFLer, “received the highest number of votes legally cast” in the election. Franken emerged from the trial with a 312-vote lead, the court ruled, and “is therefore entitled to receive the certificate of election.”

Speaking to reporters outside his downtown Minneapolis condominium, Franken, flanked by his wife, Franni, said he had “no control” over what Coleman does next but said he would urge his opponent not to appeal, which would delay his certification. “I am honored and humbled by this close victory,” he said. “And it’s long past time we got to work.”

2 Comments
  1. April 14, 2009 12:05 PM

    It is not a question of 312 votes or 312,000…..

    At some point the winner should be allowed to take the oath of office.

    The people, and now the courts have spoken.

    Richard Nixon who had perhaps a great reason to have doubts did the honorable thing in 1960……

  2. Thomas J Canton permalink
    April 14, 2009 11:38 AM

    So is 312 votes considered a mandate from the MN for “change” or did Franken get a good group of attorneys?

    Al should bring his “enemies list” to DC. Make sure that Mean Bill O’Reilly gets thrown off the air…

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