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Some GOOD news for a change

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Democratic U.S. Senator Al Franken of Minnesota smiles in Minneapolis today after his victory over Repugnican Norm Coleman was made final. Franken’s victory makes it possible for President Barack Obama to get his — America’s — agenda through the U.S. Senate filibuster-free. (Gee, remember that “permanent Repugnican majority”?)

I live in California, which is sinking like the Titanic these days — all that I can say to those morons who actually voted for Repugnican Arnold Schwarzenegger in the bullshit gubernatorial recall election in 2003 is that I told you so — so it’s nice to hear some good news for a change:

Democrat Al Franken officially made it to the U.S. Senate today after his Repugnican challenger Norm Coleman, who had been the incumbent in the U.S. Senate seat for Minnesota, finally conceded to Franken after the Minnesota Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Franken, not Coleman, should be seated in the U.S. Senate.

Coleman had urged Franken, for the good of Minnesota, to concede to him after the  first vote count had Coleman beating Franken by only 215 votes. With such a microscopic margin Franken was entitled to a recount, and the recount showed that Franken actually had won the November election by a 225-vote margin.

Suddenly the welfare of the people of Minnesota wasn’t as important as it was when Coleman initially had been declared the winner, because after the recount Coleman didn’t take his own advice and concede to Franken.

Sore Loserman Coleman instead dragged the fight out for months, during which time the people of Minnesota were down one senator in the U.S. Senate. Because Repugnicans are fucking hypocrites.

But now, Franken, as the 58th Democratic U.S. senator, along with two independent senators who usually vote with the Democrats, will be the actual help to the people of Minnesota and to all Americans that Coleman lied that he would be.

Good always wins out in the end. The Repugnicans can obstruct progress, and they do, but they can’t obstruct it forever.

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‘Sore Loserman’ redux — only in reverse

The Minnepolis Star-Tribune has scanned thousands of the contested ...

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune is displaying scans of the contested ...

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Al on top: Democrat Al Franken, photographed above in November, appears closer than ever to unseating asswipe Norm Coleman (shown under Franken above in a photo from February 2008),  the incumbent Repugnican for a U.S. Senate seat for Minnesota. 

Democrat Al Franken is on track to replace Repugnican Norm Coleman as a U.S. senator for Minnesota. Right now, with the state’s recount of the incredibly close Senate race completed, Franken is ahead of Coleman by a razor-thin margin of 225 votes.

Of course, when initial results of the vote had put asshole Coleman on top by only 215 votes, Coleman urged Franken to concede for the good of Minnesota and the country and everything that is Godly and good. But now that the recount, which was mandated by state law, has put Franken on top, will hypocrite Coleman take his own advice and concede for the good of the Universe? Of fucking course not: Team Coleman plans to drag the matter out in court, potentially for months. (Remember the Repugnican cries of “Sore Loserman” from 2000?)

Thankfully, Franken is one Democrat named Al who didn’t give up so fucking easily. Franken has hung in there, wanting every last fucking vote to be counted as fairly and accurately as possible.

Democrats can take a lesson from Franken on the anatomical necessity of a spine. A typical Democrat would have taken his or her Repugnican opponent’s surely well-intended advice to concede already.

I used to listen to Franken at least a few years ago on Air America Radio, and he always struck me as a bit too moderate and a bit too polite — my impression was that his co-host, a former National Public Radio show host (what was her name?), held him back, because on NPR they’re always “nice” and “polite” and “professional” — and when Franken announced his intention to run for the U.S. Senate against Coleman I was doubtful of Franken’s chances, but I am happy to hear that Franken is close to finally, officially unseating Coleman the asshole.

The late Paul Wellstone would be proud.

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