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Franken Leads Coleman

herb the verb's picture

This is excellent news! Although I was hoping for a close Franken victory for purely personal reasons, I would be even more satisfied with a wider margin....

Coverage of this marathon recount (which if performed this way in Florida in 2000 would likely have given us Gore, rather than Bush and we never would have fallen asleep for this long national nightmare, but I digress) is handled comprehensively here.

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Submitted by Damon on

This will have been one of the few political bright spots of the year, for me, if Franken pulls this off.

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Submitted by Davidson on

Hell yes. You think Franken is down with the post-partisan unity pony parade?

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Submitted by herb the verb on

Apparently the view is that given the inevitable court challenges, an interim MN senator is nearly a certainty (look for the Dec. 19 shows video at that link). Minnesota has a Republican governor (you know, Tim Pawlenty....), but even the Republicans on the panel do not think Pawlenty would prejudice the process by reappointing Coleman. The name that came up was the recently retired Jim Ramstad, who actually does have some bi-partisan respect.

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Submitted by Historiann on

but I don't think it speaks well of him that he was unable in this huge Dem year to deliver a convincing spanking to Coleman, who has always seemed to me to be extremely weak. I will say that I don't have any insight into MN politics--maybe someone who does will explain why Coleman was competitive this year. But if Franken couldn't win in a walk in 2008, how will he do when the winds of political fortune shift again?

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Submitted by Aeryl on

But a friend does, and he explained it this way.

MN voters are picky, and like to buck trends. These are the people who elected Wellstone and Jesse Ventura.

My take on it is, is that Obama didn't do enough to associate himself with the Democratic brand, so his victories, didn't translate into downticket victories.

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Submitted by Historiann on

Nutty Minnesotans! They have elected a very eccentric crowd of politicians recently, when you look at them all together. I hear what you're saying about Obama, but I don't know if Al Franken did enough to associate himself with Obama, either--as I recall, he's got ties to the Clintons from the 1990s, but he didn't endorse anyone in the primary (probably a good thing, because Obama mopped the floor with Clinton in MN.)

Were there any senate races that Obama campaigned in? He sure spent a lot of time here in Colorado, but I don't recall a single event he did to promote Mark Udall, our (successful) Dem senate candidate. (Then again, in Colorado it may have been risky for Udall to brand himself a Dem so clearly--at least it was until 2008, anyway!)