Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

Congratulations, Senator-Elect Franken! (D-MN)

Al_FrankenWell, I just won $10. I bet a friend at work that Al Franken would be seated in the U.S. Senate before Sonia Sotomayor would be sworn in at the Supreme Court of the U.S.  Today, MONTHS after November’s close election and the recount, Minnesota’s Supreme Court ruled unanimously that former comedian, writer, and political commentator (for Air America’s The Al Franken Show) won the election by 312 votes.  After vowing for months to take this to the Supreme Court of the U.S., former Sen. Norm Coleman conceded today and Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) signed the certificate of  election.


Congratulations to Sen.-Elect Franken and to his wife, Franni.  Also, congratulations to the overworked staff of Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) who  will finally stop having to do the job of two senate staffs.  Congratulations to the people of Minnesota who now have TWO senators working for them.

Now that Democrats will have 60 senators, a theoretically filibuster proof majority, if we don’t get universal healthcare and many other pieces of progressive legislation, Democrats deserve ALL the blame–because they don’t need any GOP votes to get it done.  So, Dems, you’re on notice.

And the inevitable Saturday Night Live reference:  Now, the Al Franken Decade can finally begin!

June 30, 2009 - Posted by | U.S. politics


  1. Finally! I hope I never hear another Republican complain about the 2000 election recount and the ensuing very short legal issue. Never!!

    Comment by Ralph | June 30, 2009

  2. No kidding. Well, this has cost the GOP (which paid most of Coleman’s legal bills) a huge amount of $ which they need for mid-term elections and it has cost the state of MN much $, too. It has overworked Sen. Klobuchar and it has made Coleman’s name “Mud” in MN–and also hurt Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN), who was very popular until he was perceived as helping to drag this out. I think Franken is more popular in MN now than when the election took place because he has NOT played to a national audience.

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | July 1, 2009

  3. A great loss for talk radio . . . hopefully, a great gain for the people of MN.

    Comment by haitianministries | July 1, 2009

  4. Well, talk radio had already lost Al Franken. The Al Franken Show went off the air before Franken began his campaign against Coleman (although in anticipation of such).

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | July 1, 2009

  5. The question is, “Can Al Franken bring some humor to the United States Senate ?”

    Comment by Paul | July 1, 2009

  6. Not at first. He’ll have to be deadly serious for awhile to be taken seriously. But, eventually, I suspect he’ll use his deadly humor to good effect.

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | July 1, 2009

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