CNN pundits weigh in on Coleman/Franken

Republican strategist Alex Castellanos writes:
Minnesotans eat lutefisk, not for its taste, but from a sense of cultural responsibility. After all, the delightful state staple is fish prepared in lye. Who would want to miss “All You Can Eat” night?

“Minnesota Nice,” however, can expose the soft underbelly of the state to self-interested politicians. This year, it may allow comedian Al Franken to walk away with one of the state’s highest public offices and the U.S. Senate might finally gain what it has always lacked: a clown who is a credentialed professional.

Democratic strategist Paul Begala writes:
You know you’re low when you have lower ethical standards than a convicted felon, but that’s where former Sen. Norm Coleman finds himself.

His fellow former senator, Ted Stevens of Alaska, decided not to contest his narrow defeat.

Stevens had little realistic chance of overturning the result, and Alaska needed both its senators as hundreds of billions of dollars were being spent by Congress. Even though he betrayed the public trust, Stevens’ last public act put his state first.

Me? After all of this hurry up and wait, lawsuit upon lawsuit, and punditry galore, I’m considering the implications of just having one senator for another six years.

2 Comments so far

  1. Donavon (brash) on January 28th, 2009 @ 8:35 am

    My observations: if you think Al Franken has won this election amid a cloud of controversy, just imagine if Norm Coleman overturns the results that Al Franken overturned. If our faith in the system had already been shaken, Norm Coleman walking away with the election would completely shatter it. If Al Franken maintains his hold on the election and receives his coveted election certificate, then he will have 6 years to become the best Senator ever, lest he be challenged and lose his seat by anyone who happens to get the GOP nomination in 2014.

    I think this election underscores the precise reason for why we either need a runoff for elections where no one gets 50%+1, or instant runoffs for statewide elections. Currently, the only bill regarding our election system is SF232, which allows absentee voting for any particular reason. While this bill will eliminate the absurd pretexts each campaign was using to reject otherwise lawful votes, it will not solve the issue that got us into the recount in the first place: an extremely close election that gives the winner no mandate whatsoever.

  2. AB (absalom) on January 28th, 2009 @ 12:21 pm

    That’s a ridiculous quote. Implying Coleman is lower than a criminal because he’s contesting the election? I doubt we would find ourselves in any different situation if Franken came out 200 votes short.

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