Breaking: Say hello to Senator Al Franken; Update: Coleman concedes

posted at 2:35 pm on June 30, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

To no one’s great shock, the Minnesota Supreme Court has rejected Norm Coleman’s appeal of the election contest and awarded the Senate election to Al Franken.  The decision, expected last week, stated that Coleman failed to prove that recounting thousands of rejected ballots would have impacted the final results:

It is U.S. Sen. Al Franken.

The Minnesota Supreme Court today decided that Franken, a Democrat, won the highest number of votes in last year’s U.S. Senate race and deserves a signed election certificate.

The court said that Republican Norm Coleman didn’t prove that a lower court made mistakes requiring a rehearing of the case. Coleman had asked the court to order thousands of rejected absentee ballots counted. He had hoped the counting would allow him to overcome Franken’s 312-vote lead.

As I wrote before, the equal-protection argument Coleman used for this appeal had more chance of success in federal court rather than state court.  The state court kept itself to the issues of state law, rather than the more expansive federal issue of equal treatment of votes.  No one who followed the arguments at the court can be surprised by this decision, which was unanimous.

Coleman could push this into the federal courts, but he has yet to commit to doing so.  Tim Pawlenty indicated that he would follow the state Supreme Court’s direction in handling the election certificate, which means Franken will probably take his seat this week in the Senate.  If Coleman appeals to the federal court, he will have to also deal with Franken’s status as a seated Senator.

My guess — and this is just a guess — is that Coleman will call it a day.  We’ll soon see.

Update: Eric Black reports that the certificate was not specifically ordered.  Hmmm.  That gives Pawlenty an out, if he chooses to wait for a Coleman federal appeal.

Update II: Ignore my original update II.  ABC News sent out an old report, and I didn’t catch it at first.

Update III: Catching this via Twitter from Howard Kurtz — Norm Coleman has conceded.  He wants to focus on fishing more than the governor’s race for now, but I think he decided to stop now to preserve his viability within the state of Minnesota.  Probably not a bad decision for him personally.

Update IV: Coleman’s statement, as provided by his campaign:

“Ours is a government of laws, not men and women.  The Supreme Court of Minnesota has spoken and I respect its decision and will abide by the result.  It’s time for Minnesota to come together under the leaders it has chosen and move forward. I join all Minnesotans in congratulating our newest United States Senator – Al Franken.

“Just a few last words about my legal challenge.  Sure, I wanted to win.  Not just for myself but for my wonderful supporters and the important values I have always fought for.  I also thought it was important to stand up for enfranchising thousands of Minnesotans whose votes weren’t counted like the others were.  After all, issues and politicians come and go, but voting is fundamental.

“It is the essence of democracy so I knew we needed to do everything we could to get it right.

“I am forever grateful and humbled by the people of Minnesota who have given me the honor to represent them – and even more grateful for their wisdom, courage, patience and understanding over these past several months.

“The path that I take in the future is not nearly as important today as the path that we must now — all travel on together — to strengthen our state and our nation.

“I have never believed that my service is irreplaceable.  We have reached the point where further litigation damages the unity of our state, which is also fundamental.  In these tough times, we all need to focus on the future.  And the future today is we have a new United States Senator.

“I congratulate Al Franken and his victory in this election.  He now enjoys the advantage that our Congressional Delegation has over the other 525 people on Capitol Hill: he represents Minnesota.

“I know the great ideas, the amazing work ethic and the historic ability to come together to get things done in this state will help him greatly, as it has me.

“Speaking of which, I think we all should take a moment to thank Amy Klobuchar and her staff.  They have done a great job of carrying the burden of two Senators these last six months.  She is an extraordinary public servant.

“I don’t reach this point with any big regrets.  I ran the campaign I wanted.  I conducted the legal challenge I wanted.  And I have always believed you do the best you can and leave the results up to a higher authority.  I’m at peace with that.  As to my future plans, that’s a subject for another day.

“We live in a great country and a great state.  We can all have confidence that by some path we don’t yet know – one which we can all come together to lay out – we will arrive at the better future we all seek.

“Thank you and may God bless Minnesota and America.”


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If you agree that you have the right of self defense, then shouldn’t you have the right to the same type of weapons that a criminal may use against you?
Chainsaw56 on June 30, 2009 at 4:58 PM

No. Just because the criminal has access to X doesn’t mean that anyone should have access to X. That’s the whole point. They are criminals. They have use weapons which we don’t want them to use. It doesn’t make those weapons legit all of a sudden.
mycowardice on June 30, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Then I would guess you’re against the disarmament of the law-abiding (aka gun control) because by their very nature criminals won’t follow the law anyways so it’s pointless to heap new ineffectual laws on top of old ineffectual laws.

Practicality is also a consideration, Criminals don’t want to call attention to themselves, so that restricts the type of weapons that they would prefer to carry. Your”re not going to see many criminals with AR-15′s or other type of long guns because they are difficult to conceal – that’s why the criminals don’t use them.

Chainsaw56 on June 30, 2009 at 5:25 PM

Update: Coleman concedes

Asked if he had any regrets about fighting the case, Coleman replied, “What you talkin’ ’bout, Willis?”

Daggett on June 30, 2009 at 5:26 PM

newton on June 30, 2009 at 5:25 PM

Is that it? I thought I didn’t know who I was messing with. lol

Terry Silver on June 30, 2009 at 5:27 PM

I had quite a few relatives in Minn.Visited about ten times over the years. They are different. Used to be ,in the old days, more conservative.Last time I was there was 5 years ago. It certainly has changed. Quite an influx of immigrants.I think the weather does strange things to them! I actually like Michele Bachmann. She’s a tad quirky, but she works really hard for conservatives, in a hostile State.

sandee on June 30, 2009 at 5:28 PM

OK guys, somebody please, PLEASE take me away from here. I’m very close to punch my brand spanking new laptop – something that I never have done before…

newton on June 30, 2009 at 5:28 PM

No me and my circle of friends aren’t the ranting and raving type like you people seem to be. I always recognized Bush as the rightful winner.
Terry Silver on June 30, 2009 at 5:21 PM

Really? Not the ranting and raving type?

What backwater are you from you effing moron?
Terry Silver on June 30, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Are you sure about that, “Precious”?

But that wasn’t what I inferred, I was pondering how much of an effort you made to defend Dubya from the overwhelming tidal wave of hysterical “SELECTED NOT ELECTED!” which poured from the left after the 2000 election.

I have the feeling it wasn’t exactly a world-class attempt on your part.

Bishop on June 30, 2009 at 5:29 PM

Chainsaw56 on June 30, 2009 at 5:25 PM

I think the argument that you are basing your argument on top of (i.e. let’s look at what criminals do to decide what we should do) is valid but dangerous. It should not be a direct “they do it so we should be able to do it” rule. But yes, the right to self defense for example is one that recognizes that not everyone always act lawfully. I get that. I just don’t see how you can make the leap so easily to weapons.

mycowardice on June 30, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Are you sure about that, “Precious”?

Bishop on June 30, 2009 at 5:29 PM

Thank you, Bishop. You’ve just diffused me!

newton on June 30, 2009 at 5:30 PM

I have a new nickname for Senator Al Frankin

SENATOR PUMPKIN HEAD

rednebulastudios on June 30, 2009 at 5:31 PM

your an idiot.

Terry Silver on June 30, 2009 at 5:11 PM

Del Dolemonte on June 30, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Minnesota will get exactly what it deserves, a clown for a Senator. I don’t know of any conservatives who haven’t left the state. I was born and raised in Minneapolis, left in 1969, and NEVER looked back! The libs will turn it into another California or New York.

GFW on June 30, 2009 at 5:32 PM

Thank you, Bishop. You’ve just diffused me!
newton on June 30, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Hate to see a good laptop go to waste, and it’s definitely not worth it for the likes of the trolls who show up here.

Axelrod sent us the B-Squad, easily refuted but tiresome in the long run.

Bishop on June 30, 2009 at 5:32 PM

It is a new historic day for America: The first tax-cheat pornographer has been elected to high office.

BKennedy on June 30, 2009 at 5:32 PM

Minnesota will get exactly what it deserves, a clown for a Senator.

GFW on June 30, 2009 at 5:32 PM

I totally agree with that.

newton on June 30, 2009 at 5:33 PM

Cmon Bishop, I’m partisan. I would defend a democrat before I would defend a republican. On the other hand I don’t believe in attacking the other side without cause, which can in effect delegitimize a public office.

Terry Silver on June 30, 2009 at 5:33 PM

I just don’t see how you can make the leap so easily to weapons.

mycowardice on June 30, 2009 at 5:30 PM

They make everyone equal, isn’t that the goal?

Chainsaw56 on June 30, 2009 at 5:34 PM

It should not be a direct “they do it so we should be able to do it” rule
mycowardice on June 30, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Correct. It’s a “nobody on earth has any authority over the manner in which I righteously protect my life, and the technology I seek to do so” rule.

I’m not asking permission. Nothing exists to grant such permission. I decide for myself.

LimeyGeek on June 30, 2009 at 5:34 PM

I think the weather does strange things to them!

Lovely.

The Race Card on June 30, 2009 at 5:34 PM

LimeyGeek on June 30, 2009 at 5:34 PM

Even if you were a felon (something that restrict your right to bear arms?)

mycowardice on June 30, 2009 at 5:36 PM

Hate to see a good laptop go to waste, and it’s definitely not worth it for the likes of the trolls who show up here.

Bishop on June 30, 2009 at 5:32 PM

The laptop is great. It’s Windows Vista that I absolutely abhor. It crashes often, because Vista has plenty of problems with the graphics card inside the laptop. I can’t wait for Windows 7 to come! But if it turns out to be another Vista… it’s Linux or Mac for me.

newton on June 30, 2009 at 5:37 PM

I think the weather does strange things to them!

Lovely.

The Race Card on June 30, 2009 at 5:34 PM

It’s not the weather. I can assure you of that.

newton on June 30, 2009 at 5:38 PM

Even if you were a felon (something that restrict your right to bear arms?)

mycowardice on June 30, 2009 at 5:36 PM

Especially if I’m a felon. Why would a felon obey any such laws?

LimeyGeek on June 30, 2009 at 5:39 PM

Even if you were a felon

if one is a felon, one is in jail, rights diminished – cannot vote, no guns

runner on June 30, 2009 at 5:41 PM

Cmon Bishop, I’m partisan. I would defend a democrat before I would defend a republican. On the other hand I don’t believe in attacking the other side without cause, which can in effect delegitimize a public office.
Terry Silver on June 30, 2009 at 5:33 PM

That’s where we differ as I hate all the cheats and criminals in high office, no matter their political stripe. Murtha, Dodd, Feinstein, Rangel, the list goes on but you don’t care because politics has trumped reason.

Franken cheated on his taxes, got caught and then blamed his accountant. His past is littered with nasty, misogynist rhetoric and rape jokes which would get a conservative hanged from the nearest newspaper op-ed.

Go ahead and defend Franken and his tax cheating ways, Gaia knows you’re getting plenty of practice considering the administration Ogabe is assembling. Be content with your elected leaders, they’re yours, good and bad.

Bishop on June 30, 2009 at 5:41 PM

Fraud Franken.

Or is that FrankenFraud?

I’m just hoping this massive voter fraud that puts a man in the Senate who lost the election isn’t an omen of 2010.

Just how long can the Dems get away with this kind of voter fraud?

tom on June 30, 2009 at 5:44 PM

Bishop on June 30, 2009 at 5:41 PM

Listen man you just can’t win by trying to be more moral than the other guy. Nice guys finish last, I’m sorry but its true. Sometimes you have to back scoundrels.

Terry Silver on June 30, 2009 at 5:44 PM

I can’t wait for Windows 7 to come! But if it turns out to be another Vista… it’s Linux or Mac for me.
newton on June 30, 2009 at 5:37 PM

It’s not. I have a relative who works for Microsoft and I have had access to Win7 as a beta on a Toshiba laptop; it’s clean and relatively sleek while most of the resource hogging has been trimmed. You will like it.

Bishop on June 30, 2009 at 5:44 PM

newton on June 30, 2009 at 5:37 PM

I would strongly recommend moving to Ubuntu, I have been using it for the last couple of years, and it works like a charm. The painful distribution issues with RedHat are all a thing of the past – Ubuntu has only one major release every few months, so the code base is tightly controlled. And the best thing is : if you don’t like anything, feel free to change the kernel, google groups will be glad to assist you.

peter_griffin on June 30, 2009 at 5:45 PM

As for finding the original intent, it’s impossible because it doesn’t exist.

mycowardice on June 30, 2009 at 4:13 PM

How obtuse are you? There are plenty of primary documents written by our Founding Fathers that make quite clear what their intent was.

onlineanalyst on June 30, 2009 at 5:45 PM

I hope I don’t spit up

Renae on June 30, 2009 at 5:46 PM

Meh, what’s one more evil clown. When the toilet gets flushed in 2010 hopefully his career in politics will be over.

….and I’ll laugh at him even more.

Spiritk9 on June 30, 2009 at 5:47 PM

I hope I don’t spit up

Renae on June 30, 2009 at 5:46 PM

I almost vomited.

ChunkyLover on June 30, 2009 at 5:47 PM

Where can one find comments by Republican politicians regarding current events? If I know my Republicans, they won’t have anything to say about this heist of a Republican senate seat except for maybe some welcoming words to the guy who stole the election and some sentimental farewells to Coleman.

Buddahpundit on June 30, 2009 at 5:47 PM

Franken cheated on his taxes, got caught and then blamed his accountant. His past is littered with nasty, misogynist rhetoric and rape jokes which would get a conservative hanged from the nearest newspaper op-ed.

Bishop on June 30, 2009 at 5:41 PM

I’m back from having a mommy-baby dance. (My younger daughter is five months old, as of today.)

You can bet that the first thing he’s going to do is to call for a shut-down of talk radio. He failed in that one, so he will make sure that NO ONE is ever successful in it, ever again.

He WILL call for the head of Rush on a platter.

newton on June 30, 2009 at 5:48 PM

LimeyGeek on June 30, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Perhaps thou hadst to explain it because sense it maketh not. Ya see, the final word should be “hither.” “Hence” means from here.

Al in St. Lou on June 30, 2009 at 5:50 PM

And we wonder what is wrong with our country!

jimmy2shoes on June 30, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Listen man you just can’t win by trying to be more moral than the other guy. Nice guys finish last, I’m sorry but its true. Sometimes you have to back scoundrels.
Terry Silver on June 30, 2009 at 5:44 PM

So said the tyrant as he justified his stealing of power.

You are an American, you have the right and the duty to demand better of ALL your representatives and not dismiss the thugs on “your” side because they support a few policies you agree with.

This is what is so sad about people like you, you have abrogated your responsibility to YOUR nation and YOUR fellow Americans in order to win a fleeting political point.

You stay silent while fuds like Dodd fail to pay their taxes, while jerks like Rangel hide their ownership of property, while Feinstein’s husband profiteers from a war while you are out lambasting Halliburton for doing the exact same thing.

Congrats, you just got yourself exactly what you asked for, a set of criminals who you support only because they have promised to protect something like abortion rights. Sad, really really sad.

Bishop on June 30, 2009 at 5:51 PM

newton on June 30, 2009 at 5:48 PM

So you are a woman who wants to use Linux? That’s really cool, I wish more women were that adventurous when it came to computing …

peter_griffin on June 30, 2009 at 5:52 PM

It’s not. I have a relative who works for Microsoft and I have had access to Win7 as a beta on a Toshiba laptop; it’s clean and relatively sleek while most of the resource hogging has been trimmed. You will like it.

Bishop on June 30, 2009 at 5:44 PM

Mine is a Toshiba with an AMD Turion X2 Dual Core 64-bit processor, and an ATI Radeon graphics card.

I installed SP2 soon after we ran Norton on it and experienced the first crashes.

newton on June 30, 2009 at 5:53 PM

newton on June 30, 2009 at 5:53 PM

All the more reason to move to Linux. Mind you, the Linux drivers are usually a bit slow to catch on to the most recent ATI graphics cards, but it’s worth the wait. Or you can code up something yourself (lot easier than it sounds, really)

peter_griffin on June 30, 2009 at 5:56 PM

No me and my circle of friends aren’t the ranting and raving type like you people seem to be. I always recognized Bush as the rightful winner.

Terry Silver on June 30, 2009 at 5:21 PM

Somehow I seriously doubt that! You were probably one of the first people out protesting how the Evil-Bushitler stole the election, then you probably moved on to visiting 9-11 conspiracy websites and/or protesting for “9-11 truth now!”

For how intelligent, sophisticated and advanced you make Minnesotan’s out to be it seems odd to me that they have such a history of supporting candidates that are woefully unqualified for their positions, or how Minnesotan’s do nothing about the numerous jihadi training camps and compounds to be found right in their oh so enlightened backyards!

While I don’t agree that ALL people living in MN are idiots there is plenty of evidence based on their voting record and ignoring and/or pacification of jihadi’s within their own state that indicates MN has more than their share of idiots!

Liberty or Death on June 30, 2009 at 5:57 PM

I am glad that my Father, WW2 vet, ASA and Patriot is not around to see what has happened to his beloved country. It makes me sick!

faol on June 30, 2009 at 5:58 PM

What a classy statement by Norm Coleman. You can bet your ass that if the recount had confirmed Coleman as the winner, Franken would never have been so classy and he would have litigated it just as long. He doesn’t have a classy bone in his body.

I hope we have not seen the last of Norm Coleman.

rockmom on June 30, 2009 at 5:59 PM

Do the right thing

Fight

CWforFreedom on June 30, 2009 at 5:59 PM

So you are a woman who wants to use Linux? That’s really cool, I wish more women were that adventurous when it came to computing …

peter_griffin on June 30, 2009 at 5:52 PM

I learned about Linux – RedHat – at college. It is a solid OS, for sure. Crash-proof. Love that!

I HATE DOS. I think Mac OS is very well built. (I learned about computers through a Mac.)

newton on June 30, 2009 at 6:01 PM

How in Gods name, this radical, violent, maniac became a senator, is beyond my comprehension.

Those who voted for this insipid, hollywood reject, needs to take a psych exam, immediately. What in the hell were they thinking???

capejasmine on June 30, 2009 at 6:02 PM

So you are a woman who wants to use Linux? That’s really cool, I wish more women were that adventurous when it came to computing …

peter_griffin on June 30, 2009 at 5:52 PM

Me! Me! (waves hand in air)
We run three OSes at home: Linux (Ubuntu), Mac OS, and XP. Of all the systems, the Windozer gets the least use. :-)

Mary in LA on June 30, 2009 at 6:03 PM

Just another sign of the apocalypse… of conservative jackassery that has driven the United States into a moral and ethical sh*thole.

The road to recovery will be long and difficult but at least we’re getting on track.

Constantine on June 30, 2009 at 6:03 PM

Back on topic: The only kernel of corn in this great, steaming pile is that Al Franken will probably make a fool of himself daily.

Mary in LA on June 30, 2009 at 6:04 PM

What do you call serial self-beclowning? Whatever it is, that’s you, State of Minnesota. You’d think a bunch of ex-Vikings would have more pride than that.

Immolate on June 30, 2009 at 6:04 PM

The road to recovery will be long and difficult but at least we’re getting on track.

Constantine on June 30, 2009 at 6:03 PM

On track towards Marxism.

newton on June 30, 2009 at 6:06 PM

Back on topic: The only kernel of corn in this great, steaming pile is that Al Franken will probably make a fool of himself daily.
Mary in LA on June 30, 2009 at 6:04 PM

Or be so marginalized and ignored, even by his own party, that he could not show up in Congress for months at a time and no one would notice.

Minnesota has a carpet-bagger as a Senator, at least New York beat us to the punch in that regard.

Bishop on June 30, 2009 at 6:07 PM

Screw Coleman and his concession.

NoDonkey on June 30, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Huh? Don’t blame this on Coleman; he fought this travesty to the state Supreme Court. That’s where the fight ends. I say three cheers for Norm Coleman.

Jaibones on June 30, 2009 at 6:07 PM

To all you stupid, air-head Minnesota skanks that voted for this dip$hit, maybe you weren’t aware of his p0rn-0-rama skit where he got lots of laughs joking about RA PE. Wow … you ditzy flunkies really know how to pick a winner. Can’t imagine what sort of pathetic maggots you date.

StimulateTHIS on June 30, 2009 at 6:08 PM

At least you don’t care that your an idiot.

Terry Silver on June 30, 2009 at 5:11 PM

Unintentional humor is always the most amusing.

Hawkins1701 on June 30, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Heh. Who is this douchenozzle?

Jaibones on June 30, 2009 at 6:09 PM

I don’t think Coleman will be back. This is the end of the road for him.

newton on June 30, 2009 at 6:09 PM

Thank you, Minnesota shitheads.
Go choke on a cheese log.

TexasJew on June 30, 2009 at 6:10 PM

TexasJew on June 30, 2009 at 6:10 PM

I think the best thing that you and I can do right now is to prevent TX from becoming another MN.

newton on June 30, 2009 at 6:11 PM

Huh? Don’t blame this on Coleman; he fought this travesty to the state Supreme Court. That’s where the fight ends. I say three cheers for Norm Coleman.

He lost to a clown.(Ok, I don’t doubt Franken cheated his ass off, both cheeks.) I mean I’ve said this before but lets re-iterate. We’ve got a guy that showed what he thought of the state. When given a choice Franken left the state for almost 40 years and didn’t parachute back in until he wanted that senate seat. He lies so much he makes any other politician look honest. (Literally able to fill books with lies.) The guy only paid his taxes when caught. There’s reams of episodes of him being a self absorbed a-hole. (Insulting people to their faces) You’d think just the whole tax thing would be enough for Coleman to win easily regardless of how much cheating Franken did but he had more advantages that than and still made it close. Coleman is a useless idiot.

Dave_d on June 30, 2009 at 6:17 PM

this tells ya all you need to know about democRAT voters…they’d vote for HITLER as long as he had a D after his name…

right4life on June 30, 2009 at 6:20 PM

Just how long can the Dems get away with this kind of voter fraud?

tom on June 30, 2009 at 5:44 PM

As long as ACORN runs the census and union thugs control the precincts…

onlineanalyst on June 30, 2009 at 6:21 PM

newton on June 30, 2009 at 6:11 PM
I think that if the election would be held today, Franken would not have won. It was 6 solid years of anti-Bush propaganda fed to gullible libs.
Still, Minnesotans need to commit mass Seppukku for this disgrace to Mankind.

TexasJew on June 30, 2009 at 6:22 PM

One other thing. Is Steele going to finally figure out that he needs a party based strategy to fight blatant election fraud? (I mean what should happen is you should make a phone call to the head of the Repulican party and he sends out a high powered team of lawyers who’s only job is to do these sorts of cases, funded by the entire weight of the republican party to fight for you. Not you try to throw something together yourself and hope things work out.)

Dave_d on June 30, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Thanks, Minnesota. Let’s not hear any whining when your taxes go up, energy costs soar and you’re driving your hybrid to Canada for healthcare.

I can’t believe the majority of people there are that stupid.

BacaDog on June 30, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Maybe Franken, Boxer, and Harkin, among others, need to now form the “Biggest A**hole in the World” caucus. :)

NathanG on June 30, 2009 at 6:26 PM

WHat do you expect from the only state never to vote for Reagan? Minnesota is a joke.

BJ on June 30, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Well, Norm Coleman still has something that Al Franken will never have: integrity.

Frankenlies.com: The truth about the lies of Al Franken

DPierre on June 30, 2009 at 6:30 PM

The people of Minnesota are unmitigated MORONS.

csdeven on June 30, 2009 at 6:31 PM

Thanks, Minnesota. Let’s not hear any whining when your taxes go up, energy costs soar and you’re driving your hybrid to Canada for healthcare.

1 of 60, more if you include the RINO’s. Minnesota won’t be alone in determining the fate of this nation during the next year and a half.

Bishop on June 30, 2009 at 6:32 PM

Huh? Don’t blame this on Coleman; he fought this travesty to the state Supreme Court. That’s where the fight ends. I say three cheers for Norm Coleman.

Didn’t Coleman vote for Porkulus?

csdeven on June 30, 2009 at 6:33 PM

American Power tracked-back with, “Are You Franken Serious? Vile Comedian to Take Seat in Washington”: “In an effort to keep his promise to Minnesotans and prove his seriousness Franken called Senator Coleman, “one of the administration’s leading butt boys.” (Hey, wait. isn’t that what the PC police call, a homophobic slur?) Ask Ann Coulter if she thinks it’s a homophobic slur. Not to worry though, Al Franken is a Democrat, and is pro-gay rights, so “butt boy” is ok for him to use. Which has me pondering this whole Al Franken fiasco; look at the Democrats today, they are driven by the extreme angry, anti- (fill in the blank), Left-wing sector of the Party.”

Donald Douglas on June 30, 2009 at 6:35 PM

Minnesota: Land of Nothing.

Jeff from WI on June 30, 2009 at 6:38 PM

Minnesota: Land of Nothing.
Jeff from WI on June 30, 2009 at 6:38 PM

Not this again.

I’m legally carrying a SA .45 on my hip. You?

Bishop on June 30, 2009 at 6:40 PM

Thank you, Minnesota shitheads.
Go choke on a cheese log.

TexasJew on June 30, 2009 at 6:10 PM

Wrong state. Minnesota: Lutefish (whatever the hell that is)
Wisconsin:Beer, Brats & the Cheeselog you mentioned.

Jeff from WI on June 30, 2009 at 6:40 PM

As I said in November, Franken ‘won’ the moment the margin of victory for Coleman was small enough to be reversed by the Democrats recount sham.

He should have immediately conceded and saved everyone the time and money on the charade…

We have not had an honest recount in decades and everyone knows it.

JIMV on June 30, 2009 at 6:41 PM

What do you expect from a state that plays football indoors like sissies.

Jeff from WI on June 30, 2009 at 6:43 PM

What do you expect from a state who brags: “Land of 10,000 Lakes”, when the one next door has 15,000

Jeff from WI on June 30, 2009 at 6:44 PM

Lest we be misunderstood, Minnesota, we are not laughing with you.

Immolate on June 30, 2009 at 6:50 PM

It was 6 solid years of anti-Bush propaganda fed to gullible libs.
TexasJew on June 30, 2009 at 6:22 PM

Bush policies don’t require propaganda to convince people they should be discarded. One need only review the performance.

WHat do you expect from the only state never to vote for Reagan? Minnesota is a joke.
BJ on June 30, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Considering Reagan left the country in a moral and financial hole, Minnesota appears uniquely prescient.

Constantine on June 30, 2009 at 6:56 PM

Speaking of sissies, why can’t Wisconsin men be allowed to carry a gun? *snort*

As for our lakes, it doesn’t matter how many we have but how many boats are on them (more than any other state).

Bishop on June 30, 2009 at 6:57 PM

Constantine on June 30, 2009 at 6:56 PM

You’re late to this party, maybe the new Franken thread would be more your style? Duh.

Bishop on June 30, 2009 at 6:58 PM

I’m legally carrying a SA .45 on my hip. You?

Bishop on June 30, 2009 at 6:40 PM

I live in AZ, so the answer is YEP! I can also get Carry Conceal if I want to! I hear ya Bishop, it’s not fair to label all in MN as idiots or morons but other than voters from California you have to admit there are many in the US starting to question a MN voter’s mental health and/or intelligence level!

Seriously, first Jessie Ventura and now Franken, that and the state doesn’t seem to be doing much about the jihadists that love to setup shop in MN. I know you’re intelligent Bishop and so is Ed, but there seems to be something in MN’s water and it ain’t good!

Liberty or Death on June 30, 2009 at 7:00 PM

What do you expect from a state that plays football indoors like sissies.

Jeff from WI on June 30, 2009 at 6:43 PM

Uh oh, cheese-head smack down on the Vikes, now it’s getting really ugly! :-)

Liberty or Death on June 30, 2009 at 7:02 PM

We now have a mentally retarded comedian in the U.S. Senate. That pretty much sums up the state of the Federal Government. Thanks Minnesota. A little more than half of you must be mentally retarded as well.

Now brace yourselves for the arse reaming that you so rightfully deserve. It’s too bad you’re bring the rest of the country down with you.

orlandocajun on June 30, 2009 at 7:04 PM

The Clown Congress is complete.

2ipa on June 30, 2009 at 7:06 PM

What do you expect from a state that plays football indoors like sissies.

Jeff from WI on June 30, 2009 at 6:43 PM

Uh oh, cheese-head smack down on the Vikes, now it’s getting really ugly! :-)

Liberty or Death on June 30, 2009 at 7:02 PM

LOL..of course!

Jeff from WI on June 30, 2009 at 7:09 PM

Speaking of sissies, why can’t Wisconsin men be allowed to carry a gun? *snort*

As for our lakes, it doesn’t matter how many we have but how many boats are on them (more than any other state).

Bishop on June 30, 2009 at 6:57 PM

Can carry a gun, on my hip, all day long. Just not concealed thanks to LIB COMMIE SISSIES.

Jeff from WI on June 30, 2009 at 7:11 PM

How about them Viqueens! Another Bud Grant trophy this year?!

Jeff from WI on June 30, 2009 at 7:12 PM

Oh, frak.

ZK on June 30, 2009 at 7:12 PM

Does Franken even know how a bill becomes law? Where the Senate floor is in the Capitol Bldg?

Fed45 on June 30, 2009 at 7:17 PM

All the people looking at the cup half full must realize that we have not had anything seriously effecting our lives as of right now. Yes, more people are out of work and the economy sucks but the media has kept the uninformed general public thinking that this is temporary and Pres. Bush’s fault. When the ACTUALLY impact of the Obama Administration starts to ACTUALLY affect American citizens lives. When they are FORCED to buy a specific light bulb, or are FORCED to go to a specific HOSPITAL OR DOCTOR, when they are FORCED to drive a hybrid or electric car, when they are FORCED to volunteer, when they are FORCED to pay higher taxes, when their electric bills go up, they aren’t going to like no matter what anyone including the media say.

Sultry Beauty on June 30, 2009 at 7:17 PM

Well Minnesota finally got a truthful Democrat. He DID admit to being a Commie.

Jeff from WI on June 30, 2009 at 7:26 PM

I’m starting to see a conspiracy. Wisconsin has 2 Jews in the state, they both are U.S. Senators. Minnesota has 1 Jew in the state, now a U.S. Senator.

Jeff from WI on June 30, 2009 at 7:29 PM

Oh well. What’s one more clown in the Senate, even if this one is mean, arrogant and not at all funny.

NNtrancer on June 30, 2009 at 7:30 PM

It’s a real shame that Minnesotans don’t have the courage to stand against a stolen election as much as some Iranians do.

Bikerken on June 30, 2009 at 7:32 PM

Add another idiot to the bunch in DC.

purgatory on June 30, 2009 at 7:40 PM

Does Franken even know how a bill becomes law? Where the Senate floor is in the Capitol Bldg?

Fed45 on June 30, 2009 at 7:17 PM

Maybe you can rewrite the Constitution to add those as US Senator criteria

mycowardice on June 30, 2009 at 7:40 PM

It’s a real shame that Minnesotans don’t have the courage to stand against a stolen election as much as some Iranians do.

Bikerken on June 30, 2009 at 7:32 PM

Minnesotans can’t sit through an NFL game outdoors. That should tell you all you need to know about their “courage.”

Jeff from WI on June 30, 2009 at 7:40 PM

GGrreat!!!

So let me see….we now have someone who’s cool (Obama),
a fool (Frankin), a tool (Biden), a ghoul (Reid) and a mule (Pelosi)…..the government is complete!!!

yoda on June 30, 2009 at 7:42 PM

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