Al Franken new Democratic US Senator from Minnesota

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    Jun 30, 2009 9:07 PM GMT
    The Minnesota State Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Franken has won the US Senate seat there, and former incumbent Norm Coleman has officially conceded. Dems may now have the 60 votes they need to prevent Republican filibusters in the Senate:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31667236/ns/politics-capitol_hill/
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    Jun 30, 2009 9:21 PM GMT
    Here's another story on this:

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/06/30/franken.ruling/index.html
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    Jun 30, 2009 9:37 PM GMT
    I'm pleased.

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    Jun 30, 2009 9:47 PM GMT
    Only reactionary right-wing Republicans will not be pleased by this, and self-loathing gays who want anti-gay laws, prejudice, bigotry & hatred to continue. Unfortunately, there are quite a few of them, even right here on RJ.

    But this is one round they lost, after Coleman, taking his marching orders from fellow Dems in Washington, dragged this out unnecessarily for 8 months, depriving the people of Minnesota of their full representation in the US Senate. A disgraceful episode, that I hope will come to back to haunt Republicans in future Minnesota elections.
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    Jul 01, 2009 1:50 AM GMT
    Good, no reason now for Democrats to blame predecessors and Republicans for inaction. What comes out of this government from now until the mid elections is all in your hands, fix what you say you want to fix no one can stop you, but it's your responsibility.

    From this day forward, no one sane enough will buy the blame Bush excuse anymore.

    I'll support public health insurance, cap and trade, but so far not so good on the stimulus. I don't even care that much about the deficit now as long as the economy improves. That's what Republicans need to be saying: Do it baby!!!...... if it works, then we should be happy that people have jobs, homes, etc.

    if it doesn't, PALIN 2012 !!

    :hint: by the way obama would not exist now had bush not failed
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    Jul 01, 2009 2:12 AM GMT
    I'm glad its finally over, but seriously, if Franken was any sort of decent candidate, he would not have had any trouble winning.

    Given that:
    1. MN is the only state to go Democratic in every presidential election after 1972
    2. MN has a history of supporting unusual candidates
    3. Obama won MN by 10 points

    it should not have come down to a few hundred votes.
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    Jul 01, 2009 2:23 AM GMT
    All Canadians are pleased too! I speak for them all. Um, yes, they voted for that. Or would, you know, if I emailed them all and asked them to vote, I think.
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    Jul 01, 2009 2:23 AM GMT
    Sadness.
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    Jul 01, 2009 2:46 AM GMT
    madtown saidit should not have come down to a few hundred votes.

    Coleman was the incumbent US Senator, which automatically gave him a serious advantage. Plus the Governor is a Republican, bringing fund raising and media advantages to Coleman.

    Whereas Franken was best known as a TV comic with no previous elective office experience. More recently he had become a left-wing political radio commentator, but that credential is not a lot to match against a sitting US Senator. Frankly, I'm surprised he won at all.
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    Jul 01, 2009 2:54 AM GMT
    Yes excellent Minnesota can be proud they have have a PBS comedian representing them in Congress. One who found votes from people who don't exist and somehow had districts submit more votes then they actually had. Congrats Al you stole an election and we have a supreme idiot in Congress!!

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    Jul 01, 2009 2:57 AM GMT
    Stole an election? You should call Normikins up and let him know so he can present that information to the courts.
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    Jul 01, 2009 2:58 AM GMT
    mikey669 saidYes excellent Minnesota can be proud they have have a PBS comedian representing them in Congress. One who found votes from people who don't exist and somehow had districts submit more votes then they actually had. Congrats Al you stole an election and we have a supreme idiot in Congress!!



    "One who found votes from people who don't exist and somehow had districts submit more votes then they actually had."

    Where did this theory come from? and what were you doing at 3 pm today?
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    Jul 01, 2009 3:03 AM GMT
    mikey669 saidYes excellent Minnesota can be proud they have have a PBS comedian representing them in Congress. One who found votes from people who don't exist and somehow had districts submit more votes then they actually had. Congrats Al you stole an election and we have a supreme idiot in Congress!!



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    Jul 01, 2009 3:04 AM GMT
    mikey669 saidYes excellent Minnesota can be proud they have have a PBS comedian representing them in Congress. One who found votes from people who don't exist and somehow had districts submit more votes then they actually had. Congrats Al you stole an election and we have a supreme idiot in Congress!!

    It didn't take long for the Republican talking points to be posted here. Do these guys have no shame?

    But rather than pester us with this right-wing propaganda, shouldn't it directed to the Minnesota courts, and particularly its Supreme Court, which discovered no such voter problems? I think the Republicans on the Court are the ones you need to be attacking.

    That Republicans would actually use the voter fraud argument, after the Bush election of 2000, is the height of hypocrisy. And to label Al Franken an idiot, who is actually capable of writing a book, and engaging in political debate, after 8 years of a President who could barely read books, and couldn't put 2 coherent sentences together, is just too absurd to be seriously debated.
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    Jul 01, 2009 3:26 AM GMT
    Come on now, it's common knowledge that votes seemed to appear out of nowhere. Votes that came from trunks of cars, not to mention districts that mysteriously submitted votes in excess of their voter registrations. Yes what an honorable win for Franken. And what a congressman he'll probably make.

    I mean it's Minnesota who elected Jesse Ventura. They're accustomed to freaks in Gov't.
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    Jul 01, 2009 3:41 AM GMT
    mikey669 saidCome on now, it's common knowledge that votes seemed to appear out of nowhere. Votes that came from trunks of cars, not to mention districts that mysteriously submitted votes in excess of their voter registrations. Yes what an honorable win for Franken. And what a congressman he'll probably make.

    I mean it's Minnesota who elected Jesse Ventura. They're accustomed to freaks in Gov't.


    I think these magical votes in the trunks of cars were found in Miami, FL missing since 2000. If you look closely they were marked through and at one time said Al Gore.

    It goes both ways mikey we can all tell our stories and all complain when our guy does not make it in!

    Congrats to MN and congrats to Franken lets hope that he uses his limelight (which he will have for 15 minutes) to make some change, while he can.
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    Jul 01, 2009 3:43 AM GMT
    mikey669 saidCome on now, it's common knowledge that votes seemed to appear out of nowhere. Votes that came from trunks of cars, not to mention districts that mysteriously submitted votes in excess of their voter registrations. Yes what an honorable win for Franken. And what a congressman he'll probably make.

    I mean it's Minnesota who elected Jesse Ventura. They're accustomed to freaks in Gov't.


    "Bitter. Table for one!"

    Seriously, though I'm thrilled. God knows the Republicans are such a moral, upstanding bunch these days. Sanford Ensign

    Not to mention the war criminals...
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    Jul 01, 2009 3:52 AM GMT
    mikey669 saidYes excellent Minnesota can be proud they have have a PBS comedian representing them in Congress. One who found votes from people who don't exist and somehow had districts submit more votes then they actually had. Congrats Al you stole an election and we have a supreme idiot in Congress!!


    You should just quit your whining and go back to licking Rush Limbaugh's sweaty asshole. But if you're really really depressed about this and are absolutely convinced that this heralds the very end of the world and want to stage the ultimate protest of this grave miscarriage of justice, I will offer you some friendly advice.

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    Jul 01, 2009 4:02 AM GMT
    Of course he is. He was good enough, he was smart enough, and gosh darn it...people liked him!

    (couldn't resist)
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    Jul 01, 2009 4:05 AM GMT
    Come on all, it's not like voter fraud is denied within MN. I mean yes minnesotians have been willing to try some different approaches, given governer Ventura. However the blatent fraud with Franken is given. I mean everyone is given their chance to be in Congress but does anyone believe Al Franken is worthy of the title junior statesmen? God bless Minnesota and the representation you will receive from Al Franken.
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    Jul 01, 2009 4:10 AM GMT
    mikey669 saidCome on all, it's not like voter fraud is denied within MN. I mean yes minnesotians have been willing to try some different approaches, given governer Ventura. However the blatent fraud with Franken is given. I mean everyone is given their chance to be in Congress but does anyone believe Al Franken is worthy of the title junior statesmen? God bless Minnesota and the representation you will receive from Al Franken.


    Bush as President vs. Frankin as Senator.....Can we agree to call it a draw?
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    Jul 01, 2009 4:13 AM GMT
    mikey669 saidYes excellent Minnesota can be proud they have have a PBS comedian representing them in Congress. One who found votes from people who don't exist and somehow had districts submit more votes then they actually had. Congrats Al you stole an election and we have a supreme idiot in Congress!!


    "PBS comedian"? Is that a point? Well, if that in it of itself is a disqualifier, then just what did you make of the gentleman from the California State House when he won? Because his resume was more about pretending to blow sh*t up than any actual governance.

    Name calling in politics. Are we still doing that? So five years ago.
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    Jul 01, 2009 4:16 AM GMT
    mikey669 saidYes excellent Minnesota can be proud they have have a PBS comedian representing them in Congress.


    I always love it when Republicans try to discredit Democratic politicians because of their association with Demon Hollywood.

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    Jul 01, 2009 4:53 AM GMT
    mikey669 saidCome on now, it's common knowledge that votes seemed to appear out of nowhere. Votes that came from trunks of cars, not to mention districts that mysteriously submitted votes in excess of their voter registrations. Yes what an honorable win for Franken. And what a congressman he'll probably make.

    I mean it's Minnesota who elected Jesse Ventura. They're accustomed to freaks in Gov't.


    Sounds like mikey669 has a bad case of sour grapes. By the way, Franken is now a U.S. Senator, not a Congressman. They are different. There are 435 Congressmen in the House of Representatives, but only 100 U.S. Senators.

    mikey669 must be especially upset that Democrats in the Senate now have 60 votes, allowing them to cut off Republican filibusters.

    The entire Republican party seem to be imploding. Recently, Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter switched parties from Republican to Democrat. Then "family values" Senator Ensign, Republican from Nevada, confessed to adultery. Another Republican "family values" guy, Governor Sanford of South Carolina, admitted to having a mistress from Argentina.

    The late night comedians are having a field day:

    "It's been reported that Governor Sanford's mistress was a reporter for an Argentinean news channel. Did you know that? That's true. Yeah, this makes Sanford just the latest Republican to claim he got screwed by the media." --Conan O'Brien

    "Earlier today, Sanford apologized to his Cabinet for having the affair with an Argentinean woman. And in response, his cabinet members said, 'An apology is not good enough. We want photos. That sounds hot.'" --Conan O'Brien

    "Yesterday, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford -- you know this guy? It's the guy that went to, like, on the Appalachian Trail and then he ended up cheating on his wife in Argentina. Anyway, he met with his wife, Jenny, for the first time since admitting his affair with the woman in Argentina yesterday. It did not go very well. The first thing he asked was, 'Did I get any emails while I was away?' ... Then he said, 'Hey, if it's any consolation, I got you a shot glass at the airport.'" --Jimmy Fallon

    "Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to 'The Late Show.' My name is Dave, or as the governor of South Carolina would say, gracias!" --David Letterman

    "Anybody here from South Carolina? You're here but you don't want to admit it." --David Letterman

    "Well, it's the latest political scandal. Mr. And Mrs. Sanford, you know, the Jon and Kate of politics." --David Letterman

    "Turned out the governor disappears, for like, the weekend. Finally, his staff said, 'Don't worry about the Governor, he is on the Appalachian Trail hiking.' But it turns out he was in South America. And it turned out he was down there because he was with a woman from Argentina. Seeing a woman from Argentina named Maria. And I was thinking Judge Sotomayor was apparently wrong because Latina woman don't necessarily have better judgment than white men." --David Letterman

    "What if there is trouble and you can't find the governor. Well, how does that make you feel? Horrible, doesn't it? And I'm thinking, South Carolina, what if they get the call that North Carolina is invading." --David Letterman

    "It's a disaster for everybody down there in South Carolina. Although I have to say, yesterday, it was nice to see somebody else apologize on TV." --David Letterman

    "But in this sense, Gov. Sanford is a little like President Obama. He has Friday night date night, it's just not with his wife." --David Letterman

    "Let's run this down, it was last week, Senator Ensign, Republican, he comes on the television and admits he has an affair. And this week, Governor Sanford of South Carolina, Republican, gets on the television and admits he had an affair. And I was thinking, why do the Republicans have this problem? And it finally came to me. The trouble started with Bob Dole when he was doing those commercials for Viagra." --David Letterman

    "At a press conference yesterday, in case you don't know, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford admitted to having a mistress from Argentina. That's right. Yeah, then there was an awkward moment as he waited for someone to give him a high five." --Conan O'Brien

    "Governor Sanford may have broken the law, that's the latest. Yeah, they say he may have broken the law because he left the country without transferring power to his lieutenant governor. Yeah, he didn't transfer power. Yeah, apparently Sanford violated South Carolina's sacred bros before hoes law." --Conan O'Brien

    "There's another new development in the Mark Sanford story. His wife, Jenny, kicked him out of their home when she heard about the affair. In response, Hillary Clinton said, 'Wait. You can do that? No one told me that.'" --Jimmy Kimmel

    "The governor of South Carolina, yesterday, his name is Mark Sanford, he had been missing for four days. He admitted he was visiting his mistress in Argentina, which I think is outrageous. How dare this man, a married man, in this economy, outsource to a foreign country when there are plenty of slutty women living right here in the United States. Am I right, fellow Americans?" --Jimmy Kimmel

    "People are calling him a hypocrite, because he's another family values politician having an affair, but I don't see it in political terms. I'm just embarrassed for my gender. Ladies, if you want to know what it's like being a guy, think about the fact that there's a man, the governor of a good-sized state, who asked himself, 'Hmm, can I sneak off to Argentina for a week with my lover without anybody finding out?' And somehow came up with the answer 'yes.' I hope that gives you a sense of what we're up against." --Jimmy Kimmel

    David Letterman's Top Ten Surprising Facts About Governor Mark Sanford

    10. Began last "State of the State" address, "Yo, what's happenin', mama?"
    9. Promised his wife he'd be faithful within the 48 contiguous states
    8. On Facebook, lists his relationship status as "It's complicated.
    7. Becoming disgraced governor ruined his dream of becoming disgraced President.
    6. Hoping scandal will get him out of attending in-laws' Fourth of July cookout.
    5. Was sick and tired of Eliot Spitzer holding title "Love Gov."
    4. Often gets fan mail intended for Redd Foxx.
    3. His goal in life is to commit adultery on all seven continents.
    2. Made it safe for me to joke about Republican governors again.
    1. Entered politics because he enjoyed polling

    "Did you hear about Mark Sanford, the governor of South Carolina? He mysteriously disappeared last week and nobody knew where he was. Today, Sanford admitted to having an affair in Argentina. I'm like, great, now we're outsourcing mistresses." --Craig Ferguson

    "This whole affair is really a sad story. That has to be the worst thing ever done by a guy named Sanford, except for that episode of 'Sanford & Son' where Fred broke Lamont's glass figurine collection." --Craig Ferguson

    "Good for her I say! Good for you! Finally! I never understood why these women had to stand by their douchebag at the press conference. He's like, 'Oh I did this I did that then I took off her dress and then we went to Hooters'...I think what the wives should do is just wear a t-shirt that says 'I'm with stupid.'" --Craig Ferguson, on Mark Sanford's wife not appearing at his press conference

    "The past couple of years there have been a whole bunch of scandals involving governors. You know things are bad when the most normal governor of the last decade was Jesse 'The Body' Ventura." --Craig Ferguson

    "Last night, we talked about the strange disappearance of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford. The media reported he was hiking the Appalachian Trail and forgot to tell anyone, including his wife and sons, over Father's Day weekend. We here reported that he had actually gone into the woods to chase a coyote and f*** it. It turns out, we were bo
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    Jul 01, 2009 5:08 AM GMT
    mikey669 saidCome on now, it's common knowledge that votes seemed to appear out of nowhere. Votes that came from trunks of cars, not to mention districts that mysteriously submitted votes in excess of their voter registrations.


    Recall:

    President Bush had his annual physical and he had one of those colonoscopies. Now he knows what it feels like to be invaded. ... He's okay, although he was slightly injured trying to say the word 'colonoscopy.' ... It was long, but a successful procedure. They removed five polyps and ten Al Gore ballots --David Letterman