Seconds ago, Norm Coleman announced that he concedes the election to Al Franken. He just called Al a minute ago, and stepped out side his home to thank everyone and make the announcement.

It is over.

Comments

  1. #1 Lou FCD
    June 30, 2009

    Well, that’s a surprise.

  2. #2 SplendidMonkey
    June 30, 2009

    This is a good day for Minnesota!

  3. #3 Greg Laden
    June 30, 2009

    I am shocked. I wonder what he’s up to????

  4. #4 The Science Pundit
    June 30, 2009

    Well, that’s a surprise.

    I think he’s gearing up for another run at the governorship.

  5. #5 DrugMonkey
    June 30, 2009

    Thanks Minnesota!

  6. #6 Andrew
    June 30, 2009

    So the magic number has been obtained! Thanks Norm Coleman. This one time.

  7. #7 Nathan Myers
    June 30, 2009

    Doesn’t the Gov. still have to certify it? I wonder how many Senate votes he gets to make F. sit out first.

  8. #8 Greg Laden
    June 30, 2009

    Nathan: Ugh. Technically you may be correct. However, there may also be a way for the Dems to seat Franken if Pawlenty does not certify.

    Also, I promise you this: If Pawlenty refused to certify now, he will be impeached. All we need to do is grow some balls on our legislature.

  9. #9 Paul
    June 30, 2009

    Yay yay yay!!!!!!!!

  10. #10 Wyatt
    June 30, 2009

    For all this delay, Franken should just be allowed to stay in the Senate for two terms, skipping the next election entirely.

  11. #11 Mike Haubrich, FCD
    June 30, 2009

    I wonder, Greg, since only governor can call for a special session (which would be needed for impeachment) if Pawlenty could be impeached, or possibly recalled. He’ll sign it, though, because Coleman conceding gives him an out and will help him save face for his conservative backers.

  12. #12 xavier
    June 30, 2009
  13. #13 The Science Pundit
    June 30, 2009

    He’ll sign it.

    “The Minnesota Supreme Court has today addressed the issues surrounding the accuracy and integrity of our election system during the 2008 U.S. Senate race in Minnesota. In light of that decision and Senator Coleman’s announcement that he will not be pursuing an appeal, I will be signing the election certificate today as directed by the court and applicable law.

    “I would like to thank Senator Coleman for his service. As state solicitor general, Mayor of Saint Paul and United States Senator, he has been an extraordinary leader and public servant for Minnesota.

    “I also want to congratulate Al Franken and wish him well as he serves the people of Minnesota.”

  14. #14 Bob
    June 30, 2009

    Good going, Minnesota!

  15. #15 jackie
    June 30, 2009

    Smarm smarms smarm. I can feel it through the intertubes.

  16. #16 Greg Laden
    June 30, 2009

    I will be interested to see what the reaction is when Al Franken walks onto the Senate floor for the first time.

    Democrats would be right to applaud him. The Republicans should applaud him as well, or at least, fall silent.

  17. #17 Tyra
    June 30, 2009

    It certainly is about time. Thanks for keeping us posted on this for the last several weeks. Months.

  18. #18 Paul D.
    June 30, 2009

    When was the last time the Democrats had 60 votes in the Senate?

  19. #19 Liz
    June 30, 2009

    Time for a well deserved beer.

  20. #20 Next State Over
    June 30, 2009

    Congratulations Senator Al Franken!

  21. #21 Elizabeth
    June 30, 2009

    What are the chances that Coleman will run for Governor?

  22. #22 Greg Laden
    June 30, 2009

    Paul: When was the last time the Democrats had 60 votes in the Senate?

    1979 (61)

  23. #23 Andrew
    June 30, 2009

    Paul, YouTube has it:

  24. #24 John Swindle
    June 30, 2009

    Wasn’t it Coleman who said immediately after the election, (when he appeared to be ahead by a few votes) that the honorable thing for Franken to do would be to concede, and not put Minnesota through the required-by-law recount? Did it really take a half-year for honor to catch up with him? I hope Minnesotans remember which party deprived them of representation in the Senate for these six months.

  25. #25 Greg Laden
    June 30, 2009

    Yes, he said that. No, it was not a half year. It was 8 months!

  26. #26 Liz
    June 30, 2009

    Andrew, that youtube video was painful. You owe me several minutes of my life now.

  27. #27 xavier
    June 30, 2009

    I’m glad this is over because now I can focus on finding my new Russian Bride!!!! (see ads —>)

  28. #28 natural cynic
    June 30, 2009

    Who ‘splodes first? Rush or BillO?

    Simultaneous would be fine.

  29. #29 Greg Laden
    June 30, 2009

    Given what Rush said about the supreme court’s Hartford decision (9-0), he’ll probably say that Coleman won the election contest and Franken mugged him and took the electioncertificate.

  30. #30 Greg Laden
    June 30, 2009

    I just heard that the governor has signed the election certificate. I assume it is being carried down the hall to Ritchie’s office as we speak.

  31. #31 Jason Thibeault
    June 30, 2009

    Yeah, a 5-4 decision becomes a “nine-zip” win, and a 9-0 decision becomes scary hyperbole. I’d recommend Limbaugh take a remedial math course, but that isn’t his problem — it’s an inability to face reality.

  32. #32 The Science Pundit
    June 30, 2009

    Who ‘splodes first? Rush or BillO?

    Well, Rush has already compared Franken’s recount victory to Ahmadinejad’s. Right. Because those two elections have sooo much in common.

  33. #33 Wesley R. Elsberry
    June 30, 2009

    Then there are the folks who describe Coleman as “gracious”.

    That word, I do not think it means what they think it means.

  34. #34 Inoculated Mind
    July 1, 2009

    Awesome. It took long enough… but it’s over!

    Or beginning… :)

  35. #35 rob
    July 1, 2009

    ugh. finally over.

    however, i think both coleman and franken should be held accountable for the fiasco. the 312 vote difference is well within the error rate for both hand count and machine count. the vote discrepancy is meaningless. franken and coleman were tied. lots of money was wasted on recounts and litigation when there should have just been a coin flip to decide.

    i am surprised that coleman conceded. he must have had some reason. i am scared to think of what it is. maybe a coleman/bachmann ticket for the next presidential race?

    ~shudder~

  36. #36 Greg Laden
    July 1, 2009

    Rob: I understand your frustrations, but when “oughtta be” and “what the law is” are different, especially when it comes to the election process, it is the law that has to be followed.

    I actually suported Coleman’s right to proceed as he did up to and not including his contest with the State Supreme Court. Yes, he had that right, but not a single legal expert speaking with a modicum of honesty thought it had a chance. This, and the way he did it shows that the SC appeal was a political gambit, and for that, he should be held (politically) accountable. Otherwise, neither candidate did anything wrong.

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