I haven’t opined on Al Franken being declared the winner of Minnesota’s Senate seat because so many others have covered it much better than I ever could.
But the one thing I have been kvetching about since mid November is the fact that the Coleman campaign basically seemed content to sit on a 250 vote lead as the statewide recount commenced. By the end of election night, Senator Coleman had approximately a 700 vote lead. Somehow between election night and the time the election day results were certified by the Secretary of State’s office, that lead dropped by almost 500 votes. How is that possible??!! Again, that is a question that should have been broached by Norm Coleman himself.
Did that mean there was fraud? Not necessarily. But the fact the Coleman camp didn’t demand some transparency on how their lead deteriorated was where they blew it. To me, their contesting the recount results in court now is the equivalent of starting to train for a half marathon the week before the event. Too little, too late.
So we here in the great state of Minnesota have to endure six years of having an absolutely disgraceful and despicable human being represent us in the U.S. Senate. The maddening part is a mere 42.5% of those casting a ballot actually voted for Franken. But don’t expect me to elicit some knee-jerk response on how we need to adopt Instant Runoff Voting in this state. If we in the Republican party can’t put forth a candidate who doesn’t trounce a putz like Franken by double digits, then we get what we get.