Minnesota Senate Race

January 7, 2009 at 9:14 am (reflections) (, , )

Is it just me, or do you think that the Minnesota Senate Race should just be over already?  One of you just needs to give up.  In my opinion, preferably Norm Coleman.

My view of the campaign was this.  It was dirty.  More dirty on the Republican side than the Democrat side, but that could be colored by my own liberal bias.  But by election day,  I was so tired of the name calling, accusations, and general nastiness.  Election day i cast my vote and hoped for the best.  And that part of my ballot still has not been decided.

On Election night, i understand, it was wayyy too close to call.   So, a Recount.  That made perfect sense to me.  But, the recount cost the state approximately $90,000.  (Minnesota Public Radio) wow!!!  in a state, like many other states in this nation, that is tightening up budgets because of the economy. 

Ok, the recount is done.  And Al Franken came out 225 votes ahead.  and really, all of these votes were counted by real people, not computers, under extremely supervised circumstances.

And now, it is going to the courts.  And Minnesota is short a Senator in Washington to protect our interests.   And really, how long is it going to take?  Is Coleman going to appeal if the the court finds in favor in Franken?  Is Franken going to appeal if they find in favor of Coleman?

Even former Republican Govenor Arne Carlson says Coleman should concede.  In summary, he said it would not only hurt the image of the Republican party, but there will be a “tremendous amount of  public anger” that would also ruin Coleman’s image. (Star Tribune)

Maybe we can just throw out all the votes, and start all over.  Granted, that would cost more money, and i don’t know if it is legal or not, but at least then maybe we would have an answer.

Here’s to another two months of waiting….

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