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Norm Coleman Concedes

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This isn't much of a surprise after today’s ruling, but the fact that he won’t prolong this any further is certainly welcome news.

From Minnesota Independent…

The former senator called Al Franken this afternoon to congratulate him on his victory nearly eight months after election day. The concession came shortly after the Minnesota Supreme Court issued a ruling naming Franken the winner in the protracted contest.

“I’m really at peace,” Coleman told reporters at a press conference at his St. Paul home. “I’ve had a lot of time to process this election, think about the past and look to the future. So I really have a sense of peace for where things are at.”

Coleman vowed to work with Franken as he becomes Minnesota’s junior senator. He insisted that the fact that Franken will become the 60th Democratic senator — giving President Obama a filibuster-proof majority — played no role in his decision-making process. “Whatever I can do now to be a unifying force that’s what I’m going to do,” he said.

And note that last paragraph…now Obama has a filibuster-proof majority.

But will he use it?

Discuss.

  • ExiledIndependent

    Yes, yes he will. And Dems will get everything they want, clear up until 2010 and/or 2012. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t thing the GOP would behave any differently; politicians typically don’t act with restraint when “unlimited” power is passed their way.

  • donar

    Coleman will run for governor. Once he found out Tim Pawlney isn’t running for a third term that was his cue.

  • http://francoisworld.blogspot.com Adam Herman

    It doesn’t matter. Arlen Specter is and has always been effectively an independent. Ben Nelson votes with Repubilcans as often as he votes with Democrats. On cap and trade, Obama can already count on not winning the two Michigan Senators over. Lieberman is an independent. Bernie Sanders is an independent.

    This isn’t a parliamentary system. Even among loyal Democrats, there are poison pills that can cost votes in every piece of legislation.