It may be hard to believe, but Minnesota still has only one U.S. Senator, Amy Klobuchar.

That said, Democratic challenger Al Franken has moved a step closer to unseating Republican Norm Coleman. Tuesday, after a seven-week trial, the Minnesota elections court unanimously decided to re-examine another 400 rejected absentee ballots in open court on Tuesday April 7. However, Franken holds a 225-vote lead, so the odds remain stacked against Coleman.

And yet Coleman is vowing to appeal the decision. It is five months since the election. It’s time for Coleman to take his lumps and concede. And yes, I’d be saying the same thing if it were Franken in the number two spot. The citizens of Minnesota deserve better. And there are better things to be spending public dollars on than Coleman’s folly.

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  • Ryan

    Yes. Well, unfortunately, the system is heavily stacked in Coleman’s favor right now. In addition to denying the Senate Democrats an extra vote on just about everything, since the GOP is happy to filibuster everything they can, an empty seat is equivalent to a “no” vote. To put it another way, Coleman is still a senator until Al gets sworn in. He has no reason to concede anything.

  • GeorgeSorwell

    The reasons to concede would be that Coleman isn’t going to prevail and Minnesota has only half its representation in the Senate.

    Of course, Republicans have two choices: Prevent representation they don’t like for as long as possible or, in words of that noteworthy American jurist, Antonin Scalia, “get over it”.