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Senator Al Franken and the 60th Vote

Thursday, Jul. 02, 2009 3:55 AM

Another Hollywood icon is gone with the passing of actor Karl Malden.


The Minnesota State Supreme Court has ruled that Al Franken is the winner of the U.S. Senate race between himself and incumbent Norm Coleman.

Franken said he's not there to be the Democrats' '60th vote' - he's there to be the second senator from Minnesota.


The Democrats' problem, of course, is more than how many votes they have - it's the odd spinlessness they exhibit when it comes to staring down their colleagues across the aisle. Harry Reid can't wave a white flag fast enough, and those aren't lines on Nancy Pelosi's face, they're tread marks from being run over by the Republicans, who back the car up and do it again. And again.

If the Senate were trying to discover the North Pole and the Democrats were leading the expedition, we'd be looking for polar bears somewhere in South America - and they'd be convinced they're making progress.

Our political representatives are supposed to be able to hold intelligent, reasoned debate - where the exchange of ideas in search of solutions is foremost, not establishing one party as 'right' or 'wrong' or the unflinching guardian of tax cuts - and then arrive at sensible decisions.



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