Saturday, April 4, 2009

Franken vs. Coleman

The Minnesota U.S. Senate recount and related litigation continue, with no end in sight, with Franken up by 225 as of April 2, 2009.

In the words of a Twin Cities' television news director and straight ticket Democratic voter (speaking on the top of a ski lift at Minnesota's Lutsen Mountains Resort overlooking Lake Superior), Franken was "a singularly divisive nominee". Franken was hurt by replays of perfectly acceptable television and radio jokes and comments that in the context of a campaign were deemed less than "senatorial".

In the words of a local canoe outfitter and Democratic activist (and early Franken supporter) from Tofte, Minnesota, any generic "Democratic mayor or state senator" would have beaten Coleman handily. Instead, they're stuck in limbo.

Democratic online activists need to remember that as they declare war on the "blue dogs" for straying from ideological purity. Any blue dog Democratic nominee from the Minnesota state legislature would have been declared the winner of the U.S. senate seat approximately 150 days ago.