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Welcome To One-Party Rule (Updated)

It’s now official: only one party has the reins to power in Washington, DC:

The Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously ruled Al Franken the winner of last November’s Senate race, putting the former “Saturday Night Live” star on the brink of becoming a United States senator and Democrats on the cusp of holding a dominant 60-vote supermajority in the Senate.

In a unanimous 5-0 decision, the court upheld a three-judge panel’s April 14 ruling that Franken defeated Republican Norm Coleman in the race by 312 votes out of 2.9 million cast. The 32-page was remarkably decisive, picking apart and rejecting one Coleman legal claim after another.

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If Franken is seated, Democrats would hold a 60-40 majority in the Senate, the largest the party has enjoyed in a generation. Sixty votes are needed to break filibusters, ensuring that if Democrats stay united they would be able to cleave the GOP’s last lever of power in Washington. A Franken “yes” vote on health reform, climate change legislation and Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor gives Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) even more of a margin for error on these major votes.

Democrats were already celebrating the result.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty already stated that he would sign the election certificate for Franken if directed to do so by the Supreme Court, so this is pretty much a done deal. Coleman has not indicated whether he would appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Minnesota Republican Party doesn’t seem to sanguine about pushing further:

Even Minnestoa Republicans – highly disappointed by the ruling – weren’t ready to call for a federal legal challenge.

The Minnesota Republican Party issued a strongly worded statement, saying the ruling “wrongly disenfranchised thousands of Minnesotans who deserve to have their votes counted.”

But the chairman-elect of the party, Tony Sutton, made no mention of next steps, only saying, “As we move forward, our deeply flawed election system must be dramatically improved to ensure our state’s elections are fair, accurate and reliable.”

Assuming that Coleman doesn’t seek cert., or if he does that no stay of the decision is put into place, then Franken will be seated as early as next week. With a vetofilibuster-proof majority in the Senate, the Democrats won’t need to play parliamentary games like using reconciliation bills, or the like, and instead will simply shove legislation down the throats of the minority. So get ready for cap-and-trade, government health care, huge tax increases, and a host of other government programs that don’t need and can’t pay for.

The only downside for Democrats is that they can’t credibly blame the fiscal and economic woes on Bush anymore as they will have cornered the political market. I say “credibly” because they will continue to do so, and the media mostly won’t call them on it, but such claims will be laughably false. The real question is, how and when will this come back to haunt them?

UPDATE: Coleman concedes.

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16 Responses to Welcome To One-Party Rule (Updated)

  • The real question is, how and when will this come back to haunt them?

    Not soon or viciously enough.

  • “With a veto-proof majority in the Senate, the Democrats won’t need to play parliamentary games like using reconciliation bills, or the like, and instead will simply shove legislation down the throats of the minority.”
    The Democrats’ majority in the Senate is only filibuster-proof, not veot-proof.  (Not that they’re likely to need to over-ride any vetos from this Administration anyway.)

  • “Senator Al Franken”

    *SHUDDER*

    Can we get together and make Patrice ONeal a Senator? At least we’d have 1 intentionally funny comic in the Senate.

    What a disgrace MN is.

    • What a disgrace MN is.

      The disgrace belongs to the Republican party for creating an environment to where Al Franken is the preferred choice for U.S. Senate over the republican.
      Not unexpected though shark, that you place the stain on an entire state, rather than a handful of your fellow republican douchebags.

      Cheers.

      • Oh give it a rest jackass. You and your lefty buddies successfully demonized the lackluster Republicans and made them out to be much worse than they really were.  Now we will all have to suffer through a redux of the 1970′s and clowns like Biden and Franken. You will soon see, if you haven’t already,  just how much worse that will be.  So buzz off you narcissistic know it all.
        Cheers.

      • Why isn’t the Democratic Party a disgrace for running Franken in the first place? According to you, it’s all the Republicans’ fault.

  • You know what? This is not the terrible news it should be. Why? The Dems were doing what they wanted anyway – one more vote will not make a difference. In fact, with The Clown’s™ approval ratings nearing 50%, Congress as popular as the clap, and the debt rising to unheard of levels, unemployment exploding, and consumer confident cratering, the more the Dems ram through their Socialist agenda the more seats they will lose in 2010 and 2012. Including the White House.

    So, let the liberal media and the Left have their “Franken Won!” day. It will all be coming back to bit them in the arse in November 2010 and November 2012.

  • If you ask me this is a little scary. The Dems already have free rain and this just solidifies things for them.

  • And then there’s the Obama administration, whose head has worked closely both with and for ACORN throughout his career and even owes a bit to ACORN for their efforts in helping him win the presidential election. Obama’s Justice Department would have been tasked with assisting Conyers in his probe of ACORN’s illegal practices. But the Justice Department just wrung a guilty plea from Conyers’ wife, Monica Conyers, on federal corruption charges, and will also make a sentencing recommendation in her case, which could net her up to five years in prison.

  • We also have Olympia and Susan, so it’s really 62.   Unfortunately the (R) brand is associated with losers and if there’s anything Americans hate, it’s being a loser.

  • “The only downside for Democrats is that they can’t credibly blame the fiscal and economic woes on Bush anymore as they will have cornered the political market. I say “credibly” because they will continue to do so, and the media mostly won’t call them on it, but such claims will be laughably false…”

    Unfortunately, this would require the American people to actually know which party controls Congress.

  • The Democrats have a fillibuster-proof majority on an issue-by-issue basis only.  On how many issues do you really think the Democrats will have 60 votes with Franken when they wouldn’t have had 60 votes without him?  On most issues where the GOP is in lockstep opposition, won’t there usually be Democrat defectors (and vice-versa)?

  • Welcome to the new ‘democracy’ of Nothern Venezuela. One party rule by The Democratic Party of Baraq Hussein Obama.
     

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