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Lots of stuff happening.
The American President cuts loose the CEO of General Motors. Wingnutland flaps its wings.
But it's time to talk about the Norm Coleman-Al Franken battle for the senate seat of Minnesota. The election was held almost 5 months ago and it is still being held up in court proceedings by Mr. Coleman. A recount vote, triggered automatically by Minnesota law, found the Democrat, Franken, to be the winner by 225 votes. Coleman has virtually exhausted his state recourse.....and so now the news is that it's on to federal courts for the former Republican senator.
Texas Sen. John Cornyn is threatening “World War III” if Democrats try to seat Al Franken in the Senate before Norm Coleman can pursue his case through the federal courts.
Cornyn, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, acknowledges that a federal challenge to November’s elections could take “years” to resolve. But he’s adamant that Coleman deserves that chance — even if it means Minnesota is short a senator for the duration.
Cornyn believes that Minnesota can’t certify Franken the winner if Coleman seeks review from the U.S. Supreme Court or files a new federal case. And Ben Ginsberg, a Coleman attorney and a central player on the Republican side in the 2000 Florida recount, says it’s “an open question” whether a federal court challenge puts a pause on the certification process.
The Republican Party is the political party which says it believes strongly in a smaller federal government and the rights of states to govern their own people without federal interference. That's what they say they believe in.
Elections, even in federal contests, are a right guaranteed by the federal Constitution, but exercised under the control of each individual state, not the feds. States dictate how they will conduct their elections, count their votes, recount them if necessary, and declare winners. It is these states rights that the Republican Party says they value so highly.
Until they don't.
Minnesota, like Florida in 2000, has determined the proper and legal course for the handling of the Coleman-Franken recount and are about to bring the matter to a close.....most likely determining that Coleman has exhausted all state avenues to stop Franken from being seated.
Because Republicans believe so deeply and so strongly in the right of states to govern themselves.....because they believe in a smaller role for the federal government in virtually all situations.....that's why Coleman, as Cornyn stated, WON'T accept the Minnesota state decision that Franken is the winner....and will INSTEAD seek federal court intervention to try to overthrow the state's decision.
That's how much Republicans hold states rights as near and dear to their hearts. Sacrosanct, I tell ya'.
Now the truth. Republicans proved during election 2000, Terri Schiavo, interference with California's medical marijuana laws, and now with the Coleman-Franken stall game......that they could care less about states governing themselves, you know, free from a behemoth federal government overseer. In the Minnesota case, all that the Republicans are hoping to do is delay, perhaps for 6 years, the verdict of the state from being carried out in Washington D.C.
Texas Senator Cornyn's claims have nothing to do with what's legal, or what rights states have, or anything like that. The Democrats have 58 votes in the senate, Franken will make it 59. Cornyn and the fading-fast Republicans will do ANYTHING to stop the Democrats from gaining that 59th vote.
Imagine for a moment. A state follows its own election rules to the letter, determines the winner of a very close contest and brings that election chapter to a close. A political party, claiming deep respect for the rights of states, refuses to accept the thoroughly reviewed and legal ruling by the state and goes on the record saying that if Al Franken NEVER is seated, if it takes his entire 6 year term for the federal courts to root around in the arguments already decided by the state of Minnesota...then Norm Coleman is entitled to that process and it's just too bad that Minnesota will only have one senator for SIX YEARS.
THAT's how much the Republican Party believes in the rights of states.