Friday, March 13, 2009

Miss McConnell Wants More Delay In Minnesota-- Will He Ask Coleman To Appeal To The UN Next?


McConnell knows he can deliver China's vote for sure

The Republicans know as well as anyone that Al Franken won the Minnesota Senate seat. But the national party-- not caring a hoot about Minnesota or Minnesotans, of course-- has an agenda that precludes allowing Franken to be seated. And smack darn in the middle of that agenda is their rabid hysteria about working people being able to form unions to negotiate with business interests. Al Franken is a supporter of the Employee Free Choice Act. His would be the 60th vote that would shut down the Republican obstructionist filibuster.

The 7-week trial for Coleman's frivolous lawsuit against Franken just ended and now the two parties will present their one-hour long closing arguments (today) and the judges will rule... soon. Miss McConnell isn't interested in what the judges have to say, since they are likely to rule against Coleman.

Instead he just wants to protract the process as long as possible to keep Franken from voting-- for Employee Free Choice and for other parts of Obama's agenda to rebuild the middle class which Republicans see-- and rightly so-- as the death-knell for their party's status as a viable, national political entity. McConnell is urging Coleman to appeal all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court so that it drags on for months more.
McConnell said he would urge Coleman to take his legal fight to the federal courts, which could delay the outcome of the Minnesota Senate race for several more months.

“I don’t know when this ends,” said McConnell. “It seems endless at the moment.”

If the battle went all the way to the Supreme Court, the result could be a long delay.

Democratic leaders have said they expect the Minnesota Supreme Court to declare Franken, the Democratic challenger, the victor by the end of April.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), the former chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, told reporters earlier in the week that they are very optimistic about the prospect of Franken soon joining the Senate.

It's not likely any federal court will take this "case," regardless of all the wishful thinking and huffing and puffing Miss McConnell wants to do. Besides which, the Minnesota Supreme Court has already ruled that once the state courts have finished with the case, the governor and secretary of state have no choice but to sign the certification of election. I guess McConnell could inspire Gov. Tim Pawlenty to stage a protest action since his approval ratings are now so low that almost nothing could get them lower.

Infact, McConnell's approval ratings aren't exactly something to write home about either. Even Republican voters rate Miss McConnell a disaster. A recent poll shows that only 40% of Republicans have a favorable impression of him-- 5% better than Boehner, but nothing like Democratic leaders in Congress, who are viewed positively by a majority of Democrats.

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At 11:01 AM, Blogger Juan Liberale said...

Once Franken is rightfully seated the dems will need just one GOP senator to vote their way.

Since the republicans are trying to force out the moderate Arlen Specter, there is rumor that he may switch parties.

The party of fascists, racists and bigots has good reason to obstruct the Franken seating.

Too bad democrats are still so fucking spineless that they won't try to seat him now.


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