UPDATE: The Des Moines Register reports that Franken will headline Senator Tom Harkin's steak fry on September 13.
The 2008 elections finally ended today. Norm Coleman conceded the U.S. race in Minnesota following a unanimous state Supreme Court ruling in Al Franken's favor.
Talking Points Memo posted their Top 10 moments from the mostly infuriating, sometimes comical Franken-Coleman saga.
We can laugh at Coleman's pretzel logic during the legal proceedings, but unfortunately, his gamesmanship deprived Minnesota of full representation in the Senate for half a year. In all likelihood Franken will be stuck with less-than-stellar committee assignments. Also, the delay did lasting damage to Franken's seniority. Had he been sworn in on time, he would have outranked several fellow Senate Democrats, which could become important one or two terms down the road.
Nevertheless, I have high hopes for Senator Franken and look forward to his work in Washington.
P.S.- I still don't understand why so many Minnesotans voted for Dean Barkley.
P.P.S.- Rush Limbaugh is still a big fat idiot.