So, the Minnesota Supreme Court voted 5-0 that Al Franken was the winner of the disputed Senate seat. Coleman has publicly said, that he congratulated Franken on the victory (which I guess means Coleman has finally given up). Now that the State Supreme Court has given their official "Ja, you betcha" to the election, this gives the Democrats 60 votes in the Senate just in time for the big health care reform fight. What's more, Franken is not exactly likely to be one of those Democrats opposed to the public option.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
This could be why Coleman was fighting this one so hard. The Republicans are fanatically opposed to real health care reform - just as they were opposed to social security, medicare and medicaid. With the Democrats at 60 votes, it will be very hard for the Republicans to block a bill. They'll need to get at least one of the members of the Democratic caucus to vote with them just to filibuster - which can be politically costly given that, from what I heard on CNN et al, over 70% of Americans support a public option (the main sticking point).
Posted by Raised By Republicans at 3:31 PM