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  •  my view is that (2+ / 0-)
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    imicon, LynneK

    if the election officials say the Franken has more votes but then the supreme court of the state steps in and causes the count number to change in favor of Colemen the US senate might just step in and say, "hey, the votes were counted and franken won, we are not letting the courts choose a US senator"

    "Fired Up! Standing Firm! and ready to go!" Obama/Biden 08'

    by AdamND on Fri Dec 19, 2008 at 10:21:49 AM PST

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    •  I'm Calling That "The Scalia Option" (2+ / 0-)
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      Sparhawk, Cat Servant

      and I don't think the US Senate wants to go down that route.  It will put a stigma on Franken and could likely ensure that he'll be a one-term senator as voters would question the legitimacy of his election.

      Remember Wendell Anderson?  

      •  While I agree that's a bad scenario (1+ / 0-)
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        LynneK

        I would just question your premise that "concerns about the legitmacy of the election" would cost anyone electoral support 6 years later...

        (And I would differentiate the case of voters getting ticked off at a sitting governor appointing himself senator, versus a genuinely very close election where whoever wins will necessarily have just eked out a victory.  While I was living in Minnesota then, I was more concerned with learning how to use the potty than I was with state electoral politics, so I don't really remember -- but I suspect it wasn't that people thought Anderson and Perpich had done something illegal or illegitimate -- they just thought it was rather douchebaggy.  And as a result Minnesota got the marvelous troika of Dave Durenberger, Rudy Boschwitz, and Al Quie...)

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