It comes from Tim Pawlenty, the Republican governor who has tacitly supported Coleman throughout his protracted recount battle with Al Franken.
He thinks it’s unlikely he’ll have to do it, but Gov. Tim Pawlenty is looking into the possibility of appointing a temporary senator if Minnesota’s tight U.S. Senate race remains unresolved.
He says Minnesota wouldn’t want to have a Senate seat remain vacant very long, given the “huge legislation” that will pass when a new president and new Congress take over in January.
But the seat wouldn’t be vacant! Norm Coleman, after all, is still a senator. Is Pawlenty suggesting that Coleman will fall behind in the vote count and that the Democratic Senate will refuse to seat him? Has he been told as much?
There are still lawsuits to be filed, but if Franken moves ahead of Coleman when the canvass of challenged votes ends today—as local media expect will happen—he may be in the lead when the new Senate is sworn in, two-odd weeks from now. That’s what Pawlenty is planning for.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online