In a not unexpected result to the contested election between Senator Norm Coleman and comedian Al Franken, the Minnesota Supreme Court today declared Franken the victor.
Minnesota has a history of making elections into a big joke, the last memorable example being the election of Professional Wrestler Jesse "the Body" Ventura as Governor. However, even in practical joke loving Minnesota, a healthy dose of election fraud was required to give Franken enough votes to carry the day.
In the days following the election, which originally showed Norm Coleman as having won a narrow victory, extra votes for Al Franken showed up in the most unlikely places. Nearly everyone I know has a story of finding at least a few Franken ballots. I even found a dozen myself, when I disassembled our snow blower to replace the belt.
Those of us who find ourselves to the political right of Joseph Stalin, and so did not vote for Franken, can take solace in the fact that we have not lost a conservative in Norm Coleman. In reality we have only traded in a liberal Senator for an extremely liberal Senator.