Al Franken became Minnesota’s new Democratic senator yesterday after last November’s extremely close election result, and media sources report that Franken was initially ahead by only 312 votes.
Norm Coleman accepted the state’s Supreme Court’s ruling and conceded defeat after hearing of the 5 – 0 vote for Franken.
Franken appeared on Saturday Night Live between 1975 and 1980 and again from 1985 to 1995. His strong left-wing views are evident in his work, including a book entitled Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot.
His nomination brings the Democratic congressional count to 60, giving them a majority, although some feel that all 60 so-called Democrats are not necessairly as much a threat as the figure indicates.
For example, according to Fox News, Joe Lieberman is known for his moderate views, while Senator Kennedy’s ill health means his is frequently absent and not expected to hold his position for much longer.
Yet, Franken tells the New York Times he does not view himself as the swing senator (lower cap), ready to push over the majority and help avoid fillbusters.
"That’s not how I see it," he told the news provider, stating that he was the second senator from the state of Minnesota, and that’s how he was going to approach his job.