In a Democratic state in a Democratic year where the Democratic presidential nominee vastly outspent the Republican and had a far superior grassroots campaign which benefited down-ticket Democrats across the nation, the Democratic candidate for Senate ran 12 points behind the Democratic nominee for President in Minnesota, yet thanks to a third party candidate won election to the U.S. Senate, barely outpolling the Republican who has just conceded.
Had it not been for Democratic sample ballots in the Gopher State, the party’s Senate nominee may well have won fewer than 40% of the vote. Many likely voted for him, knowing little about it save that he was running on the same ticket as their beloved Barack Obama. Minnesotans really don’t like the guy, but will have to suffer with him representing their state in the Senate for another five-and-one-half years.
Al Franken should be right at home in a institution presided by a gaffe-prone fomer Delaware Senator and including the likes of Barbara Boxer, Tom Harkin, Chuck Schumer and Harry Reid whose political involvement seems rooted not in advancement of ideas, but in antipathy to Republicans and in earning the accolades of left-wing interest groups.
A sad day for civil discourse. This is not the first time when mean-spirited rhetoric fueled the advancement of a Democratic politician. The Senate will soon include a left-wing Thedore Bilbo.