If I were a Minnesotan, I think I’d be pretty angry about the way that Norm Coleman and his friends in the national Republican Party have deprived the state of half its representation in the Senate. It’s now clear that Coleman can’t win, but the Republicans are happy to spend a few million bucks to make Obama find two Republican votes rather than only one to break filibusters and do other things for which Senate rules impose a super-majority.
This prompts a question and a suggestion:
1. Has there been any polling on this?
2. Democrats ought to do everything they can to whip up outrage, especially in Minnesota. Start a “Minnesota Held Hostage” clock with the number of days the state has been deprived of its equal representation in the Senate by what amounts at this point to vexatious litigation.
In the early days of the recount, various of the right-wing blogs were making a big fuss about how Franken was trying to “steal” the election. Now most of them are maintaining radio silence, while Scott Johnson of Powerline, a Minnesotan himself, has become critical of Coleman’s legal antics, which he characterizes as “full of sound and fury.”
If the situations were reversed, Rush Limbaugh would be all over this every day. Our side has to learn how to do “echo chamber.”