Minnesota: Where’s the outrage?

I know Minnesotans don’t do “angry,” but they’re being cheated out of one of their state’s two votes in the Senate. Someone should say something about it.

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.”

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com