Well, here we are two months after the November fourth election and we may finally be able to proclaim a Senator to represent Minnesota with some sense of certainty. Barring a "miracle" (i.m.o.) Al Franken will represent Minnesota in the United State's Senate for the next six years. Though this is not official yet, the legal challenges left by the Coleman campaign do not seem very promising. There are 150 votes that may have been double-counted (it has to do with absentee ballots), but Franken would still have the lead without those "extra" votes.
So, now we will have two very liberal Senators for the next four years, if not longer, representing Minnesota. They both support raising taxes on the rich (which actually lowers revenue and production by the wealthy), growing the size of government, 'bailing out' companies, cracking down on gun rights and limiting second amendment rights, and will surely push the green agenda. Regulation, taxes, and control are what can be expected from these two Senators.
But why was Franken able to unseat Coleman? I believe that Obama-mania, a tough year for the GOP, as well as Coleman's ineffectiveness in the Senate hurt his chances of being voted back in. I personally had a number of issues with his view: support of the massive government bailout, support of the Iraq war, and support of the war on drugs. What I look for in a candidate is one that believes in smaller government, a foreign policy of freedom, opposition to the war on drugs, a belief in supply-side economics, and support of gun rights. Coleman was not the conservative candidate I was looking for, and his support of the bailout made it impossible for me to support him.
I really do hope that the GOP can learn from this elecction cycle. Instead of moving further to the left, they need to move further to the right. They cannot be succesful pursuing a moderate policy. Lower taxes, individual rights and liberty, and a constitutional approach to small and limited government is the correct policy to pursue. Sadly, the Republican party had a chance in the past decade to pursue conservative policy, but (most) of the Republicans during that time were not entirely committed to Conservative Principals.
In summary: While I am not excited about Al Franken winning the Senate Race, I think (and hope) that this will allow the Republican Party to re-evaluate their platform and put up a strong fight in the Senate elections in four and six years.