Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Franken wins!

Al Franken has won the Minnesota Senate election, at long last. The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled unanimously in his favor, and Norm Coleman has conceded. What a long strange trip it's been. This is the seat formerly held by Paul Wellstone, who died just before the election in 2002.

It still feels bizarre to call Al Franken a Senator, although of course it was odd to call Ronald Reagan President.

On a completely different topic, I linked to Talking Points Memo for this story, partially because I saw it there first, and partially because I wanted to give them props for doing such a great job covering this story lo these many months. I suspect that there are other bloggers who are doing the same. Which is good news for TPM, not such great news for traditional media sites, like nytimes.com. Which is probably why TPM is hiring seven new people, in addition to their regular interns. One less reason to worry about the future of journalism in this country, but one more reason to worry about the future of newspapers.

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