I just read something in this Strib article that deserves a bigger spotlight. Here’s what Marc Elias, Franken’s lead recount attorney, said that caught my attention:

Drake also said the Franken campaign seemed to be moving closer to asking the U.S. Senate to decide the ultimate outcome, and said it was another sign Franken intended to “ignore the results of the recount.”

Elias denied that any decision had been made to put the election in the hands of the U.S. Senate, but added that “obviously, the Senate remains an option.”

I’ve got this question for Mr. Elias: why is the Senate still an option? Shouldn’t the recount and the subsequent lawsuits settle things? By then, every legal vote will have been counted. The courts will have ruled which ballots were improperly rejected. Those ballots will have been counted.

Assuming that they’ve lost the recount, at what point will Franken’s campaign admit that they’ve lost?

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

5 Responses to “The Senate “Remains An Option”?”

  • eric z says:

    The law is that the Senate has ultimate authority over who it seats.

    I think established law and order should be respected, not railed against by those having ulterior motives to undo clear Constitutional precedent.

    Especially when they were gleeful years ago, over Gore v. Bush.

  • Gary Gross says:

    I know that the Senate has the constitutional authority to ignore the will of the people. That doesn’t mean it should use that authority.

  • eric z says:

    Should the five GOP appointed Justices have done what they did in Gore v. Bush? Forestalling even a recount? That is a debate that will rage for some time. Let’s hope another is not caused by the Minnesota Senate recount.

    We can hope.

    We can expect the worse, however, politics being politics.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Yes, they should’ve because the Florida Supreme Court chose to ignore Florida laws, then ignored the Supreme Court’s ruling. Had the Florida Supreme Court followed Florida election law, the United States Supreme Court wouldn’t have needed to get involved.

    Instead, the Florida Supreme Court decided it would play legislature by unwriting the laws passed by Florida’s legislature & signed by Florida’s governor.

  • walter hanson says:

    Eric keep in mind that the vote that said what the Florida Supreme Court did was unconstitutional by a margin of 7-2. What was the famous 5-4 was the remedy vote on what should be done in a case like this in the future.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

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