Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Franken to Join Senate, but Not Necessarily Securing Mandate

Al Franken's Minnesota Senate race victory was certified yesterday by the state's governor, sending the junior Senator to Washington when the Senate returns next week. While giving Democrats a 60-vote, filibuster-proof majority on paper, illnesses to two senior Democrats and internal fissures between liberal and moderate party members provides little guarantee that any policy will sail easily through the chamber with or without Franken.

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