In a unanimous five-to-zero decision, the Minnesota Supreme Court declared Al Franken the winner of the U.S. Senate race. While there was no explicit order directing Governor Pawlenty to sign the certification sending Franken to the U.S. Senate, pressure will soon mount to do just that. Norm Coleman may choose to mount an equal-protection argument under Bush v. Gore in federal court, alleging that unequal treatment of ballots rendered the count invalid. It has always been a long shot and it would now, I think, appear as nothing more than a stalling tactic.
While conservatives might dread Senator Franken, that’s how the votes — or their recount, at any rate — went. If they want to preserve some intellectual credibility in deploring post-election stalling and litigation, they might consider accepting the inevitable. After all, there are only five and a half years to go on his term.
UPDATE: Coleman graciously conceded.