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Coleman-Franken recount: Sen. Klobuchar shoots back at Texas Sen. John Cornyn

On MSNBC today, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, gunslinger that she is, fired back at National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn, the Texas senator, for comments he made earlier this week.

Host David Shuster said to Klobuchar: “Your colleague, Republican Senator John Cornyn, said that if Democrats try to seat Al Franken before this goes all the way to the Supreme Court, he threatened World War III. What’s your reaction?”

The senior senator from Minnesota replied:

“Well, one of the other things he said, David, he said that we could go in Minnesota with one senator for years. And I would love to know how Texas would like that. I think that Minnesota would prefer to make its own decisions.

“I think we have a process that’s taken a while. I think it’s a fair process. It’s going to — after these votes are opened up, Norm Coleman will make a decision about whether he wants to go up to the Minnesota Supreme Court. There’s a process in place for that. Then I’m hoping it’s done.”

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 04/03/2009 - 10:09 am.

    Minnesota has a tightly-controlled, fairly rigorous process for allowing recounts and election contests, but I can’t help but wonder how many other states (especially Red-leaning states) have looser systems which would allow for interested parties to contest elections, even where the opponent clearly won, keep the results tied up in court for months, and keep as many Republican senators from being seated after the next election as possible. It would only be fair, wouldn’t it? Perhaps Senator Cornyn neads to do a bit of research before he continues to use this tactic. It could come around and bite him and the Republican party hard.

  2. Submitted by Tim Walker on 04/03/2009 - 12:18 pm.

    Yes, indeed, Greg.

    But that would assume that a Washington politician was capable of thinking long-term and seeing the big picture (and not be a hypocrite, to boot).

    Clearly, you need to reassess your assumption! 🙂

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