Sen. Reid and other Democrats have apparently decided to not seat would-be senator Al Franken just yet. According to Reuters:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid yielded to Republican threats and agreed on Monday not to immediately seat fellow Democrat Al Franken, whose razor-close victory in Minnesota faces legal challenges.

Senate Republicans had planned to disrupt the opening of the new Congress on Tuesday by blocking Franken’s swearing-in.

It’s nice to see the Republicans grow a pair and stand up to the Democrats. Minnesota state officials recently declared Franken the winner by a 225 vote total. However, Coleman has vowed to issue legal challenges to the way in which the recount was conducted. I never had much doubt how this would turn out in the end. If the election is close, the rule is always keep counting until the democrat finds enough votes. The WSJ has some interesting analysis of how “fair” the recount was here:

[T]he board has been flagrantly inconsistent. Last month, Mr. Franken’s campaign charged that one Hennepin County (Minneapolis) precinct had “lost” 133 votes, since the hand recount showed fewer ballots than machine votes recorded on Election Night. Though there is no proof to this missing vote charge — officials may have accidentally run the ballots through the machine twice on Election Night — the Canvassing Board chose to go with the Election Night total, rather than the actual number of ballots in the recount. That decision gave Mr. Franken a gain of 46 votes.

Meanwhile, a Ramsey County precinct ended up with 177 more ballots than there were recorded votes on Election Night. In that case, the board decided to go with the extra ballots, rather than the Election Night total, even though the county is now showing more ballots than voters in the precinct. This gave Mr. Franken a net gain of 37 votes, which means he’s benefited both ways from the board’s inconsistency.

There were other shenanigans going on here as well, but the above statement really does epitomize how corrupt the whole situation was. It seem pretty clear that when Franken’s election night totals exceed his recount totals, they go with his election night totals. Where his recount totals exceed his election night totals, they go with the recount number. Way to go Minnesota, your a national embarrassment.

The only thing more ridiculous then Stuart Smalley as a politician is Jerry Springer . . . oh wait, never mind.