Stop holding your breath, America! It's over!
The MN Supremes ruled that public intellectual Al Franken is the Junior Senator from the State That Gave Us Governor Jesse "The Body" Ventura. With Norm Coleman's consequent concession, Franken can now raise the quality of discourse on Capitol Hill just as he did on Air America.
Months ago Republican-Americans were wringing their hands that Franken's seat would give the Dems a 60-vote, filibuster-proof majority. Today, no one seems to care, the Democrats having squandered their legislative honeymoon on a priority-free laundry list of utopian pie-in-the-sky. Now they revert to form, as Will Rogers put it: "I am not a member of any organized political party. I'm a Democrat."
Still, the idea of Jimmy Stewart going to the Senate had a charming, inspiring quality to it. The idea of Stuart Smalley doing the same has an annoying, insipid quality to it.