Thursday, December 18, 2008

Snow in the Valley, Franken in the Senate?

I am fully aware that the big news today is Obama's selection of Rev. Rick Warren to give the invocation at the Presidential inauguration in a few weeks. Well, unless you're in Vegas like me, where the big news is the fact that snow not only fell on Sin City over the last few days, but it stuck here in the valley for the first time in something like 30 years. There are pictures of people romping in the snow around the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign downtown, like this one taken from cnn.com:

and this from the LV Review Journal. Keep in mind that the Luxor is black in color...
And this is what it looked like on my way home from work (but this is lifted from the RJ as well):




I want to point out that I grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, MI (EUP What what!??) where there is snow regularly 9 months per year and an average yearly snowfall of 128 inches (and up to 209 inches) and went to college in Chicago (about 38 inches/year) - both of these experiences should have ingrained in me NOT to get excited about snow. But just bear with me... this is Vegas! This was a historic weather moment! It was on the national news! And I was here for it!

Soooo this is a politics blog, right? I think my point at the beginning of all this was that despite what the big news is, my focus is on... no, not the snow actually... Al Franken! With an apparant projected lead of only 89 votes (and an actual deficit of exactly 5 votes to Norm Coleman), the Minneapolis Star Tribune is reporting that Mr. Franken will be "vaulted" to a win over Coleman. This came about because the Minnesota Supreme Court today "rejected an attempt by incumbent Norm Coleman to block the state Canvassing Board from counting improperly rejected absentee ballots." There are 1600 ballots involved in this ruling, and the decision requires both campaigns to set a uniform standard for how the improperly rejected ballots should be counted. And through the hoodoo voodoo mumbo jumbo that is vote projection, this ruling means that Franken has more than a fighting chance. I say YAY because well, I love me the Dems, and also because Franken is funny and cool and wrote this sketch for SNL, which was awesome:



So, with this turn of events, we (might) get another progressive vote in the Senate. Hip hip hooray! I'm not calling the race or anything, but I really didn't think it would take this turn. So... snow in Sin City, and an SNL writer in the Senate... hell frozen over? ;-)

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