- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 2, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I commend new U.S. Sen. Al Franken, Minnesota Democrat, for his patience and dignity over the past six months (“Franken declared Minnesota Senate victor,” Page 1, Wednesday). During this time, he was forced to stand on the sidelines while his 2008 Republican opponent, former Sen. Norm Coleman, ran out the clock, using every weapon in his arsenal to deny the people of Minnesota the representation they deserve in a futile effort to overturn the result of a close race.

Although the handwriting was on the wall for months, Mr. Coleman blocked Mr. Franken through a misuse of the law and the courts, only now conceding defeat after the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled against him.

On an ideological basis, I would not have voted for someone as liberal as Mr. Franken. However, in light of Mr. Coleman’s sore-loser debacle, Mr. Franken comes out smelling like a rose and looking like the bigger man.

Mr. Coleman and those who backed him should be ashamed. They have given the badly bruised Republican Party another black eye. Mr. Coleman inadvertently succeeded in fending off a filibuster-proof Democratic Senate majority for six months but at the cost of his party’s long-term prospects.

OREN M. SPIEGLER

Upper Saint Clair, Pa.

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