Senate Could Reject Illinois Appointment, Minnesota Victor
Minnesota could be the bigger problem.
Illinois likely will impeach Blagojevich
and end that issue but the race in Minnesora
is close, there could be recounts and it may
come to a partisan party line vote in the
senate which democrats would win.
The appointment by Blagojevich carries inherent problems. Federal prosecutors are now probing the Illinois governor for trying to sell Obama's Senate seat. It's unlikely that the Senate would now seat anyone appointed by Blagojevich as lawmakers from both parties could view that appointee as carrying too much of a stigma to be taken seriously.
Conventional wisdom also holds that Democrats would do anything to score a 59th seat, a feat that could be achieved with a Franken win. For the GOP, a Coleman win would be a moral victory in a year where almost everything has gone the Democrats' way.
But conventional wisdom is often wrong. Congressional sources indicate more than a few Senate Democrats are not enthused about having a one-time "Saturday Night Live" star enter the world's most exclusive club.