Specter Implications on Coleman/Franken

by: AdamGreen

Tue Apr 28, 2009 at 13:38

Chris and David already expressed why those who call themselves "progressive" over "Democrat" (and even many who call themselves "Democrat") are concerned about Specter potentially getting a free ride with his a party-switch today.

Another element of this story, from Politico:

The move also raises the stakes for the resolution of the Minnesota Senate race and may tempt Republicans to drag that fight on further. 

Norm Coleman's latest court challenge won't even have paperwork submitted until June, then comes the hearing, then the verdit, then the next appeal. 

It's becoming increasingly clear that it'll take a grassroots uprising to make Coleman go away -- and Specter's announcement makes the urgency all the greater. Regardless of whether we want Specter to win re-election in 2010, we now have a bigger opportunity to pass some big ideas in Congress -- if we can seat Franken. 

If you haven't already, now's the time to consider joining thousands of others on the "Dollar a Day to Make Norm Go Away" campaign -- giving $1 each day Coleman refuses to concede to help progressive candidates defeat Republicans in 2010. Together, the grassroots can change the incentives for Coleman's DC funders and dry up the only support that is keeping his ridiculous string of court challenges alive.

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Feel free to spend the money from normdollar.com... (4.00 / 4)
...finding and recruiting a progressive candidate to challenge Specter.  

Wouldn't want to force the good Senator Franken to have to sit next to Senator Specter for too long...

if someone progressive runs... (4.00 / 2)
...could be worth the investment!!

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Over at congress matters... (4.00 / 3)
...they are suggesting that Reid block any change in the organizing resolutions until Franken is seated...  without the change, we are getting extra seats in the 4 committees that Specter is involved in...

Reid might actually do it... he likes parliamentary maneuvers like that...

REID: Voting against us was never part of our arrangement!
SPECTER: I am altering the deal! Pray I don't alter it any further!
REID: This deal keeps getting worse all the time!

The net gain is really only in quality... (0.00 / 0)
...we will likely have the same # of seats after Franken is seated with the same margins, but not as likely to have the extra seats on high value committees such as Appropriations.

On the flip side, as long as Specter has a seat on Appropriations, fund raising is npnp for him.

I applaud the effort to get Franken seated, and encourage a demonstration of backbone from Senator Reid the meek Majority Leader.  But I don't see this as a great coup.

I would further assume that Specter's deal to switch included a guarantee he keeps his seat on Aprops if not all of his cmte assignments, meaning it is possible with a new org agreement a Dem currently seated on one of those committees could get pushed off.

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franken (0.00 / 0)
"Norm Coleman's latest court challenge won't even have paperwork submitted until June, then comes the hearing, then the verdit, then the next appeal."

Not entirely accurate, court briefs are due May 15th and oral arguements at the state supreme court are set for june 1st.


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