It now appears that Norm Coleman's quest to overtake Al Franken is doomed and it appears that at some point in the future the lovely and talented Franken will have a seat in the Senate.
I've excoriated Franken multiple times, so there's no point in rehashing his myriad flaws. It's difficult to see how his presence in the Senate would diminish the body any further than it is already. He's certainly no more corrupt than Christopher Dodd, nor more odious than Richard Durbin, Chuck Schumer or Harry Reid. The World's Greatest Deliberative Body has been a nest of vipers for a long time now and Franken will fit right in.
Nor does it do much good to rehash the reasons why Coleman is going to lose. I'd simply refer you to Scott Johnson at Powerline, who has chronicled the debacle quite ably. Norm Coleman is an honorable man and will be replaced by a thoroughly dishonorable man. Sometimes that is how things happen.
The task ahead for conservatives is to turn our attention to Minnesota's other senator, Amy Klobuchar, scourge of pool drains. She will be up for re-election in 2012 and will almost certainly run on the same slate as President Obama. Everyone assumes that she will be difficult to beat. I'm not so sure.