Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Christmas Miracle... Sort Of

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, and apparently he reads Lefty’s.

You probably don't remember my November post bemoaning the impending recount in this year’s Minnesota gubernatorial race, but it appears that my appeal to Santa did not go unheeded. That’s right, ol’ Chris Kringle took matters into his own hands and brought the good people of Minnesota a special gift earlier today; a Governor!

It was almost the year without a Governor, until that jolly old elf (and I don’t mean Dennis Kucinich) intervened.

This morning Republican candidate Tom Emmer conceded the election and waived his right to request a recount. I applaud Emmer for recognizing the reality of the situation and taking the honorable course of action.

The results of Emmer’s announcement are the discontinuation of the automatic recount, which had already begun, and the canvassing board’s certification of Mark Dayton as the winner of the gubernatorial race. Mark Dayton technically has to wait one week before he is the Governor-elect of Minnesota and can thus assume the office on January 3rd. The week allows for any Minnesotan voter to file a lawsuit contesting the decision, but since Emmer waived this right it is unlikely anyone will do so. Nobody wants an unnecessary recount.

Now Minnesotans can begin the new year with a governor and an opportunity to work together for the improvement of our state. Santa can only do so much; at some point it falls on the elected officials and the people to make sure the needs of the state trump politics.

This concept also applies on the national level. President Obama needs to work with the new Republican majority in the House to pass legislation that will help the American people. It should be something of a new year’s resolution, but ideally one that is kept. The responsibility for compromise also falls on the shoulders of Republican leadership. They may have managed to win votes by being a wet blanket party and opposing the Obama administration at every turn, but now that the people have given them more political power they will be expected to actually accomplish something and actually propose legislation that helps the American people.

Peace on earth, good will toward men, and thank you for a governor!

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