It's not necessarily the end of the road (not by a long shot, now that the Republicans have discovered the joys of our litigious society and the uses of litigation to overturn legitimate elections), but the news from Minnesota's three-judge panel is clear: Al Franken is the new senator from Minnesota. The judges determined that "Franken is entitled to receive the certificate of election" after defeating Coleman by 312 votes.
"Franken received the highest number of lawfully cast ballots in the Nov. 4, 2008 general election," the ruling stated. With recently added absentee ballots counted, Franken upped his lead over incumbent Norm Coleman to 312 votes.
The odious Ben Ginsberg, Bush's henchman in overthrowing the 2000 election of President Al Gore, promises an appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court.