January 7th, 2009
06:02 PM ET

Minn. Senator: Why is it Taking So Long?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Call it the Minnesota Follies. The land of 10,000 lakes and Jesse Ventura is now threatening to give us a senator from Saturday Night Live. What's wrong up there? Two months after the election and they're still trying to figure out who won.

How tough can this be? It's not like counting all the votes in China.

The contest between incumbent Norm Coleman and Democratic challenger Al Franken is starting to resemble the telethon for Jerry's kids.

On Monday the state canvassing board certified the recount and declared Franken the winner. But Coleman won't go away.

He's filing a lawsuit to challenge the recount of the recount. The move could drag this thing out until spring. His lawyers said the process is just beginning. That's what lawyers do. The longer they can drag things out, the more money they make.

The rest of the country managed to elect their lawmakers without a problem back in November. Georgia had a runoff, but that's long since over. It's now January and the 111th Congress has convened.

When it comes to elections, Minnesota is starting to make Florida look efficient.

Here’s my question to you: Why is it taking Minnesota so long to elect a senator?

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Filed under: Al Franken • Minnesota • Norm Coleman
January 7th, 2009
05:02 PM ET

Insider or Outsider for CIA Director?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President-elect Obama and his staff defended Obama's pick for CIA director yesterday. Word of the nomination apparently leaked before the transition team notified senior senators.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chair, Dianne Feinstein said she learned about it from the New York Times and made it very clear she was not happy about not being notified. Incoming Vice President Joe Biden called the lack of notification a mistake and today Feinstein said she plans to support Panetta's nomination.

But it's not just how it happened that's a problem. Leon Panetta is an outsider. Critics are quick to point out that he has no intelligence experience.

Obama was on damage control apologizing for not letting Feinstein know in advance. He said Panetta will change the practices at the CIA that have tarnished the agency. He also pointed out Panetta had to evaluate intelligence daily during his 2 years in the White House during the Clinton Administration.

Whether to pick someone from within the agency or an outsider for the post is not a new dilemma for an incoming President.

Many past CIA directors have risen through the ranks within the agency– but President Kennedy picked an outsider for the job, without spelling the end of the CIA.

Here’s my question to you: Should the director of the CIA come from within the agency or be installed from outside?

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Filed under: CIA • Leon Panetta
January 7th, 2009
01:31 PM ET

Are Dems Off to the Right Start?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Barack Obama's inauguration is 13 days away. He's not in office yet, and some say the Democrats are off to a rocky start.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, incoming Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, was quick to publicly complain that she hadn't been notified that President-elect Obama intended to pick Leon Panetta to head the CIA.

The Democratic Senate refused to seat Roland Burris yesterday for the office vacated by the President-elect.

Nancy Pelosi was talking earlier this week about having to actually be supportive of the President of the United States. She didn't sound overly thrilled with the idea since she likes it best when it's all about her.

And Harry Reid is a loose cannon.

There's the Rod Blagojevich scandal, the Illinois Governor accused of pay for play politics. Then there’s New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson withdrawing his nomination as secretary of commerce because of an investigation into a campaign donor.

Finally, there doesn't seem to be a lot of public statements in support of the new President from members of his own party.

Here’s my question to you: Are the Democrats getting off to the right start ahead of Barack Obama's inauguration?

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Democrats