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Editorial: Let the trial runs its course

Al Franken, with wife Franni, tells reporters gathered outside his Minneapolis home that he is "the next senator from Minnesota," following the state Canvassing Board's Monday certification of the Senate recount results.

The Coleman-Franken trial got under way Monday, and the earliest developments didn't appear to shape up well for the Coleman camp. Nevertheless, the collective public will need to wait out the latest chapter of this ongoing recount saga -- and hope that Democrats in the U.S. Senate don't play a political game that doesn't belong on their field as of yet.

Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hinted that Democrats might seat Franken, a fellow DFLer who has been certified as the winner by the State Canvassing Board. Such an action would have superceded Minnesota election law, which requires a signed election certificate from the governor -- one that hasn't been delivered yet, as the Coleman campaign filed an appeal within the appropriate timeframe.

It currently doesn't appear that Franken isn't going to be seated anytime soon. While it may be unfortunate that Minnesota is stuck with just one senator, getting a second shouldn't come via political machinations -- but rather through a process confined to this state.