Democrat Al Franken isn’t fully secured as Minnesota’s next U.S. Senator, but it’s looking very, very unlikely that his Republican opponent Norm Coleman is going to prevail, given that the Minnesota State Canvassing Board confirmed today that Franken has won by a 215-vote margin.

Franken is a bit of a snob, I feel, having met him once backstage at the old ABC Bill Maher show. He’s also smart, witty, tough and, I believe, up to the task. I’m very cheered by his apparent victory and for the fact that U.S Senate Democrats now number 59.