Goodbye Norm

Help make Norm go away.  Dontate today!

Go Away Norm
Go Away Norm

Coleman’s days are numbered

Good post at Minn Post examining the legal precedents affecting Coleman’s challenge to the 2008 US Senate election.

Over recent days, Team Coleman has often faced the criticism that he is raising his arguments too late. This is a big one. Judge Kurt Marben (one of the ThreeJudges hearing the contest) specifically asked Team Coleman why the court should not follow the Bell v. Gannaway precedent and rule that challenges to the acceptability of absentee ballots must be made before the ballot gets into the ballot box.

It’s looking good for Franken.

Pleasant thoughts

Matthew Iglesias ponders the decline of Reagan voters.  Thank God.

McCain won about 51 percent of the vote among the approximately 53 percent of the electorate that was at least 45 years old. But Obama won a decisive victory among Americans younger than 45—precisely none of whom were part of Ronald Reagan’s original coalition, and few of whom were part of his 1984 re-election campaign.

Choosing poorly

It seems Norm Coleman insists on beating his head against the wall.

Republican Norm Coleman, who received 225 fewer votes than DFLer Al Franken in the U.S. Senate recount, will challenge the result in court. He told reporters at a state Capitol news conference that a lawsuit, known as an election contest, would proceed.

Foolish.  Taking the “noble” path and accepting defeat with class would give him sympathy within the base and set him up well for another run at governor – and beyond Pawlenty, there’s no obvious heir apparent.

Coming off as a sore loser and petty after his repeated attempts to change the rules in counting isn’t going to gain him much public sympathy.

Good bye Norm

It’s over except the law suits.  Al Franken has defeated Norm Coleman in the Minnesota senate race.

Norm Coleman’s term as a U.S. senator ended at noon Washington time on Saturday, and by evening his hopes of winning a second term had been dealt an expected but serious setback as state officials counted previously rejected absentee ballots in St. Paul.

DFLer Al Franken held an unofficial lead of 225 votes over Coleman, according to a newspaper tally of the officials’ count of the absentee ballots. Franken had led unofficially by 49 votes going into the day and gained a net 176 votes from the new ballots.

With the recount complete, focus immediately shifted to the Minnesota Supreme Court, which continued to consider a request from the Coleman campaign to alter the process and add more absentee ballots to be reconsidered.

Note, Minnesota law doesn’t allow the election to be certified until all legal challenges are resolved, so even though Coleman is very unlikely to prevail, Franken can’t be seated for Minnesota until the whole mess is over.

Calling it accurately

John Cole tries to help some confused souls on the right understand last November:

The Republicans did not lose because of media bias. Dan Rather wasn’t in New Orleans knocking water bottles out of people’s hands at the convention center. Brian Williams didn’t crash the stock market. Keith Olbermann didn’t invade Iraq. Chris Matthews doesn’t run OPEC.

Republicans lost because they were in charge of the country for the better part of the last decade, and their governance has been an unmitigated disaster. This is not rocket science. You can argue that democrats should share some of the blame for some of the policies, and you would not get any disagreement from me, but that does not change the fact that the Republicans were in charge, and blew it.