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Election Contest Ruling Deals Coleman Setback, Appeal Certain


Former Sen. Norm Coleman suffered a setback in his election challenge today. AP Photo by Jean Pieri.

A three-judge state panel convened to review an election contest brought by former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman (R) in his race against entertainer Al Franken (D) has dealt the Republican a serious setback in its ruling this afternoon.

The panel will allow the consideration of only 400 wrongly rejected absentee ballots to be reviewed and possibly counted -- making it very difficult for Coleman to make up the 225-vote deficit he currently carries. (Here's the full ruling.)

"We feel pretty good about where we stand," said Marc Elias, a lawyer for Franken's campaign, on a conference call conducted moments ago. "This court has spoken clearly about the legal standards are" for the inclusion of ballots.

Ben Ginsberg, the lead attorney for Coleman, referred to the ruling as an "April Fools Day" judgment (one day early) and stated that the decision "gives us no choice but to appeal that order to Minnesota Supreme Court." Ginsberg offered no thought about whether or not an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court would be considered.

Ginsberg said it would be a "long shot" for Coleman to make up the necessary ground on Franken with just 400 ballots being included.

The ballots will be opened, sorted and potentially counted by the Minnesota Secretary of State on April 7. It remains unclear how many of the 400 votes will actually be counted. It's also unknown whether Coleman will appeal the ruling to the state Supreme Court, which is within his rights.

Coleman's campaign had pushed for the inclusion of a far wider universe of so-called "wrongly rejected absentee ballots" in the final count -- arguing that the standards for inclusion during a statewide recount that saw Coleman go from ahead to behind were entirely inconsistent.

National Republicans have pledged to fight -- and filibuster -- any attempt to seat Franken as the 59th Democratic Senator in the 111th Congress prior to Coleman exhausting his legal rights.

If Coleman chooses -- as Ginsberg has pledged -- to continue his legal challenge, watch to see whether Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) moves forward with seating Franken or whether he continues to wait Coleman out.

Reid spokesman Jim Manley did not directly address the leader's next move in a statement released late Tuesday. "Senator Reid is looking forward to the final resolution of this case by the Minnesota courts so that Al Franken can finally be seated as the new senator from Minnesota," said Manley.

Coleman and Franken have been locked in an epic recount battle five months after 2.9 million voters cast ballots in the Minnesota Senate race. The race recently claimed the somewhat ignominious title as the longest statewide election in Minnesota history.

The fight has been grueling for the combatants and tedious for the voters, yet the outcome remains crucial not just for Minnesota -- which currently has only one U.S. senator -- but also for President Obama and the Republicans.

The longer the Democrats lack a 59th vote, the harder it will be for them to break filibusters -- 60 votes are required -- on their most important and contentious initiatives.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 31, 2009; 5:13 PM ET
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As A Minnesotan I see no reason for a new election. There is no statutes allowing for a runoff. Only Coleman chowderheads are in favor and few of them. Norm has demonstrated his true colors and would be destroyed in a runoff.

I would be mildly surpised if the MN Sp Ct. chooses to hear the appeal. Try to find one legal expert who believes he has a legitmate appeal and What legal questions remain? Last time I checked you can't appeal a case just because you lost.

Posted by: tdaniel1 | April 5, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I understand that some of the absentee ballots were manipulated in Franken's favor...I think this is far from over. At the rate things are going in Washington, 2010 looks to be the year that sanity may return.

Posted by: 1djn | April 2, 2009 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Idaho, the number three dairy state after California and Wisconsin, declares Coleman a cheese-dick. Go home, Norm, or just go away...we need a full 100 Senators to help fix the mess your stinking Republican party has saddled this great country with.

CN in Idaho

Posted by: cnorden | April 2, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

I think a new election is in order now. Quit wasting time with this deal. Minnesota needs to have it's two Senators, I don't care what Coleman or Franken say in their defense. This is a dead issue and the people Minnesota just need representation in Washington D.C..

Posted by: jd25 | April 1, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

CraignJersey wrote:

"Franken would be an embarrassment to voters in most states, but not Minnesota, where they already displayed their idiocy by voting for the steroid nut case Ventura. It's one thing to send a clown to the state house, another to drag the whole country down with this comic book senator-elect."

The guy you are talking about here graduated with honors from Harvard with a degree in Political Science. How did you do while you were there? Oh yeah...I thought so.

Posted by: bobcra | April 1, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Norm Coleman is a sore loser. He can't steal this one even though he used the same tactics as the GOP used in 2000.

Shut up and go away Coleman, cuz people don't think your bright enough, smart enough, and darnit, people just aren't that into you. Buck up and take it like a man. I'm waiting for your concession speach.

Posted by: tlhamzy | April 1, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Considering Franken's comments about Coleman's "sugar daddy," who's footing Coleman's legal bills with all these appeals?

Posted by: edwcorey | April 1, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

What options are there for the People who are being cheated out of full Representation by the Norm Coleman-GOP Sponsored legal maneuvering. At what time is a Judge going bring-down the Gavel and declare this flagrant obstructionism done in Bad Faith and throw it out of Court?
How many different ways are there to lose?
This Case is not about Coleman returning to the Senate. That isn't going to happen. This Case is about delaying another Democratic Senator from being seated and shifting the Balance of Power. THAT IT IS Al Franken who is atop the GOP's Hate List ought to make it even more obvious to the observers of this travesty of Justice. It is Common Knowledge that the GOP is funding the Coleman litigation. The GOP does not want the "Double Whammy" of another Democratic Senator in the person of outspoken anti-corruption, whistle-blowing Al Franken.
The GOP claims that Minnesota's Election disenfranchised voters. Baloney. The Senate is disenfranchising the Country!

Posted by: RickCoMatic | April 1, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Coleman is originally from Brooklyn, New York and finished law school at the University of Iowa. His remark about Franken conceding on election night when he knew there would be a mandatory recount (when he was ahead) and then dragging the process out when he was behind has probably raised the largest amount of criticism of his character which was already seen as shallow after his party switch.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | April 1, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

If Coleman and his repuke friends have their way, Franken will have to run for reelection before he is seated.

Posted by: carlin4842 | April 1, 2009 6:54 AM | Report abuse

Just goes to prove that democracy is a joke when a political party decides that no representation is better than the person duly elected by the people. And nobody, especially the media, will them out on it. What's next? A column from Norm Coleman whining about how the librul media ruined his chances of being the best bully in the room? Or the media whining about some blogger calling them to task for NOT doing their jobs?

Posted by: cymric | April 1, 2009 6:49 AM | Report abuse

To: Posted by: BricePartain | March 31, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

regarding the behavior of dems posting about coleman's poor sportsmanship, the day will newver come when your repug wingnuts are out performed in the category of wingnuttery of gargantuan stupidity and immaturity. We watched Freeperville, Redstate and the rest of Limbaugh's brainwashed puppets for 8 years set the lowest standard for the RNC. So don't worry your little tootsies off. You guys are still king of stupid, immature wingnut behavior.

Posted by: siren1 | April 1, 2009 2:48 AM | Report abuse

Coleman was a disgrace as a senator. Now, he continues that disgrace as a bag-man for the RNC. He's not there to win this race; Norm Coleman's not stupid; he knows he lost. He's there to obstruct the political process by denying the Democrats 59 votes.

This whole thing stinks. I expect they'll fund his criminal defense. When Coleman looses at the highest state court, Al Franken should be seated. Then, with any luck be can watch his obstructionist tactics in a corruption trial. There the penalty is not private citizenship but prison. Watching that proceeding will be more entertaining..

Posted by: JoeyTranchina | April 1, 2009 2:20 AM | Report abuse

The battle of the Jewish crooks should be almost over with Franken winning by a nose. But if Pawlenty doesn't certify the results, how long will the people have to wait?
Governor Pawlenty, let my people go (to Washington hopefully before July 4)

Posted by: seemstome | April 1, 2009 12:51 AM | Report abuse

Norm, Norm, Norm!!! How many times do you have to be slapped down before you realize you LOST this race!!

Posted by: prosperity2un2000 | March 31, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Franken 2
Coleman 0

Deedle-dee-dee Dit Dot Dayee!

Hello again, everyone, diss iz Howitt Co-sell.
Speakin' on stupidity.
The most stupid man in all of American Politics is Minnesota Appeal-Man, Norm-The-Big-Smile Coleman. Appeal-Man Coleman is taking his losing Case for not being re-elected to the Senate for another stroll further down Bad Faith Boulevard after being knocked-out twice by The Legendary Truth Telling and Right-Wing Liars exposing, favorite son of Minnesota, Al ... don't call him en-tuh-tain-ner, 'cause it's Senator-EEE-lect, Franken. Al, Senator-Elect Franken has sent Coleman to the canvass twice. But, Coleman keeps comin' back for more. So, it's on to the Main Event if Coleman can find the backing, to duke it out at the Minn-eh-sota Soo-preeme Court!
How stupid can you get? Can you GET more stupid than Coleman? This humble reporter thinks not! Coleman should try to save a little bit of his dignity. But, no. He would rather get into the ring ... yet again, to embarrass himself and take a beating for the few fans who don't care about the win. They just want Franken tied-up in the ring with this Palooka, taking a beat-in' for the GOP. Coleman should hang 'em up. He's all washed up. There's nothing to be proud of making a spectacle of yourself in a losing cause. Norn, take a word of advice and throw-in the towel. You're yesterdays news, son. Hang-'em-up Big Fella and let the kid show you his moves. He beat you fare and square and is the guy who should go to the show!

Deedle-dee-dee Dit Dot Dayee!

Posted by: RickCoMatic | March 31, 2009 11:33 PM | Report abuse

It's time for filibuster reform.

Posted by: nodebris | March 31, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

What is with these republicans? Go home norm,it has been five[5]months now.....you lose,you lost,you are not going to win. GO,GO,GO AL FRANKEN. The best man wins.

Posted by: anders4 | March 31, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

CraiginJersey wrote: "but not Minnesota, where they already displayed their idiocy by voting for the steroid nut case Ventura. It's one thing to send a clown to the state house, another to drag the whole country down with this comic book senator-elect.
I agree, with part of this. But we showed our real idiocy by sending Michelle Bachman to the House. Sending Franken to the Senate is our way of making up for the Bachman mistake. Is she a fruitcake? You betcha!


Posted by: UMDBulldog | March 31, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Its awfully funny how those on the left act so juvenile when posting comments and protests and talk or radio shows. I would love to see how you all handle yourselves if there is enough in those ballots to swing the election or if it goes to the SCOTUS and they decide that the only remedy is a run-off election. That would be priceless!!!!

Posted by: BricePartain | March 31, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

"The fight has been grueling for the combatants..."

Can we leave out the war hyperbole? It's lawyers arguing, for pete's sake.

Posted by: chrispiee | March 31, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

The funny thing is that Coleman was a Democrat who, some time ago, shifted with the political winds a switched parties. If he had any class and any loyalty, and remained a Democrat, Franken wouldn't have challenged him and he would be in the senate right now. This, I think is known as reaping what you sow, or karma, or, paybacks are a mother------.

Posted by: rkerg | March 31, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Meditatio

by Ezra Pound


When I carefully consider the curious habits of dogs
I am compelled to conclude
That man is the superior animal.

When I consider the curious habits of man
I confess, my friend, I am puzzled.

Posted by: Miss_Hogynist | March 31, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I am suprised to see Chris Cilliza refer to Franken as an "Entertainer." That seems demeaning and focuses solely on Franken's early career, not taking into account his stints as an author, political commentator and host of his own Air America Radio progressive talk show. He's left of center and participates on MSNBC shows often. Kind of disappointing.

Good luck to the rethugs in trying to prolong this with a fed court case. Whatever happen to "states rights" that they are always preaching. Not when it suits their purpose I guess. Franken should be seated soon.

Posted by: NotAWingnut | March 31, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Coleman must think the Senate is a House of Lords. Get a life, find a job, do something instead of litigating. Maybe you can get the US Supreme Court to do some more mental gymnastics and cite Bush v. Gore again against the declaration that it was one an done with that ruling. Equal protection for Republican losers.

Posted by: paulnolan97 | March 31, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Fritolay wrote, "Al Gore should be named this year as the poster boy for spoiled brats. By not conceding to his opponent, he shows that he has "no class" and is nothing but a self-serving, sore looser, who doesn't care about the fact that the people of his state are lacking representation at this time. He should respect the will of the people--he should stop this nonsense and let Bush serve the people of his nation."

Or something along those lines.

Posted by: Miss_Hogynist | March 31, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Great news. Corrupt Texas politicians have been stealing elections since LBJ. It is now time to kick Coryun $ his millions of dollars out & let Minn have 2 senators.

Posted by: durk2 | March 31, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Franken would be an embarrassment to voters in most states, but not Minnesota, where they already displayed their idiocy by voting for the steroid nut case Ventura. It's one thing to send a clown to the state house, another to drag the whole country down with this comic book senator-elect.

Posted by: CraiginJersey | March 31, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

After the Dems stole the election in Washington state a few years ago, using the same "selective recount" tactics, its good to see the Republicans standing up to their thuggery. The dims even brought in the same legal team they used in Washington state.

This needs to go to the Supreme Court so that fool comedian can be sent back to Saturday Night Live where he belongs. We've already got more than enough socialists in the Senate.

Posted by: magellan1 | March 31, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

This isn't rocket science. Once you put an election into the hands of your friendly neighborhood fraternity of lawyers, "losing the election" is the moral equivalent of "suffering the death penalty", and no argument is too abstruse, obtuse or arcane to be employed in the effort to avoid that eventuality.

Mo betta to elect a Repub and a Dem ward chairman, and let them pick an election judge in each ward. Honest.

Posted by: Miss_Hogynist | March 31, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Coleman should be named this year as the poster boy for spoiled brats. By not conceding to his opponent, he shows that he has "no class" and is nothing but a self-serving, sore looser, who doesn't care about the fact that the people of his state are lacking representation at this time. He should respect the will of the people--he should stop this nonsense and let Franken serve the people of his state.

Posted by: fridaolay | March 31, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Democrats are weenies! How could a such bunch of weaklings ever get into power?

Democrats, here's a hint - mindlessly open the republican play book to their page on doing away with the filibuster, and follow their directions!

Posted by: stodayxx | March 31, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

I believe this say's difficult.. NOT impossible. So why shouldn't Coleman get these "WRONGLY REJECTED" ballots counted? BTW Gore NEVER quit the Supreme Court ended it for him. Coleman is entitled to use every LEGAL means available to him. Dems started this in 2001.. So now you have to live with it when the shoe is on the other foot...

Posted by: sovine08 | March 31, 2009 5:48 PM

No, not impossible, but highly improbable if you ever took a math class. He has a 50% chance of gaining 200 votes, the more votes he needs the lower his chances.

There is a lot of difference between Gore and Bush. Bush appealed to SCOTUS to STOP the recount; here the recount has been done.

Gore did have legal recourse by the way, especially since SCOTUS had no jurisdiction to take up the issue, but he didn't want to tear the country apart.


Posted by: beverlytarlow | March 31, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

when will this guy go away? this is a disgracefull lost and it really ought to pi-- people off. all his spaced out buddies, (lip service/snake oil selling)henneity, (re-habbed drug addict)limburg, and all the other kings men can't put it back together. go away, along, looong

way. seeeeee ya!!!!!!!!! you lost you betcha!

Posted by: lookitkup | March 31, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

when will this guy go away? this is a disgracefull lost and it really ought to pi-- people off. all his spaced out buddies, (lip service/snake oil selling)henneity, (re-habbed drug addict)limburg, and all the other kings men can't put it back together. go away, along, looong

way. seeeeee ya!!!!!!!!! you lost you betcha!

Posted by: lookitkup | March 31, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

when will this guy go away? this is a disgracefull lost and it really ought to pi-- people off. all his spaced out buddies, (lip service/snake oil selling)henneity, (re-habbed drug addict)limburg, and all the other kings men can't put it back together. go away, along, looong

way. seeeeee ya!!!!!!!!! you lost you betcha!

Posted by: lookitkup | March 31, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

The fact is Franken would have won by 1,000's of votes were it not for the filthy attack ads (alleging filthy attacks) run by Coleman in the final days. Just yesterday we learned that the person behind the lawsuit is actually a long-time republican. Further, the deponents in the civil suit verified that the illegal payments were made to benefit Coleman's joke-of-a-wife. The allegations of back-door illegal money are true. If Coleman were to regain office he would almost certainly face recall or impeachment down the road when the civil case snowballs into criminal indictments. Norm Coleman is - and always has been - a complete slimeball. He used to be a democrat until they refused to endorse him anymore - because he is a slimeball. Franken called it right - he is Bush's Butt Buddy. Send him to Crawford to resume his rightful duty kissing W's ass. Having deprived Minnesotans of representation for months leaves him in total ruin as far as Minnesota is concerned. Incidentally, someone please cue the election night acceptance speech where Coleman implores franken to "Do the right thing" and "trust the system and step aside". Slimeball.

Posted by: IMLincoln | March 31, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

This is just one more example of how the RNC hates America.

Weren't these the very same who called President Gore a sore loser-when (unlike Coleman) he actually won Florida?

Hypocrites! Get out and take your Book of Fairytales with you!

Posted by: rousch15 | March 31, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Only good thing I can see in this is that (1) Republicans are showing again how nasty and partisan they can be and (2) they are wasting a lot of money that won't be available for the 2010 elections.

Posted by: dotellen | March 31, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

I hear Coleman got those huge wooden teeth to make him look more like George Washington...

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | March 31, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm laughing so hard now!

Does Norm Coleman hate Minnesota so much that he would deprive that state of her voice?

Go away, Coleman. The liberals are in control now.

Posted by: rousch15 | March 31, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

leitchman, by the way....I support card check.

Posted by: Miss_Hogynist | March 31, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

There can be no doubt about Franken's victory, narrow though it was. Further GOP appeals is a short-sighted approach, like the strategy which worked to their detriment in last year's elections; the longer the GOP uses legal tactics to delay the inevitable, the more they will succeed only in alienating a progressively larger portion of the electorate. Petty partisanship to the bitter end may be the Bush way, but it's being rejected by the voters in a growing crescendo. If you're a Democrat, you've got to love the way the GOP is sabotaging itself.

Posted by: DoctorB | March 31, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

I know Coleman cannot give this up. I know that he has a duty to not give this up. Were I in the same situation, I would not give up.

They still does not stop me from wishing that he would give it up. It's over. It's been over for a long time, and people in both the Coleman and Franken camps know this.

Posted by: mypitts2 | March 31, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: claffiteau | March 31, 2009 7:01 PM:
"I seriously doubt the National Republicans will throw away any more money beyond what they already have or will in Minnesota Supreme Court appeal in order to fund a US Supreme Court appeal."
==
Of course they will continue.
They've got some wealthy donors.
Remember, Senator Cornyn from our state said that if there is any attempt to seat Al Franken before the U.S. Supreme Court rules, it'll be "World War III."
That's Cornyn for ya.
The National GOP ought to take the fees out of Cornyn's hide, I think.
This whole thing is getting ridiculous.
And to correct another poster:
In 2000, during Bush vs. Gore, the SCT made a tragic error.
They have to sleep with that fact, now.
They will never get themselves embroiled in that scenario again.
Coleman is toast (burnt).

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | March 31, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Coleman should try the method that he used when he was 8 years old...cross his arms, stamp his feet, hold his breath, and refuse to eat his vegetables.

Makes about as much sense as what he has been doing for the past 4 months.

Posted by: labman57 | March 31, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

In retrospect, I wish Gore would have stuck it out. If he'd have been President instead of that other dope, we wouldn't be in the mess we're in now.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | March 31, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

I came to the conclusion long ago that the Coleman camp had given up any hope of realistically winning. The courtroom circus that we have witnessed is in reality nothing but Republican stalling tactics - designed to prevent a Democratic Senator from being seated for as long as possible.

Coleman's lawyers are already talking about an appeal. On what grounds? This isn't about some perceived wrong - this is all about further stalling.

Posted by: jackrussell252521 | March 31, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

coleman is a slime bag who is using the deep pockets of the gop donor base to stall Al Franken doing the job the people of Minn. elected him to do. When Franken takes his seat Dems have a far easier job getting things done in the senate and thus reversing even more of the conservative blight that has so long been rotting our nation from the inside out.

Go Al! This Al stoood up to a cheating lying republicon and is going to take the place the people want him to.

Posted by: John1263 | March 31, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Once the Minnesota Supreme Court rules Franken the winner and Coleman, with Republican Party support, appeals to the Federal courts, I hope some sensible Minnesotan will sued Coleman and the Republican Party on the grounds that the residents of Minnesota are being denied their constitutional right to two U. S. Senators. It appears that making Coleman personally financially responsible is the only thing that can prevent this Republican inspired travesty from going on for years with appeal after appeal. Enough already.

Posted by: dmbraddy | March 31, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

It's over for Coleman. His purpose is to delay the 59th vote as long as possible.

Posted by: txajohnson | March 31, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

leichtman wrote, "And Miss__ isn't it intriquiging that it always seems to be Rs who pursue Judicial Activism to get their way and then rail against Judicial Activism when the situation fits their pet cause. I'm guessing you wouldn't be as generous if the tables were turned and it was Franken taking two months to try a case he had no legal basis of winning and then threatening endless appeals specifically intended to manipulate the balance in the US Senate. The vitriol we would be hearing tonight would be numbing."

Numb yourself as you see fit. I would like to see Obama honor his promise to offer affordable health care to any American who wants it, and I'd think a Democrat in the Senate from Minnesota might help that endeavour.

I'm an equal opportunity doubter of the integrity of American politicians. I think very few of them could run a successful diner or gas station and I suspect that almost all of them pretend to principles they'd trade in an instant for a little self-interest action.

Posted by: Miss_Hogynist | March 31, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Miss_Hogynis,

The Gore comparison doesn't hold.

If Gore had pulled a Coleman we would still be quibbling over the admission of individual ballots in the 2000 election.

Bush v. Gore dealt with broad procedural questions -- Gore didn't ask the courts to rule on individual ballots; his case dealt with procedural questions.

Every day the GOP slow-walks the inevitable it serves as a potent reminder to some voters exactly why they voted against the GOP in 2006 and 2008. It also serves as a good motivator for the 2010 cycle.

Posted by: JPRS | March 31, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

The real problem. Fix the voting system.

Posted by: EnrolinCanada | March 31, 2009 7:36 PM

Each state adopts their own respective voting system. Apparently this happened before in MN; and they aren't going to change things now.

By now they could have had a run off election.

Posted by: beverlytarlow | March 31, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

And Miss__ isn't it intriquiging that it always seems to be Rs who pursue Judicial Activism to get their way and then rail against Judicial Activism when the situation fits their pet cause. I'm guessing you wouldn't be as generous if the tables were turned and it was Franken taking two months to try a case he had no legal basis of winning and then threatening endless appeals specifically intended to manipulate the balance in the US Senate. The vitriol we would be hearing tonight would be numbing.

Posted by: leichtman | March 31, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Sports have the right idea in this regard. The championship game is played, and the rulings of the officials on the field stand - "officials on the field" in this case would be the "election judges" in wards, and whatever processes states have in place for reviewing their decisions.

No need to replay a world series because the outcome was close.

See "Bill Mazeroski".

Posted by: Miss_Hogynist | March 31, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Surprise surprise. Republicans can not accept defeat with honor.

They left us this garbage pail to pick up, -- ya really think they want another legally appointed Democratic Senator to investigate how much they robbed the country through their power to deregulate to steal our money?

I need the money and can sell a bridge to anyone who still buys the, "You want more money in your pocket BS the GOP sold".

I'll bite do you have more money in your pocket after the GOP/Bush bam bam bamboozle yrs?

Posted by: veronica3 | March 31, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Coleman will appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court and probably lose there. He'll try to send it to SCOTUS and they'll kick it right back out saying they aren't getting involved in a mess like this again, especially with a statewide race and not a national race.

I hope Coleman knows he has no political future after this. He got beat by Jesse Ventura for governor, and Al Franken for senator. Even if Coleman somehow bucks the trend and comes back for a win, he's done in six years because I can't see Minnesotans putting up with him in a campaign again.

Then again, they re-elected Bachmann.

Posted by: kmcandrew | March 31, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

This election was too close. Minnesota needs to do it over again.

Maybe next time the election clowns there will pay a little more attention and make sure that all ballots are secured and counted properly.

As it stands, the state has replaced Illinois as the nations laughing stock.

Posted by: surfer-joe | March 31, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

JPRS wrote, "The difference between Florida 2000 and Minnesota 2008 is that Florida 2000 was resolved in a month. No full recount ever took place in Florida.

"Coleman and the NRSC are threatening to drag this one out in a year or two of litigation -- even though the prospects for changing the outcome and the basis for a legal challenge are tenuous."

-----------------------

The only reason that Al Gore's legal challenges to the 2000 election didn't drag on until 2004 is because the US Supreme Court ruled on the matter.

It was certainly not the case that Gore withdrew his challenge to the legitemacy of the election for fear that the legal process might drag on too long for the good of the American people.

Posted by: Miss_Hogynist | March 31, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

I would be inclined to hope Coleman prevails and provide a bit more of a check against President Pelosi. But mostly, I'm for any resolution that will minimize the chance of Franken telling "jokes." If being seated in the senate is the price, so be it.

Posted by: cletus1 | March 31, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

One doesn't have to be a genius to recognize that Coleman is more concerned about himself and the GOP than he is about
the citizens he wants to "represent".Like
termites, Coleman and his party loyalists
continue to eat away at the foundation of
our Democracy...it's all about power, ego and greed..He should just accept the decision and go home..but he won't..should be a time limit on this outrageous nonsense.

Posted by: fed-upscottsdaleaz | March 31, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

What is amazing is that it is folks like Senator Cornyn who is pushing this ridiculous waste of tax payer resources, who constantly rail against Judicial Activism, and constantly attack Ds for using lawyers. This is Cornyn insisting on Judicial Activism to help them garner a Senate seat. Coleman inisted the night of the election that Franken concede before the mandatory recount even started. Can anyone imagine what Norm and Cornyn would be saying tonight if Coleman was ahead by 225 votes 5 months after 2 million Minnesotans voted and it was Franken who was insisting on pushing endless appeals. And yes Norm's buds swore under deposition that they had sent $100,000 to Norm's wife's employer insurance company b/c as they stated US Senators don't earn s***.
His sworn testimony, not my words.

Posted by: leichtman | March 31, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Coleman is a bad loser. Why is he worried and holding this up except the Republicans are all behind him enouraging him to drag this out and cost the tax payers. The Republicans don't want to count all the 400 wrongly not counted abstantee ballots unless it is to their own interest.

Posted by: bedazzled | March 31, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Coleman is a bad loser. Why is he worried and holding this up except the Republicans are all behind him enouraging him to drag this out and cost the tax payers. The Republicans don't want to count all the 400 wrongly not counted abstantee ballots unless it is to their own interest.

Posted by: bedazzled | March 31, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Coleman is a bad loser. Why is he worried and holding this up except the Republicans are all behind him enouraging him to drag this out and cost the tax payers. The Republicans don't want to count all the 400 wrongly not counted abstantee ballots unless it is to their own interest.

Posted by: bedazzled | March 31, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

The difference between Florida 2000 and Minnesota 2008 is that Florida 2000 was resolved in a month. No full recount ever took place in Florida.

Coleman and the NRSC are threatening to drag this one out in a year or two of litigation -- even though the prospects for changing the outcome and the basis for a legal challenge are tenuous.

It'll be interesting to see if the civil litigation against Coleman for theft wraps up before this litigation. The upshot is that the NRSC is going to marginalize the GOP in Minnesota for the next generation -- as they've already done in the northeast, the mid-Atlantic, the midwest, the coastal west, and parts of the mountain west.

Posted by: JPRS | March 31, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Please forgive me the double post,but this is a completely seperate issue. It has been almost four months since this thing began and it looks like severl more months before it is resolved. The republicans are obviously using this as a filibuster move to block votes.This whole thing SUCKS. It is time for the US Supreme Court to grow a pair and step in and settle this. The American people deserve it. We do not want our system to be ridiculed more than it already is. Sit Campbell down NOW!!!!

Posted by: malecarolina | March 31, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

jackstpaul wrote, in part, "OF course Coleman --even more so the Republican Party--are contesting this thing. Franken and the Dems would do the same. A Senate seat is at stake for 6 years in a near-veto proof Dem Senate."

I'm 54 years old and I never saw situations like this before 2000. Perhaps a more astute historian can disabuse me of a few of my no doubt numerous illusions.

At the moment, I see this sort of thing as Al Gore's contribution to American electoral politics.

The most closely contested electoral battles are now fought in an arena in which "the duty to advocate for your client" is seen as the most precious value by those who alone are permitted to speak - that is, they are fought by lawyers in the adversarial trial system in our courts of law.

I have a great deal of respect for the way American jurisprudence tends to prevent the conviction of the innocent.

I don't, however, think that that system is a proper place to conduct elections. That's what wards are for.

Posted by: Miss_Hogynist | March 31, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Bye Bye Coleman. Time to go.

Posted by: nihao1 | March 31, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Coleman go home. You have lost. Follow George W into oblivion or go join the party leader Rush Limbaugh and let Franken do the job he has been elected for. Don't let the sick Republicans use you.

Posted by: SaminLA | March 31, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

I like Al Franken. I think he is brilliant and will make a great addition to the US Senate. I live in South Carolina. We have a loser that is a closet homosexual and a weirdo on top of it representing us. I will swap our guy for Al Franken anyday. Tell Al to move to SC and put his name on the ballot. I predict a landslide victory for him here.

Posted by: malecarolina | March 31, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Coleman: SORE LOSER EXTRAORDINAIRE

Posted by: UsedToBeGOP | March 31, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Wow, being a Senator must be a really fantastic job. Considering that a Senator makes $169,300 per year (not bad but far below what many lawyers, doctors, bankers, and other professions can make) there must be some perks we little people don't know about for Coleman to cling to the seat so desperately.

Posted by: Frazil | March 31, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

..."I/KNEW/AL FRANKEN/WON/KNEW it ALL ALONG!

..."You see now America the MESS/RECORD/REPUBLICANS, AND YOU SEE THAT THEY WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO STEAL/LIE/CHEAT, TO KEEP U.S. SENATE SEAT!

..."Sorry/Republicans this race isn't Florida, and now that "BIG/AL's BEEN DECLARED THE WINNER!

..."I hope the Republican Governor who put Al through all this along with/COLEMAN/REPUBLICANS/TO TIE UP THE U.S. Senate Seat/"HOLD/MINNESOTAINS/HOSTAGE/U.S.Senate/HOSTAGE/UNTIL THEY GET THEIR WAY!

...."See...THE MESS/REPUBLICANS/RECORD/AND/THROW/REPUBLICANS/OUT!

Posted by: ztcb41 | March 31, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

"Coleman has no shame. All politicians are egotistic, but he’s in a class of his own. He is a sore loser. "
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This is not about Coleman. It is about the GOP.

The NRC and the National Republican Senatorial Committee are funding this fight, for the purpose of limiting the power of the Democratic Party in the Senate. Coleman has gotten himself a job, and he takes off from work when they need him to appear interested in a courtroom. But, trust me; Coleman has moved on - and he does not think there is a cold chance in hell for him to get his old job back.

Posted by: hope4 | March 31, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Coleman, step down. Stop acting like a sulking, pouting, petulant, childish Republican.

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | March 31, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Coleman = a**hole.

Posted by: kirinbeer96701 | March 31, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean that the Democratic candidate isn't religiously, piously, pompously arguing that *every vote must count*?

Do you mean to tell me that all of this blather that began in Florida 2000 (thanks for the legacy, Al) is insincere, self-interested posturing?

Oh wait. We knew that all along, and agreed to be characters in the kabuki drama.

People get the government they deserve. That thought should be scaring the hell out of Americans these days.

Posted by: Miss_Hogynist | March 31, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Why am I not surprised that the state that repeatedly sends that treasonous loon Michelle Bachman back to the House again and again? Minnesota, you are a laughing stock.

Posted by: nysteveo2 | March 31, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

To AssitGM: You think the Dems are laughingstocks? You're the party of George W. Bush, DICKs Nixon&Cheney, Stevens, Inhofe, Brownback, Helms, Patricia Harris, Alan Keyes, Michael Steele, McConnell, Libby Dole, George Will, Dan Quayle-Sarah Palin-Spiro Agnew as VP candidates, drug addict Limbaugh, G.Gorden Liddy, Glen Beck, rightwing thieving televangelists, and lesbian banshee Ann Coulter. I rest my case.

Posted by: auggie2 | March 31, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Ben Ginsberg, the weasle and his wrangler Coleman should get on a slow boat to China and go into the sunset already. He not a gracious loser, just a looser. Make the Republicans filibuster and look like complete obstructionists in the face of this economic disaster that they created and seat Al anyway. It's a win/win for Democrats so by all means have at it.

Posted by: jrcel | March 31, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

A view from Canada. My grandmother had a saying "It all depends on whose ox is being gored." Seems to apply here. The GOP vilified the Dems in 200 for not conceding and for taking the election to the courts. Now the GOP is doing exactly what the Dems did in 2000 and the Dems are vilifying the GOP for doing exactly what they did in 2000.

The real problem. Fix the voting system.

Posted by: EnrolinCanada | March 31, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

If Franken was the sore loser our corporate controlled smucks in the media would be all over him, Coleman not so much. Obstruction, what the rethugs do best.

Posted by: timebanded | March 31, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if Al Franken will be a good Senator, but he is taking his role seriously, seems very bright, and he's conducted himself well during all the legal maneuvering for the election outcome.

I think Coleman needs to throw in the towel and allow Franken to be seated. I no longer expect any Republican to do the honorable thing. [Of course, there's Roland Burris so the Democrats have a hard time doing it right as well.] I don't know a lot about either Coleman's or Franken's stands on the issues but that makes no difference. We're a Democracy (almost) so the winner is the winner.

I wonder how the people of Minnesota feel now. Would Coleman stand a snowball's chance in hell of getting elected NOW?

Posted by: ptgrunner | March 31, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

"BTW Gore NEVER quit the Supreme Court ended it for him."
davidlee1
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With 1,000 ballots left to count.

Posted by: JRM2 | March 31, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

losthorizon10 ... good post and well thought out. I think many in America would agree with you. It is unfortunate that the people of Minnesota haven't demonstrated in front of their capital demanding an end to this nonsense. Coleman makes the entire state and democracy in general look foolish.

Posted by: john_geo_smith | March 31, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Concerning Franken's intelligence, anyone whom thinks Rush Limbaugh is a big fat idiot is pretty smart.

Posted by: frostman | March 31, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

As a Minnesotan, all I can say is that this situation is ridiculous. OF course Coleman --even more so the Republican Party--are contesting this thing. Franken and the Dems would do the same. A Senate seat is at stake for 6 years in a near-veto proof Dem Senate.

The issue for me--and many of us--is that there have been innumerable intermediate steps in trying to settle the issue. A 3 judge panel? Who cares about them? Everyone knows that either party would appeal it to the MN Supreme Court and likely the US Supreme Court. They should've cut to the chase and sent it to the MN Supremes long ago.

Posted by: jackstpaul | March 31, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Typical GOP politician... putting party before country, every time. Let the people of Minnesota go without representation, just to deny the Democrats a vote in the Senate. And no doubt there's a fair measure of a big inflated ego involved.

Disgusting.

Coleman is showing himself for the classless, egotistical GOP thug that he is. I encourage the people of Minnesota to voice their outrage at this fool, and throw him out of the state.

Posted by: losthorizon10 | March 31, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Too bad. I like Frankin but I have doubts about his ability to act independently of the free trade and outsourcing swine that run his Party. At least Coleman would throw a wrench into the gears of Obama's machine until enough people wake up to the fact that he is nothing more than Bush's third term.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | March 31, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Now THE TEETH[NORM], can't win anything, what will the Dems do? We should start a petition, Seat Al Now. The people of minnesota should take to the streets and demand they are represented in Wash.
Come on people of Minnesota, Norm [THE TEETH] has cheated you people long enough. Demand him to get lost.

Posted by: pokeymompokey | March 31, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

I see no potential for Franken being seated in the Senate for at least the whole year. The GOP will fight this all the way to its friends and indentured servants currently serving on the Supreme Court. They will hope that Scalia can engineer another decision that will be declared to be unusable as a precedent. He owes them and they know it. He will find a way to determine that the voters of Minnesota and its courts are abridging Coleman's civil rights by electing a Democrat.

Posted by: palnicki | March 31, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Appealing an election to the courts cannot be good for a politician's career. Appealing that court decision to a higher court has got to be even worse. I have read that Coleman wants to run for governor in the next election cycle. Is he not concerned about his image and electability?

I have also read that he is appealing this decision at the request of the senate republican leadership to keep the democrats as far away as possible from the filibuster proof number of 60. I understand why the republicans what to maintain their filibuster threat but man it shows how politics can be pretty nasty and not serve the electorate's will/intent.

What I can't decipher is why Coleman is potentially stabbing himself. Does he think he can maintain the support of the majority of Minnesotans. Or has Coleman had to much republican cool-aid and is throwing his career away for the greater republican good. That would be quite an allegiance/brainwashing Coleman has for the republican leadership.

Or has he been promised something valuable if he pursues party interests above his own. I wonder what throwing away your electability is worth? I wonder if he will get that job/political clout before or after the Minnesota governor's race? The way the party is treating him if I was Coleman I would ask for it upfront, with a down payment, in writing.

Posted by: mirebay | March 31, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Either way, the fact that anyone in Minnesota or anywhere else could actually consider Al Franken to be a serious candidate is beyond me. He's a complete imbecile. We've got goofballs like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and Barney Frank running this country and now we can add another cartoon character in Franken. What a laughingstock....

Posted by: AsstGM | March 31, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse


Are you serious? You supported George W. Bush, who tha hell cares about what you say!

Posted by: aunkmaa1 | March 31, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

You hit the nail on the head "Coleman is being used by the Senate Republicans. They'll walk away from this after Franken is seated, but Coleman will never get elected to state-wide office again in Minnesota." Posted by: jwoods3 |

Coleman has no money to pay for the current appeal much less one for the Minnesota and or US Supreme Court. National Republican Party is financing this but since losing pol pays the legal costs of winner, will Republicans be as willing to put up the multi-million dollar deposit to cover Franken's lawyer fees that will be required BEFORE Coleman can appeal this to the Minnesota Supreme Court?

Guess we will soon find out though how many millions the Republican party is willing to burn in order to keep Franken out of the Senate for another 2 months max.

If Minnesota Supreme Court doesn't reverse this on appeal then Franken can be issued his certificate by Minnesota Secretary of State and take his Senate seat regardless of pending appeals by Coleman to US Supreme Court. I seriously doubt the National Republicans will throw away any more money beyond what they already have or will in Minnesota Supreme Court appeal in order to fund a US Supreme Court appeal.

National Republicans have been soliciting money by publicly saying they have a good chance to win on appeal, but when pressed privately they admit Coleman has "a snowball's chance in hell of ever winning" and that the real reason they are funding Coleman is "so we can maintain the ability to filibuster against Obama's legislative proposals for as long as possible. We won't continue paying for Coleman's lawyers once Franken is seated"

Posted by: claffiteau | March 31, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

A view from Canada. My grandmother had a saying "It all depends on whose ox is being gored." Seems to apply here. The GOP vilified the Dems in 200 for not conceding and for taking the election to the courts. Now the GOP is doing exactly what the Dems did in 2000 and the Dems are vilifying the GOP for doing exactly what they did in 2000.

The real problem. Fix the voting system.

Posted by: EnrolinCanada | March 31, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

From the side Coleman looks like that ShamWow guy.
Posted by: Bitter_Bill | March 31, 2009 6:36 PM
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Ha! Just call him "Vince" Coleman!

Stick a fork in old Norm, HE'S DONE!

Next stop: a DC lobbying firm.

Posted by: gce1356 | March 31, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Isn't the Republican party the one that attacks lawyers and too much litigation?

After today's ruling, the primary reason for additional appeals is to deprive the Dems of another Senate vote for as long as possible. Again, the same party that complains about convicts getting too many appeals.

Let's face it. While the parties have different viewpoints on major issues, their ethics are the same. It's the moral equivalent of a mud-wrestling match.

Posted by: amaikovich | March 31, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Coleman never expected to lose and he just won't let it go.
Coleman YOU LOST!!! To an "entertainer";-)
Posted by: rlj1 | March 31, 2009 6:03 PM | ----------------
Make that a Harvard educated "entertainer"rlji. Look repubs, check the recent polling date in the Post today. You're in deep trouble. If some of you think Franken is some sort of clown, I would only point you to the Bush administration. If that man was not a clown, then clowns don't exist. Oh, I know, dubya is another Harvard grad. But he was a legacy who had everything handed to him. Including the presidential election of 2000. Good luck AL !

Posted by: postaddict1 | March 31, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

From the side Coleman looks like that ShamWow guy.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | March 31, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Coleman needs to go back to doing what he does best...conducting business and accepting contributions from crooked businessmen from the Middle East. These are the same folks that buy him suits, cap and whiten his teeth, and pay his wife hefty "consulting" fees that she does not claim on her income taxes. The RNC will back him to the Nth degree because they do not want the Democrats to have 60 seats in the Senate. Saddest part of this whole debacle is how much money is being spent that could do so more good for so many more people, especially now.

Posted by: politico5 | March 31, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Just look at the caption on the picture: "Former Senator Norm Coleman."

Dude you are SO former.

Posted by: Brittman1 | March 31, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Al Franken attended Harvard College and graduated cum laude in 1973 with a bachelor of arts degree in political science.

Hardly the imbecile.

Posted by: pdvincit | March 31, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Norm Coleman's Resume:
Was from East Coast, moved to midwest.
Was Jewish, spread rumours he was Christian.
Was liberal Democrat, was bought by Republicans.
Wife lives on west coast, campaigns on family values.
Ran for Governor, was beat by a wrestler.
Ran for senate, won when apponent died in air crash.
Reran for senate, lost to comedian.
Ran against lawyers and litigants, will set record for longest litigated election.

Posted by: RobertKronschnabel | March 31, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

The Minnesota taxpayers should pursue legal action against the Coleman team for reimbursement of tax dollars associated with this long drawn out process as well as attorneys fees and tax dollars associated with any frivolous appeals with the understanding that fees be assessed against his attorneys and the GOP. Maxine.

Posted by: desertbrown | March 31, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

If the courts have ruled, then let's get Senator Franken seated so he can get started doing the people's business. No more Republican stalling or dirty tricks.

Posted by: ElectricBill | March 31, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

You mean the GOP can't get the courts to hand them the election like they did in 2000? Poor babies.

Here's the way to win next time, peabrains: GET MORE VOTES!

Duh.

Posted by: Brittman1 | March 31, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

"I believe this say's difficult.. NOT impossible. So why shouldn't Coleman get these "WRONGLY REJECTED" ballots counted? BTW Gore NEVER quit the Supreme Court ended it for him. Coleman is entitled to use every LEGAL means available to him. Dems started this in 2001.. So now you have to live with it when the shoe is on the other foot..."

sovine08's comment typifies the ethical swamp in which the "right" is mired. something is bad (unAmerican, unpatriotic, etc) if the Democrats do it; but if the Republicans then do the same or similar it's within their rights and justified because the Democrats did it first.

Posted by: davidlee1 | March 31, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Perception is reality. For most voters, Norm Coleman is now (and ever will be) wearing a big sign around his neck that says, "Sore Loser." Even if he appeals and appeals and defeats Franken, he will never live this down and he may never win an elected office again.

Posted by: dognabbit | March 31, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Good...he will fit in well with the rest of the Democratic dip wads!

Posted by: psliim58 | March 31, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

"Isn't Coleman about to be indicted for some political crime or malfeasance, anyway?"

Actually, no. All testimony thus far has been that Kazeminy only directed payments to be made to a company for whom Mrs Coleman was a subcontractor. There has been no evidence that the Senator or his wife were aware of the scheme.

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 31, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Either way, the fact that anyone in Minnesota or anywhere else could actually consider Al Franken to be a serious candidate is beyond me. He's a complete imbecile. We've got goofballs like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and Barney Frank running this country and now we can add another cartoon character in Franken. What a laughingstock....

Posted by: AsstGM | March 31, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

And if Coleman were to prevail, when would the FBI investigation find him guilty of laundering money? And then would he finally be tossed out of the Senate?

What does it take for this man to bow out? How is he serving Minnesota if they don't currently have two senators? Some public servant this one is.

Posted by: bweyand1 | March 31, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

imblack writes
"And how did Coleman come by the Boston accent anyway? Very disurbing."

Its a new york accent, from which city the former senator originally hails. The ironies are deep in this race, in which an attempt was made to characterize Franken as a carpetbagger.

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 31, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Coleman is being used by the Senate Republicans. They'll walk away from this after Franken is seated, but Coleman will never get elected to state-wide office again in Minnesota.

Posted by: jwoods3 | March 31, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Just what we need right now another commedian in congress. Don't we have enough there already?

Posted by: rremmers | March 31, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Coleman: lost to a wrestler, almost lost to an over-the-hill last-minute stand-in for a dead man who would've cleaned his clock, now has lost to a former SNL writer.

Maybe it's time to hang 'em up and go be a lobbyist, Norm....

Posted by: pcpatterson | March 31, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

rlj1 writes
"Coleman YOU LOST!!! To an "entertainer";-)"

Also recall that Senator Coleman lost to Jesse Ventura in a gubernatorial race a few years back.

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 31, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

And if Coleman were to prevail, when would the FBI investigation find him guilty of laundering money? And then would he finally be tossed out of the Senate?

What does it take for this man to bow out? How is he serving Minnesota if they don't currently have two senators? Some public servant this one is.

Posted by: bweyand1 | March 31, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Coleman, have you ever heard the song, " You give losers a bad name." Apparently not.

Posted by: AverageJane | March 31, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

The Fix writes
" It's also unknown whether Coleman will appeal the ruling to the state Supreme Court, which is within his rights."

It is unknown, but the oddsmakers have it at about 5:1 that Coleman will drag this thing out.

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 31, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

I can't be the only person who had to read and re-read that opening paragraph like 12 times, am I? That's like a 15+ word subject.

I'm all for breaking news - but only when there's actually a ruling. How about someone telling us why traffic on K street is such a mess...

Posted by: picassodc | March 31, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Franken currently has a 225 vote lead. That means that of the 400 ballots that could be counted, 313 ballots need to be for Coleman for him to win.

I figure it this way:
225 votes just to catch up with Franken.
400 less the 225 equals 175 votes.
50% + 1 votes of the 175 remaining ballots (after Coleman catches up) leaves 88 for Coleman, 87 for Franken.

That means Coleman would have to receive the vote of more than 78% of the 400 ballots that might be counted.

Since all of these ballots are absentee ballots, and since Franken received more votes than Coleman when absentee ballots were originally counted, it is extremely unlikely (to put it mildly) that Coleman can pull it off. And some of those ballots could be blank for the Senate race, or the vote was for Dean Barkley, thus making it even more difficult for Coleman to win.

Posted by: critter69 | March 31, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse


Coleman -- YOU LOST.

Concede already. Republicans are pathetic, petulant little children.

Congratulations Senator Franken!


Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | March 31, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Coleman never expected to lose and he just won't let it go.

Coleman YOU LOST!!! To an "entertainer";-)

Posted by: rlj1 | March 31, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

As a former resident of the Beltway, avid reader of the Post and a current resident of the Twin Cities, I'm disappointed in two things associated with this article. Firstly that the bias of its author is blatantly right wing, referring to Franken as an "Entertainer" rather than a viable opponent to the incumbent. And secondly that Coleman, the Republican candidate, who cannot win the election, continues to deprive the citizens of Minnesota their rightful representation in the Senate.

And how did Coleman come by the Boston accent anyway? Very disurbing.

For the record, I'm an Independant (and embarrassed to admit once a registerred Republican).

Posted by: imblack | March 31, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

theUptake.com for all your recount news.

Court rules 400 absentee ballots to be reviewed for potential counting. Ballots will be reviewed and those determined eligible for counting will be totaled on Tuesday, April 7.

Further rulings to come probably after that count is complete.

Al Franken currently holds a 225 vote lead.

Flash
http://centrisity.com

Posted by: anokaflash | March 31, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

The panel will allow the consideration of only 400 wrongly rejected absentee ballots to be reviewed and possibly counted -- making it difficult for Coleman to make up the 225-vote deficit he currently carries
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I believe this say's difficult.. NOT impossible. So why shouldn't Coleman get these "WRONGLY REJECTED" ballots counted? BTW Gore NEVER quit the Supreme Court ended it for him. Coleman is entitled to use every LEGAL means available to him. Dems started this in 2001.. So now you have to live with it when the shoe is on the other foot...

Posted by: sovine08 | March 31, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Bill - seems reasonably clear. They're allowing 400 more ballots to be counted and possibly included. At that point the count is final.

Then Coleman appeals. And appeals. And appeals. At this rate, Franken will have to run for reelection before he's seated!

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | March 31, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Coleman has no shame. All politicians are egotistic, but he’s in a class of his own. He is a sore loser. Coleman is disfranchising the people of Minnesota. He should respect people’s wishes and concede. He lost.

Posted by: JHigginss | March 31, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Coleman about to be indicted for some political crime or malfeasance, anyway?

Glad to see that the court is ending Coleman's charade.

Go Minnesota!

Posted by: onestring | March 31, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Not your best article but enough. Even Gore quit. Coleman step down!

Posted by: crrobin | March 31, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

So what's the ruling, for Pete's sake?

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | March 31, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

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