Norm Coleman can’t win. Now, he’s just doing the GOP’s dirty work to keep Franken out of the Senate for as long as possible

I always thought Minnesota’s Norm Coleman was one of the smarmiest Republicans in Congress. He’s proving the extent of it now.

The Minnesota Senate recount has looked bad for former GOP Senator Norm Coleman for awhile, but it keeps getting worse for him. Coleman lost the election, but is continuing his legal suit. And, he’s losing ground in court by the day.

It’s becoming more and more clear that this is just an effort to keep Democrat Al Franken out of the Senate. Coleman is doing the national GOP’s dirty work. He’s even got George Bush’ election lawyer, Ben Ginsburg, working the case. This is now all about preventing the Democrats from getting their 59th vote in the Senate.

Coleman is putting his partisan interests ahead of the interests of Minnesotans. While the nation is in an economic crisis, Minnesota is missing a vote in the Senate. From the Star-Tribunue:

The Senate election trial is a month old, enough time to ask: Does Norm Coleman have a chance of winning?

A series of court rulings have dealt the Republican long odds for overturning DFLer Al Franken’s 225-vote lead. The three judges hearing the case have been only partly receptive to Coleman’s bid to expand the field of ballots as he seeks more votes, and they brushed aside his claim of systemic problems with Minnesota elections.

Coleman once wanted to examine up to 11,000 rejected absentee ballots in hope that enough might eventually be opened and counted to help him overtake Franken. Now he’s looking at opening perhaps a couple of thousand ballots. And the number could turn out to be even smaller.

“It’s very hard, the way it’s set up right now, for him to be able to win,” said David Schultz, a Hamline University law professor specializing in elections.

“Very slim,” was how Duke University law Prof. Guy-Uriel Charles characterized Coleman’s current chances.

“Coleman is in a bubble running out of oxygen,” said Lawrence Jacobs, a University of Minnesota political science professor.

Coleman cannot win. He’s going to pursue his frivolous lawsuit anyway.

The GOP will do everything and anything to block Barack Obama’s agenda. We know that. Another Democrat in the Senate means one vote closer to cloture. That’s what this is about now.


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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