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Franken, Coleman, Hot Air

Franken, Coleman, Hot Air
By Eric Black

I’m back from Spring Break, tanned and ready to catch up on the substantive developments in everyone’s favorite recount case (there was one such development, the counting of the last votes that the ThreeJudges believe should be counted), while patiently awaiting the next substantive development (the ThreeJudges final order could be issued any minute, or next week).

But it’s hard to breathe in the middle of all this hot air. I don’t mean the weather (which is lovely) but the predictable, never-ending unnecessary political rhetoric.

I personally have had enough of Dems offering their view of what Norm Coleman should do (take a long walk off a short pier). If there are Democrats from whom Coleman would accept advice, he would probably not ask for it in the form of a press release.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, Repub of Texas, who chairs the National Republican Senatorial Committee and might therefore be viewed as less than an impartial commentator, says that Dems who tell Coleman to give it up are guilty of “blatant hypocrisy” because their current position — don’t count any more ballots — contradicts the position they took — keep counting — in 2000 when the U.S. Supreme Court  canceled the Florida statewide recount thus making G.W. Bush president. In the interest of brevity, Sen. Cornyn did not find space to comment on the hypocrisy of Repubs who have made an opposite switcheroo between the Bush/Gore and the Franken/Coleman cases.

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Could anything be more predictable and less helpful than this: At 1 p.m. today, MNGOP chair Ron Carey will address the media in Room 125 of the State Capitol to, in the words of the MNGOP press release announcing the event, “urge Al Franken to join with Senator Norm Coleman to demand that all legally cast ballots be counted.”

Wait, here it is: At 2:30, in the very same room, MN DFL chair Brian Melendez will “call on former Senator Norm Coleman to listen to public opinion and do what is best for the people of Minnesota” and will back up his advice by “launch[ing]  a public information campaign encouraging Coleman to concede.”