MN-Sen: Is the Election Wrapping Up?

It appears so, says Eric Kleefeld:

Norm Coleman just got a Christmas present from the Minnesota Supreme Court: A giant lump of coal.

In a unanimous decision handed down just now, the state Supremes denied Coleman any relief in a lawsuit he was waging to deal with allegations of double-counted absentee ballots, which his campaign says have given an illegitimate edge to Al Franken. The Coleman campaign was seeking to switch 25 selected precincts back to their Election Night totals, which would undo all of Franken's recount gains in those areas and put Coleman back in the lead.

The court, however, sided with the Franken camp's lawyers in saying that a question like this should be reserved for a post-recount election contest proceeding, as the proper forum to discover evidence -- and which also has a burden of proof that heavily favors the certified winner.

Simply put, Coleman is in very big trouble right now. With Al Franken leading by 47 votes, this lawsuit was Coleman's best shot at coming from behind. And it just failed, making a Franken win nearly a foregone conclusion when this recount finishes up in early January.

The AP writes that "The court's decision leaves Coleman with fewer ways to make up ground in the recount."The Star Tribune similarly ledes "A state Supreme Court ruling Wednesday narrowed the options available for Sen. Norm Coleman to erase a slim lead held by DFLer Al Franken in the Minnesota election dispute."

In short, this looks like a very positive development for those hoping to see Al Franken in the Senate -- not the end of the story, but a big step towards the progressive activist entering the upper chamber of Congress.

Tags: Al Franken, Minnesota, MN-Sen, norm coleman, Senate 2008 (all tags)



Re: MN-Sen: Is the Election Wrapping Up?

Merry Christmas to me!

by Todd Beeton 2008-12-24 05:41PM | 0 recs
Re: MN-Sen: Is the Election Wrapping Up?

Wait, so where is Trey talking about how there is no way Franken can win?

by JDF 2008-12-24 05:55PM | 0 recs
Coleman and the RNC will keep this in court

as long as they possibly can....

Still, this is good news for Al.

Not out of the woods, but a good start.

by WashStateBlue 2008-12-24 06:05PM | 0 recs
Re: Coleman and the RNC will keep this in court

Not sure the RNC is on board so much with the pending FBI investigation of old smokescreen Coleman.

by lojasmo 2008-12-24 06:08PM | 0 recs
Coleman at 7.2 on Intrade

slipping away...the road to 59.

by esconded 2008-12-24 06:46PM | 0 recs
I don't get the Court's logic

Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled that Franken's chances just increased (and that the Coleman camp's ulterior motive to toss out votes was defeated), but the logic of this ruling escapes me.  It seems odd for the court to, in essence, say that a winner should be named before questions regarding who deserved to win are raised in court.  I would think that if the roles were reversed, we'd all be saying that if the questions over these ballots would impact who wins, then we should answer the questions before--not after--a winner is named.

Clearly, though, the legal issues are pretty clear, given the unanimous ruling, and I just don't understand them.  Can a better mind educate me on this one?

by Oly 2008-12-24 06:54PM | 0 recs
Re: I don't get the Court's logic

Well, briefly (and very simplified), Coleman claimed that some ballots were double counted, but he put forth no credible evidence to back up his claim.  The court basically said that they can't hold up an election certification for a claim without evidence, but that he can challenge the election results later if he can come up with evidence to support his claim.

Anybody can claim anything and thus demand that election results aren't certified.  The court's decision makes sense.

by markjay 2008-12-24 07:23PM | 0 recs
Re: I don't get the Court's logic

This helps; thanks.

by Oly 2008-12-25 05:29AM | 0 recs
Re: MN-Sen: Is the Election Wrapping Up?

Great news for Progressives everywhere.  This is only the beginning.

by nzubechukwu 2008-12-24 07:34PM | 0 recs
Re: MN-Sen: Is the Election Wrapping Up?

Franken in the Senate is a true gift.

by Charles Lemos 2008-12-24 08:07PM | 0 recs
Re: MN-Sen: Is the Election Wrapping Up?

Let's call it  a dividend.  I certainly paid enough in contributions that I can't call it a gift.

by lojasmo 2008-12-25 01:51AM | 0 recs
Re: MN-Sen: Is the Election Wrapping Up?

What a we will end up with a smart mouther comedian in the Senate and maybe a woman, caroline kennedy whose only real qualifications are she is the daughter of a dead president.......really speaks well for the quality of people we have serving in the US Senate.....what a joke....

by adb67 2008-12-25 03:09AM | 0 recs
Re: MN-Sen: Is the Election Wrapping Up?

Yep, just a "smart mouther" who has done extensive grass roots work in Minnesota for the last several YEARS, raising tons of money for down-ticket Ds.  After, you know, serving as probably the most prominent liberal on progressive talk radio for YEARS, during which time he showed an impressive command of all kinds of issues.

Yep, we should be absolutely appalled if this guy  wins, after going through the D primary process and a General election.  He's JUST like Caroline Kennedy.  

by HSTruman 2008-12-25 06:37AM | 0 recs
Re: MN-Sen: Is the Election Wrapping Up?

Please he was a host on a failed network radio show. Does his beign a talk show host make him qualified? In that case Sean Hannity should be a Senator, he has far more experience than Franken. Give me a break will ya. This is a case of just wanting a Liberal in office. He isnt qualified, and he is a buffoon.......

by adb67 2008-12-25 06:46AM | 0 recs
Re: MN-Sen: Your Problem Being???

In case you had not noticed, on this website, having progressive values IS a qualification.  We believe in public investments in infrastructure, renewable energy, health care, and education.  We believe in restoring the damage done to the Constitution over the last eight years.  We believe in equal rights for all, regardless of gender, race, age or sexual orientation.  

Al Franken will uphold those values; Norm Coleman will not.  It's that simple.  

by CLLGADEM 2008-12-25 08:39AM | 0 recs
Re: MN-Sen: Your Problem Being???

I believe in much of the same,....but sorry, Al Franken is an idiot..

by adb67 2008-12-25 02:34PM | 0 recs
Re: MN-Sen: Your Problem Being???

By the way, how do you square this statement with your previous assertion that your a life long republican?  Sort of makes your criticism of Franken make more sense.

by HSTruman 2008-12-27 01:35PM | 0 recs
Re: MN-Sen: Is the Election Wrapping Up?

He knows the issues and can articulate his position on them effectively.  He shares my values and those of most of the folks around here.  Your opinion seems to be based upon nothing but personal antipathy for the guy.  That's really not much of an argument.  

I also note that you dropped your comparison to Caroline Kennedy, since it was so transparently stupid.  That's progress I suppose.  

Either way, get used to calling him Senator Franken, cause that's where this is headed.    

by HSTruman 2008-12-27 01:34PM | 0 recs
Re: MN-Sen: Is the Election Wrapping Up?

Anyone who listened to Franken's radio program knows how devastating he can be on the attack against Republican hypocricy and stupidity.  But the rules of the Senate will probably require that he be a polite little boy for awhile.

by Bob H 2008-12-25 11:19AM | 0 recs


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