MN-Sen: "Pulling a Norm Coleman" and

This Dollar A Day To Make Norm Go Away campaign is great. Bumped - Todd

Republican sore loser Norm Coleman's endless and pointless appeals will not accomplish a victory for Coleman.  But ol' Normie can be proud that he has accomplished one thing: his name has become synonymous with "sore loser" to the point that "pulling a Norm Coleman" has entered the lexicon meaning "acting like a sore loser." To wit:

Larry King: `I'm not a sore loser. I'm not gonna pull a Norm Coleman'

Here's evidence that Minnesota's post-election battle for U.S. Senate has permeated pop culture. Al Franken and Norm Coleman were cited this week by contestants in another competition that attracted millions of partisans: the race between movie actor Ashton Kutcher and news juggernaut CNN to be first to gain one million followers on Twitter, the social-media phenomenon. ...

Here's a video clip of Kutcher on "Larry King Live" tonight (King's "Norm Coleman" comment comes at the 5:00 mark):

KING: I'm not a sore loser.

KUTCHER: No, you're not.

KING: I'm not gonna pull a Norm Coleman and take this to the courts.

KUTCHER: You have been gracious, very gracious.

While Coleman sore-losers it up, Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee have introduced a new effort:, "A Dollar a Day to Make Norm Go Away." Very simply put, commit to contributing just one dollar per day for every day that sore loser Norm Coleman refuses to concede. (HT: MPP)

I don't know if this effort was inspired by Open Left's AdamGreen's post laying out a very similar fundraising strategy a little over a week ago, but it is exactly the correct approach to take to provide Republican leadership in Washington with adequate disincentive from continuing to fund Coleman's endless appeals.  You also have the option of chipping in a bit of change directly to the Franken Recount Fund.

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MN-Sen: More Right-Wing Victimization Whining From The NRSC

Let's face it, Republicans are way more comfortable out of power arguing that they're victims, whether it be the big bad liberal media that's keeping them down, or the socialists (or is it Marxists...?) or, ya know...democracy.

Here's an e-mail from the NRSC that went out to supporters after Al Franken was declared the winner of the US Senate election...again:

Dear Friend:

The strength of our democracy is built on a fair and accurate system of elections. Our Constitution provides for Due Process and for Equal Protection in order to better guarantee the enfranchisement of every voter.

Unfortunately, those fundamental principles are under attack in Minnesota. Since Senator Norm Coleman was first ahead by hundreds of votes at the end of election night, the Democrats have aggressively worked to change the rules of the game after it's been played.

Last night, they succeeded in convincing a three-judge panel to issue a fundamentally misguided ruling that disenfranchises over 4,000 Minnesota voters. They did so by imposing a different, and stricter, standard for votes to be counted rather than following the rules that were in place in Minnesota on Election Day. [...]

How dare Al Franken get more votes than Norm Coleman!!

What's hilarious is that, as TPM notes, the response by the right on this one was tepid and slow. They're over it and, notably so is Joe Scarborough.

But hey, bring on the appeal!

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Deep Thought

There should be a law where the person who gets the most votes in a Senate election gets to become a Senator.

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MN-Sen: Will Justice Who Donated To Coleman Recuse Himself From The Appeal?

Last week, Senate Guru dilligently traced the partisan makeup of the Minnesota Supreme Court -- which will be hearing Coleman's next appeal -- over at his site and then over the weekend Down With Tyranny noted that one of the court's justices, Christopher Dietzen, has actually donated money to Norm Coleman and suggested that perhaps Dietzen should recuse himself from any Coleman appeal. Following up on DWT, Senate Guru wrote here at MyDD last night:

Remember that two of the Minnesota Supreme Court's seven Justices recused themselves from hearing Coleman's appeal to the state Supreme Court because they served on the state Canvassing Board.  Those two Justices wanted to avoid the conflict of having served on the Canvassing Board and then serving on the Court that will hear an appeal of, in part, the Canvassing Board's actions and decisions.

Well, one of the remaining Justices that will decide Norm Coleman's electoral fate is a two-time Norm Coleman donor!  Heck, one of the two contributions occurred in the six years leading up to Coleman's 2008 re-election bid - in other words, it was put toward this very election whose result Coleman is preparing to appeal.  This is a crystal clear conflict of interest.

Indeed. Today, TPM picks it up and wonders "Who Will Be Left On Minnesota Supreme Court To Hear Appeal?" On whether Dietzen should recuse himself:

Regarding Dietzen, Hamline University Prof. David Schultz tells us that the case for recusal points towards yes.

Schultz agreed with me that there's no immediate evidence that Dietzen has actually behaved in any biased manner in this case. "But here's where the issue changes a little bit," Schultz explained. "If it's now starting to run on the blogs at this point, that perhaps he's got a conflict because of the contributions, the Minnesota codes of judicial conflict address not just actual conflict but the perceptions of conflict."

"That's not saying he shouldn't have recused himself before," said Schultz, "but that suggests to me he may have more of an appearance of conflict or bias than he would have before." [...]

Schultz further noted that the decision to recuse is made by the individual judges themselves, and they're usually very good at self-policing. As for himself, Schultz said what he would do if he were under the circumstances Dietzen is in: "If I were sitting on the bench in that matter, I would recuse myself, because at this point there is a paper-trail record of political contributions to a party in the case."

Great work by Senate Guru and Down With Tyranny for getting this out there. It's spread like wildfire since last night, which could, in and of itself, lead to the recusal of a justice who clearly would hold at least some bias toward Coleman during the appeal.

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Minn. Court: Al Franken is the Senate Winner

Big news, reported by the Associated Press:

A Minnesota court confirmed Monday that Democrat Al Franken won the most votes in his 2008 Senate race against Republican Norm Coleman.

The ruling isn't expected to be the final word because Coleman previously announced plans to appeal to the state Supreme Court. He has 10 days to do so. That appeal could mean weeks more delay in seating Minnesota's second senator.

After a statewide recount and seven-week trial, Franken stands 312 votes ahead. Franken actually gained more votes from the election challenge than Coleman, the candidate who brought it.

This ruling wasn't unexpected -- but it's still big news. Norm Coleman's path to overturning the results of November's Senate election, in which he was turned out of office by the voters of his state, is becoming narrow to non-existent, and it's only a matter of time until virtually everyone aside from the most hackish of the Republican hacks joins the bandwagon already including leading conservative voices calling on Coleman to give up his quixotic fight and allow the rightful winner of the Minnesota Senate election, Democrat Al Franken, take his seat.

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