Harry Reid has been weighing in on the endless Minnesota Senate battle lately, especially now that Norm Coleman's endgame is clear: to undermine the results of the November 4th election and call for a do over. Great to see Reid, usually one to err on the side of collegiality, landing some blows, as it were, against the former Senator from Minnesota.
Last week, Senator Reid gave Coleman some unsolicited advice, which amounted to a strong recommendation that he concede:
"Norm Coleman should have a five-minute conversation with [Nevada Sen.] John Ensign," Reid said.
Reid explained that, in his 1998 Senate race, Ensign decided to concede defeat to Reid rather than pursue a recount.
"John Ensign wound up as a real hero in Nevada," Reid said.
In the wake of ratcheted up "do over" rhetoric from Team Coleman, today, via TPM, Reid's office weighs in once again, repeating his assertion that Coleman's desire to "set aside" the results of the free and fair election last November should be a non-starter:
Harry Reid's office is now indicating its displeasure and opposition to Norm Coleman's new attempt to potentially throw out the whole election result in Minnesota.
Said Reid spokesman Jim Manley, in an e-mail to TPM: "Just because Mr. Coleman is not happy with the results of the election/recount doesn't mean he gets to schedule another one."
This comes on the heels of some refreshingly tough language from Tim Kaine expressing a similar sentiment:
"The people of Minnesota have spoken. It's time for Norm Coleman to accept the voters' decision, do what is best for his state and country and stop standing in the way of a Senator being seated. The stakes for our country are too high right now to suggest that the results of a democratic election, exhaustive recount, and legal proceedings be thrown out just because Norm Coleman doesn't like the results."
Glad to see a concerted effort by Democrats at the highest level to pushback against Coleman's "do-over" messaging. It's about time. At a time when mushy bi-partisan fetishism is king, it's refreshing to see these two take on what is a decidedly partisan battle: delivering another seat to add to the Democratic majority. Of course, it's much more than mere numbers, Senator Franken will mean another vote for President Obama's agenda and, specifically, as Bill Samuel of the AFL-CIO said today, likely the 60th vote on The Employee Free Choice Act.
As for Kaine, considering he made a career out of spewing weak red state Dem "can't we all get along" rhetoric, I was dubious how he would step into a partisan cheerleader role as head of the DNC. Turns out he's taking to it quite well.