Surprising exactly nobody, Norm Coleman is challenging the results of the Minnesota recount in court:
Republican Norm Coleman, who received 225 fewer votes than DFLer Al Franken in the U.S. Senate recount, will challenge the result in court. He told reporters at a state Capitol news conference that a lawsuit, known as an election contest, would proceed.
Coleman, whose Senate term ended on Saturday, began the recount on Nov. 19 with a 215-vote lead. His attorneys have said they believe he would have prevailed if the board had reviewed 650 absentee ballots they say may have been wrongly rejected, along with up to 150 ballots they say were counted twice and 133 Minneapolis votes that were counted using election day machine results after the ballots couldn’t be found during the hand recount.
It’s funny that Coleman is going to fight this for as long as he can, considering:
I guess quitting in the name of healing and unity is only a good idea if you’re a Democrat, huh?
But Coleman won’t concede and we all know why: he has nothing to lose. Even if he accomplishes nothing but ingratiating himself to the Republican establishment, it will have been worth it. As Nate Silver said,
Norm Coleman doesn’t have much of a future in electoral politics. Defeated Presidential candidates sometimes have nine lives, but defeated Senatorial candidates rarely do, and in his career running for statewide office, Coleman has lost to a professional wrestler, beaten a dead guy, and then tied a comedian. He doesn’t have much to lose by fighting this to its bitter conclusion.
The longer Coleman fights, the longer the Senate Democratic caucus goes without their 59th member. And the fiercer he fights, the more he delegitimizes Franken and undermines him as a United States Senator.
In the end, both of those are good for the Republican Party. So if Norm fights hard enough, he might get rewarded with a nice bit of right-wing welfare to help him round out his days in Washington. Because if we’ve learned nothing else from all this, it’s that Norm Coleman is Norm Coleman’s favorite special interest group.