Minnesota voters to Coleman: Give it up, Norm

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Periodically during his six-month battle to win a Minnesota Senate race a recount showed he lost by 312 votes, former Sen. Norm Coleman, a Republican, has suggested voters should just do the whole thing over again.

A poll by the Star Tribune in the Twin Cities suggests he might not come nearly that close to Democrat Al Franken if the election was held again.  According to the survey, nearly two-thirds of the state’s voters now believe Coleman should give it up and concede.

Specifically, 64 percent say Coleman should accept the verdict of an electoral court that ruled after a recount that Franken won by a narrow margin.

Obviously, Coleman isn’t listening; last week he appealed to the state Supreme Court.  According to the Star-Tribune poll, only 28 percent believe that appeal is “appropriate.”  The case could end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The news isn’t all that good for Franken, either; the poll showed sharp drops in favorability ratings for both claimants to the Senate seat, although he fared better than Coleman.

Meanwhile, Minnesota has only one senator, voters are fuming about an electoral system that can’t seem to come to closure and the Democrats on Capitol Hill are missing a vote they need to edge closer to the totals needed to overcome Republican filibusters in the Senate.

Coleman has been busy as a “consultant” to the Republican Jewish Coalition, while Franken, the former comic who no longer seems very funny, has been assembling a shadow staff just in case the legal battle is resolved before the end of the 111th Congress.

Where is Walter Mondale when Minnesotans really need him?

About the Author
Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.