Monday, January 05, 2009

Coleman Should Concede

Republican Senator Norm Coleman, from Minnesota, is promising a protracted court battle to retain his seat after the Minnesota Election Board declared his challenger, Al Franken, the winner in their closely contested election battle.

Coleman ought to concede. At best, if he won his various challenges, he would win, literally, by a handful of votes. That's not likely to happen. In any event, an incumbent senator who gets less than 42% of the vote (remember, there was a third party candidate who got about 15% of the vote) and whose margin is too small to declare a victory deserves to lose. He hardly got a ringing endorsement from Minnesota voters!


Cargosquid said...

He shouldn't lose to a thief. If he loses fairly, then yes, he should concede. But he should fight this theft all the way.

As of right now, 25 precincts are counting more votes than they have voters....

If certification is the proof, then Coleman won with the original 725 votes.

Anonymous said...

I agree that Norm Coleman should concede. In fact, Sen. Harry Reid suggested it on February 26th. As a Minnesotan, I am already tired of the legal wranglings well after the election has been completed. I believe that this would have never happened if Minnesota had adopted runoff elections, which requires that the winner of an election have a majority of the votes.