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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Monday, January 12, 2009

Political bits

(StarTribune) Norm Coleman is seeking to substantially reopen the recount.

(FoxNews) In an interview with Brit Hume, George Bush says he plans to write a book (a picture book?) trying to reframe his decisions.
I'm toying with the idea of maybe describing the toughest decisions I had to make as President, and the context in which I made them...

(Plus, he uses the phrase "get 'er done.")

Unusual, (WaPo) The House Republican Conference invites Obama to speak.

And, (Pool) Annie Liebovitz is seen entering Obama's hotel.


  • RE: Coleman.

    This seems to be a classic case of Republican legalistic over-reaching and water muddying. They're firing tons of legal chaff hoping something pops up.

    My hope is that the MN courts put this baby to bed swiftly and decisively.

    By Blogger -epm, at 2:45 PM  

  • Frankly, I think this is probably pretty dead.

    At the same time, it's tough to lose by 252 votes in a recount of 2.8 million when you were ahead after the first count.

    The turnover is legitimate, but it must be hard to let go.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 3:21 PM  

  • "At the same time, it's tough to lose by 252 votes in a recount of 2.8 million when you were ahead after the first count."

    Of course. But it's at this point where we see the character of a man. Frankly, Franken has shown more humility in winning than Coleman has in losing.

    Republicans are always big on saying that "Character counts." I didn't realize that for them the sentiment was a punch line.

    By Blogger -epm, at 3:41 PM  

  • It's even dumber than the Strib portrays it. See here for the story on the third review by county officials of the absentee ballots.

    For all intents and purposes, Coleman is out of this process, though it is being allegedly undetaken in his name. This is what happens when you surrender yourself to the GOP. None of the GOP attorneys are the least bit concerned about the appearance or reputation of their candidate, or about the integrity of the process.

    On the bright side, the longer this drags on, the worse Coleman looks and the less chance he has to gain the Governorship.

    By Blogger Todd Dugdale, at 4:49 PM  

  • You make a good point. The lawyers have every career incentive to win with no downside for pushing too hard. In fact, if anything, their tenaciousness helps them in presenting to future clients.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 5:15 PM  

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