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You will never, ever see me call for Norm Coleman to "accept defeat." Coleman was the incumbent in the US Senate and Al Franken was his challenger. There were many times it appeared Coleman had lost. He fought for months and months and months after the election before the matter was settled.
I never called on him to stop fighting.
After 2000, I believe count every damn ballot. That's when the Supreme Court decided that ballots didn't matter, it just mattered that Sandra Day O'Connor wanted to retire and couldn't if Al Gore was in the White House so the Supreme Court gave the White House to Bush.
I believe in count every vote.
In 2008, I argued that before the primaries in Michigan and Florida and after. These were the voters who were disenfranchised by the press and the DNC.
I have always believed in count-every vote. I have always felt that we can wait long enough until the ballots are counted and that the world won't end while we wait for them to be counted or recounted.
In Alaska, the Senate battle continues. I don't have a dog in the fight, I don't care who becomes the senator. I do care that it's open and legitimate.
No senator gets sworn in until January. We have plenty of time.
So I'm at Politico tonight and Shira Toeplitz has an article where Norm Coleman is stating, "I think the race is over. I think the counting's been done. I'm not sure there's anything that would change that."
For 7 months after the election, I never said, "Norm, drop out! Norm, it's over!"
He's got a lot of nerve telling anyone else to.
He really should be ashamed of himself.
I have had a consistent approach to this issue and it hasn't mattered if my favorite benefited or not, if it was a Democrat that would win or not. I have a set of ethical guidelines I follow.
Today we learn that Norm Coleman doesn't. That's no big surprise.
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