The court overseeing the election challenge in Minnesota has just ruled Al Franken the winner over Norm Coleman in the razor-thin election there, the closest national race in the state's history. Coleman now has 10 days to appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court. At this point, it is going to be almost impossible for Coleman to reverse this election, especially in light of the fact that today's decision came from a Republican dominated court.
Norm Coleman now has an extremely difficult decision to make, and my prediction is that Coleman is going to bow out, rather than pursue the matter any further. Why would I predict that? Because Tim Pawlenty is term limited and Coleman is eying the Governor's mansion. If he attempts to pursue the Senate election any further through the courts, he will become more unpopular than Al Gore in 2000, thus dealing a death blow to, not only his gubernatorial chances, but to his career as a politician as well.
Coleman ran a good race, and it is now time for him to look forward, not backward, and make sure that the citizens of Minnesota see him, not as a sore loser, but as a very competitive politician who fought the good fight.
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