“Yesterday the voters spoke. We prevailed,” … [my opponent could opt to waive the recount.]

“It’s up to him whether such a step is worth the tax dollars it will take to conduct,” He said, telling reporters he would “step back” if he were in [his opponent’s] position…

Oh. No, wait, sorry. I got that backwards. The above quote was Norm Coleman telling us that Al Franken should bow out of the senate race back when Coleman was ahead by between 200 and 300 points, and prior to the legally mandated recount. Now that the recount is virtually over and it is Franken ahead by between 200 and 300 votes, I assume Coleman will shortly issue a statement that he will be bowing out. It is what he would do after all. Like he said.

So, Norm, what’s the story?



  1. #1 Mike
    December 21, 2008

    You must stop doing this. I’m tired and grazing 24 hour headlines for high nut quotient headlines and I see this one intimating that it’s finally over and Coleman is bowing out (as unlikely as that seems) only to be teased yet again! For you, your state and the country I do hope this does happen but I get all up only to be thrust back on the edge of my seat…. again.

  2. #2 Stacy S.
    December 21, 2008

    Aaauurrgghh!! You are in soooo much trouble mister!!

    I called my husband in to the room to tell him the good news, only to be let down and look quite silly.

    No more teasing please .

  3. #3 Jonathan Vos Post
    December 22, 2008

    In June 2004, Bush replied “yes” in front of eyewitnesses in the Press when asked “do you stand by your pledge to fire anyone found to have [leaked covert CIA agent Valerie Plame’s name]?” However, in July 2005, he offered an amended version, stating, “I would like this to end as quickly as possible so we know the facts, and if someone committed a crime, they will no longer work in my administration.” No one in the administration was ever fired, but Scooter Libby resigned after being indicted in October 2005.

    It’s politics, Greg. Don’t expect consistency.

  4. #4 JanieBelle
    December 22, 2008

    If you do that again with a headline, I’m going to tie you up and call you a science journalist and other nasty insults!

  5. #5 Stephanie Z
    December 22, 2008

    Janie, is that supposed to be a disincentive?

  6. #6 JanieBelle
    December 22, 2008

    good point, Steph.

  7. #7 Ben Zvan
    December 24, 2008

    The funny thing is that it doesn’t matter. According to the Secretary of State, if the vote is close enough to trigger an automatic recount then their job is to determine the will of the voters. If you’re still in the race when the vote happens, you’re in the race until the recount is done.