Eric Black of MinnPost Dot Com has made an interesting observation. Last week the three judge panel charged with hearing Norm Coleman’s “Election Contest” (that’s a thing … an election contest is a kind of suit claiming that an election did not go properly) finished their job. They ruled against some of Coleman’s claims, but they did count extra ballots as Colman had insisted. That addition of new ballots — all absentee ballots — resulted in Franken’s lead growing.
From that ruling, the plaintiff has ten days to file an appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court. The appeal itself is a simple form. This is the sort of thing that would be ready in advance to hand over to the court right after the final ruling of the case being finished.
But, Norm Coleman has not yet filed the appeal.
There are several possible reasons for this unusual behavior, including:
- Norm is thinking about it. He may actually decide to not file the appeal.
- Norm forgot to file the appeal. Maybe somebody should tell him.
- Norm and his Republican cronies know they cannot win this case, but they are not actually trying to win this case. Rather, their intention is to drag this process out as long as possible in order to deprive the Democratic Party of having Al Franken working with them in Washington.
Erick Black’s idea is that we aresseing the last of these choices being played out. In An explanation for why Coleman hasn’t filed notice of appeal he writes:
In the end, the difference between a Coleman notice on Day One versus Day Ten is, well, nine days. Not so much in the context of this case. I am resisting the widespread Dem spin that every additional day the seat remains open is a scandal or a tragedy. But whatever extra days are wasted on an unnecessary step will very likely simply be added to the time consumed by this next phase. This delay undermines any claim Coleman might that he is not stalling.
As if any effort were really needed to undermine any possibility that Norm Coleman would ever do the right thing in relation to anything. Ever.
Minnesotans are such morons even letting Coleman be a politician here.