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Why Is Norm Coleman Not After Michael Steele’s Job?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 28, 2010

This is interesting:

[Norm] Coleman said in a C-SPAN interview scheduled to be broadcast Sunday that he would not challenge Steele if he decides to run for a second term. “I am not here to do any battles with our chairman; he is a friend,” Coleman said.

Considering that Norm’s been angling for the job for years, even before he lost to Al Franken, this is a rather noteworthy volte-face.

What made Norm decide not to go for it? Would the name “Kazeminy” be a clue? Or “Blo-and-Go“?

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Recycled Story Or Real News?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 23, 2010

Late! Breaking! Politico! Scuttlebutt! is that Norm Coleman might finally get to replace Michael Steele as RNC Chair:

Former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman is considering a run for chairmanship of the RNC, POLITICO has learned, and has begun talking to associates about taking on Michael Steele, should the embattled current chairman seek another term in January.

Coleman is planning to attend the RNC’s summer meeting next month in Kansas City, in part to be on hand for a tribute to longtime New Jersey Committeeman David Norcross, who is stepping down from his party post. But senior Republicans say the former senator’s appearance at the committee’s gathering will also allow him to meet the party members who will pick the next chairman and signal to them that he’s interested in the job.

In the last month, Coleman has had private conversations with multiple high-level GOP officials about the party’s chairmanship in an attempt to sound out his prospects.

In an e-mail, the former St. Paul mayor said only that he was working to help Republicans in 2010.

“My focus is on the 2010 elections,” Coleman wrote in response to questions about his interest in the RNC post. “We have a huge opportunity to stop the Democrats’ out-of-control spending and losing the opportunity would be devastating for the country.”

A close confidante, however, said Coleman is “intrigued by the [RNC] opportunity.”

Whoop-te-doo. He’s been actively wanting the gig since March of 2009, you know.

Posted in 2010, Norm Coleman, RNC | Comments Off on Recycled Story Or Real News?

Coleman Concedes (aka John Cornyn pulls the plug)

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 30, 2009

Guess watching $145,000 a week circling the drain — money that could have been saved up and used to protect vulnerable Republican Senatorial candidates in 2010 — finally started to bother John Cornyn and the NRSC.

Here’s some music for Senator Al Franken:


Posted in Al Franken, Minnesota, Norm Coleman, Senate | 1 Comment »

So How Screwed Is Norm Coleman?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 2, 2009


He was screwed from the beginning, says Rick Hasen:

4. The reason Coleman is having a harder time is that he’s got a tougher road to success:

a. The state Supreme Court is going to deter to the factual findings of the trial court, and those factual findings favor Franken.

b. The state Supreme Court’s existing precedent in terms of treating absentee ballots strictly as a matter of fraud-prevention favors Franken. A change in that standard now, as I’ve argued, would create a due process argument for Franken by constituting a change in the rules of the election after the fact.

c. Even if the court accepted some of Coleman’s arguments in the abstract—such as that there were some votes illegally counted by some jurisdictions (or alternatively, some ballots accepted under a looser “substantial compliance” standard)– that doesn’t mean Coleman would win his case. He’d have to show that there were enough problems to make a difference in the outcome of the election (a point the Justices expressed a great deal of skepticism about, in their discussion of the failure of the offer of proof).

d. On the merits, the Justices mentioned ways of distinguishing other cases in which there were due process problems, such as when voters relied upon rules of the game that were changed later. There was an interesting discussion of whether Bush v. Gore eliminated the requirement that a challenger prove intentional discrimination to make out an equal protection argument. It was the only line of argument that I saw potentially helping Coleman, but it did not appear to be enough to overcome the Justice’s skepticism.

Hasen later cites a whole bunch of other folks who think that Franken’s going to win going away.

The irony is of course that Team Coleman wants to overturn Andersen v. Rolvaag, the Minnesota case law on recounts, by using Bush v. Gore, when Andersen v. Rolvaag is not only settled case law all the way up to the US Supreme Court, but is actually the lead precedent cited in Bush v. Gore!

Posted in Al Franken, Minnesota, Norm Coleman, Senate | 4 Comments »

Why Norm’s Chances Were Always Slim At Best

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 14, 2009

From the Minnesota Independent:

Coleman’s equal protection argument is “not trivial,” writes Guy Charles, a University of Minnesota law professor temporarily teaching at Duke University:

But as judges and legal academics like to say, that argument proves too much … Unfortunately for Coleman, his prospects always depended upon a miracle. He wanted before and wants now more ballots to be counted. But the more ballots that are counted — by election officials, the Canvassing Board and the trial court — the better Al Franken does.

Nate Silver said much the same thing last week: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Al Franken, Democrats, Minnesota, Norm Coleman, Republicans | Comments Off on Why Norm’s Chances Were Always Slim At Best

Dismissed. With. Prejudice.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 14, 2009

I was wondering what was taking the Election Contest Court so long to issue their ruling in the wake of the final vote count last Tuesday. Now I know why. They were crafting a 24-karat platinum boot to be sent upside the head of Norm Coleman:eat-it-norm1

Eat it, Norm.


Posted in Al Franken, Norm Coleman, Republicans | 5 Comments »

Tuesday Morning News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 7, 2009


Well, well: “U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt and his wife are reviewing records to see if they mistakenly received tax breaks on a Washington, D.C., property. Records show the Republican from Springfield, who is running for U.S. Senate, may have erroneously received a homestead exemption for a $1.6 million residence in Georgetown.” Of course, this won’t get splashed all over the evening news the way Hilda Solis’ hubby’s tax woes were.

— Why did New York magazine’s oh-so-flattering puff piece on right-wing hatemonger Glenn Beck fail to quote his more famous comments? Because then it wouldn’t be a puff piece any more, silly.

— The final votes in the 2008 Senatorial election featuring Norm Coleman, Al Franken and Dean Barkley are going to be counted today. At the end of the count, Al Franken will still be ahead, and be declared the winner of the election, at which point Coleman will ready an appeal for the Minnesota Supreme Court. (Actually, Team Coleman readied their appeal months ago — but they’ll still take their sweet time before they officially file it; they’re allowed ten days to do so, and they will use most if not all of them in order to continue their portion of Operation Stonewall.)

Posted in 111th Congress, Al Franken, fascism, IOKIYAR, Minnesota, Norm Coleman, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, Republicans as cancer, rightwing moral cripples, taxes | 2 Comments »

The Day Of Reckoning?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 1, 2009

Norquist said it, I believe it, that settles it

Norquist said it, I believe it, that settles it

Harry Reid said he wanted to seat Al Franken by April 1. John Cornyn said he was going to hold his breath and turn blue if Reid tried it. What will happen?

What I would like to think would happen is that Reid would just say “Screw it” and trigger the nuclear option. After all, it’s already on the table for the budget bill. Might as well get it over with.

Posted in 111th Congress, 2008, Al Franken, Congress, IOKIYAR, Minnesota, Norm Coleman, Senate, Silly Republicans | 3 Comments »

Tuesday Morning News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 31, 2009


— Still no Election Contest Court ruling in the Franken-Coleman contest as of this morning. They’ve been at it for over two weeks now. What could be the problem? [UPDATE: They hear and obey!]

— Speaking of the Franken-Coleman contest, Eric Boehlert notes that the same media that was viciously attacking Al Gore for being a “sore loser” in 2000 is being nice as pie to Norm Coleman even though his actions have been far more sore-loserish — and have been far more time-consuming — than Gore’s ever were.

— In more pleasant news, Skype has come to the iPhone. Glorious.

Posted in 111th Congress, 2008, Al Franken, Al Gore, GOP/Media Complex, media, Media machine, mediawhores, Minnesota, Norm Coleman, technology | 2 Comments »


Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 12, 2009

The MnIndy reports that Norm Coleman’s donor list was found on an unsecured portion of his website. The discovery was made as a result of people trying to determine if Coleman had crashed his own website back in January.

— Presidential wannabee and current Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty had better worry about his own house first: His approval ratings have dropped ten points in three months.

Posted in 2012, Minnesota, Norm Coleman, Republicans, Tim Pawlenty, unintended consequences | Comments Off on Oooopsie!

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