Minnesota Recount exclusive: Not so fast on the do-over

posted at 7:42 pm on March 3, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Earlier today, I posted about the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s report that the Coleman campaign had requested the election contest panel to throw out the election results and order a new election.  This seemed like such a remarkable position that I contacted the Coleman team to find out whether they had a legal basis to make such a request.  I spoke with Ben Ginsberg, Coleman’s attorney and spokesman for the legal effort involved in the recount and contest — and he says that the Strib overreached in its reporting.

“I think that was really overstated,” Ginsberg told me, “and bad reporting by the Star Tribune.”  The confusion comes from a motion argued on Friday that the contest panel should be accepting absentee ballots by consistent standards — consistent to what has already been accepted.  When they argued the motion, one of the contest panel judges asked what the remedy would be if the panel decided that the inclusion of the illegal votes created too much of a mess.  The Coleman attorney arguing the motion, Jim Langdon, then replied that other courts in other states have ordered new elections.

Ginsberg told me, “We’re not asking for a new election, or anything like that.”  The Coleman campaign insists that they remain focused on getting all of the remaining absentee ballots counted in a consistent fashion as on Election Night and in the recount.  Any other remedies would have to be considered only after a failure in that effort, and Ginsberg declined to comment on what other options the Coleman camp might pursue under those circumstance.

Bottom line: the Coleman campaign did not request a new election.

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Sheeeeesssssssshhhhhhhhh,………

It is like ‘Days of Our Lives’ or ‘All My Children’. More twists, turns, plastic surgeons, and miracle cures then Hollyweird could ever hope for.

I vote for Peacekeepers, at noon, over by the train station.

Limerick on March 3, 2009 at 7:46 PM

The PRAVDA media must be running out of gorilla dust.

tarpon on March 3, 2009 at 7:51 PM

We all know that Coleman won this race. The people of Minnesota should hang there heads in shame for letting this happen.They deserve everthing they get if that scumbag frankin is declared the winner.

thmcbb on March 3, 2009 at 7:51 PM

I vote for Peacekeepers, at noon, over by the train station.

Limerick on March 3, 2009 at 7:46 PM

Franken wants to know if its okay for him to dress up like a girl and hide behind a rock.

Cicero43 on March 3, 2009 at 7:52 PM

George Soros……

………. will not rest.

Seven Percent Solution on March 3, 2009 at 7:55 PM

That’s what you get for believing the Strib, guys. I mean, it’s YOUR PAPER Captain… really…

Mr Michael on March 3, 2009 at 7:56 PM

Bad reporting by a big city newspaper? Nooooooooooooo!

Thanks for the clarification, Ed

SouthernGent on March 3, 2009 at 7:57 PM

OK, you talked me into it. I’ll take the freakin’ senate seat.

jimmy2shoes on March 3, 2009 at 7:57 PM

Poor reporting by the Star-Tribune about a Republican?

I’m SHOCKED. Shocked, I tell you!!

rockmom on March 3, 2009 at 8:00 PM

The judge asked what if they thought it was too big a mess? Hmmmm, that is actually a big piece of information the idea came from one of the judges.

petunia on March 3, 2009 at 8:02 PM

It was the Star and Sickle’s wishful thinking again….. anybody in MN with a brain ( ie conservative) would know this.

MNDavenotPC on March 3, 2009 at 8:03 PM

thmcbb on March 3, 2009 at 7:51 PM

That is the crime of this whole situation, Coleman won and then this circus of a recount ensues leaving Franken ahead. This is still being dragged on 3 months after the election, what a disgrace.

msmveritas on March 3, 2009 at 8:03 PM

We are not asking for a new election now (because our PR guys say that is not a good ideal), but that is the only remedy that can fix this cluster fark, and that is what we really want and what we will eventually be arguing for…

The Coleman camp with the spin removed…

tommylotto on March 3, 2009 at 8:04 PM

Ed-
When you saw the Strib reporter’s by-line was “Lizard Person” it should have tipped you off…

Bruno Strozek on March 3, 2009 at 8:24 PM

Good follow up Ed. It’s appreciated.

If Franken loses, will he soil himself in public?

Zorro on March 3, 2009 at 8:38 PM

Why would he want to win to be led by an entertainer?

Franken will be seated next month.

getalife on March 3, 2009 at 8:40 PM

Coleman should concede. The recount process has shown Franken to be the winner.

Atlanta Voter on March 3, 2009 at 8:46 PM

We need Jimmy Carter to straighten this out.

Wade on March 3, 2009 at 8:52 PM

This is still going on? What an embarrassment. Third world savage nations can figure out their elections in a more timely manner.

thphilli on March 3, 2009 at 9:06 PM

I suspect Gore would have won if they’d counted all the votes in 2000.

Atlanta Voter on March 3, 2009 at 9:10 PM

Yo, Lanta Demo, if you’ll recall the Prophet of Earth wanted all the military absentee ballots REJECTED! Did you ever wonder why?

I thought not…

Ace ODale on March 3, 2009 at 9:16 PM

I suspect Gore would have won if they’d counted all the votes in 2000.

Atlanta Voter on March 3, 2009 at 9:10 PM

They did…………

……… until Al Gore’s law suite to only count certain precincts and not all, then the Florida Supreme Court started to change the rules in the middle of the game, to finally the SCOTUS told them to stop, because it was Unconstitutional.

No protest on what ACORN is doing though…………

……….. your outrage is selective, just like any liberal.

Seven Percent Solution on March 3, 2009 at 9:16 PM

I’m a Conservative Republican.

Atlanta Voter on March 3, 2009 at 9:23 PM

I’m a Conservative Republican.

Atlanta Voter on March 3, 2009 at 9:23 PM

8:46 & 9:10 cast serious doubt on this assertion.

cs89 on March 3, 2009 at 10:39 PM

Atlanta Voter on March 3, 2009 at 9:23 PM

I smell moby…..

mrfixit on March 3, 2009 at 11:16 PM

Definite Moby. He’s been posting on threads all over the place about being a die-hard Republican in love with Obama since open registration on Feb 16th. Just got done doing the research; he won’t be back.

Ed Morrissey on March 3, 2009 at 11:35 PM

Thank you!

INC on March 4, 2009 at 12:08 AM

Ah, for the good old days when the first count actually decided who won. Even if corrupt; it was decisive.

It’s a good thing a self-important panel of judges isn’t running the NFL or we’d still be mired in recounts of who won the Super Bowl.

viking01 on March 4, 2009 at 1:06 AM

Mistake number xxxx: “Bottom line: the Coleman campaign did not request a new election.”

That’s the only answer. Why DIDN’T he request a new election?

Kevin M on March 4, 2009 at 1:15 AM

Coleman’s lawyers have put that idea (of a new election) out there, whether they’re outright advocating it or not, and I think they’re saying “please, please, don’t throw us in that brier patch, Brer Fox.” I think Coleman believes he’d win a new election easily.

RBMN on March 4, 2009 at 2:40 AM

Definite Moby. He’s been posting on threads all over the place about being a die-hard Republican in love with Obama since open registration on Feb 16th. Just got done doing the research; he won’t be back.

Ed Morrissey on March 3, 2009 at 11:35 PM

Thank you Ed! There are a couple of others you might want to look at, too…

trigon on March 4, 2009 at 4:02 AM

“I think that was really overstated,” Ginsberg told me, “and bad reporting by the Star Tribune.”

That was a gracious way to put it.

OmahaConservative on March 4, 2009 at 4:34 AM

The Dems will keep this going as long as possible to keep a Republican out of the Senate.

davod on March 4, 2009 at 7:42 AM