Shameless: Republicans Encourage Coleman to Follow Bush vs Gore Route

... that the GOP would pull this?


A state court could rule any day now on Norm Coleman’s challenge to Al Franken’s 225-vote lead in Minnesota, but the race may be far from over no matter what the judges say.

Top Republicans are encouraging Coleman to be as litigious as possible and take his fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if he loses this round, believing that an elongated court fight is worth it if they can continue to deny Democrats the 59th Senate seat that Franken would represent.

And in pushing a possible Supreme Court conclusion, Republicans are raising case history that makes Democrats shudder: Bush v. Gore.

Since the same lawyers who argued for Bush are representing Coleman, it seems like a no-brainer to me. Everyone thinks that this is mostly a delaying tactic to keep the Dems from their 59th seat, and maybe it is. But the fact that Republicans are willing to bring up

Bush vs Gore

shows once again that they have absolutely no shame.


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