It's called "Minnesota nice," and Sen. Norm Coleman is chock full of it! Especially when he encourages his opponent in a razor-thin election to just give up and let him win.
The state's official election tally has Coleman atop challenger Stuart "Al Franken" Smalley by a mere 477 votes. By Minnesota law, a margin this small automatically goes to a recount, which, given voting irregularities claimed by Franken's team, could lead to a different final outcome.
Coleman, meanwhile, has taken the gracious step of suggesting the Franken decline a recount so that he (Coleman) can take his leadership abilities, along with his teeth and hair, back to Washington, where they belong…
Coleman urged Franken to waive his right to a recount, saying that the prospect of changing the result was remote and that a recount would be costly to taxpayers (about $86,000).
"I just think the need for the healing process is so important… hopefully, you don't have TV ads during an election recount," Coleman said.
Coleman's own contribution to the "healing process" was suing Franken's campaign, which accused him of being named one of the 20 most corrupt members of Congress, when in fact he only got an honorable mention.
Franken, for his part, is accused by Coleman of backing a third-party lawsuit alleging that money was illegally funneled to the Senator's wife.
So all this constitutes "Minnesota nice"? I guess I expected something a bit classier from such a mild-mannered state. The tactics seem pretty un-Minnesota and more like, say, New York City.
Which makes total sense, considering that's where both candidates are actually from.
Tags: Al Franken, Minnesota, Norm Coleman, Senate