I experienced my first Passover kind of late in life after marrying into Mr. PunditMom’s family. The seders weren’t long in his parents’ household, but everyone knew if it was getting too late, my mother-in-law would loudly proclaim it was time to get to the end by saying, “Dayenu already!”
Time to be done and get to the eating.
I have a feeling if my spunky mother-in-law were still alive, when it comes to the Norm Coleman/Al Franken Senate election saga, she’d again be saying at the end of this Passover week, “Norm, dayenu!”
It is really time for someone to sit Norm and the RNC down and tell them that, aside from mucking things up for the voters of Minnesota, they’re just being bad sports at this point now that a Minnesota appeals court has ruled that Franken won the recount. Not even Al Gore stretched it out this long — and he could have — after the Supreme Court essentially yanked the rug out from under him and handed George W. Bush the White House in 2000.
Aside from SCOTUS’ ruling in 2000 that focused on the voting methods in Florida, our courts generally like for the election process to have certainty so that voters can rely on the methods and that, at the end of the day (or, in the case, at the end of six months), there will be someone who will fill the elective office to represent them.
With this week’s ruling that the recount for the Senate seat there is over and that Al Franken is the winner of the contested race, it’s time for Coleman to have some moments of self-reflection. Yes, he can appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court — and many think he will — but it doesn’t have the hear the case. In the meantime, it’s up to Minnesota Governor Tim “I Can’t Believe John McCain Picked Sarah Palin Over Me” Pawlenty to either certify that Franken is the winner or withhold his signature until Coleman plays every last legal arrow in his Republican quiver.
But let me just ask this question — if the political shoe was on the other foot in Minnesota, what would the Republicans be screaming?
Shortly after election night in November 2008, when Coleman was still in the lead by a handful of votes, he called on Franken to concede, to be a good sport and let the voters have the finality they deserved. Well, turns out the voters didn’t elect Coleman — they elected Franken.
So now it’s time for Norm to take his own advice. As you said on election night when you demanded that Franken concede, it’s time to let the healing begin. Follow your own advice Norm.