Thursday, April 02, 2009

Senator Coleman's Dilemma

The former Senator must be weighing his choices as it relates to his political future. On one hand, he must remain true to his ideological piggy bank, ta assure he can pay off mounting legal debts. But on the other hand, a move beyond the election contest, especially if Al Franken increases his lead, could be political suicide.

With the Governor Pawlenty's decision on running for re-election still looming, you have to figure that the former Senator is considering that option. Taking this election fight to the next stage, one that would be even hard to overcome then the current election contest, will most certainly dilute the patience of the Minnesota electorate.

Diaz at the Strib discusses it:
And right now, the onus is on Coleman, the candidate whose prospects now appear dimmer. Since Franken was certified the recount leader in January, Coleman has been cast in the role of underdog.

"He's been faced with this dilemma at every single stage," Wolsborn said. "He has to think seriously about his professional goals. If he would like to run for governor, in case the governor wants to run for president, then there's a lot at stake in terms of his statewide appeal."

"At some point, if it looks like if all this is simply an effort to prevent the seating of Franken while important votes are up in the Senate, it could look like a denial of democracy," said Thomas Mann, a political analyst at the Brookings Institution in Washington. "It would certainly diminish Coleman's options for reentering public life."
Part of me thinks Coleman should fight for every last moment, further rendering himself politically impotent. Of course, I do have a heart, and hope that Senator Norm Coleman uses that bright and intelligent mind of his and recognizes that this was over several months ago, and maybe it is time to move on with his life, and his career.

Time will tell where his true loyalties lie. If it is with Minnesotans, this will be all over by the end of next wee.


UPDATE: Ollie writes with notification there is already a prescription for Sen Norm's political impotence, or more commonly known as Electile Dysfunction:
All around the world, politicians with electile dysfunction (ED) have taken 36-month DELAYUS as needed.

Today sore losers can be ready with another option, DELAYUS for daily news—a clinically proven low dose buzz that is talked every day. Talk to your spin doctor to see if a DELAYUS option is right for you.
UPDATE II: More from Ollie's Pharmaceuticals:
DRAGRA is an oral argument for electoral dysfunction (ED). It helps most politicians with ED take a lot of time to disprove their elections. That means they aren't able to overturn elections, just drag things out.

Losing an election is only half the story
Maintaining an election is just as important as losing one. DRAGRA can help with both. This can lead to a more satisfying court experience with your lawyers.

Who can take DRAGRA
DRAGRA has an established safety profile of over 10 years. It has been shown to work safely and effectively in politicians with ED. This includes:

* Republicans of all ages
* Republicans presidential candidates in Florida
* Norm Coleman

Find out if DRAGRA is right for you. Speak to your spin doctor. He can tell you if you have ED. And can recommend an effective treatment.

Who can't take DRAGRA
The citizens of Minnesota.

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