I’ve been following the Franken-Coleman legal proceedings pretty closely and everything I’ve read suggests that Franken is getting the better end of it and will be certified in the next few months. So where the hell does this come from?
Baltimore, Md.: Speaking of junior senators, do you see Al Franken being seated anytime before 2010?
Shailagh Murray: Perhaps, but it seems more and more likely that the Minnesota race will wind up as a re-vote. At this point it seems like the quickest way to resolve the situation.
Update: Murray did take this question from me, I’ll give her that at least.
Rochester, N.Y.: Shailagh, I doubt you’ll take this one but if anyone here will, it’s you!
Is there any concern that the lax standards of the editorial page (in particular, its refusal to retract false claims made in a recent George Will column) lessens the prestige of the news division at the Washington Post? Personally, the Post is my favorite paper, but this kind of thing makes it awfully hard to take anything in the paper seriously.
Shailagh Murray: I will post this without comment…but rest assured, all of us in the ailing newspaper business are highly receptive to ideas from readers about how we might improve.
Update #2: Murray didn’t leave the revote idea alone when corrected.
Al Franken Revote Really?: Star Tribune just published an article on the front page which discusses Coleman’s dwindling chances. The Politico last week published an article discussing Coleman’s need for a miracle. Election experts from Minnesota are discussing the math which makes a Coleman comeback extremely difficult and the higher courts taking this case an unlikely prospect. How did you arrive at this recount theory? I think the only folks advocating this are a FEW Republicans who see this as Coleman’s only realistic hope for overturning the results of November
washingtonpost.com: Rulings have diminished Coleman’s recount chances (StarTribune.com, Feb. 23)
Shailagh Murray: I don’t have a revote “theory.” I’m just wondering how long this is going to sit in the court system. If Coleman looks desperate, why not just hold another election and beat him handily?
But there’s a process in place here, and we can only assume both parties will abide by it.