Bullish on Norm
In the wake of yesterday’s Minnesota three-judge panel court decision that ratified Al Franken’s Senate victory, I see that the InTrade price for “Norm Coleman to win” has dropped to 2. This is confusing. Hasn’t Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said the process is ongoing in Minnesota? Haven’t other Republican senators raised the possibility that Coleman might get the election overturned? As long as they’re raising money to aid Coleman’s lawsuits, why don’t they make some quick cash betting on the guy they know won the election?
While we’re discussing Coleman, it’s striking that he has run for office three times and never won a normal election. In 1998, he lost a race for governor to Jesse Ventura, the independent candidate. In 2002 he was losing a race for Senate against Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.), but Wellstone died right before the election and Coleman beat his replacement, former Vice President Walter Mondale, as absentee ballots cast for Wellstone were tossed out. In 2008, of course, he lost to Al Franken. Discussions about Coleman’s political future seem strange at this juncture — voters really don’t like him very much.