All of our worst nightmares are coming true. After Sen. Arlen Specter's party switch announcement, the Minnesota race for the empty U.S. Senate seat is even more important. Republicans have now made it clear they will do whatever it takes to support Norm Coleman's continued fight until he has exhausted all of his options. It's called the art of stalling.
Texas Sen. John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said he thinks Coleman will try all legal options available, including an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court if he fails at the state level, says Politico. And it sounds like Republicans will be singing his praises the whole time.
With former Sen. Norm Coleman now standing between Democrats and their 60-seat supermajority, the GOP is prepared to back the Republican's appeal to the federal level if even a shred of doubt emerges in the case currently before the Minnesota Supreme Court.Can someone knock us out and hand us the cliff notes when Coleman finally gives up?
"This makes it pretty darn important," said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, of the race following Specter's switch. "I expect they will pursue the appeals until they are exhausted, whenever that may be. ... I would assume if they were unsuccessful in the Minnesota Supreme Court, there may very well be an appeal to the United States Supreme Court."