The latest from the Coleman-Franken recount (from the Minnesota Star-Tribune):
The campaigns of Sen. Norm Coleman and Al Franken disagree over the number of absentee ballots that were improperly rejected and should now be counted. While Franken wants to count 1,346 ballots that county officials say were mistakenly rejected, Coleman for now is agreeing to count only 136 of them.
Since the Minnesota Supreme Court ruling held that both campaigns had to agree on which absentee ballots are to be counted, isn’t Franken’s obvious response that he won’t agree to count any absentee ballots unless Coleman agrees to count all the improperly rejected ones? If Coleman refuses, Franken retains his lead. Game over.
Franken could of course achieve the same result by not agreeing to count any absentee ballots no matter what Coleman says. But having argued so strenuously for counting all improperly rejected ballots, he won’t want to do that. Thanks to Coleman, he doesn’t have to.