Franken-Coleman Update, 06/05/09: When Bluffers Fold
In the face of what looks to be an imminent slam-dunk win for Senator Al Franken, his soon-to-be colleague John Cornyn (R-Texas) has, um, graciously decided to allow America’s newest Senator to be seated after all:
The head of the Senate GOP’s campaign committee said Wednesday that he would not press Republican Norm Coleman to appeal in the federal court system if the Minnesota Supreme Court rules that Democrat Al Franken won their Senate race.
"I think it’s entirely up to him," said John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. "Frankly, I’ve been amazed that Sen. Coleman’s been willing to persevere as long as he has, and I’m proud of him for doing that. I think we will support him until he decides to hang it up one way or another."
This is a total 180 from his previous stance, which was like unto George Wallace planting himself at the schoolhouse door and daring the Federales to make him move. But he can only delay the inevitable — or pretend that he’s doing so — for so long before it happens anyway.