We’ve already seen two Washington Post reporters write in favor of a revote in Minnesota. Now Rasumssen is out with a small sample poll in which a small plurality favors revote and the Politico is already pimping it:
But when asked whether there should be another election to determine — a prospect raised by Coleman and his lawyers — respondents were receptive to the idea. A 46 percent plurality of voters think there should be another election, while 44 percent disagree.
Josh Marshall believes the Republican endgame here is to filibuster Franken after he is certified and then push for a revote:
I’ve been picking up word that Republicans on the Hill genuinely think Norm Coleman is going to get the results of the November elections tossed and have a revote. And if not genuinely, that they’ve all convinced themselves to say they believe it. As I told one friend who passed word on to me about this, the Coleman people must be smoking some powerful weed. Because nothing that has happened in the trial gives the remotest indication that anything like that will happen. Indeed, there’s simply no basis in Minnesota law for throwing out the results of an election. To be clear, I think it’s highly unlikely that the Court will come down with a judgment that will make it possible to Coleman to reclaim his seat. There’s just no indication of that. But while that’s very unlikely, actually throwing out the results entirely isn’t even on the menu of options the judges have before them.
Now, here’s one thing to consider. Are the Republicans trying to lay the groundwork for filibustering any effort to seat Franken, even after the state of Minnesota tells Norm it’s over and he has to go home? Keep an eye out for it.
Look for Scherer, Ambinder, and Halperin to start pushing the revote meme over the next couple weeks.
Update: This is funny from Ed Morrissey:
The contest panel has two choices for a rational resolution. The first would be to reject the recount and revert back to the Election Night results and then proceed with the absentee ballot challenges before it now. That would also, though, create an inconsistent treatment for those voters who legitimately had their absentee ballots counted during the recount. The other is a special election runoff between Al Franken and Norm Coleman, which would settle the matter on the most legitimate of ground: the will of the Minnesota electorate.
You, reader, have two choices as well: Norm Coleman, great Senator or greatest Senator ever.