The absurd - and superlengthy - legal battle Norm Coleman (author of the forthcoming giant true-crime teevee series My Wife Is a Bagman) fought to prevent Al Franken from taking his Senate seat was a terrible idea in every possible way. Which naturally means it's about to become the Wingnut Standard of Pissy Behavior whenever they lose an election. Which is going to be happening a lot more often given their lemming-like dive off the cliffs of political sanity.
Like Sarahcuda's quitting, legal challenges to hopeless election losses are beginning to spread through the wingnut universe like diarrhea through a herd of goats. First up, NY23 Loserman Doug Hoffman, who lost by several thousand votes to Dem Bill Owens after Sarah the Terminator stuck her nose in, wanted a recount. He got it and mere hours later was forced to admit he couldn't possibly win. But Never Say Die Doug had Norm's example shining before his eyes like a beacon of stardust shimmering in the glow of a steel furnace and was therefore begging for money to help him mount a legal challenge when he gave up for the second time. Now there's a question of what to do with the money he collected.
Hoffman sent a letter to supporters last week seeking money for a legal challenge of the outcome. The Federal Election Commission said recount funds are legal, but the contributions would have to meet campaign finance limits, and if the money isn't used for a recount it would have to be refunded.
A spokesman for Hoffman said the campaign didn't know whether it had received any funds or would be returning any money.
That last sentence is a doozy. He doesn't know if they got any money and anyway he hasn't decided, law be damned, whether he's going to give it back. Maybe they'll go ahead with the legal challenge a la Coleman and tie Owens up for months. That would be a blow to the Dems, right? Coleman proved it works. Course Dougie will look like an arrogant, mean little shithead but since when did far right loonies worry about stuff like that?