Norm Coleman insisted that Al Franken should not pursue the state mandated recount for the good of the country, and because of the small likelihood of its' success. That was when Coleman had less than 800 votes more than Franken. Now the lead dwindling to under 120, here's Norm Coleman's response to a question posed back to him:
Asked whether he would concede the race if the Canvassing Board certified Franken as the winner -- as Coleman had suggested that Franken should do that post-election morning -- the senator noted that at the time his 700-plus-vote lead over Franken was more substantial and that he hadn't slept in 36 hours. Now, he said, "I don't think I'd have made the same statement."
We need leaders of both parties to carefully say what they believe and then hold themselves to that standard going forward. It's true we all fall short at times, but it is now the rule that people don't hold themselves accountable rather than the exception.
We should take a moment to recognize Senator John Thune of South Dakota who did hold himself to a high standard in a Senate election a fews years back. he was rewarded with a victory just two years later against the sitting Democratic Leader Tom Daschle.