In an interview with Hotline On Call following Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, embattled RNC Chairman Michael Steele was emphatic that Norm Coleman should not concede his electoral loss to Al Franken, saying the case will “get bumped” to the federal courts:
Asked if Coleman should concede if entertainer Al Franken (D) is deemed the winner, Steele said, “No, hell no. Whatever the outcome, it’s going to get bumped to the next level. This does not end until there’s a final ruling that speaks to whether or not those votes that have not been counted should be counted. And Norm Coleman will not, will not jump out of this race before that.”
Steele is echoing Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman, who said the GOP is prepared to fight “World War III” to prevent Franken from being seated. This despite the fact that nearly two-thirds of Minnesotans think Coleman should concede and end his court battles for the seat.