On April 9th, Adam Green, formerly of MoveOn, posted a critique of the DSCC's online campaign to urge Norm Coleman to concede over at Open Left. What was most notable about the post was that in it, Adam suggested an alternative campaign.
What if, Adam asked, the DSCC sent an e-mail that looked more like this:
Today, we're launching "Norm's Democratic Dollar A Day." We're asking people across the country to donate $1 to the DSCC every day that Norm Coleman refuses to concede (up to 100 days max, in case he's completely delusional).
Click here to sign up!
Think about how this would change the game. If 1 million people signed up, and Senate Republicans up for re-election in 2010 saw the committee charged with defeating them getting $1 million each day that Coleman is obstinate, what do you think would happen?
Rather than simply list-build with no actual means by which to pressure Coleman to concede, Adam's idea was to create a mechanism whereby a warchest to help fund the campaigns of progressive Democrats would grow in direct relation to the length of time Coleman took to end his quixotic attempts to appeal the US Senate result. The more time he takes, the more money will be raised. Pretty great. No wonder so many commenters to the post urged Adam to implement it and no wonder that DFA joined with PCCC to do just that. As Senate Guru wrote here at MyDD, the Dollar A Day To Make Norm Go Away campaign launched yesterday.
But DC Republicans keep bankrolling Norm Coleman's continued court challenges. For them, it's worth the money to block the seating of Senator Franken.
But if thousands of us donate $1 to help progressives defeat Republicans in 2010 for each day Norm Coleman refuses to concede, we'll reverse the incentives for DC Republicans. They'll tell Norm, "Go away!"
Can you give a dollar a day to make Norm go away?
So far, in just more than a day, the campaign has raised more than $20,000 to help progressives get elected, a number that will grow the longer former Senator Coleman insists on depriving Minnesotans of a Senator. It was always going to be Republican pressure that got Norm to finally concede this thing but there was never a reason for Republicans to do so...
This Dollar A Day To Make Norm Go Away campaign is great. Bumped - Todd
Republican sore loser Norm Coleman's endless and pointless appeals will not accomplish a victory for Coleman. But ol' Normie can be proud that he has accomplished one thing: his name has become synonymous with "sore loser" to the point that "pulling a Norm Coleman" has entered the lexicon meaning "acting like a sore loser." To wit:
Larry King: `I'm not a sore loser. I'm not gonna pull a Norm Coleman'
Here's evidence that Minnesota's post-election battle for U.S. Senate has permeated pop culture. Al Franken and Norm Coleman were cited this week by contestants in another competition that attracted millions of partisans: the race between movie actor Ashton Kutcher and news juggernaut CNN to be first to gain one million followers on Twitter, the social-media phenomenon. ...
Here's a video clip of Kutcher on "Larry King Live" tonight (King's "Norm Coleman" comment comes at the 5:00 mark):
KING: I'm not a sore loser.
KUTCHER: No, you're not.
KING: I'm not gonna pull a Norm Coleman and take this to the courts.
KUTCHER: You have been gracious, very gracious.
While Coleman sore-losers it up, Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee have introduced a new effort: NormDollar.com, "A Dollar a Day to Make Norm Go Away." Very simply put, commit to contributing just one dollar per day for every day that sore loser Norm Coleman refuses to concede. (HT: MPP)
I don't know if this effort was inspired by Open Left's AdamGreen's post laying out a very similar fundraising strategy a little over a week ago, but it is exactly the correct approach to take to provide Republican leadership in Washington with adequate disincentive from continuing to fund Coleman's endless appeals. You also have the option of chipping in a bit of change directly to the Franken Recount Fund.
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Of all the hurdles facing healthcare reform in 2009, the U.S. Senate is arguably the most formidable. But the prospects for passing a healthcare bill this year have brightened noticeably over the past few days, thanks to a senate seat pickup in Minnesota, solidifying support for the budget reconciliation strategy, and tentative overtures towards bipartisanship from key Republicans.
A Minnesota court confirmed Monday that Democrat Al Franken won the most votes in his 2008 Senate race against Republican Norm Coleman.
The ruling isn't expected to be the final word because Coleman previously announced plans to appeal to the state Supreme Court. He has 10 days to do so. That appeal could mean weeks more delay in seating Minnesota's second senator.
After a statewide recount and seven-week trial, Franken stands 312 votes ahead. Franken actually gained more votes from the election challenge than Coleman, the candidate who brought it.
This ruling wasn't unexpected -- but it's still big news. Norm Coleman's path to overturning the results of November's Senate election, in which he was turned out of office by the voters of his state, is becoming narrow to non-existent, and it's only a matter of time until virtually everyone aside from the most hackish of the Republican hacks joins the bandwagon already including leading conservative voices calling on Coleman to give up his quixotic fight and allow the rightful winner of the Minnesota Senate election, Democrat Al Franken, take his seat.