Norm Coleman is off to a rough start this morning, with the Minnesota election court having just formally denied
his request for them to reconsider their ruling last week
to stop him from advocating for certain rejected absentee ballots.
This isn't a big surprise, but it has some interesting ramifications. The court handed down a ruling on Friday that Coleman didn't like, because it immediately cut off about a thousand ballots that he wanted to put in the count. He then immediately turned around and asked them
to change their minds, arguing that other ballots like these are already in the count, and the court didn't do it.
The important part here is that Coleman is establishing a record of this court shooting him down on matters of law -- which he will be practically certain to appeal should the trial end with him still losing the race. And remember that the Coleman camp is already calling out
the vote count as "fatally flawed," hinting that one contingency plan for after this trial could be to seek a do-over election.