The Albert Lea Tribune, a local newspaper in Minnesota that endorsed Norm Coleman for re-election last year, has an editorial telling him in no uncertain terms to give it up:
This newspaper endorsed Republican Norm Coleman for senator, but now it is time for him to step out of the race and let Minnesota have two senators again.
Coleman is now only delaying the seating of Franken and in doing so is not servicing his staff, his financial contributors or the people of Minnesota.
For a time many Minnesotans followed the case closely, but now, after five months, they mainly see stalling. As for the rest of the country, at first, Americans thought Minnesota looked like a diligent place for vote recounts. Now, it’s starting to seem like an election laughingstock.
And Coleman, who rails against career politicians, is looking like a career politician who is losing his career.
The editorial was published this morning, before Al Franken picked up another net 87 votes, now leading by 312 votes out of about 2.9 million.