Norm Coleman is doing the "Minnesota Goodbye." That's when your last party guest is about to leave and finally go home but instead they linger by your half-opened front door to chat. "Well, it's getting late, Norm. ... Thanks for coming. ... Yup, talk to you later, Norm. ... I need to close the door now, Norm, because the cat might get out and there's a cold draft coming in. ... OK, goodbye ... I've got a really early morning tomorrow, Norm. ... Yes, bye-bye now ... Drive home safely, Norm." Now your guest is in your driveway continuing to talk so loudly you're afraid he'll wake the neighbors. Tired and shivering by your open door, you wonder if this guy is ever going to leave and go home.
STEVE MARK, MINNETONKA
ADDENDUM at 2:45 p.m.:
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Al Franken's lead in the U.S. Senate race has increased by 87 votes as a result of the counting of absentee ballots in a St. Paul courtroom today. Franken led Norm Coleman by 225 votes going into Tuesday's count. Franken gained 198 votes from the hundreds of absentees that the judges allowed to be counted for the first time. Coleman gained 111 votes and 42 votes were for other candidates. This extends Franken's lead to 312 votes.