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After Rough Week, Coleman Camp Straightening Up In Legal Fight

The Coleman team stated this afternoon that they're not objecting to an intervention brought by over 60 rejected absentee voters, who are believed to be almost entirely Franken-backers, and will support counting those votes.

"We think all these votes should be counted," said Coleman lawyer James Langdon, "and we think all the rejected absentee ballots throughout the state that are just like these should be counted as well."

Now remember: Coleman is currently trying to get his own stack of rejected envelopes, numbering 4,500 to 5,000 out of the total 11,000 outstanding ballots, put in the count.

In short, the Coleman camp is wagering that if they make a gesture of good faith by letting in this batch of Franken votes, they can leverage it and use it as a precedent for their own cherry-picked ballots, and potentially pull ahead against Franken's other selected voters.

At his press conference during today's lunch hour, Norm Coleman was asked about the fact that he wouldn't even know about his rejected voters if not for Franken's earlier activism on the subject. "Listen," Coleman said, "there's a lot of irony in this process."