Will Bush v. Gore Save Coleman?

Is Bush v. Gore Republican Norm Coleman’s last hope? Bloomberg reports that, in the Minnesota Senate recount, “Coleman’s remaining legal avenues include his claim that election officials violated the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause by using varying standards to decide the validity of absentee ballots. That contention relies on Bush v. Gore, the 5-4 ruling that sealed the 2000 presidential election for George W. Bush.” Coleman’s case could be troubled by this language, however, from Bush v. Gore: “Our consideration is limited to the present circumstances.”