Skip to comments.Minnesota Recount: Frankenís Sore Loser Strategy
Posted on 11/29/2008 8:50:17 AM PST by rhema
The setback at the Canvassing Board has forced Al Franken to face the fact that he didnt get enough valid votes to beat Norm Coleman in Minnesotas Senate Race. With the rejection of his bid to get the panel to add in thousands of rejected absentee ballots, there seems little chance that the remaining 15% of ballots left in the recount will produce the kind of change that 85% has not. Whats a surly, self-absorbed DFL candidate to do?
Minnesotas U.S. Senate showdown is veering down a path toward the courts and possibly the Senate itself after a panels ruling on rejected absentee ballots dealt a blow to Democrat Al Frankens chances.
For the first time, his campaign on Wednesday openly discussed mounting challenges after the hand recount involving Franken and Republican Sen. Norm Coleman concludes. That includes the possibility of drawing the Senate into the fracas.
The state Canvassing Board denied Frankens request to factor absentee ballots rejected by poll workers into the recount. He sought to overturn the exclusions in cases where ballots were invalidated over signature problems or other voter errors. Colemans campaign maintained the board lacked power to revisit those ballots.
Going to court was always inevitable. Gone are the days when the loser of a close election would have the class to accept a tough loss and wish the winner well. The recount is automatic in this case, and a good idea, but the notion that courts should determine winners and losers is antithetical to democracy.
More worrisome is this statement from Harry Reid:
The boards decision drew a response from the Senates top Democrat, Majority Leader Harry Reid, who called it a cause for great concern.
As the process moves forward, Minnesota authorities must ensure that no voter is disenfranchised, Reid said in a statement. A citizens right to have his or her vote counted is fundamental in our democracy.
The Senate does have the authority to determine the winner of any Senate election, as does House for its elections, but they rarely use that power. Reids comment threatens the efforts of Minnesota to provide a non-partisan, fair, and legitimate election. In fact, it sounds like an extortion attempt to push state officials into a particular decision that would violate the law in order to produce a specific partisan result.
We have laws on the books to ensure that voter fraud and manipulation regarding absentee ballots gets avoided to the extent possible. (We dont have such laws with voter registration, which is another issue entirely.) Each citizen who casts his votes according to the law has the right to have them counted, and that is fundamental to our democracy, but the citizen has the responsibility to cast them properly according to the law. Citizens who fail to do so lose the ability to have their vote count in that election.
Any action by the Senate to render this election to Franken on that basis would have the effect of undermining the rule of law. That will be completely unacceptable to Minnesotans, as it should be to all states. Expect Minnesotans to take action if Reid pursues that path.
Sounds like they didn’t get the voter intent worked in to the Gore election and they are going to try their damndest in this one.
The filthy libs cannot handle losing in a legitimate election and even worse, then cannot stand losing A RIGGED ELECTION.
What action will the people of Minn. take if Reid appoints
Franken? 49.9% of them voted for Franken!
This would be a very bad and damaging precedent to/for all who take part in it. I think it will not come to this.
I think Reid doing something would be great for the nation.
Then the American people file a lawsuit against Obama becoming President. Cite ACORN operations in states that would normally vote Republican but voted Democrat as evidence of fraud. Use the same “intent” strategy as Franken is using.
The intent was to vote Republican but ACORN fraud disenfranchised voters.
Demand a new election.
It boils down to Chambliss. If he loses, then the democrats will steal MN at any cost including invalidating the election and seating franken in order to get to 60 votes.
It is absolutely vital to the vigor of a democracy that every single vote is counted. So long as it’s a vote for Franken, that is. The other votes don’t really matter.
Sincerely, the mass media.
Perhaps this is the esteemed Mr. Franken’s greatest joke.
Republicans accept a tough loss all the time with class and tact. This is sometime (actually almost always) despite real issues with RAT cheating and voter fraud.
The reason the Dems are sore losers, is because they think they have it in the bag, from bribes and shananigans they put in place to ensure a win. Then when they come out the loser, they cannot except it. I don’t believe for one minute that 49% of Minnesotans really voted for him from their heart.
Like many things emitting from Harry Reid’s mouth, these are empty words. He won’t seat Franken once the election is certified for Coleman and he knows it, he’s just trying to placate his base. I think that it would actually be a good thing if he did it, and even better if he succeeded.
The American public and Republicans, in particular, need some more wake up calls to bring them to grips with what the Democrat Party has become and exactly what sort of people are running it.
Why. It was Minnesotans who gave this joker a dead heat finish in the first place. Maybe they can appoint some washed up professional wrestler to take his place.
Yes,I think you right.Thanks
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