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Minnesota Recount: Frankenís Sore Loser Strategy
Hotair.com ^ | November 29, 2008 | Ed Morrissey

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 didn’t get enough valid votes to beat Norm Coleman in Minnesota’s 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. What’s a surly, self-absorbed DFL candidate to do?

Sue:

Minnesota’s U.S. Senate showdown is veering down a path toward the courts and possibly the Senate itself after a panel’s ruling on rejected absentee ballots dealt a blow to Democrat Al Franken’s 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 Franken’s 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. Coleman’s 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 board’s decision drew a response from the Senate’s 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 citizen’s 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. Reid’s 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 don’t 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.


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: coleman; electionussenate; franken; mn2008; potemkindemocracy; votefraud
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1 posted on 11/29/2008 8:50:17 AM PST by rhema
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2 posted on 11/29/2008 8:50:50 AM PST by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: rhema

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.


3 posted on 11/29/2008 8:53:34 AM PST by autumnraine (Churchill: " we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall never surrender")
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To: rhema

The filthy libs cannot handle losing in a legitimate election and even worse, then cannot stand losing A RIGGED ELECTION.


4 posted on 11/29/2008 8:53:34 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: rhema

What action will the people of Minn. take if Reid appoints
Franken? 49.9% of them voted for Franken!


5 posted on 11/29/2008 8:53:43 AM PST by Dr. Ursus (( commander of the simian host))
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To: rhema
“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.”

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.

6 posted on 11/29/2008 8:55:06 AM PST by BellStar ( Is Barack Obama A Marxist Mole?)
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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.


7 posted on 11/29/2008 8:55:22 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz ("Control the information, you control the people.")
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To: rhema

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.


8 posted on 11/29/2008 8:55:22 AM PST by staytrue (YES WE CAN, (everyone should get in the practice of saying it, it will soon be manditory))
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To: rhema

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.


9 posted on 11/29/2008 8:56:37 AM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: rhema

Perhaps this is the esteemed Mr. Franken’s greatest joke.


10 posted on 11/29/2008 8:56:55 AM PST by HondaCRF450
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To: rhema

Al Franken-Gore.


11 posted on 11/29/2008 8:57:20 AM PST by Gary Johnson in 2012 (Gary Johnson for President in 2012.)
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To: rhema
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.

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.

12 posted on 11/29/2008 8:58:03 AM PST by SteamShovel (Global Warming, the New Patriotism)
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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.


13 posted on 11/29/2008 8:58:14 AM PST by conservative_cyclist (doodan)
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What action will the people of Minn. take if Reid appoints Franken? 49.9% of them voted for Franken!
...Its very likely, nothing...."Red Messiah" Obambi, Wills It.
The DemocRATMarxists owns the Senate/House...W/H...soon the USSC.
*sneering* Thanks, (RINO) Juan "Strawberries" McQueeq

14 posted on 11/29/2008 9:02:07 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (just b/c you're paranoid, doesn't mean "they" aren't out to get you.. :^)
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To: rhema

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.


15 posted on 11/29/2008 9:02:26 AM PST by centurion316
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Expect Minnesotans to take action if Reid pursues that path.

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.

16 posted on 11/29/2008 9:02:36 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: EagleUSA
Like Robert Shaw says in "The Sting" after getting beat at his own braced card game with Paul Newman...

"What the hell am I supposed to do? Accuse him of cheating better than I did?"


17 posted on 11/29/2008 9:03:30 AM PST by Emperor Palpatine ("I love democracy. I love Free Republic")
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To: Dr. Ursus
I don't think the Senate can appoint someone but they can refuse to seat him. If Reid refused to seat Coleman I guess it would be up to Minnesota to either send the secondplace finisher Franken, or hold a new election. Either way I would hope the Minnesotans would have the selfrespect not to send up a tainted polluted 'rat.
18 posted on 11/29/2008 9:06:55 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard

Yes,I think you right.Thanks


19 posted on 11/29/2008 9:09:08 AM PST by Dr. Ursus (( commander of the simian host))
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To: Emperor Palpatine

Perfect quote!

LOL


20 posted on 11/29/2008 9:09:25 AM PST by upchuck (Bumper sticker on my pickup: I'm a fierce global warmer.)
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