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A Message From Norm Coleman's Campaign (We're Gonna Contest This!)
Norm Coleman's Relection Campaign | 1/05/09 | Team Coleman

Posted on 01/05/2009 4:12:21 PM PST by MplsSteve

Dear Supporter,

As you may have read or heard by now, today the Minnesota State Canvassing Board met and made their determination in the U.S. Senate Recount, effectively proving that the only declaration coming today is one of an inaccurate count.

There are a number of problems with the total certified today, including double counted votes, over 650 potentially wrongly rejected absentee votes, resulting in the disenfranchising of Minnesota voters and jeopardizing the integrity of Minnesota's election system.

Harry Reid and national Democrats have now publicly said they will try to seat Al Franken tomorrow when the 111th Congress convenes and new members are sworn in. This action, the very first action of the 111th Congress and the new Democrat leadership that campaigned on a theme of bipartisanship, will result in an historic political power play done at the behest of Al Franken. Minnesotans have the right to elect their own elected officials, just like every other state in the country, and this stunning move by Al Franken and Harry Reid strips Minnesotans of that right.

Please click here to help us continue to fight to ensure that every valid vote counts.

Coleman for Senate counsel Tony Trimble made the following statement this afternoon, raising the serious concerns our campaign has raised consistently during the recount process, and signaling our intent to file an election contest within the next 24 hours:

The actions today by the Canvassing Board are but the first step in what, unfortunately, will now have to be a longer process. This process isn't at the end; it is now just at the beginning.

We will contest the results of the Canvassing Board -- otherwise, literally millions of Minnesotans will be disenfranchised.

While we appreciate the effort of this board to do the work, the reality is that any certification of vote totals at this point is only preliminary. As this Canvassing Board has recognized, there still exist serious problems with inconsistencies in the administrative recount, and therefore in the validity and reliability of the numbers certified today.

There can be no count that is accurate or valid when 654 potentially valid absentee votes remain disenfranchised and when some votes are counted twice - leading to a violation of one of the most sacred principles of our constitution - "One person, One vote."

And, there can be no justification to report out a total when 133 votes were included in a count where there are not ballots to support them. Or when a batch of votes were not counted on Election Night, but were miraculously "found" during the recount and included.

If the Canvassing Board had resolved all these issues, then the process might be completed. But the Board has deferred the resolution of those issues for the contest phase provided for in Minnesota law.

Since the process is far from complete, there can be no confidence in the current results of the United States Senate Recount, and we will file a contest within the next 24 hours to promptly correct those problems and inaccuracies. The Supreme Court ruling today also emphasizes that that's what we must do to provide an accurate count for this election.

Senator Coleman is adamant that we not wait a moment longer than necessary to ensure that the election be completed with accuracy and validity - and most importantly, without disenfranchising Minnesota voters or having a cloud remain over the results.

The utter lack of uniformity in the treatment of rejected absentee ballots, resulting in the disenfranchising of voters, is perhaps the most troublesome aspect of the recount.

Similar ballots were treated differently by different counties. This creates an Equal Protection violation that fatally taints any result that includes these ballots.

This was precisely what the Minnesota Supreme Court order said to avoid.

Unfortunately, with this announcement today, numerous Minnesotans will be wrongly disenfranchised because their votes are not counted. Mr. Franken and his campaign for purely political reasons no longer want to "count all the votes".

And, it is with great disappointment that we've seen senior members of the Secretary of State's Office contributing to the process being broken.

When senior members of the Secretary of State's office, charged with ensuring a fair and balanced process, engage in acts which undermine that neutrality, all of us must be concerned.

The fact is the Canvassing Board's current totals are invalid and unreliable because:

· Original and duplicate ballots have been double counted - even members of the Canvassing Board acknowledge this is a serious issue, yet nothing was resolved - instead, double counted votes were simply added to their recount totals.

· Newly discovered ballots, which appeared for the first time during the recount and are included in the Canvassing Board totals without proper reconciliation to the number of voters signed into the precincts on Election Day.

· Missing ballots supposedly tallied on election night that could not be found during the recount process are included in the Canvassing Board count contrary to Minnesota precedent.

· And again, an inconsistent treatment of challenged ballots - an inconsistent treatment of wrongfully rejected absentee ballots - and an inconsistent treatment of the campaign by the very office charged with coordinating this recount simply results in a process that is broken.

The recount was supposed to be a recount - fair and reasoned - and one that would retain the credibility of the outcome of this election.

However, it ceased being that the day that duplicate ballots and "missing ballots" were included in the count, and simply became more and more broken each and every day.

We had hoped that the board would refrain from reporting out with unanimity a recount total today. Since that did not happen, we will file an election contest within the next 24 hours.

It will be based upon the issues I have outlined, as well as the lack of inclusion of 654 additional ballots that we believe should be a part of this recount and the very serious issue of included double counted votes that disenfranchises Minnesotans.

Our goal and obligation should be to get an accurate and valid vote as quickly as possible, and that is our reason for acting with urgency. Minnesotans ought to be able to expect that an accurate and valid recount would have ensured two United States Senators from Minnesota tomorrow. However, because the process is broken that will not happen.

We strongly believe that every valid vote must be counted. We have called for that principle to be the basis of this entire recount process, and we will not stop now. We firmly believe that once that happens, just like on election night, Norm Coleman will have the most votes in this close race, and be re-elected to the United States Senate. We know- all too well- that it has been a long road, and we value your friendship, advice and support throughout the campaign and recount.

We need your continued help as we move forward with an election contest to ensure the sanctity of Minnesota's election process. Please click here to continue supporting our efforts, and to help us maintain a strong, knowledgeable and skilled team carrying this effort forward.


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1 posted on 01/05/2009 4:12:22 PM PST by MplsSteve
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2 posted on 01/05/2009 4:14:15 PM PST by MplsSteve
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To: GreatOne

How about it? Is Coleman a liar?


3 posted on 01/05/2009 4:17:14 PM PST by skeeter
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To: MplsSteve

All this effort for a fair and honest election is mute. The Communists/Socialists machine is too huge to be upset. We are under criminal type rule and will be for many years.


4 posted on 01/05/2009 4:21:38 PM PST by Logical me (Oh, well!!!)
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To: MplsSteve

Take it to court, the Supreme Court and use the same arguments that the GWB’s lawyers used in Bush v. Gore.


5 posted on 01/05/2009 4:23:41 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at I00 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: MplsSteve

A rhino bites the dust.

Isn’t that what people here want?


6 posted on 01/05/2009 4:25:33 PM PST by Doug TX
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To: MplsSteve

I get the same e-mails....

Coleman should have just man’d-up and announced that he was going to fight this to the political death.....

This note turned into a cry for help ($).

He just doesn’t get it......


7 posted on 01/05/2009 4:25:34 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR......Monthly Donors Wanted)
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To: MplsSteve

Isn’t this where the 2nd amendment kicks in?

Aren’t we being ruled by a Tyranny?


8 posted on 01/05/2009 4:25:36 PM PST by Wil H (No Accomplishments, No Experience, No Resume No Records, No References, Nobama..)
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To: MplsSteve

Be sure and find a judge that hasn’t been bought.


9 posted on 01/05/2009 4:26:58 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: MplsSteve

What will happen next is that Franken will be seated by a RAT majority and another election is successfully xtolen.

And I’ll be making sure that I and my money will stay the hell out of MN for the foreseeable future.


10 posted on 01/05/2009 4:28:55 PM PST by prairiebreeze (These are the times that try men's souls.)
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To: trumandogz
Ditto. Coleman should take it to the Supreme Court. I didn't realize the people of Minnesota were so brain dead as to elect Franken. Even several liberals spoke out against him.
11 posted on 01/05/2009 4:29:08 PM PST by Dante3
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To: skeeter

Doesn’t the Republican Governor of Minnesota (Tim Pawlenty) need to sign the certificate of election? I don’t see that happening anytime soon given the shenanigans that have been going on.

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6626504.html


12 posted on 01/05/2009 4:29:35 PM PST by Leonardo DiCrapio
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To: MplsSteve

It was posted on one of the threads over the weekend that 25 precincts have more “counted” votes than voters recorded as voting? Do you know if that is the case and whether anything can be done about that issue?


13 posted on 01/05/2009 4:31:18 PM PST by Enchante (Bernie Madoff Learned His Ponzi-Investment Strategy from our Social Security System!!)
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To: Dante3

It may be that Minnesotans didn’t elect him, that the DNC ACORN stash got him the election win. But the fact remains, too many Minnesotans voted for the liberal scum, meaning they like liberal scum. Welcome to the America of obamanoid affirmative action hope and change. It’s hard to decide which state is more dangerous to even drive through on the way to somewhere else, Florida or Minnesota?


14 posted on 01/05/2009 4:34:08 PM PST by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: MplsSteve

Coleman is more than a day late ...

I’m sick and tired of the warm, fuzzy GOP approach, especially from RINO’s.

Lose/lose scenario.


15 posted on 01/05/2009 4:37:24 PM PST by maggief
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To: trumandogz
Similar ballots were treated differently by different counties. This creates an Equal Protection violation that fatally taints any result that includes these ballots.

There's the money quote.....

16 posted on 01/05/2009 4:38:08 PM PST by MamaLucci (Merry Fitzmas Illinois!)
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To: Dante3

I agree, I’m appalled, a US Senate election is of national concern. I hear the same complaints took place with the Washington state governor’s race, but that is local. The Senate is a body that represents the entire nation and we’re toooooo divided, and there are too many indiscrepancies in this recount. I’d only trust a statewide reelection at this point!


17 posted on 01/05/2009 4:38:35 PM PST by Alissa
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To: Enchante
It was posted on one of the threads over the weekend that 25 precincts have more “counted” votes than voters recorded as voting? Do you know if that is the case and whether anything can be done about that issue?

Well, the WSJ seems to think so, but Coleman hasn't made an issue of it so it seems unlikely to be true. Coleman will be filing a contest of the election in court tomorrow. If he does not present any evidence on those 25 precincts that overcounted then I would presume that it didn't happen (otherwise Coleman is a moron for not using available evidence).

18 posted on 01/05/2009 4:38:53 PM PST by tyke
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To: Alissa

Highly unlikely there will be a revote — it costs millions of dollars to hold and there is no provision for it in the state constitution. There have been new elections called for a few congressional races, but they are much smaller and cheaper to hold.


19 posted on 01/05/2009 4:41:33 PM PST by tyke
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To: MHGinTN

“It may be that Minnesotans didn’t elect him, that the DNC ACORN stash got him the election win. But the fact remains, too many Minnesotans voted for the liberal scum, meaning they like liberal scum. Welcome to the America of obamanoid affirmative action hope and change. It’s hard to decide which state is more dangerous to even drive through on the way to somewhere else, Florida or Minnesota?”
I agree, it should not have been close enough for ACORN to steal. Ventura and now Franken? Not only is Minn. a joke, it is dead to me. Their sports teams are dead to me. They will see exactly $0 from me. It may be that I’m painting with a broad brush but I simply cannot reward such political stupidity. If they’re not going to take it seriously, I’m not going to take them seriously.


20 posted on 01/05/2009 4:44:47 PM PST by Bookbuck
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To: MamaLucci; trumandogz

Let’s not trouble ourselves...... “equal protection” under law does not apply to Republicans, not even to RINOs like Coleman, or to those who vote for Republicans.

If the Democrats cared about EP under these circumstances the outcome would have been different.


21 posted on 01/05/2009 4:47:02 PM PST by Enchante (Bernie Madoff Learned His Ponzi-Investment Strategy from our Social Security System!!)
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To: Doug TX

Given the choice between a RINO and a...whatever the hell that other thing is...I’ll take the RINO any day.


22 posted on 01/05/2009 4:48:38 PM PST by RepublitarianRoger2
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To: trumandogz; All

That’s the problem. It’s too late now.

The rationale behind Bush v Gore was that an arbitrary recount would cause irreparable harm to Bush and was unconstitutional.

Coleman has allowed the arbitrary recount to proceed to a finality. He could have locked this thing up when the canvassing board started double counting “missing” ballots. But he didn’t, all in the name of milquetoast magnanimity. Even the Republican Supreme Court Justice on the canvassing panel said the count was totally bogus. But he said he couldn’t do anything because his wife stole his testes on his wedding night, and he can’t sleep without his warm milk before bed time now.

Meanwhile, Ms America Nancy Pelosi is changing all the House rules to crush any influence the Republicans have on legislation. Next, I would look for Dingy Harry to use the nuclear option to end filibusters in the Senate for good, or change the rules to require only 55 votes to end debate.

Dems play hard ball. The exercise the full extent of their power and then some. Its too bad that Republicans have allowed the media to own them and control their decision making. If they would have played hard ball, and showed some balls, they wouldn’t be in this situation.


23 posted on 01/05/2009 4:50:11 PM PST by johncocktoasten (Obama/Biden '08, in and of itself, A Bridge To Nowhere)
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To: MHGinTN
"It may be that Minnesotans didn’t elect him, that the DNC ACORN stash got him the election win."

You KNOW that this is what happened.

24 posted on 01/05/2009 4:54:24 PM PST by redhead (Get ready to step into the Era of Hopey Changeness)
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To: tyke
I understand that, but I still say I'd only trust a statewide reelection, meaning just that. I don't trust this recount. I live in Texas, but this Minnesota election is infuriating me! This is a national issue, which at this point IS in our national interest. I'm just curious if this Minnesota election is a constitutional issue, since it transcends state rights. Should the Feds have any recourse in demanding a re-vote?
25 posted on 01/05/2009 4:58:39 PM PST by Alissa
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To: MplsSteve

otherwise, literally millions of Minnesotans will be disenfranchised.

you silly, silly man..don’t you know only democrats can be disenfranchised?? /s


26 posted on 01/05/2009 5:00:14 PM PST by GeorgiaDawg32 (A democrat will break your leg, then hand you a crutch and take credit for your being able to walk.)
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To: MplsSteve

what are the PEOPLE of MINN saying?

hundreds of thousands voted republican or independent.


27 posted on 01/05/2009 5:00:18 PM PST by machogirl (taglines are like shoes: if you're a gal, you can never have too many)
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To: Logical me

Even if you’re correct, it’s no reason to surrender. Don’t make it easy for the bastards to cheat.


28 posted on 01/05/2009 5:00:27 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma (When the righteous rule, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule the people mourn. Proverbs 29;2)
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To: Doug TX

I want the rightful senator to be seated and I do not believe it is Freaken. Democrats are notorious election stealers. Their MO is to get it close and then count until they win. Nothing new here. It must be stopped!!!


29 posted on 01/05/2009 5:02:25 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma (When the righteous rule, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule the people mourn. Proverbs 29;2)
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To: redhead

DNC, ACORN, Soros money bought the re-count. This is absolutely shameful. However, why was it even that close? MN UNIONS.


30 posted on 01/05/2009 5:03:17 PM PST by mojitojoe
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To: MplsSteve
"It doesn't matter who votes. What matters is who counts the votes" - Joseph Stalin

31 posted on 01/05/2009 5:04:13 PM PST by Gritty (The GOP has no political warriors. None are willing to fight liberalism's premise.-Rush Limbaugh)
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To: johncocktoasten
Dems play hard ball. The (sic) exercise the full extent of their power and then some.

Um.....let's call what the dems "exercise" in their pursuit of power what it REALLY is....utter corruption and lawlessness that has brought this country to it's knees.

32 posted on 01/05/2009 5:10:23 PM PST by MamaLucci (Merry Fitzmas Illinois!)
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To: MamaLucci
"This creates an Equal Protection violation that fatally taints any result that includes these ballots."

Correct, and there is precedence ("settled law"?) from Bush v. Gore upholding a 14th Amendment Equal Protection claim in state election recounts.

33 posted on 01/05/2009 5:11:17 PM PST by magellan (u)
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To: RepublitarianRoger2
as the Frog said as he laid back in the pot of warm water.....
Gee!..this isn't bad at all.........
34 posted on 01/05/2009 5:16:56 PM PST by M-cubed (Why is "Greshams Law" a law?)
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To: Doug TX
Rhinos are fine...it's RINOs we want gone. We need to cure the GOP of the RINOvirus.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

35 posted on 01/05/2009 5:19:08 PM PST by wku man (Who says conservatives don't rock? Go to www.myspace.com/rockfromtheright)
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To: Logical me
All this effort for a fair and honest election is mute. The Communists/Socialists machine is too huge to be upset. We are under criminal type rule and will be for many years.

Never surrender! Aw-shucks is a pathetic answer to tyranny.

36 posted on 01/05/2009 5:20:13 PM PST by AmericanGirlRising (Buying carbon credits will not get me into Heaven. I am second - http://iamsecond.com/#/home/)
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To: magellan

Yes, in a sane world.....


37 posted on 01/05/2009 5:20:56 PM PST by MamaLucci (Merry Fitzmas Illinois!)
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To: Doug TX
A rhino bites the dust. Isn’t that what people here want?

No. Defeat RINOs in the primaries. In general elections RINOs always preferable to Dems and particularly preferable in this case to Al Franken. Politics is about comparative choices. Always.

38 posted on 01/05/2009 5:20:56 PM PST by plain talk
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To: RepublitarianRoger2
Not me...a liberal democrat is an enemy to my front. A RINO is a (liberal) enemy behind my back.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

39 posted on 01/05/2009 5:21:01 PM PST by wku man (Who says conservatives don't rock? Go to www.myspace.com/rockfromtheright)
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To: MamaLucci

“Um.....let’s call what the dems “exercise” in their pursuit of power what it REALLY is....utter corruption and lawlessness that has brought this country to it’s knees.”

Point granted. But what has brought the country to its knees is Republican complicity and incompetence in the fight. If this were properly fought against with equal vigor as the Democrats bring, we would be much better off.

But instead, conservatives are told they are wrong and to go stand in the corner. There has not been the necessary battle and purge in the Republican party to bring about a return to power.

Of course we don’t even know what a Republican return to power would mean since several have jumped on the Socialism bandwagon.


40 posted on 01/05/2009 5:23:46 PM PST by johncocktoasten (Obama/Biden '08, in and of itself, A Bridge To Nowhere)
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To: MplsSteve
Where are the protestors?

Remember that many of the sodomites managed to take time off from sticking their penises into the recta of other men to protest the passage of Proposition 8.
41 posted on 01/05/2009 5:28:49 PM PST by dbz77
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To: Dante3
Ditto. Coleman should take it to the Supreme Court. I didn't realize the people of Minnesota were so brain dead as to elect Franken. Even several liberals spoke out against him.
Who were these liberals?
42 posted on 01/05/2009 5:29:38 PM PST by dbz77
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Actually a cry for cash.

I would have appreciated it if Coleman had written just to inform me about his plans, because I got this email as well. I am sick of these “Conservative” standard-bearers asking me to finance them - every time I login to email I get another three or four begging letters.

Hey, Norm Coleman, Richard Viguerie, Dick Morris, and all the rest - just put a little button that takes a generous person to the pledging page. Sometimes these letters asking for money in the heart of your important news get a bit manipulative.

It’s not like we will ever get a final breakdown of how much money is raised this way, or how it will be spent. How much needs to be raised? It’s not explained.

Yeah yeah scold me with info about how the Rats do it too, first and moreso. I’m just always tired of having a Republican put the touch on me. It’s like the party is becoming the broke cousin you avoid at a family party.


43 posted on 01/05/2009 5:32:53 PM PST by worst-case scenario (Striving to reach the light)
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To: MplsSteve

How about we don’t put anyone in this seat until the next up for election cycle?


44 posted on 01/05/2009 5:32:53 PM PST by CindyDawg (m)
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To: MamaLucci; trumandogz
There's the money quote.....

Exactly. The Supreme Court has already ruled on this in Bush v. Gore, 2000. The vote then was 7-2.

45 posted on 01/05/2009 5:34:23 PM PST by Hoodat (For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: trumandogz
Take it to court, the Supreme Court and use the same arguments that the GWB’s lawyers used in Bush v. Gore.

All sounds good, but I personally do not think the SCOTUS is ever going to go up against the zer0bama admin or his cohorts in the Congress. We are going to be wandering in the dark for a long time. We need to be vigilant against the RATS trying to sneak something through during the dead of night with regards to 2nd Amendment and Illegal Alien amnesty.
46 posted on 01/05/2009 5:43:45 PM PST by Cheerio (Barack Hussein 0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

EVERYONE should email the RNC and say NO CASH unless two things happen..1) you fight this Minnesota crap to the death.a d 2) GET BUSH TO PARDON THOSE BORDER OFFICERS. PERIOD.


47 posted on 01/05/2009 5:46:22 PM PST by Hildy
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To: Doug TX
>> A rhino bites the dust. Isn’t that what people here want? <<

Norm Coleman is a RINO only in the eyes of the purists here who are of the "anyone who doesn't agree with me 100% of the time is scum" mindset. Norm Coleman may not be as conservative as I am, but he is probably 10X more conservative than ACTUAL RINOs like Mark Kirk & Linc Chafee. If freepers refuse to look at the issues and can't tell the difference between Coleman and marxist, Obama-loving, pro-abortion surrender monkey's like Chafee, that's their problem. According to them, probably every Republican is a "RINO" except themselves.

48 posted on 01/05/2009 5:46:58 PM PST by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: Wil H
Isn’t this where the 2nd amendment kicks in?

Aren’t we being ruled by a Tyranny?

While you are correct, our forefathers who had the wisdom to include the 2nd Amendment for just this sort of tyranny, they never envisioned a country made up of so many pansy, apathetic, whimpy, sheep. Our forefathers were carved out of much more solid rock than today's sheep.

Ladies and Gentlemen - let us say goodbye to Lady Liberty... and a great country that the US USE to be.

I think we are in a race to see if we can out Socialize, and out dictatorship the Europeans that our forefathers fought so hard to break away from.

49 posted on 01/05/2009 5:48:59 PM PST by TheBattman (Pray for our country....)
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To: johncocktoasten
Well, we certainly agree on the incompetence and
complicity on the Republican side. I couldn't have ever
dreamt that I would be more disappointed and
disillusioned by the Bush administration than I ever was by the Clinton Crime Syndicate.........
I didn't vote for, or expect any better from, Clinton.
My only beef with your comments was that they skated
perilously close to sounding like an endorsement
of the sleazy and outright criminal tactics of the democrats.
I've always believed that when trying to slay the Monster,
it's important not to become the Monster.
FRegards.
50 posted on 01/05/2009 5:57:44 PM PST by MamaLucci (Merry Fitzmas Illinois!)
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