Angry clown certified as winner in Minnesota Senate race

posted at 5:14 pm on January 5, 2009 by Allahpundit

Everyone’s already read the Journal’s analysis of funny business in the recount but I’ll link anyway. The last pre-certification court challenge having been extinguished this morning, the canvassing board seals the deal. Much more depressing than the Burris appointment, and maybe even more depressing than Caroline being picked.

Well, no. Not more depressing than that.

Coleman’s lawyer, Tony Trimble, sent around a statement vowing to fight on in court, but read David Freddoso to see how many breaks would have to go Coleman’s way at this point — essentially, a mirror image of the breaks Franken got during the recount process. As Freddoso says, because state law requires a seven-day waiting period before the certification can be signed by the governor and secretary of the state, Franken’s momentarily in the same position as Burris. Does that mean the Democrats will turn him away tomorrow too? Of course not. They’re going to try to seat him anyway.

An aide to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the issue of whether to seat Franken should be “moot” because “he doesn’t have a certificate.” He suggested that any move to seat Franken this week would draw fire from Republicans.

“That would be a big deal,” the aide said.

So that’s two showdowns on the floor tomorrow. Coleman’s term officially expired on Saturday, incidentally; the locks on the door to his Senate office have already been changed. Exit question: Does he sue or does he concede? Smart money’s on the latter.


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Blue_State_Blues on January 5, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Another stolen Election! Its the Democrat Way.

theguardianii on January 5, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Just…wow. Senator Stuart Effin’ Smalley. Parker and Stone couldn’t write anything this insane.

Flyover Country on January 5, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Don’t concede. It would only encourage them. At least give the impression that the GOP will fight when Dems steal an election.

Wethal on January 5, 2009 at 5:19 PM

I wonder how much longer our nation will put up with this before an armed revolution begins?

theguardianii on January 5, 2009 at 5:19 PM

At least now the senate won’t be so sad about losing Joe the Dumbo biden, they just got a new village idiot. I can not wait for the jr. senator from MN to lose his temper at Harry the dirtbag or one of the other wonderful people who will be his new playmates…..Is popcorn fattening????

some fun huh???? By the way, GO EAGLES!!!!!

clinker46 on January 5, 2009 at 5:20 PM

I wonder how much longer our nation will put up with this before an armed revolution begins?

theguardianii on January 5, 2009 at 5:19 PM

As long as most people are fairly economically secure, and perceive themselves to be free, they won’t do anything as one-party rule and stealth socialism creep in.

Wethal on January 5, 2009 at 5:20 PM

I still say he spazzes out within 30 days of being sworn in.

ThePrez on January 5, 2009 at 5:21 PM

“Isn’t democracy wonderful?” I think that is the quote uttered by Christine Gregoire when she stole the election in Washington state.

savvydude on January 5, 2009 at 5:22 PM

Another stolen Election! Its the Democrat Way.

theguardianii on January 5, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Not really. Minnesota gets what it asked for. The harlots are always the voters. Our entire country is insane, dumb, or both. We deserve it all until we really wake up. This goes for throwing out the clowns from the left, to the right.

I’m no leftie but it is incomprehensible how the same leadership in the minority is in place after 2006 and 2008.

Entelechy on January 5, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Seriously, are we having a contest to see which state can humiliate itself the most by sending the least qualified people to Washington? Senator Kennedy (D-Camelot), I’m looking at you. I say from now on, we send homeless people to serve in Congress, thereby giving them gainful employment and improving overall governance by an injection of more rational people into the Institution. Then we take all that campaign money and get stupid drunk for about four or eight years.

trubble on January 5, 2009 at 5:25 PM

How fitting.

He is the poster boy for Democrat senators. Can’t wait to see what committee they seat him on. Do they have a Senate Committee on turd flushing?

fogw on January 5, 2009 at 5:25 PM

Yeah but – you know they couldn’t have done it without ACORN.

kanda on January 5, 2009 at 5:25 PM

Another stolen Election! Its the Democrat Way.

theguardianii on January 5, 2009 at 5:17 PM

No matter the count, 50% of the voters wanted him over Coleman…they got exactly who they wanted.

right2bright on January 5, 2009 at 5:25 PM

Steal the election, ban opposing viewpoints on your GENERAL NEWS networks, change house committee rules to silence opponents and cut Republicans from the lawmaking process…

Change is upon us…

Skywise on January 5, 2009 at 5:25 PM

I know it’s petty but really the Minnesota Republican party should be starting up a recall election at this point since it’s about the only thing that would get him thrown out.

Dave_d on January 5, 2009 at 5:28 PM

So that’s two showdowns on the floor tomorrow.

This one will just serve to overshadow the real circus in the other one.

Panem et circenses, the leftie style, but still the whores are the voters. These clowns in Wash. D.C. just live the good life we enable for them.

Entelechy on January 5, 2009 at 5:28 PM

I still say he spazzes out within 30 days of being sworn in.

He’ll have to do his daily affirmation.

VanPalin on January 5, 2009 at 5:29 PM

No matter the count, 50% of the voters wanted him over Coleman…they got exactly who they wanted.

right2bright on January 5, 2009 at 5:25 PM

Nope. 42% We had a 3rd party candidate who got about 15%. A lot of my fellow Minnesotans are stupid, but the majority knew better than to vote for Al Franken.

Mr. D on January 5, 2009 at 5:30 PM

First Jesse Ventura, now Al Franken…
I hope all the pissy Dean Barkley voters who threw their votes away are happy.

A prediction: Franken will never break 50% in public approval for the next six years. Never. Nada.

(That’s the kind of cold comfort we’re used to, ya know.)

Also, a pre-emptive Percy Peabody post: Minnesota is inhabited by morons! Nuke the whole state!

OK, Percy?

Bruno Strozek on January 5, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Dave_d on January 5, 2009 at 5:28 PM

I don’t think you can recall a federal officeholder.

Wethal on January 5, 2009 at 5:31 PM

I have a really silly question, can Colman PAY for a total recount? If so, can he stop this by requesting a recount till the recount is certified?
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letget on January 5, 2009 at 5:31 PM

I don’t know that it makes much difference if Coleman concedes or fights on. The Dems are so close to 60 that it porbably doesn’t make much difference. I think having a Senator Franken front and center for the democrats may be just what the Republicans need for 2010.

bopbottle on January 5, 2009 at 5:32 PM

trubble on January 5, 2009 at 5:25 PM

+1. This could be the best idea I’ve heard in ages.

fiscallyconservative on January 5, 2009 at 5:32 PM

First Jesse Ventura, now Al Franken…

At this rate the guy that will beat him will be Brock Lesnar. He isn’t qualified either but at least he still makes his home in Minnesota.

Dave_d on January 5, 2009 at 5:33 PM

To the third-party fringies in Minnesota who voted for the libertarian/independent party candidate: congratulations on helping to elect the most unqualified and bigoted candidate the US Senate has ever seen.

Blue_State_Blues on January 5, 2009 at 5:34 PM

country is turning into a joke, fitting we elect a pathetic comedian to something that is supposed to be honorable.

jp on January 5, 2009 at 5:34 PM

A couple of friends from the Twin Cities came to visit this past weekend. Fervent liberals, they talked of their cheer of the impending seating of Big Fat Idiot(referring to his book, of course). I asked them what they were looking forward to.

Dead serious.

The guy chuckled and said “Oh I don’t even know.” The girl agreed. I asked for aspirin.

MadisonConservative on January 5, 2009 at 5:36 PM

I think the Dem Senate is shaping up very nicely:

Harry Reid, Roland Burris, Caroline Kennedy, Al Franken!

Not three brain cells to rub together among the group. If the GOP can’t beat this collection of losers, morons, and misfits, then this country is truly finished.

progressoverpeace on January 5, 2009 at 5:37 PM

Franken = Minnesota
Minnesota = Franken

Firebird on January 5, 2009 at 5:40 PM

I wonder how much longer our nation will put up with this before an armed revolution begins?

theguardianii on January 5, 2009 at 5:19 PM

I second that

Viper1 on January 5, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Franken should be made the poster boy of the Democrat congress.

If the GOP can’t pick up alot of seats in 2010 we are finished(as a country)

jp on January 5, 2009 at 5:41 PM

Christmas every day, I am telling ya!

benny shakar on January 5, 2009 at 5:41 PM

Everyone’s already read the Journal’s analysis of funny business in the recount but I’ll link anyway.

This is one of the worst op-eds i’ve ever read. It’s factually wrong and uses vague inferences instead of actual evidence as proof of “funny business.”

Nate Silver posted an excellent dissection of it.

Tom_Shipley on January 5, 2009 at 5:43 PM

First Jesse Ventura, now Al Franken…

I know, I mean, voting in people who aren’t lawyers? What’s the country coming to?

Tom_Shipley on January 5, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Cher- “Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves”

CynicalOptimist on January 5, 2009 at 5:48 PM

ST. PAUL – Coleman for Senate Counsel Tony Trimble today issued the following statement:

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.

Statement today from Coleman’s lawyer.

Wethal on January 5, 2009 at 5:53 PM

IDIOT

theguardianii on January 5, 2009 at 5:55 PM

No surprise here as the Democrats steal yet another election from the timid Republicans. The amazing thing is that Gore and the Democrats tried stealing the 2000 Presidential election but didn’t get away with it.
Question of the Day-What’s more embarrassing-having a state like mine that has a football team that goes 0 and 16 or a state like Minnesota that elects a clown like Franken as a Senator?

Goodale on January 5, 2009 at 5:57 PM

First Jesse Ventura, now Al Franken…

I know, I mean, voting in people who aren’t lawyers? What’s the country coming to?

Tom_Shipley on January 5, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Right you are Tommy boy! Maybe a recall of DFL hearthrob Sen. Amy Klobuchar is in order, no? After all, she was a legal beagle as Hennepin County Attorney and in private practice…

And what about that fella who was editor of that Ivy League law journal? Didn’t he just win something?

Damn, it really sucks when you’re reduced to defending lawyers!

Thanks, Al.

Bruno Strozek on January 5, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Question of the Day-What’s more embarrassing-having a state like mine that has a football team that goes 0 and 16 or a state like Minnesota that elects a clown like Franken as a Senator?

Goodale on January 5, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Franken should be made the poster boy of the Democrat congress.

If the GOP can’t pick up alot of seats in 2010 we are finished(as a country)

jp on January 5, 2009 at 5:41 PM

JP, I have to agree with you about Franken. He truly will be a poster boy for the insane voters in Minnesota who voted for him. I am concerned however about the ignorance of the American voter. The liberals in Congress and the Supreme Court, and their constant pis_ing on the Constitution, hasn’t done anything to educate the voters of this country, then Franken might not either.

Let’s hope, that after we’ve suffered enough as a country, then people will either stop voting, or at least educate themselves enough to know who the hell their voting for.

I won’t be holding my breath.

orlandocajun on January 5, 2009 at 5:58 PM

It’s time we start taking action they listen to,..keep your money out of Minnesota!!

He’s a horrible person,..and gosh darn it I just can’t stand that freaky man!!

christene on January 5, 2009 at 5:59 PM

If people vote for the party that contains Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid (and they did), America’s future is in deep trouble. You think the stock market was bad – just wait until this country falls apart.

Travis1 on January 5, 2009 at 5:59 PM

Coleman should wait until Wednesday to concede. That way, this proto-Senator with the lowest IQ in the Senate and delusions of mediocrity will be junior to all the other Clowns. I don’t think Franken’s ego can handle it very long.

SeniorD on January 5, 2009 at 6:01 PM

So Minnesota will have an angry clown as senator, New York will have a, you know, like a royal princess for, you know, a senator and Illinois will have a race-card-to-play-so-you-don’t-have-to-pay, who believes that the whole thing was arranged for him by God, senator.

Darwin blames God’s [un]intelligent design, God blames Darwin’s [d]evolution. Now they have both took the last train to the coast, in a galaxy far far away.

MB4 on January 5, 2009 at 6:03 PM

Goodale on January 5, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Franken is definitely worse than the 0 – 16 record.

You only have to put up with a losing season for 1 year.

kingsjester on January 5, 2009 at 6:07 PM

Senator Stuart Smalley. It is as dumb as it sounds.

Who could have predicted a Saturday Night Live comedian would be a US Senator? Who’s next? Senator John Stewart? Governor Chevy Chase?

What world is this?

portlandon on January 5, 2009 at 6:13 PM

Identity politics wins again. Hollywood funded the “Angry Clown’s” (HA!) campaign.

Click on any celebrity on that list and you’ll see a donation to Franken.

Rae on January 5, 2009 at 6:13 PM

kingsjester on January 5, 2009 at 6:07 PM

Except that it took longer than the six years max that Franken will last for Bill Ford to fire Matt Millen.

Snowed In on January 5, 2009 at 6:17 PM

What world is this?

portlandon on January 5, 2009 at 6:13 PM

Bizarro World, apparently.

Snowed In on January 5, 2009 at 6:17 PM

If Al Franken is as dumb as some of you are suggesting what does that say about Coleman?

patrick neid on January 5, 2009 at 6:21 PM

If Al Franken is as dumb as some of you are suggesting what does that say about Coleman?

patrick neid on January 5, 2009 at 6:21 PM

Nothing. It says a lot about the Minnesota electorate.

progressoverpeace on January 5, 2009 at 6:25 PM

If Al Franken is as dumb as some of you are suggesting what does that say about Coleman?

patrick neid on January 5, 2009 at 6:21 PM

If George W. Bush is as dumb as some of you are suggesting, what does that say about Al Gore or John Kerry?

Snowed In on January 5, 2009 at 6:25 PM

Exit question: Does he sue or does he concede surrender the way wussy Republicans always do to democrats when they steal elections? Smart money’s on the latter.

FIFY.

thirteen28 on January 5, 2009 at 6:26 PM

What world is this?

portlandon on January 5, 2009 at 6:13 PM

It’s a mad house! A mad house!
-George Taylor (Charlton Heston in “The Planet of the Apes”)

MB4 on January 5, 2009 at 6:27 PM

I hope he chokes on something sharp.

Jaibones on January 5, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Jaibones on January 5, 2009 at 6:30 PM

That rules out his wit.

Snowed In on January 5, 2009 at 6:30 PM

I hope he chokes on something sharp.

Jaibones on January 5, 2009 at 6:30 PM

That rules out his wit.

Snowed In on January 5, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Al Franken: Is your blade as sharp as your tongue?
Zorro: Is yours as dull as your wit?

MB4 on January 5, 2009 at 6:34 PM

I hope he chokes on something sharp.

Jaibones on January 5, 2009 at 6:30 PM

That rules out his wit.

Snowed In on January 5, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Maybe we could trick him into running with scissors.

thomasaur on January 5, 2009 at 6:35 PM

The John Thune strategy would be best if Klobuchar had to run in 2 years — but she doesn’t go until 2012, so how many will remember for 4 years? I just don’t see an upside to suing the state for how it handled the recount. People remember sour grapes candidates and don’t support them in future elections.
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Now the rest of us might sue to have Minnesota expelled from the Union out of sheer embarrassment, but that doesn’t help Norm.

Mark30339 on January 5, 2009 at 6:43 PM

After ‘angry clown,’ you’ve said it all… unless, of course, you’d like to say ‘angry crooked clown.’

petefrt on January 5, 2009 at 6:45 PM

If Al Franken is as dumb as some of you are suggesting what does that say about Coleman?

Actually I hate Franken as much as anybody but seriously one thing he isn’t is stupid. That’s the thing, in order to be as good of a liar as he is you’d have to be fairly smart to keep your lies straight. (I guess in a way it’s kind of impressive just how good of a liar he actually is, he’s easily one of the best I’ve ever seen.) I guess that’s damning with faint praise huh? (I mean he’s still a dirtbag and I hope he goes to prison but that’s just me.)

Dave_d on January 5, 2009 at 6:49 PM

Nope. 42% We had a 3rd party candidate who got about 15%. A lot of my fellow Minnesotans are stupid, but the majority knew better than to vote for Al Franken.

Mr. D on January 5, 2009 at 5:30 PM

You didn’t understand my Point? I think you not understanding underscores why Franken got elected…

right2bright on January 5, 2009 at 6:54 PM

You didn’t understand my Point? I think you not understanding underscores why Franken got elected…

right2bright on January 5, 2009 at 6:54 PM

Unless your point is demonstrating ineptitude with math, there is no point. Nearly 60% of the electorate did not support Al Franken. Nearly 60% of the electorate did not support Norm Coleman, either.

People voted for the 3rd party candidate for a variety of reasons. Certainly enough disgruntled self-styled conservatives voted for Dean Barkley to give Al Franken the election. Perhaps they didn’t give a rat’s ass, but I’m not prepared to ascribe motivations to these voters that I don’t know. And it doesn’t mean that they wanted Franken to win.

Norm Coleman has always had a hard time winning over most of the voters in Minnesota. It is a liberal state, generally speaking. We’ve elected a lot of idiots over the years here. No one is disputing that. But Al Franken was beyond the pale for nearly 60% of the electorate. That he’s been able to game the system is a travesty. And we’re all angry as hell about it. But your original comment was this:

No matter the count, 50% of the voters wanted him over Coleman…they got exactly who they wanted.

right2bright on January 5, 2009 at 5:25 PM

That is simply not true. 58% percent of Minnesota voters srejected Al Franken. The problem is that 100% of the canvassing board was willing to hand Franken the election.

Mr. D on January 5, 2009 at 7:16 PM

The board is not controlled by Democrats; in fact, it is fairly equally divided, and their decisions have been mostly unanimous. This isn’t a one-party steal. Now as to the Ventura/Franken slant of MN, well, can’t help ya there.

okonkolo on January 5, 2009 at 7:37 PM

Sue – taint this complete jackasses thieving “victory” as much as possible.

This is madness, the Democrat Party is bringing boatloads of unqualified, incompetent and corrupt politicians to Washington at the exact moment we DON”T need them.

Anyone who thinks there is a problem this country faces which can be solved by the likes of Al Franken is a complete idiot.

NoDonkey on January 5, 2009 at 7:37 PM

Sue the bastards. Tie the Senate up in knots too.

eaglewingz08 on January 5, 2009 at 7:37 PM

Maybe Franken can hang out with Burris and watch the swearing in ceremony on TV.

mikepatr on January 5, 2009 at 7:39 PM

I promise that I will do all in my power as a combat veteran, Conservative activist to thwart franken at every move. I will dog him, shout him down and challenge him. If this is good enough for moonbats and liberal swill drinkers… I can fight dirty, too

MNDavenotPC on January 5, 2009 at 7:41 PM

Oh and a message to republican moderates, I will not support any of your candidates and will allow liberalism to exist then fall as it must and wait for you to come to me. No more moderation , ever.

MNDavenotPC on January 5, 2009 at 7:43 PM

On behalf on my fellow Minnesotans, the one’s who did not drink the kool-aid, I heartily apologize for what you are about to see if there truly will be a Sen. Smalley (I just couldn’t bring myself to type his name after Sen.)

If this doesn’t scream out for a run-off type election in future I do not know what does. Determining voter intent indeed. Where is Karnak when you need him?

RuffledRaven on January 5, 2009 at 8:20 PM

Alberto Frankenstein seated in the senate to the sound of Edgar Winter’s Frankenstein. Actually big Al makes the real Frankenstein look kind of handsome

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on January 5, 2009 at 8:21 PM

The sitcom continues…

labrat on January 5, 2009 at 8:28 PM

Ron Paul had lots of grassroots support in MN.

He was denied the opportunity to speak at the MN State GOP convention. Instead, he spoke outside to a crowd estimated to be between 400-800 supporters.

Coleman lost by how many votes?

angelat0763 on January 5, 2009 at 9:12 PM

I am so embarassed to live in this sorry excuse for a state.

Can’t wait until his first hard question from a citizen – he’ll go ballistic and take a punch at them, guaranteed…

Blue-eyed Infidel on January 5, 2009 at 9:25 PM

Why do we put up with this?

Everybody knows the Democrats stole the election. The process was entirely crooked. Everybody knows there will be no justice; the Democrats control key points that will prevent the case from being heard. So, why are we continuing to consent to be part of the process? The Republicans need to man up, declare that they’re not willing to participate in a corrupt process, and form a separate nation.

There’s no other cure, because the Democratic party is wholeheartedly, completely corrupt.

“…whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends (life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, government by the consent of the governed, etc.) it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government.”

Why do we go along with a corrupt process? I’m completely serious. Let’s talk revolution. Let’s talk secession. There is NO POINT in participating in a corrupt process.

philwynk on January 5, 2009 at 9:41 PM

Hey how did they get our secretary of elections
here in washington state
every election is now a joke

Since each time we the voters said no to
two over priced stadiums
light rail (again over priced)
the first time our so called goverenor was elected
they just kept recounting the votes
and like majic new votes showed up

Wow im a just shocked

jcila on January 5, 2009 at 9:46 PM

People remember sour grapes candidates and don’t support them in future elections.
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Mark30339 on January 5, 2009 at 6:43 PM

Not sure why anyone would see this as sour grapes rather than fighting for what is right. There was enough shenanigans here that if Coleman doesn’t fight, the message to the Dems is, “go ahead and steal elections, we are too much wanting to play by the Marquis de Queenesbery rules to want to cause a fuss”
Coleman could go a long way even if he has to run some ads. Some of the ballots that were shown in a previous link that were identically mis-marked, but the ones mismarked for Franken were accepted, the ones mismarked for Coleman were rejected.

I can envision an ad that goes something like: “Voiceover, your Minnesota canvassing board just completed the recount and claims impartiality [fade to picture of Franken ballot accepted] They determined that the intent of this voter was to cast a vote for Al Franken [fade to picture of Coleman ballot, equivalently marked] However, they determined that this ballot was improperly marked and this voter’s intent was not discernable. [fade to side by side comparison] The Minnesota canvassing board claimed impartiality in its decisions, do you agree? Or have YOU been disenfranchised?”

AZfederalist on January 5, 2009 at 9:50 PM

Comedy gold!

GarandFan on January 5, 2009 at 10:11 PM

I still say he spazzes out within 30 days of being sworn in.

ThePrez on January 5, 2009 at 5:21 PM

How would we be able to tell?

N4646W on January 6, 2009 at 2:56 AM

Well, no. Not more depressing than that.

I beg to differ…

Cylor on January 6, 2009 at 6:00 AM

Well, hey, at least now I’ve got a ready made thought to conjure when I need to induce vomiting….

Senator Al Franken

Hawkins1701 on January 6, 2009 at 6:30 AM

Hey, the Seante’s already a joke. Why not put a comedian in there. He’s highly qualified.

Never send a real man in to do a clown’s job.

Pcoop on January 6, 2009 at 7:47 AM

I read somewhere that Franken said his “victory” is “humbling”.

Anyone have a barf bag handy?

When has this gas-bag ever been humble about anything?!

Sterling Holobyte on January 6, 2009 at 10:26 AM

Can we force Minn. out of the union? They are a law unto themselves.
I would be sooooo embarrassed to send that foul-mouthed fool to Washington to represent me and my state.

hopefloats on January 6, 2009 at 11:19 AM