Minnesota Recount: Board prepared to declare Franken the winner; Update: Alert the media

posted at 9:19 am on January 5, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

This comes as no surprise to anyone following the recount — and the vote swing from both the challenges and the absentee ballots.  The Canvassing Board will declare its work complete and report that Al Franken leads Norm Coleman by 225 votes, but don’t expect the election to be quite over yet:

The state Canvassing Board was posed to certify the results of the recount in Minnesota’s grueling Senate election in Al Franken’s favor — but that doesn’t mean the race is definitely over.

The board was to meet Monday and was expected to declare which candidate received the most overall votes from nearly 3 million ballots cast. The latest numbers showed Franken, a Democrat, with a 225-vote lead over Republican Sen. Norm Coleman.

But after the announcement, there will be a seven-day waiting period before an election certificate is completed. If any lawsuits are filed during that waiting period, certification is conditional until the issue is settled in court.

Coleman, who led Franken on election night, hasn’t ruled out a lawsuit challenging the results, claiming there were irregularities that gave Franken an unfair advantage.

We’ll almost certainly see a contest from Coleman, but he’ll have to overcome a substantial impulse from the court to give the Canvassing Board and the counties the benefit of the doubt.  Judges are loath to overturn elections unless they can rest that decision on some pretty clear-cut malfeasance or incompetence, and I’m not sure Coleman can point to either here.  His team may not have liked some of the decisions made by the Canvassing Board, but they didn’t appear terribly unreasonable or unfair either.

His best bet may be the inconsistencies in challenge resolutions and the lack of a statewide, uniform standard in addressing the absentee ballots.  Even that may not help much at this point, though.  According to Coleman’s team, up to 1,000 absentee ballots should have been included instead of excluded, but gaining 225 votes out of 1,000 ballots will be a tall order — although not impossible, as Franken gained 200 out of the 935 absentee ballots they did count.  Ballot challenge inconsistencies will have less of a chance, as those are inherently subjective and the court will give the Canvassing Board the widest possible latitude.

In the end, a dead heat winds up getting decided by the incompetence of individual voters who under any other circumstances would not matter at all.  That’s what we had here.  Perhaps Minnesota would be better off with the runoff rule that Georgia has, in which any statewide election has to be decided by 50% plus one vote, or the two top vote-getters meet in a run-off election.  A run-off would have been less time-consuming and more objective than the recount we just had, and probably would have resulted in a clear-cut winner.

Update: I’ll be discussing this with Jack Riccardi of KTSA in San Antonio at 10:05 am CT.  Be sure to listen on the stream!


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Hard to believe someone like this could be a Senator.

Wade on January 5, 2009 at 9:22 AM

I say seat him.

Too bad the Dems missed 60.

There’s no doubt the country is going down, let’s get it over with.

artist on January 5, 2009 at 9:23 AM

This election is as crooked as a dog’s hind legs.

Does living in Minnesota freeze brain cells?

kingsjester on January 5, 2009 at 9:23 AM

So we don’t have a clear-cut winner, Ed?

Franken is more a clear-cut winner than Coleman was on Nov. 5th. This is a much more accurate vote count and more reflective of the will of the people of Minnesota.

It was a fair recount. Coleman lost. Franken won.

Tom_Shipley on January 5, 2009 at 9:25 AM

Does living in Minnesota freeze brain cells?

kingsjester on January 5, 2009 at 9:23 AM

Jesse “Troofer” Venture was elected governor.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 5, 2009 at 9:25 AM

Venture = Ventura

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 5, 2009 at 9:25 AM

And the vote was not decided by “incompetent voters.” That’s ridiculous. It was decided by the 3 million or so Minnesotans who voted.

Tom_Shipley on January 5, 2009 at 9:26 AM

Fools electing a fool

grapeknutz on January 5, 2009 at 9:29 AM

THE AMERICAN FREE ELECTION SYSTEM HAS BEEN COMPROMISED!
Will any media outlet investigate this?

Until now, Minnesota was always famous for its clean elections. Indeed, Democratic consultant Bob Beckel recently attested to the honesty of Minnesota’s elections, joking: “Believe me. I’ve tried. I’ve tried every way around the system out there, and it doesn’t work.”

But that was before Minnesota encountered the pushiest, most aggressive, most unscrupulous person who has ever sought public office, Al Franken.

On Election Day, Franken lost the U.S. Senate race in Minnesota to the Republican incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman by 725 votes. But over the next week, Democratic counties kept discovering new votes for Franken and subtracting votes from Coleman, claiming to be correcting “typos.”

In all, Franken picked up 459 votes and Coleman lost 60 votes from these alleged “corrections.”

As the inestimable economist John Lott pointed out, the “corrections” in the Senate race generated more new votes for Franken than all the votes added by corrections in every race in the entire state — presidential, congressional, state house, sanitation commissioner and dogcatcher — combined.

And yet the left-wing, George Soros-backed Secretary of State, Mark Ritchie, stoutly defended the statistically impossible “corrected” votes. There’s something fishy going on in Minnesota besides the annual bigmouth bass tournament.

Fortunately, the very outrageousness of the “corrections” scam brought national attention to the Minnesota recount, at which point it became more difficult to keep “finding” votes for Franken. Under the glare of the national media, the steady accretion of post-election ballots for Franken came to a screeching halt, rather like a child who, after being caught red-handed, tactfully removes his hand from the cookie jar.

As Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis said, sunlight is the best disinfectant. (Although, having met Franken, I would add that actual disinfectant might not be a bad idea either.)

Since then, the state has been conducting a meticulous hand recount and, despite a suspicious delay from liberal Hennepin County and a suspicious late-vote discovery from liberal Ramsey County, Coleman has consistently held a lead of 200 to 300 votes. (That’s not including the 519 votes that were stolen — or “corrected” — from Coleman immediately after the election when no one was paying attention.)

As of Wednesday, with 93 percent of the votes recounted, Coleman holds a 295-vote lead. At no point since the first count after the election has Franken been ahead.

The famously honest people of Minnesota probably think this means the recount is almost over. But like a bad Al Franken sketch on “Saturday Night Live,” I predict this recount will keep going on and on and on for no apparent reason.

To understand what is happening in Minnesota, one must turn to the Washington state gubernatorial election of 2004.

As in Minnesota this year, the Republican candidate kept winning and winning, but the Democrats refused to concede, instead demanding endless recounts. Meanwhile, Democratic precincts kept “discovering” new ballots for the Democrat, Chris Gregoire.

Six days after the election on Nov. 10, 2004, Republican Dino Rossi was ahead by 3,492 votes. But five days later, heavily Democratic King County election officials actually claimed to “find” 10,000 uncounted ballots! And they favored Gregoire!

Nonetheless, after a full recount, Rossi was still ahead, but this time by only 42 votes.

So the Democrats demanded a third recount — and King County continued its miraculous ballot-”finding” trick, which continued to favor Gregoire.

It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that Democrat election officials were “finding” new votes as much as they needed to find new votes. Here are 10,000 new votes. You need more? OK, back to work!

Eventually, King County found enough provisional and absentee ballots to put Democrat Gregoire in the lead — and this result was immediately certified by the weenie Republican secretary of state.

Republicans are always accused of being sharks; I wish they’d rise to the level of minnows.

According to Michael Barone, an examination of King County records showed that nearly 2,000 more mail-in ballots had been “cast” in King County than had been requested.

But Gregoire got to be governor — having done unusually well among the imaginary voters of King County.

The head of the Washington State Democratic Party orchestrating this ballot theft was Paul Berendt. Guess who is advising Al Franken on the Minnesota recount right now? That’s right: Paul Berendt.

Get ready, good people of Minnesota: You have no idea what is about to hit you. And, per usual, the Republicans clearly haven’t the vaguest notion what is about to hit them.

Just this week, liberal Ramsey County “discovered” 171 new votes from a single voting machine in a single precinct. An analysis by John Lott shows that these newly “discovered” votes represent yet another statistical improbability that favors Franken: Despite the fact that Maplewood precinct No. 6 gave Franken only 45.4 percent of the original, untampered-with vote, the newly “discovered” votes gave Franken 53.2 percent of the vote.

Also, you will notice that Franken is obsessively fixated on the absentee ballots, a specialty of the vote fraud experts at ACORN. Inasmuch as only 5 percent of absentee ballots were rejected in Minnesota, Franken already has fraud baked into the cake. But he needs more.

He is demanding to be given the names of voters whose absentee ballots were rejected. Why would he need the names of the voters? Unless … he plans to track them down, determine how they voted and then ferociously fight to qualify the absentee ballots only of known Franken voters.

Franken can pretend to be generous — by not demanding that all rejected absentee ballots be counted — while in fact being manipulative — by requesting that only the ballots with votes for him be counted. That’s exactly what the Democrats — led by Franken adviser Berendt — did to steal the 2004 election in Washington state.

But first, Franken will need the names. Then he can check voter registration lists, ask around or, in a really aggressive move, call the rejected voters directly and bully them into admitting who they voted for. If they say “Coleman,” I promise you they won’t get a call back to ensure that “every vote is counted.” (AC)

Keemo on January 5, 2009 at 9:29 AM

The state that brought us Lake Wobegon brings Al Franken to the senate. It’s great a great radio show and now a great Senator from the same state. It’s like a dream….a nightmare….. oh you know what I mean.

kanda on January 5, 2009 at 9:31 AM

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 5, 2009 at 9:25 AM

Precisely. An ex-wife got me his book, “I Ain’t Got Time To Bleed”. He took too many shots to the head as a Professional Wrestler.

Franken appears to have gone to the Madonna School of Grace and Gentility.

kingsjester on January 5, 2009 at 9:33 AM

And the vote was not decided by “incompetent voters.” That’s ridiculous. It was decided by the 3 million or so Minnesotans who voted.

Tom_Shipley on January 5, 2009 at 9:26 AM

Yes it was. The 3 million voters had 200 votes ahead for Coleman.

Even AFTER accounting for election precinct error, Coleman was ahead by 50+ votes.

It wasn’t until Franken got the INVALID ballots counted (those that contained errors in the ballots themselves) that he won.

Incompetent voters made this election. Even incompetent votes that are ILLEGAL.

Skywise on January 5, 2009 at 9:33 AM

I will never visit that state, nor directly give them any of my money.

rightside on January 5, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Too bad the Dems missed 60.

Doesn’t matter. If the dems as a group decide to break a filibuster then they just need one pub to give it the thumbs up. (BTW in order for that to happen the blue dogs have to be on board so that makes the probability of 1 pub coming over pretty big.)

Just amazing that someone as violent, openly and thoroughly dishonest, tax cheat, anti-social, self absorbed dirtbag could even come close enough that he could then cheat for the win.(And that’s not even counting the fact his actions pretty much prove he doesn’t even like Minnesota and only parachuted back in when he though he could win an election here. It’s kind of obvious regardless of the result he was going to leave the state asap)

Although the pubs really need to start playing massive political judo with this guy. (IE use his meltdowns, lies, and distortions as an example of not just a typical dem, but one of the best in class. If they do that dems will rue the day they stole this one.)

Dave_d on January 5, 2009 at 9:35 AM

I hope they have an independent investigation into all of this because this thing has been mishandled like crazy.

SoulGlo on January 5, 2009 at 9:37 AM

Incompetent voters made this election. Even incompetent votes that are ILLEGAL.

Skywise on January 5, 2009 at 9:33 AM

The vast majority of incompetent (read ignorant) voters, vote democrat. Was there any doubt?

rightside on January 5, 2009 at 9:37 AM

May the Lord God Almighty have mercy on our once great Nation. We have idiots in MN and NY actualy selecting Franken and a carpet baggin Kennedy, both with ZERO experience or class… Just a good far left Liberal set of hate America values…

And the vote was not decided by “incompetent voters.” That’s ridiculous. It was decided by the 3 million or so Minnesotans who voted.

Tom_Shipley on January 5, 2009 at 9:26 AM

And that thought does NOT scare you?

What in the hell is going on here? We have the MOST VILE people on the Liberal side WINNING elections… What are the people of MN thinking? How has this happend to the Northern states… Horible Democrat policies have KILLED the States, NY, NJ, MN, MA, and the list goes on and YET THE FOOLS KEEP ELECTING LIBERALS!!!

As I said, the Republican held States are in the black, for the most part… Still run with common sence, values… The BLUE States are and have been Liberal controlled are in the RED BIG TIME, broke, dirty, poor, wastelands of corruption and crime… But yet, far left wack jobs like Fraken win…

I repeat, God help us all if this mindset continues…

And to Tom Shipley, I hope your proud of the vile disgrace your party in dumping on America. The morons like you and 3 million idiots in MN that would elect such filth and garbage as Franken…

Mark Garnett on January 5, 2009 at 9:38 AM

This should come as no surprise. However, we should think of this as a blessing in disguise, sending an actual, bona fide fool to the Senate – without me being accused of hyperbole.

(puts on Christian hat)

“And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding.”

Just sit back and enjoy it…

turfmann on January 5, 2009 at 9:38 AM

So we don’t have a clear-cut winner, Ed?

Franken is more a clear-cut winner than Coleman was on Nov. 5th. This is a much more accurate vote count and more reflective of the will of the people of Minnesota.

It was a fair recount. Coleman lost. Franken won.

Tom_Shipley on January 5, 2009 at 9:25 AM

(cough) “Double-counted ballots” (cough).

cs89 on January 5, 2009 at 9:40 AM

Horible Democrat policies have KILLED the States, NY, NJ, MN, MA, and the list goes on and YET THE FOOLS KEEP ELECTING LIBERALS!!!

Well to be fair when John “slots” Silber ran for governor here years ago and basically told old people they should just die he managed to lose to a republican. (Although to be fair Slots was more conservative than the republican.)

Dave_d on January 5, 2009 at 9:41 AM

If a complete buffoon like Franken can be elected to the Senate, and it looks as if that is what will happen, then why is everyone worrying about Caroline Kennedy and Roland Burris? They are easily as qualified.

Words cannot express my embarrassment for this nation at having elected Al Franken as a US Senator. Minnesota voters have much to answer for.

Wally on January 5, 2009 at 9:44 AM

What an absolute piece of garbage this corrupt and incompetent clown is.

He’ll fit right in with the rest of the absolutely worthless Democrat Congress.

NoDonkey on January 5, 2009 at 9:45 AM

MN:

Secede now plzkthx.

Ryan Gandy on January 5, 2009 at 9:46 AM

To quote that great southern philosopher Forrest Gump “Stupid is as stupid does”.

Just A Grunt on January 5, 2009 at 9:47 AM

Dave_d on January 5, 2009 at 9:41 AM

I was using a blanket statment about “most” long time held Democrat states, like NJ, NY, MN and many others… I count RINO held states as Liberal held…

They are in debt, they run off businesses to Southern states, the roads suck. NJ pays 1 MILLION dollas per mile for roads, highest in the Nation due to Union rules, and the ROADS SUCK… You should read the latest Limbaugh Letter where Rush outlines states that used cigarette settlement money and what it was used for… Makes me sick, and to hear my Liberal friends bitch and moan about the taxes and stuff herer in NJ makes me luagh… BECAUSE THESE SAME MORONS KEEP ELECTING THE SAME FOOL LIBERAL IDIOTS!

We are fast becoming a Nation of IDIOTS, MORONS and SHEEP that are being led to the slaughter at the hands of the Liberal polititions and Unions…

Mark Garnett on January 5, 2009 at 9:48 AM

Hey Minnesota, if you elect a joker, then you’re a joke.

Take it from me, a New Yorker. We’ve been a joke for a while, and we keep showing the rest of the country how nuts we really are.

Pope Linus on January 5, 2009 at 9:48 AM

The state that brought us Lake Wobegon brings Al Franken to the senate.

Maybe Keillor will be now be emboldened to run for the other seat…and of course win, after multiple recounts.

whitetop on January 5, 2009 at 9:49 AM

After Franken, will the next mockery be Senator Matthews or Senator Olbermann? Gubmit nowadays is a joke.

petefrt on January 5, 2009 at 9:49 AM

To quote that great southern philosopher Forrest Gump “Stupid is as stupid does”.

And to quote Forrest on what he should have said

“Life is like a box of chocolates, it’s full of nuts.”

Dave_d on January 5, 2009 at 9:49 AM

The wheels are off the rails. This asshole belongs in the Senate about as much as the leader of Hammas.

I have lost ALL respect for Minnesota. For shame.

saiga on January 5, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Hard to believe someone like this could be a Senator.

Wade on January 5, 2009 at 9:22 AM

You’re kidding, right? I mean we have Reid, Clinton, Biden, Obama, not to mention the wives of dead Senators and the illegally nominated ones from NJ.

The Senate is, in short, not at all what it used to be.

Longhorn Six on January 5, 2009 at 9:58 AM

A run-off would have been less time-consuming and more objective than the recount we just had, and probably would have resulted in a clear-cut winner.

Actually, the run-off makes even more sense in your case, since you had a third candidate. I question the wisdom of a run-off or revote in an election like Chambliss’s in Georgia where there were only two serious candidates in the race, and the run-off looked more like a revote.

Still, I see no reason why the people of Minnesota should have an ounce of confidence in the outcome of this election. I’m willing to bet money, though I admit I have no proof, that the Democrats stuffed the ballot boxes or otherwise stole that election from Coleman. And if Coleman somehow wins a judicial contest and gets extra ballots counted and somehow pulls out a win, there won’t be a Democrat in the state that will accept the legitimacy of that win. A run-off in this case would assure voters of the legitimacy of the win, and in a democracy, that’s a very important virtue.

Outlander on January 5, 2009 at 10:04 AM

It really doesn’t matter, look at the rest of his “posse”. The dem senators are so inept, he just helps making them become more inept and more of a laughing stock.
Maybe Minnesota learned something, or maybe that is who they really are.
This is who Minnesota wanted as their representative, they’ve got em, now they have to live with it.

right2bright on January 5, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Every circus needs a clown, that’s why we elected you.

Al Franken. Al Franken.

It’s becoming a bad joke, so it makes sense to have you.

Al Franken. Al Franken.

Caligula at least sent the whole horse, Minnesota just the back.

Al Franken. Al Franken.

Now excuse me while I vomit, I can taste it in my mouth.

Al Franken. Al Franken.

Mr. Joe on January 5, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Right now I wouldn’t bet against Franken winning re-election until he’s as old as Grand Klegel Rob. Byrd. This has been a tough time to be a Conservative.

Doug on January 5, 2009 at 10:33 AM

The RaDorable ~hrk Ritchie, Chair
S.,.”rctal’)’ of Slate
(651) 201-1328
The Honorable Eric J. Magnuson
Chief Juu;Cl”, MinnC’lota Supreme Court
(651) 296-3380
The Honorable G. Barry Anderson
Assodatc Justice, Mi.n.nesota Supreme Courl
(651) 297-1007
The HOllorllblc Kathleen R. Gearin
Chief judge, Second .Indicial District
(651) 266-8266
The Honorable Edward J. Cleary
Assistanl Chief Judge, Second Judicial Dinricl
(651) 266-8266

Well this is the feckless board that intends to certify this circus clown. I’d say let them here from US citizens who will benefit from their irresponsible actions.

wepeople on January 5, 2009 at 10:35 AM

Will of the people, my arse. People who elect a clown like Franken don’t deserve to breathe the same air as the rest of us. Give Minnesota to the Sudan.

Percy_Peabody on January 5, 2009 at 10:37 AM

Even AFTER accounting for election precinct error, Coleman was ahead by 50+ votes.

It wasn’t until Franken got the INVALID ballots counted (those that contained errors in the ballots themselves) that he won.

That’s just wrong. Franken took the lead prior to the additional absentee ballots being counted.

Also…

The additional absentee ballots counted were not ILLEGAL nor INVALID. They are legal ballots that were improperly rejected. Local officials determined there were about 1,300 of these. An example of why they were rejected: the date on one voter’s signature did not match that of date next to the election judge’s signature — the problem with this is that the law does not require ANY date next to the signature. That was a valid ballot that was improperly rejected. As I said before, local officials IDed around 1,300 of these.

Tom_Shipley on January 5, 2009 at 10:42 AM

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a precinct in Ramsey County actually has more recorded ballots than they have registered voters. The canvassing board, realizing that this fact gave Franken an advantage, decided to accept the vote count as legitimate. Yep, there’s a fair recount if I’ve ever seen one.

What a country!!!!

sdd on January 5, 2009 at 10:46 AM

An example of why they were rejected: the date on one voter’s signature did not match that of date next to the election judge’s signature — the problem with this is that the law does not require ANY date next to the signature. That was a valid ballot that was improperly rejected. As I said before, local officials IDed around 1,300 of these.

Tom_Shipley on January 5, 2009 at 10:42 AM

You’re example of a “valid” ballot is one with a date by a voter’s signature, and an election judge’s signature with a different date?

Hahahaha! You’re a riot.

cs89 on January 5, 2009 at 10:53 AM

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it once more: Let The Clowm Have It!

Sit and watch as this Congress makes fools of themselves once more, at thrice the level of previous years.

This country is going down. I don’t see any alternatives for us, unless…

newton on January 5, 2009 at 10:55 AM

Coleman would have easily won a runoff, as Chambliss did in Georgia, but absent that it’s going to be Senator Franken Beans. The new face of the Democratic Party. You think Reid and Dodd are proud Democrats right now with this idiot in their midst? They are going to try to keep this guy under wraps. Good luck with that!

EMD on January 5, 2009 at 10:55 AM

“They are legal ballots that were improperly rejected”

just keep telling yerself that, you thieving jackass …

/is there an effective way to boycott a state economically? sorry ed, but there needs to be a penalty to be paid here …

Buckaroo on January 5, 2009 at 10:55 AM

Clown.

newton on January 5, 2009 at 10:56 AM

is there an effective way to boycott a state economically?

Buckaroo on January 5, 2009 at 10:55 AM

No, but we can laugh their a**es off at their total foolishness! Trust me on this one: mockery goes a LONG way.

newton on January 5, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Oh, I get it. They couldn’t use hanging chads in MN so they just counted the (extremely) questionable votes twice and then, er, “accidentally” threw them away. Hmmm. Dems don’t care how unscrupilous they are to win elections…just as long as they get in. A Repub would have been completely pulverized by the press by now and left to flap in the wind by all – including other Repubs. Dems are never disgraced, are they?

LoneStarGal on January 5, 2009 at 10:59 AM

“newton on January 5, 2009 at 10:57 AM”

i surely hope so …

Buckaroo on January 5, 2009 at 11:01 AM

how many bogus Franken votes were added and counted after the election?

jp on January 5, 2009 at 11:01 AM

“LoneStarGal on January 5, 2009 at 10:59 AM”

um, one needs to possess a sense of shame to be able to be “disgraced!”
:-)

Buckaroo on January 5, 2009 at 11:02 AM

First Obama, now this. I’ve been a patriotic American my entire life. I served 11 years in the U.S. military. Now, I’m beginning to lose faith in the effectiveness of our democracy. Something must change.

FuriousAmerican on January 5, 2009 at 11:12 AM

The WSJ has good article about the Mn disgrace. A few things become clear. Minn. voters are getting shafted and the Republicans are letting it happen. Tim Pawlenty was considered as V.P. choice? He is looking pretty wimpy to me. If this was going on in Alaska Sara would be fighting like hell. If you think there won’t be a difference in the Senate with just one more Dem. liberal you’re dreamin’!

sheriff246 on January 5, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Of course it is not quite over yet. As long as their is a court available it is never over for the GOP! Lawyers at the ready? Votes? We don’t need to count no stinking votes. GOP prepare your briefs!

Monkei on January 5, 2009 at 11:14 AM

I live in MN and Mr. Potato Head would get elected here if he had a (D) behind his name. Sad.

easyrider on January 5, 2009 at 11:16 AM

The additional absentee ballots counted were not ILLEGAL nor INVALID. They are legal ballots that were improperly rejected. Local officials determined there were about 1,300 of these. An example of why they were rejected: the date on one voter’s signature did not match that of date next to the election judge’s signature — the problem with this is that the law does not require ANY date next to the signature. That was a valid ballot that was improperly rejected. As I said before, local officials IDed around 1,300 of these.

Tom_Shipley on January 5, 2009 at 10:42 AM

There you go again Tom … trying to make sense to people who are just plain sick with the Rush/Hannity virus. If Rush says it is true, it must be. BTW, has Rush done or said anything in the last 5 years that has made a difference or has changed an outcome of any race? Sure he tried, but in the last 5 years it has been GOP defeat after GOP defeat. Seems people listen to Rush to find out what NOT to do.

Monkei on January 5, 2009 at 11:18 AM

This should come as no surprise, these kind of guerilla tactics have become de rigeur for the dem machine. What I find absolutely unbelievable and YES shameful is that the denizens…I mean citizens of Minnesota are so god*?#@ stupid! It’s one thing to be a lib and vote for a dem, it’s another altogether to be a raving idiot voting for a no good hump like moron, fascist, raving lunatic Al Franken. But what can one expect from the state that put another no good hump in the governors mansion. Lay off the sauce you losers, you are becoming a national embarassment.

stu.b.con on January 5, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Will of the people, my arse. People who elect a clown like Franken don’t deserve to breathe the same air as the rest of us. Give Minnesota to the Sudan.

Percy_Peabody on January 5, 2009 at 10:37 AM

That’s exactly how I thought when this country re-elected that clown GW Bush. Percy, did you vote for GW?

Monkei on January 5, 2009 at 11:19 AM

First Obama, now this. I’ve been a patriotic American my entire life. I served 11 years in the U.S. military. Now, I’m beginning to lose faith in the effectiveness of our democracy. Something must change.

FuriousAmerican on January 5, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Why are you blaming the American electorate. The blame belongs on your elected GOP officials in the Senate, the House and in the White House. Those are the officials who have moved this country to the center away from the bible thumper hugging far right of the GOP. Want to return to real conservative elected GOP officials? Throw the religion fanatics out of the party and elect real conservative SPENDING republicans.

Monkei on January 5, 2009 at 11:22 AM

Close to every decision made by the courts( loaded left, BTW), the Canvassing Board and crooked election judges( yes, I can say that, I was an election judge and some were slimy) gave franken every benefit. now, the GOP may sue and yet is being insulted for thinking so, but the Dems did it in 2000 nationally( failed miserably)….. I don’t pretend to think that Coleman will prevail and am nauseous at the prospect of Amy Klobochump and franken in the Senate., but Coleman must fight , it’s life threatening otherwise. Oh, and Mr. Shipley?……it wasn’t a fair election , even if you wish it to be, but I don’t remember you being ordained with any prescient ability anyway.

MNDavenotPC on January 5, 2009 at 11:26 AM

The WSJ has good article about the Mn disgrace. A few things become clear. Minn. voters are getting shafted and the Republicans are letting it happen. Tim Pawlenty was considered as V.P. choice? He is looking pretty wimpy to me. If this was going on in Alaska Sara would be fighting like hell. If you think there won’t be a difference in the Senate with just one more Dem. liberal you’re dreamin’!

That’s another point that needs to be brought up. Even if you think for one second Franken wasn’t cheating (and lets be serious, given Franken’s history there really is no question he’s cheating his a** off, both cheeks.) then you have to think that Minnesota completely messed up this election. (According to the Franken narrative there’s missing ballots galore that still can’t be found, improperly rejected ballots, etc) In either case Pawlenty should be launching a full blown investigation into this because it makes the election look like some 3rd world hell hole. (Seriously, the 2 major option are “major corruption costs a sitting senator” or “major screw up almost accidently re-elect a politician”. In either case an investigation if of course warrented.)

Dave_d on January 5, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Coleman probably won’t sue because Republicans lie down like dogs when Democrats are busy stealing elections, and are fear charges of “hypocrisy” from the left than losing to them.

That being said, I think Coleman should prove me wrong and do the right thing by suing. The discovery phase would be most enlightening, and we could see just how bad election theft is getting in this country, because if anyone believes that this election was fairly decided, they are on crack.

thirteen28 on January 5, 2009 at 12:03 PM

This is a catastrophe. The only bright spot I see is that by the time the Republicans regain a majority in the Senate, a solid majority of the public will oppose the social con anti-gay marriage insanity. Progress on that minor issue is not enough to make me feel despair over the socialist and pacifist evils that are going to be inflicted on this nation over the next four years.

thuja on January 5, 2009 at 12:05 PM

This is becoming a hallmark of Democrat election victories: more ballots than voters with Democrat controlled election officials.

Let’s hope Coleman takes this to the next level. The count is funnier than an SNL skit.

snaggletoothie on January 5, 2009 at 12:09 PM

Franken became the winner the minute a recount called for. Anyone think there could be any different outcome?

Wade on January 5, 2009 at 12:10 PM

Elect him Senate Majority Leader, or President Ex Tempore, or chief whip or something ;-)

infidelpride on January 5, 2009 at 12:14 PM

i hope pawlenty realizes his invisible man act has absolutely TORPEDOED his chances for any natl. gop office.

/which, perhaps, is in the end quite the blessing …

Buckaroo on January 5, 2009 at 12:39 PM

Again, guys: let them have it! Let them act like clowns! Let them make fools of themselves, while we mock them mercilessly! And I mean, really, Really mock them as the fools they are!

As for MN… Remember Stalin’s rule: “It’s not the vote that counts, but who counts the votes.” Let’s look at who the Secs of State are in those states that went Dem this past year. Look at their funding for their election campaigns. Any hint or whiff of George Soros should be exposed to sunlight… the best disinfectant.

newton on January 5, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Typical ‘Rat Bravo Foxtrot Sierra – count until they get the lead, then shut it down.

steveegg on January 5, 2009 at 12:55 PM

The only bright spot I see is that by the time the Republicans regain a majority in the Senate, a solid majority of the public will oppose the social con anti-gay marriage insanity. Progress on that minor issue is not enough to make me feel despair over the socialist and pacifist evils that are going to be inflicted on this nation over the next four years.

thuja on January 5, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Yep total insanity! I mean there is absolutely no way that the vast majority of the human race over the last 2,000 years could have gotten it right. We are so lucky we have Thuja here to point us in the right direction.

Dawnsblood on January 5, 2009 at 1:00 PM

i hope pawlenty realizes his invisible man act has absolutely TORPEDOED his chances for any natl. gop office.
Buckaroo on January 5, 2009 at 12:39 PM

In Pawlenty’s defense, the fix was in at the local level, which is where I think the ballot stuffing and hijinks occurred. If the local election officials say “oops, forgot about these extra ballots,” there is only so much you can do about it. Do you reject the extra ballots, in which case you are potentially disregarding valid votes? Or do you accept them, in which case you are potentially accepting fraudulent votes? There is no clear answer.

Remember Stalin’s rule: “It’s not the vote that counts, but who counts the votes.” ***
newton on January 5, 2009 at 12:48 PM

I wish HotAir would commission a study to look back over the past 20 years at any election decided by (1) less than 1.5% of the votes and/or (2) a recount. Let’s look at the party affiliations of: (a) who won the initial popular vote count, (b) who won the recount, if any; (c) who was the sec state or election official involved. Theoretically, if there is no funny business, Republicans should win close contests just as frequently as Democrats. I suspect we’ll find that the Democrats win these “really close races” by wide margins. If you do enough statistical controls, you can pretty much prove endemic voter fraud by such a study.

Outlander on January 5, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Tom_Shipley on January 5, 2009 at 10:42 AM

Holy Bleep!!! This is the typical moron in MN, he actualy thinks Franken IS qualified and SHOULD be elected!!!

Oh-My-GOD!

/facepalm

Mark Garnett on January 5, 2009 at 1:31 PM

Right Now I’m humming Cher’s “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves”.

CynicalOptimist on January 5, 2009 at 1:49 PM

Just when you think you’ve seen it all. Now we will have a Senator who is a national embarrassment before he is even sworn in and opens his mouth.

Maybe they can get Sylvester Stallone to run in Pennsylvania in 2010. There’s already a statue of him at the Philadelphia Art Museum.

rockmom on January 5, 2009 at 1:55 PM

The Minnesota recount was done using all the different branches of Arithmetic: Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Diversion.

Cheshire Cat on January 5, 2009 at 2:02 PM

American’s have spoken loud and clear via the ballot box. The cancer of populism masked as change has crushed the traditional values that once defined our great nation. The death spiral will continue to tighten as we plunge toward socialism. Individual rights and self determination will be the first parts to come off as moral relativity and political correctness rush at us from below. Don’t wait to long to pull the handles, the USA is going in hard and fast!

Learn to embrace the suck.

dmann on January 5, 2009 at 2:13 PM

dmann on January 5, 2009 at 2:13 PM

+100

Mark Garnett on January 5, 2009 at 3:14 PM

I would have believed a lot of things, but I can hardly believe just how corrupt this whole thing is. I have lost all faith in our system of elections every bit as much as I lost faith in the judicial system when OJ got off. I will never be confident that I can trust the outcome of any election ever held in this country again.

It is a sad day.

pannw on January 5, 2009 at 3:19 PM

The founders of this country are rolling in there grave.You people in Minnesota should hold you heads down in shame for what you have done to this one,s great country.

thmcbb on January 5, 2009 at 3:56 PM

Coleman would have easily won a runoff, as Chambliss did in Georgia, but absent that it’s going to be Senator Franken Beans. The new face of the Democratic Party. You think Reid and Dodd are proud Democrats right now with this idiot in their midst? They are going to try to keep this guy under wraps. Good luck with that!

EMD on January 5, 2009 at 10:55 AM

YOU. DON’T. GET IT! Franken will be the biggest ass in the Senate, but that won’t stop the MSM from trying to cover him!

If you know about Franken’s well-known, fully-documented anger control problems, the fact that he’s written “satire” that is more sexist and politically incorrect than anything that’s gotten Rush Limbaugh pilloried on the national news, and that the bestselling books he “wrote” (with a large crew of volunteer researchers) still got loads of schtuff dead wrong, you didn’t find out from your local Drive-By drones. They’re too busy talking about how smart he must be because he is a Harvard graduate (Class of ’73) and can draw a map of the continental U.S. from memory.

Compared with the accomplished tasks of portraying Fannie and Freddie villains Chris Dodd and Bawney Fwank into fiscally responsible heroes, keeping Franken’s mean streak “under wraps” is nothing for the pukes in the news.

L.N. Smithee on January 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM

This is the reason the Rep.lost in 2006 & 2008 they are a bunch of milk toast wimps that are afraid to fight.They care to much about what the NY Times Nbc or the washington post will say about them.They just sit back and let the libs & Dems steal lie & cheat in ever election.

thmcbb on January 5, 2009 at 4:06 PM

To elaborate on my previous post @ 4:00pm, here’s a part of the transcript from NBC reporterette Jamie Gangel interviewing Franken with his wife alongside him on Today, May 29, 2007.

Gangel: “And even though he lacks political experience, Franken is confident. You have run for political office before.”

Franken: “In junior high.”

Gangel: “Did you win?”

Franken: “I won once, I lost once.”

Gangel: “What is your-”

Franken: “So I know what each are like.”

Gangel: “But when you are going for the U.S. Senate, is that not a big leap?”

Franken: “I suppose so but I, I’m certain I can do this and I’m certain I can do a better job than, than the guys there now.”

Gangel: “What some people may not know, Franken is smart, Harvard smart. A math whiz who aced the SATs and it turns out not bad at geography, either.”

Franken: “It’s a circus trick. I can draw all 48 contiguous states from memory in about two minutes.”

Gangel: “But Franken knows in the end he’ll need substance to win over Minnesota voters.

Gangel: Gimme your top three priorities. First three things you’d do in the U.S. Senate.”

Franken: “Three? Universal health care, whole different energy policy, work to restore our standing in the world. Work to restore the American standing in the world.”

Gangel: “The question now, can he win? He gives himself better than even odds. And if you don’t win?”

Franken: “I’ll sue. No, if I don’t win, I don’t win.”

Gangel: “Meredith this is just the primary but Franken has raised more than $1.3 million. Remember this is the state that elected professional wrestler Jesse Ventura governor. Stranger things have happened. A lot of people think Franken can win this race. Meredith.”

Vieira: “He’s definitely smart enough. Jamie, thank you so much.”

L.N. Smithee on January 5, 2009 at 4:14 PM

This is an outrage. I, as a Minnesota citizen, will do everything in my power to hinder everything this CLOWN does and join in every effort to oust him from office.

oakpack on January 5, 2009 at 4:24 PM

Perhaps Minnesota would be better off with the runoff rule that Georgia has, in which any statewide election has to be decided by 50% plus one vote, or the two top vote-getters meet in a run-off election.

Agreed Ed, but you need to present it as a bailout for newspapers and media if you want it passed. Many millions were spent on campaign ads in Saxby’s Georgia runoff.

Mark30339 on January 5, 2009 at 5:19 PM

Sweet! Now Minnesota can claim the mantle of stolen elections.

Hey democrats! Remember your mantra of selected, not elected? What say you now!

DannoJyd on January 5, 2009 at 6:24 PM

If so many people in MN voted for a clown like Franken that the outcome is this close, then MN deserves what they get.

It will just be more entertainment value for the rest of the country. Like IL.

Common Sense on January 5, 2009 at 6:39 PM