April 15, 2009

Senator Franken? That's just stinkin' thinkin!

Unfortunately the reality is that Al Fanken will be seated as a Senator for Minnesota. It's more than just stinkin' thinkin'. This from the state that elected Jesse 'The Body" Ventura as Governor. True, some people will call shenanigans on the process that saw every vote not be counted. And there's merit to that claim;

Ginsberg said he believes 4,400 unopened absentee ballots should count, and called Monday's ruling "inconsistent with the Minnesota tradition of enfranchising voters."

But Rick Hasen, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles who runs an election law blog, called it "a careful, unanimous opinion" that is "unlikely to be disturbed on appeal."

Just because you carefully considered rejecting legal ballots, does not mean you came to a reasonable conclusion. Statistically speaking you've got an odd, unlikely result. So the claims of something untoward happening to get that win for Franken are legitimate.

But then there's reality.

There are two things missed here. Mondale, Ventura, Franken is not a track record of which to be proud.
Secondly and more importantly - every vote counts apparently holds true in Florida Democratic circles but not in Minnesota. Or more precisely, in Democratic circles it holds true when it helps Democrats, but when they are on the wrong side of that equation - shenanigans. Legal mumbo jumbo. Obfuscation, delay and misdirection.

CNN: from Al Gore "The first lesson is this: Take it from me -- every vote counts. In our Democracy, every vote has power. And never forget: that power is yours. Don't let anyone take it away or talk you into throwing it away. And let's make sure that this time every vote is counted."

It gets kookier.
Those who decry what they deem as an unfair election are clearly not up in arms over this Franken travesty, where an election actually has been stolen. But they will scream to high Heaven when they think they can get away with it.

What it boils down to, is that Minnesota will seat a loudmouth kook in the Senate. They got what they deserve for not turning out for Coleman in greater numbers, or for supporting this blight on rational and civil discourse. The problem is that unfortunately America has to put up with Minnesota's mistake.

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