Wednesday, January 07, 2009

One Bit of Good News

Yes I am late on mentioning this, but my home state finally has a Senator designate, and thank the lord it is Al Franken.

I used to work for the State of Minnesota and met Norm Coleman while he was the mayor of St. Paul on numerous occasions; I'm still trying to get rid of the oily feeling. Norm Coleman is at best an opportunist, at worst a crook, and Minnesota will be much better for not having him as their representative any more.

The Minnesota State Canvassing board certified the results showing that Al Franken won the Minnesota Senate recount, beating Coleman by 225 votes. However the race is still “in limbo,” as the Board’s declaration started a seven-day clock for Coleman to file a lawsuit protesting the result. Norm Coleman held a press conference yesterday afternoon, not to concede of course, but to announce that he's filing yet another lawsuit. Funny how when he was in the lead he said he would not drag it out and would concede if he were in the situation he now finds him self. Guess he was lying.

You can see Keith Olberman report on this here:

Of course the far-right is trying to create a narrative that Al Franken's success in Minnesota is illegitimate. Joe Scarborough and Ann Coulter have been saying all kinds of nonsense, and the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, is just making things up with this wretched editorial, which was then picked up by Faux Noise (especially Faux & Friends, Bill Orally and Sean Fathead Hannerty).

Of course any real journalism proves that the far-right arguments don't stand up to any scrutiny. Their complaints are in fact baseless.

Earlier this week, Nate Silver went paragraph by paragraph, and showed exactly why the Wall Street Journal editorial was completely wrong.

Even better, the Minnesota Assistant Chief Judge, Edward Cleary, who is a member of the Minnesota state canvassing board, wrote an entertaining letter to the Journal, questioning the editorial board's integrity.

As a member of the Minnesota State Canvassing Board, appointed pursuant to statute, I have attended all nine Board open meetings held the past seven weeks. I am knowledgeable about the proceedings as well as Minnesota's election laws. Our members (two Supreme Court Justices, two District Court Judges, and Secretary of State Ritchie) came from all political backgrounds, openly expressed our opinions at the meetings, and can hardly be accurately described as "meek", unless you mean "meek" by New York in-your-face standards. Your groundless attack on Secretary Ritchie reflects poorly on the author; Ritchie worked assiduously at avoiding partisanship in these proceedings.

As to the Board as a whole, all of our major votes were unanimous. We consistently
followed the law in limiting our involvement to a non-adjudicative role, declining both candidates' attempts to expand our mandate. Further, we painstakingly reviewed each challenged ballot, some more than once, to confirm that we were ruling in a consistent manner.

One can only assume, based on the tone of the editorial, the numerous inaccuracies, and the over-the-top slam at Al Franken ("tainted and undeserving?") that had Norm Coleman come out on top in this recount, the members of the Board would have been praised as "strong-willed, intelligent, and perceptive."

We won't hold our breath waiting for that editorial to appear.

Watch Bill O'Reilly as he eacts to the news that Al Franken will most likely be the next Senator of Minnesota here:

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