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Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Counting to 59

They screwed up the economy and stained the Constitution, but Republicans still excel in one particular area -- disenfranchising voters. The people of Minnesota must surely agree.

While a massive stimulus bill was negotiated, debated and negotiated again, Minnesotans needed to rely on only one of their allotted two senators because -- three months after they went to the polls -- the wrangling over who to seat goes on.

Incumbent Republican Norm Coleman thought he had it in November, by a razor-thin 725-vote margin. But backed by a mandatory state recount, Democrat Al Franken opted not to follow the "good loser" model of Al Gore and John Kerry, eventually "opening up" a 225-vote win.

Coleman also never considered the "good loser" model and has tied the results up in litigation, aided and abetted by a Republican Senate minority ready to do anything to prevent Franken's seating.

Tell us again how you guys are focused on returning to your fiscal conservative roots and and helping the country out of the mess created by W?

Three straight elections with major problems surrounding the count -- one of which many will still argue was stolen.

It makes you wonder why, in what is allegedly the most technologically advanced nation in the history of the world, we don't seem to have the ability to count votes fairly, accurately and in a timely manner.

Maybe next time we should try purple ink?

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Blogger Chris Rich said...

Looks Like Al made it after court rulings reduced Norm's chances to nil.

The sore loser game plan is another integral GOP play. The 2004 governors race in Washington State between Christine Gregoire and Dino Rossi was another acrimonious mess with a fetid blast of sore loser fog after Gregoire narrowly won.

See it as part of a suite of increasingly desperate ploys by a party that is quickly running out of a reason to exist beyond dangling empty promises to the souls still afflicted with the 'something for nothing' delusion and various bigots or religious fanatics lingering in a long gone past.

February 15, 2009 11:01 AM  

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