Congressman Al Franken flees from questions about IRS abuse – VIDEO
Wall Street Journal:
by Jim Meyers
November 12th, 2008
Democrats won the White House and
increased their majorities in the Senate
and House, but
“some in their party wouldn’t mind
adding to their jackpot by stealing a
Senate seat for left-wing joker Al Franken.”
That’s the thrust of an editorial in Wednesday’s
Wall Street Journal about the still unresolved
race between Franken and incumbent
Sen. Norm Coleman in Minnesota.
On the morning after Election Day,
Republican Coleman led Franken
by 725 votes.
By that evening, his lead had
shrunk to 477,
and as of Tuesday,
the margin was just 206 votes.
“This lopsided bleeding of Republican
votes is passing strange considering
that the official recount hasn’t even begun,”
the Journal observed.
It’s not unusual that state officials,
in double-checking the initial election results,
would find and fix errors.
What is unusual is that nearly
every “fix” has gone in favor of Franken.
In one case, Minnesota’s director
of elections announced on Friday,
three days after the election,
that she had forgotten to count
32 absentee ballots in her car.
In Two Harbors, a liberal outpost near Duluth,
Franken picked up an additional 246 votes,
while none of the other contests in that
precinct recorded any changes
in their vote total.
“According to conservative
statistician John Lott,
Mr. Franken’s gains so far are 2.5 times
the corrections made for Barack Obama
in the state,
and nearly three times the gains
for Democrats across Minnesota
Congressional races,” The Journal reported.
The newspaper notes that the post-election
process is being overseen by Democratic
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie,
an ally of the Association of Community
Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN),
“of fraudulent voter-registration fame.”
Franken and fellow Democrats are now
pushing to turn what should be a
straightforward recount of existing
legal ballots into a “complete do-over,”
pressuring election officials into
accepting tossed ballots,
according to The Journal, which concludes:
“With their party only three Senate seats
from the 60 needed to break a filibuster
(and two still not decided),
Democrats have a political incentive
to cut corners to steal a seat if they
can get away with it…
“If Minnesota wants to retain its
reputation as a state with clean elections,
it needs to run an honest recount.”