Despite ballot counting irregularities that are still being reviewed by the Minnesota courts, liberal Democrat Al Franken maintains a slim plurality of votes over moderate Republican incumbent Senator Norm Coleman.
The process that afforded Franken this lead is quite questionable and it is why the results continue to be reviewed by the courts.
Although initial returns had Coleman leading Franken, many of the votes which turned things around were found days after the election and some of them were even counted twice.
In one case involving a heavily democratic precinct, 100 votes were discovered days after the election. They were all for Al Franken and according to the time stamp of the voting machine, they were all cast on November 3rd.
The election was held on November 4th.
Most recently, attorneys for Senator Norm Coleman were trying to insure that a few thousand contested ballots were allowed to be included in the vote tally.
For innocuous reasons these ballots were not included in subsequent counts. One blind man who signed his name on the wrong line appeared in court and swore to the fact that he did sign the ballot, that he voted for Norm Coleman and that he wanted his vote to be counted.
Just a few days ago, a three judge panel finally rejected the thought of counting these ballots.
But Coleman’s attorneys have also been arguing the fact that the recount process must accept one set of standards for the entire state. One disturbing part of the recount process has been the fact that less stringent standards were being applied to the counting of ballots in heavily Democratic districts than in Republican districts. Such a random application of standards allowed the same absentee ballot that had a signature in the wrong place to be counted for Franken but not for Coleman. It is a similar argument that was debated during the presidential election crisis of 2000.
All of these irregularities warrant legal scrutiny. It provides a rationale for Senator Coleman to continue contesting the election and taking advantage of every available avenue of legal recourse.
That means he can appeal some of the more questionable decisions regarding ballot counting procedures and irregularities to the Minnesota State Supreme Court and ultimately the United States Supreme Court.
According to Minnesota state law, no election can be certified until all legal challenges have been exhausted. That means Minnesota is left with only one senator representing them at this point in time. It also means that it could be a few more months before they finally have two senators.
But Democrats are foaming at the mouth to seat Al Franken now.
Their leader, Harry Reid, even thought about how he could find a way to seat Franken without certification by the state of Minnesota.
Now, they are trying to intimidate Senator Coleman into dropping his right to appeal some of the questionable judicial rulings made in this case.
They have come out and essentially told Norm Coleman that if he wins, they will make sure that he suffers. They are trying to convince him that he will be better off losing than winning.
Democrats are planning to drag Coleman through the mud if the election results do not go their way. They promise to bring legal and ethics charges against him. In one instance, since the election has taken place, they claim that a businessman with ties to the oil industry funneled $75,000 to Coleman’s wife.
Last month, Democrat campaign operatives even recruited a politically connected, liberal, former associate of that same businessman to repeat that same allegation in a separate civil court deposition.
On top of that, the partisan Minnesota Democratic-Farm-Labor Party has joined the battle against Coleman by filing charges with the Federal Election Commission claiming that he accepted soft money for his campaign.
But the liberal manipulation doesn’t stop there.
Another liberal front group, that hides their purpose behind a deceiving name, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, has filed charges with the senate ethics committee, claiming that Coleman breaks ethical guidelines by renting an apartment in Washington for $600. a month from a fellow Minnesotan who is a donor to his campaign.
Since the election, Coleman has become the most corrupt political figure in the world.
Since the election, Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has orchestrated a new campaign that would have you believe that Norm Coleman belongs in the same prison cell as New Jersey’s ex governor Jim McGreevey, New York’s ex governor Elliot Spitzer and Illinois’ former Governor Rod Blagojevich.
Some Democrat operatives have come right out and said that Coleman would be better off if he gave up and got out.
This is not democracy in action, this is an episode of the Soprano’s without a scene of the body being cut up in the back room of Satriales butcher shop. It is intimidation.
It is also a part of politics and a shame.
However, innocence has a way of revealing itself, and the trumped up charges created to deter Norm Coleman from contesting the questionable election results will eventually be seen for what they are. Hopefully, Norm Coleman will see this through to the end.
Hopefully, Coleman will continue to challenge the rulings which denied thousands of ballots to be counted.
But if he doesn’t or if he does and the final results do certify comedian Al Franken as the winner, what will Minnesotans be getting?
Apparently they will be getting a liberal extremist with a host of his own ethical breaches and illegal conduct. You see, Obama cabinet officials are not the only ones with an inability and unwillingness to pay taxes. Al Franken failed to pay some of his own.
Before his senate campaign, he neglected to pay the fees on workers compensation and other taxes for employees of his own corporation, called AFI, in 18 different states. But as we all know, cheating on your taxes is becoming a prerequisite for the new administration and the new congressional majority.
Losing the moderate leadership of Norm Coleman in the U.S. Senate would be a shame. Especially to the likes of a radical like Franken. It would also be incentive for Minnesota liberals to continue their despicable political tactics.
These are the same people who tried to defeat Norm Coleman in his first race for the senate by turning the funeral of his opponent into a campaign rally.
These people will sink to any level in their plight for power and they are doing so again. Hopefully their conduct will not be rewarded.