Friday, July 3, 2009


The national financial newspaper, solidly Republican, editorialized that the election in Minnesota was stolen from Norm Coleman.
by Charlie Leck

On Minnesota Public Radio yesterday (1 July 2009), Vin Weber, a former Minnesota Congressman and now a powerful Republican consultant and strategist, said very clearly that both this election and this recount was fair and clean.
“I’m satisfied with the outcome. It was a fair election and there are Republicans out there who may be disappointed can be disappointed, but no one out there should think the election was stolen. It was not… We’ve come to a fair conclusion… We had a fair process and ended up with a fair conclusion.” [hear full comment here at about the 18:50 mark]

Webber is an extraordinary man. I often look to his political analysis, especially here in Minnesota, to get a better understanding of what is going on. He was a great favorite of my father-in-law and, after meeting him at Lyman’s house a couple of times, I grew to see why.

Naturally, that’s not the way big, fat Rush Limbaugh sees the matter. Here’s what he had to say on the same day Weber made his comments.

“We did not elect Al Franken. He stole the race. They are stealing the race up there blind in front of everybody's nose. They are counting absentee ballots. The Wall Street Journal has a story on this. They're counting votes twice -- votes that were rejected, all kinds of things. That's just -- the Democrats are stealing the election up there. The Democrats run Illinois and Chicago. Of course they elected Blago and Obama and everybody else. That is -- that's not gonna change.”
And again on 2 July, the Wall Street Journal claimed that the election was stolen from former Senator Norm Coleman. That’s just not true and sensible Minnesota Republicans know that. This was an extremely fair process. As the Wall Street Journal earlier charged, there was no double counting and the question of absentee ballot counting was handled in a non-partisan way by a panel of judges made up of both Republicans and Democrats in background.

As Ned Foley, an election law expert from Ohio State University, said the following on his blog about the absurdity of the Wall Street Journal editorial:

“…this election was about as far from ‘stolen’ as any extraordinarily close and intensely disputed election could be – and to use that term in this context is to rob it of appropriate meaning for those situation in which election officials abuse their power to thrown an election for a preferred candidate…”

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