A headline on MinnPost today: “Franken-Coleman Senate recount flap over felon votes shows GOP playing fast and loose with facts!”
by Charlie Leck
Unfortunately, Minnesota resembles the rest of the nation when it comes to politics these days. I can remember when Minnesota politics seemed to be head and shoulders above the nation when it came to fairness and openness. Not anymore! The whole extreme right angst and anger in Minnesota has brought with it a sense of emergency and a willingness to play dirty in order to win. A good deal of the Republican Party now resembles the same thugs and slime that are active nationally.
The most recent example shows the Republican Party in Minnesota unable to let go of 2008 U.S. Senate election won, after numerous recounts, by Al Franken. Now the GOP has claimed that their surveys have shown that many of the votes cast in that election were by ineligible felons.
Two things to note here: (1) Among those felons who did illegally vote, there is no way of telling for whom they voted; and (2) investigators who have received the surveys from the GOP have found that most of their data is inaccurate or just plain incorrect. A recent story is MinnPost attempts to untangle the mess and declares that Republicans are “playing fast and loose with the facts.”
As Gomer Pyle use to say, “Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!”
Even though a couple of panels of judges and Norm Coleman’s own attorney have said publically that there wasn’t any “widespread fraud in the election,” the conservative organization, Minnesota Majority, keeps claiming that there was wide spread fraud in the election count process. The Republican Party has called for a statewide investigation even though most legal-eagles think the Minnesota Majority report is deeply flawed. That report claims that 341 felons illegally voted. Franken won by 312 votes. The conceited Republican take is that over 92 percent of those felonious votes were by Democrats. We all only need look at some of the rich crooks who have been hauled off to prison in the last couple of years to know that just ain’t true.
But, on top of that, investigators have found that a great deal of the information in the Minnesota Majority report is just not true. Nevertheless, the FOX News organizations found the report appealing and plastered it all over the airwaves.
Real Republicans, especially those leaders of the Party up until the Richard Nixon election, are probably turning over in their graves. The current Republican Party prefers down and dirty to open and honest debate.
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