Sunday, January 18, 2009

Cartoon of the Day: Minnesota


5 Comments:

At 1/18/2009 10:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please do not insult the poor innocent loon.

The courts should rule that due ot the inconsistencies and failures of the Secretary of State and the cavassing board to enforce consistent standards in the recount and handling of the so called fifth pile of rejected absentee ballots, the election was in violation of the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause - some votes were counted twice, others not at all. This was the same, successful argument in the Bush vs. Gore race which got the 7 to 2 Supreme Court ruling, with the two dissenters wanted to grant Florida more time to count every vote.

The remedy ordered by the court (probably the US Supreme Court) will likely be a new election between Coleman and Franken - because there is no way to determine which 133 votes were counted twice in Minneapolis and who those votes were for. Even if the court orders a recount all the legal votes in a consistent, standardized manner, they may still not know who won because of those 133 votes.

The problem with Minnesota election law is that it assumes everyone is honest - there no way of catching people voting multiple times in different precincts and no way to keep non-citizens from voting. Nobody knows how much election fraud is occurring because they don't have the tools to detect it. The emphasis in MN is to maximize turnout, not integrity of the election.

And yes, I do live in Minnesota.

 
At 1/19/2009 12:47 PM, Blogger NoWhining said...

The unbelievable thing is that the race between an idiot like Franken and any qualified person of some stature and leadership capability would ever be close enough to warrant all of this.

But I guess old Al was "good enough, smart enough" and, gosh darn it, it looks as though some ppl really like him. If the ppl elect a comedian to represent their political interests, they can hardly be shocked to find out that their government is a joke.

Vote Jim Gaffigan for Prez in 2012!!

 
At 1/19/2009 12:48 PM, Blogger Matt S said...

The last post on Fivethirtyeight.com on this subject - "Counties to Coleman: What part of NO don't you understand?"

And Al Franken is an intelligent guy who enough Minnesotans think will do a good job. If that's what it boils down to - 113 votes, that's not a solid argument that Coleman is vastly more qualified.

 
At 1/19/2009 1:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Minnesotans couldn't get Garrison Keillor to run? He'd certainly have the Lake Woebegon vote and at least he spins a good yarn. That can be a handy skill for a politician. Al Franken wasn't even a good comedian, his primary trade.

 
At 1/25/2009 4:28 PM, Blogger karsten said...

I beg to differ with the caption found on Al Franken's portrait. One must be funny to be a comedian and no one has laughed at that guy in over a decade.

 

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