If you think votes actually count the first time, you’re wrong. Votes only count if Democrats say they should count. Although Minnesota Democrats must be better organized than Washington ones, because it took Washington three recounts to elect Christine Gregoire, while it only took Minnesota one. (Re-re-re-elect Rossi!)
Makes you wonder about the integrity of every election across the country. Why are they so sure they got things right this time? The first count yielded just over a 200-vote margin in favor of Coleman, which triggered an automatic recount. Why doesn’t this 200+ margin trigger another recount? And where were 400+ votes hiding in the original count? Absentee ballots that were ruled out? Why did nearly all of them favor Franken? It defies rational thought.
Minnesota elected a professional wrestler, and now they’ve “elected” a professional joker. Make ya feel good, Minnesotans? Take it to the Supreme Court, Norm!
If you have an inordinate amount of extra time, you can browse the challenged ballots here. (I’m just glad my ballot isn’t there.)
UPDATE: You knew it was coming:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s spokesman said Reid hoped Coleman would accept defeat.
“Now that the bipartisan state canvassing board has certified Al Franken as the winner, we hope Senator Coleman respects its decision and does not drag this out for months with litigation,” Reid spokesman Jim Manley said. “Shortly after Election Day, Coleman criticized Mr. Franken for wanting a recount and wasting taxpayer money. Now that it is clear he lost, Coleman should follow his own advice and not subject the people of Minnesota to a costly legal battle.”
If it is the Democrat who does not concede and allow the initial results to stand, it’s the Republican who is “criticizing.” If it is the Republican who thinks that not everything was done correctly, he “should follow his own advice.” You simply cannot win with these people.