Coleman, Franken joust ahead of critical election board meeting

  • Article by: BOB VON STERNBERG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 16, 2008 - 9:14 AM
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andyk47Dec. 15, 08 3:21 PM

Does anyone actually think Franken's desire to count rejected absentee ballots is based on his hope for a fair, transparent electoral process?

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theokoDec. 15, 08 4:05 PM

...I'm sick of both of them.

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dsgarshelisDec. 15, 08 4:36 PM

Does anyone think Norm Coleman's opposition to counting the (wrongly) rejected absentee ballots has any relation whatsoever to an interest in the fairness of the democratic process? If so, how does unfairly disenfranchising people assist democracy?

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sunshine2525Dec. 15, 08 5:03 PM

We know where Norm stands. Franken won't be able to stand up to Schumer after he spent 4 million to help elect Franken. The old Dem, Rep model is an illusion. Tell me that Dodd and Frank couldn't write a bill that had the language for Paulson to follow. I'm not that dumb. Our electeds may be but then again I don't get hundreds of millions of dollars worth of campaign contributions from Wall Street Banks and Funds. Say DNC, DSCC, DCCC. Dems aren't going to bite the hands that feeds them and neither is Franken. Note: Barkley couldn't sort it out so he's just a spoiler. For the real change we need, both Franken and Coleman are pretty much the same. Maybe we get a better Supreme court with Franken, maybe. But for real change, like the biggest problems we face, the economy we get an elected that's bought and sold. Open your wallets, what you have left will go to pay CDS's for decades unless, unless we get electeds with courage enought to do something, but so far no hope in sight.

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chinagate1Dec. 15, 08 5:47 PM

Standup *COMEDIAN*...Franken [and the DNC] desire ANY candidate who is a democrat to get this Senate seat. Even...a low brow COMEDIAN such as Franken - - No Matter that the DNC knows Franken is not qualified to be a Senator.

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fasteddiemcDec. 15, 08 6:09 PM

Do you mean the Al Franken that graduated from Harvard Magna Cun Laude in 1973

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TeiresiasDec. 15, 08 6:43 PM

If the ballots were wrongly rejected and the names can be compared against voter rolls to ensure that people didn't already cast a ballot in the polling place there is NO REASON not to count the votes. Period. Coleman should be ashamed at what appears to be an all-out effort to disenfranchise voters and keep their legally cast votes out of the totals. If more voters cast their ballots for Coleman then he should remain in the office. I won't be particularly happy, but I'll accept it. If Coleman succeeds in getting the legally cast votes tossed out and wins he will be illegitimate and the Senate should question whether it will seat him. Count the votes. The candidate with the most wins. That is what democracy is supposed to be like.

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marcusallenDec. 15, 08 8:02 PM

ask one of his sugar daddies (kazeminy, larson, hayes, et al) to buy off the judges who will decide this mess. p.s. Anybody wonder what all Norm's millionaire sugar daddies get in return for investing all that money in him?

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dylandonDec. 15, 08 8:19 PM

Why don't you just drop out now?

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chinagate1Dec. 15, 08 8:40 PM

Oh, yes, COMEDIAN Franken got a BA of Arts Degree. Excellent background for our U. S. Senate. [Franken can stand on the Floor of our U. S. Senate and astutely proclaim how each Senator can choose certain crayons from a crayola box]

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