The Eclectic Quill

December 19, 2008

Franken’s Tines

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kelly @ 5:46 pm

They wanted to put a fork in Franken, but he’s not done yet. However the media still is misrepresenting the story when they use language like “taking the lead” and “surging ahead.” Franken hasn’t done either. In fact, he has precisely how many votes he received on Election Day, they just haven’ been counted until now. This distinction may seem semantic, but be assured, it is not.

Take for example this article, “For the first time since the votes were counted on Election Night, and through more than six weeks of a slogging recount, the Minnesota Democrat on Friday forged ahead of Republican Sen. Norm Coleman in their epic Senate battle.” The reason this is problematic is that it separates what the current vote total is from election night. It gives the illusion that legal wrangling and recounting and maneuvering, not Election Night are determining the results of this election. It’s precisely why Coleman has been trying to frustrate the counting problem all along, making literally thousands of frivolous challenges, making reckless charges about the recount process and even suggesting that Franken should have conceded on Election Night.

Republicans and their pundits have done a pretty good job of attacking everyone who isn’t ready to say to give the seat to Coleman. If you don’t believe me look at the irresponsible drivel coming out of Coulter’s column. There’s plenty of drivel to read but the part I want to focus on here is this, “On Election Day, Franken lost the U.S. Senate race in Minnesota to the Republican incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman by 725 votes. But over the next week, Democratic counties keep discovering new votes for Franken and subtracting votes from Coleman, claiming to be correcting “typos.”” What Coulter fails to mention is that while the counties might be “Democratic” it doesn’t mean the election process is tainted. The fact is that there isn’t a single one of these corrections which is challenged by anyone. In other words, every correction is just that, a correction. This doesn’t mean that Franken “narrowed the lead’ or anything like that, but that there were corrections made. The results became more accurate, not more tainted.

As the recount process continues and more votes that were legally cast, but not counted on election night are now counted we need to remember that Franken isn’t “closing the lead” or “taking the lead” or any of that nonsense. Such talk feeds the notion that Coulter tries to portray, that the result is something that wasn’t determined on Election Night. It is. What is happening is we are finally finding out what happened then, not changing it.



  1. Not sure what’s going on here, but you have three posts that are exactly the same!

    The main thing I see behind all this recount business is that people don’t understand math. Well, I knew that already, but when you also have political bias and “us good them bad” in the mix then the whole ignorance thing is amplified and you can’t really explain it. I’d just say that the “measure twice, cut once” principle still applies even if it looks like you had a slightly bigger piece on the first measure and would prefer not to remeasure.

    Comment by Kurtis — December 20, 2008 @ 10:34 am | Reply

  2. Thanks Kurtis,

    Fricking Microsoft.

    Comment by kelly — December 20, 2008 @ 10:21 pm | Reply

  3. Of course something that Coulter forgets to mention is that the most important thing is that Minnesota gets it right — whomever wins! Meanwhile she’s using the last paragraph to set up the president-elect for criticism if Coleman loses.

    In one report I heard, they mentioned the governor may consider appointing a temporary senator until an official winner is determined and the wrangling as stopped.

    Comment by Frank — December 21, 2008 @ 1:00 pm | Reply

  4. I’d like to see Al reunite with Tom Davis and do some comedy again

    Comment by Crazy Canton Cuts — January 5, 2009 @ 11:27 am | Reply

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