You see, I had to make two dinners! I had to make a dinner for my husband and then I had to make a dinner for our Little Otis. And all the while I’m fixing dinner for my small queer little family: Here comes The Big E who just rips my “breaking new story” right away from me. Oooooh… that makes me so mad.
One day I’ll have my revenge, Mr. Big E!! And then! …Oooooo!! You’ll be sorry!! You just mark my words!!
While I contemplate my options for an apocalyptic revenge of unprecedented proportions; Let’s all talk about a much larger Minnesota Weasel who’s prepping up for an appeal:
Norm “The Slime” Coleman
Eric Kleefeld, over at Talking Points Memo has been watching Team Coleman in Minnesota’s courtrooms extremely close. “Micro-watching” you might say. He’s first published a story titled “Spokesman Declares Election ‘Fatally-Flawed“, claiming that Team Coleman is splitting hairs offered up by election judges from Carver and Scott Counties.
A Coleman lawyer/spokesman Ben Ginsberg’s post-court press conference today (c/o The Uptake), unveiled this new line: “You saw today in the testimony of Scott and Carver counties, why Al Franken’s current lead — and I use that term euphemistically — is based on..
…and the curtain rises at the (fake) Norm Coleman Theater… And we watch this play out:
The Coleman legal team used this afternoon’s examination of two county election managers, Kendra Olson of Carver County and Mary Kay Kes of Scott County, to explore their this-whole-election-is-a-disaster gambit again. Olson testified that she tried to be forgiving with some of the rules for accepting or rejecting absentee ballots — but not all.
Meanwhile, Scott County elections manager Mary Kay Kes said her county didn’t even check on a particular voter error that led Olson to keep out 181 ballots — what the Coleman camp claims is an inconsistency in treating ballots that rises to being a Constitutional violation.
Thus, Ginsberg said, there are votes already in the system that under the court’s recent ruling — which forbade Coleman from asking for some ballots to be counted — are to be considered invalidly cast.
Ta-da!! Applause! Applause everybody! What a brilliant performance! Positively brilliant! Applause!!
So the Coleman camp appears to be setting up a choice for this court or any future appeals: Either count all these rejected ballots, under Coleman’s novel Equal Protection claim, or we’ll insist that this whole election was illegal and demand a mulligan.
Kleefeld makes a cute observation as his final point:
Carver County, which has supposedly given Al Franken all these illegal votes, actually voted for Norm Coleman by 55%-29%, and Scott went for Coleman by 51%-31%. Even taking into account Franken’s statewide lead in absentee ballots, Coleman could have won them here.
It’s not that Coleman and his team is like a hair-ball yacked up by your favorite feline — it’s more like finding that same feline yacked up that same hair-ball and depositing it in middle of your pasta and marinara sauce. My point exactly: Norm Coleman is the giant hair-ball swimming in your meal, mixing it up with your tomato sauce and all those garlicky mushrooms.
In a second piece posted by Mr. Kleefled entitled: “Coleman Apparently Laying Groundwork for Appeal“, (The same story that Mr. Big E used in his story) Kleefeld unravels Coleman’s future intent.
Yesterday they (Team Coleman) asked the court to reconsider their ruling to not count certain categories of rejected ballots. And today they’ve continued to submit evidence from one of those categories into the record, ballots for which the voter failed to sign the application form.
The reason you would continue to submit evidence in a rejected category, to put it simply, is to make an appeal much easier. Coleman’s team is building up the evidentiary record that can be used in an appeals court …or perhaps the Senate itself — and the evidence will be assembled in case a higher judge rules with them as a matter of law that they should be counted.
There are two things that need to happen that will put a stop to all of this.
- Minnesota’s Supreme Court, or a federal judge, puts a kabosh on Coleman’s appeal-machine and shuts it all down. Yes, I’ll agree with Kleefeld’s implied prediction that Coleman will appeal and continue to appeal until he finds a sympathizing judge to declare the election that “mulligan” and all of us have to go back and vote all over again. Barring that sympathetic judge – someone in the Federal or the Minnesota judicial system will simply have to shut Team Coleman down and prevent him from any further appellate filings.
- The US Senate simply steps into this mess and seats Franken. Since the US Constitution declares that the Senate is the final arbiter of their members, and since the US Senate would be required to launch and ethics investigation on the whole Coleman-Kazeminy relationship should Coleman find a way to win this ballot-war — An intervention by the US Senate would be the only alternative option.
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