WSJ, I Beg You to Stop Helping Me
Still doubting that the Wall Street Journal’s editorial attacking Minnesota election officials for their recount conduct was bad for former Sen. Norm Coleman? At our sister site, The Minnesota Independent, Chris Steller posts the text of a letter one election judge, Edward Clearly, sent to the Journal.
As to the Board as a whole, all of our major votes were unanimous. We consistently followed the law in limiting our involvement to a non-adjudicative role, declining both candidates’ attempts to expand our mandate. Further, we painstakingly reviewed each challenged ballot, some more than once, to confirm that we were ruling in a consistent manner.
One can only assume, based on the tone of the editorial, the numerous inaccuracies, and the over-the-top slam at Al Franken (“tainted and undeserving?”) that had Norm Coleman come out on top in this recount, the members of the Board would have been praised as “strong-willed, intelligent, and perceptive.”
The gap between national conservative and Republican opinion of the recount—basically, “They STOLE it!”—and local conservative/GOP opinion is awfully wide. Ed Morrissey, an influential conservative blogger in the state, has a round-up and grim assessment that also conflicts with the Journal. “The Coleman team simply didn’t play offense enough in the days after the election,” writes Morrissey. The obvious take from all of this is that the people who know the state are too smart to scream at election judges and call them criminal accomplices. Given that Coleman’s fate now rests with those judges, that seems like a wise strategy.