The Winner Now Is Later to Lose
DFLer Al Franken, concerned that no one will be sitting in Minnesota’s Senate seat as long as Republican Norm Coleman’s fingernails are hanging off of it, asks for a certificate of election. The request is denied. Embattled Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan sends me an e-mail:
Al Franken’s outrageous attempt to seat himself in the U.S. Senate without an election certificate is an insult to Minnesotans and all those who believe in the rule of law. While Franken has unfairly been the beneficiary of double-counted votes, ‘missing’ ballots, and inconsistent standards regarding absentee ballots, he’s clearly concerned he will lose his artificial lead as this process moves forward.
I’m less shocked than I should be at a party chairman lying about the facts of an election — if Duncan stops spinning for his party, he’ll definitely (instead of almost definitely) get Anuzis’d or Steele’d or Dawson’d when the RNC chooses a new leader. I’m more surprised to see a political party’s leader accusing Minnesota election officials of fraud and more or less accusing a likely senator (trading at 95/100 on Intrade) of election theft.
Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe also engaged in similar behavior during his tenure at the top of the DNC, telling Democrats that Al Gore had won the presidency in 2000. But how’d that work out for his party?
Ask President John Kerry and Speaker of the House Dick Gephardt.