(photo Sen. Al Franken)
This after the longest count and recount in history, a case that was thoroughly litigated by the best lawyers in the land.
Pawlenty’s claiming there were 1000 felons voting illegally in the election (this based on a claim from a GOP-funded blogger) and says he suspects that any illegally voting felons might have favored Franken, but added: "I don't know that."But if true, he said, "it may have flipped the election."That's pretty thin and he’s saying on Fox News despite that Sen. Franken’s lead lawyer told the state Supreme Court that he was confident there was “no evidence of persistent fraud in the election.”
Michael O'Brien, writing on The Hill's Blog Briefing Room, suggested this explanation for Pawlenty's comments:
The aspersions toward Franken’s victory could be politically motivated for Pawlenty, a possible Republican candidate for president who will need to appeal to conservatives actively participating in the GOP’s primaries. Franken is a figure who’s generally reviled by many of those primary voters.
Marc Elias, who headed Franken’s legal team for the recount, told O’Brien that both Coleman and Franken’s attorneys brought forth all evidence in a process that was fully litigated before Franken was declared victor.
This is what Republicans do. In Washington State, we know, because they did it here in 2004 with a similarly close race between real estate speculator Dino Rossi and Gov. Christine Gregoire.
Republicans always put up a PR voter fraud smokescreen; a polyglot, but fervent legal defense, and push it as far as it will go (while keeping the rightful (but Democratic) winner out of the office as long as possible).
(photo: Dino Rossi)
When they finally lose, they cast the victor as illegitimate... being able to de-legitimize the winner is a profitable consolation prize. They use it to shake down the ditto-head base.
This isn’t only about Pawlenty’s 2012 presidential bid, brace yourself for more “I wuz robbed,” as the slippery Dino Rossi is raising money again and he’s already being introduced to the GOP donor class as the “guy who won the 2004 governor’s race.”It’s what they do.