Dueling Press Conferences in Minnesota
As a result of a monumentally stupid decision by the Minnesota supreme court telling
Senate candidates Al Franken (D) and Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) to agree on which improperly
rejected absentee ballots should be counted,
yesterday--except each side gave a press conference to flog its views. What the court should
have done is told the canvassing board to make sure every legal vote was counted and told the candidates to shut up
and wait for the results.
to count an additional 700 ballots that were previously not identified as disputed. Franken said Coleman is trying to
cherry pick ballots from precincts that he won.
An analysis by the Star Tribune shows that
counting just the previously identified disputed ballots would probably help Franken, just based on where they come from. Currently,
Franken leads by 46 votes.
This small edge prompted Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) to
that whoever is ahead when the canvassing board stops counting should be seated in the Senate.
It used to be that campaigns stopped after the voting was finished. Now they just keep going. The goal is
drive public opinion so that if your side wins, your supporters will feel they have won a moral victory as
well as a political victory and if your side loses, your supporters will feel robbed, rather than that your
candidate simply got fewer votes than the other one.
Obama's Honeymoon Continues
Many people go to Hawaii to have a honeymoon. Barack Obama went there with his family on vacation and
got the honeymoon as an extra added attraction. Despite a flap about his inviting gay marriage opponent Rick Warren
to bless his inauguration, Obama's approval rating is soaring according to a new Opinion Research
commissioned by CNN.
Fully 82% of Americans approve of how Obama is handling his transition; 15% disapprove.
For comparison purposes, George W. Bush's transition approval rating was 65% in 2000 and Bill Clinton's was 67% in 1992.
Historically, Presidents lose popularity once they assume office and actually start making decisions that some people
Bristol Palin Gives Birth to a Son
Bristol Palin, the daughter of Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK),
to a healthy son Sunday making her mother, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK), a grandmother and her 7-month-old baby, Trig, an uncle.
The baby is called Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston. Bristol, 18, is not married, making her an unwed teenage
mother. The father of the baby, Levi Johnston, and Bristol say they plan to get married but no date has been set.
In an unrelated event, Bristol's mother-in-law-to-be, Sherry Johnston, was
on drug charges last week.
These two news items will be repeated endlessly in 2012 if Gov. Palin decides to run
for President on a platform of family values. People like former governor of Arkansas,
Mike Huckabee, will say they not only believe in family values, they live by them, thus inviting
a comparison with the Palin extended family.
Neither Bristol's baby nor the drug arrest are going to help Palin's career much.
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