Cry (Lie) Me a River

As you’d expect, the Journal editorial page is already coming up with a string of bogus insinuations about the Minnesota recount, all suggesting that the process has somehow been rigged in favor of Al Franken or even that there’s some more Republican fantasy voter fraud involved. One point they don’t mention though: the canvassing board, the outfit making all the key decisions has at least as many Republicans as Democrats, and may actually have more Republicans than Democrats. What’s more almost every key decision has been made unanimously.

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is an elected Democrat. He serves on the canvassing board automatically. For the rest he picked two Republican state Supreme Court Justices (justices appointed by Gov. Pawlenty (R)), one Independent judge appointed to the bench by former Gov. Jesse Ventura, and a fourth county judge who may be a Democrat or an Independent (we don’t know because it was a non-partisan election).

Needless to say, the Journal doesn’t mention this, but hints at it in this feeble excuse, claiming that the rest of the canvassing board has been “meek” in the face of Ritchie’s “machinations.”

Pretty pitiful, but standard fare from the Journal oped page.

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