Strange things keep happening in
Thanks to the machinations of Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and a meek state Canvassing Board, Mr. Franken may emerge as an illegitimate victor.
Mr. Franken started the recount 215 votes behind Senator Coleman, but he now claims a 225-vote lead and suddenly the man who was insisting on "counting every vote" wants to shut the process down.
He's getting help from Mr. Ritchie and his four fellow Canvassing Board members, who have delivered inconsistent rulings and are ignoring glaring problems with the tallies.
But it appears some officials may have failed to mark ballots as duplicates, which are now being counted in addition to the originals. This helps explain why more than 25 precincts now have more ballots than voters who signed in to vote. By some estimates this double counting has yielded Mr. Franken an additional 80 to 100 votes. (emphasis added)
There’s more to the editorial before the WSJ concludes - - -
Ms. Klobuchar is trying to create the public perception of a fait accompli, all the better to make Mr. Coleman look like a sore loser and build pressure on him to drop his legal challenge despite the funny recount business. …
But we can't recall a similar recount involving optical scanning machines that has changed so many votes, and in which nearly every crucial decision worked to the advantage of the same candidate.
The Coleman campaign clearly misjudged the politics here, and the apparent willingness of a partisan like Mr. Ritchie to help his preferred candidate, Mr. Franken.
If the Canvassing Board certifies Mr. Franken as the winner based on the current count, it will be anointing a tainted and undeserving Senator.
The entire editorial’s here.
JinC Regulars know that since Election Day I’ve been warning about Minnesota Democratic Secretary of State Richie’s fierce partisanship. He’s been elected with the help of ACORN and George Soros. (See here and here)
It looks like they’re about to get a return on their investment.
I don’t know whether Coleman and his people underestimated the shameless “any means, to hell with the rules” approach Ritchie, Franken and their people would take to what no longer deserves to be called a “recount.”
But it seemed to me that right from the morning after Election Day Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty was either a babe in the woods or willfully blind to what it turned out happened during the “recount.”
For a while there Pawlenty couldn’t seem to say enough nice things about Ritchie, including how “nonpartisan” he was.