Mr. Franken’s loss to Norm Coleman on election night in 2008, and then the reversal of this outcome by a highly controversial re-canvasing of the vote, gave the Democratic Party their 60th vote in the United States Senate. This perfected the Democrats’ control of the three political branches of government, the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives. The amplification of the Democratic Party’s power that resulted from Coleman’s beginning at +725 and then going down to -312 votes, a difference of 1037 votes, may turn out to be unprecedented in its impact on our history.
….Its importance in the 2008 election is that it resulted in single-party control of government with 59 votes + Al Franken’s vote in the Senate eliminating the possibility of filibuster in the Senate.[i]
In case you want a refresher on the definition of a filibuster, please see the following:
A filibuster in the United States Senate usually refers to any dilatory or obstructive tactics used to prevent a measure from being brought to a vote. The most common form of filibuster occurs when a senator attempts to delay or entirely prevent a vote on a bill by extending the debate on the measure, but other dilatory tactics exist. The rules permit a senator, or a series of senators, to speak for as long as they wish and on any topic they choose, unless “three-fifths of the Senators duly chosen and sworn” (Usually 60 out of 100 senators) brings debate to a close by invoking cloture under Senate Rule XXII.[ii]
The filibuster is one of most important checks and balances against really radical legislation by a single-party that is in control of all three political branches of the federal government.
In fact, the election of Scott Brown to the Senate in January of 2010 completely frustrated the Obama Administration’s strategy to pass the Obama-Pelosi-Reid Health Care Bill. Because of Scott Brown, they did not have 60 votes to invoke cloture in the Senate for a debate about the Obama-Pelosi-Reid Health Care Bill. As a result, they had to use all sorts of bribes and political intimidation in the House to pass the Senate version of the bill as the House Bill.
The six-month election recount that turned former “Saturday Night Live” comedian Al Franken into a U.S. senator may have been decided by convicted felons who voted illegally in Minnesota’s Twin Cities.
That’s the finding of an 18-month study conducted by Minnesota Majority, a conservative watchdog group, which found that at least 341 convicted felons in largely Democratic Minneapolis-St. Paul voted illegally in the 2008 Senate race between Franken, a Democrat, and his Republican opponent, then-incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman.
The final recount vote in the race, determined six months after Election Day, showed Franken beat Coleman by 312 votes – fewer than the number of felons whose illegal ballots were counted, according to Minnesota Majority’s newly released study, which matched publicly available conviction lists with voting records.
. . . . “What we did this time is irrefutable,” McGrath said. “We took the voting lists and matched them with conviction lists and then went back to the records and found the roster lists, where voters sign in before walking to the voting booth, and matched them by hand.
“The only way we can be wrong is if someone with the same first, middle and last names, same year of birth as the felon, and living in the same community, has voted. And that isn’t very likely.”
The report said that in Hennepin County, which includes Minneapolis, 899 suspected felons had been matched on the county’s voting records, and the review showed 289 voters were conclusively matched to felon records. The report says only three people in the county have been charged with voter fraud so far . . . .
But the report got a far different review in Ramsey County, which contains St. Paul. Phil Carruthers of the Ramsey County attorney’s office said his agency had taken the charges “very seriously” and found that the Minnesota Majority “had done a good job in their review.”
. . . . “Prosecutors have to act more swiftly in prosecuting cases from the 2008 election to deter fraud in the future,” he said, “and the state has to make sure that existing system, that flags convicted felons so voting officials can challenge them at the ballot, is effective. In 90 percent of the case we looked at, the felons weren’t flagged.”
“If the state had done that,” he said, “things might be very different today.”[iii]
For a much more complete overview of how the Democratic Party employs voter fraud in its relentless quest for single-party control of our government, please see Chapter 14 (“One of Representative Government’s Greatest Enemies”) in my book A Simple Guide: How Liberalism, A Euphemism For Socialism Destroys Peoples and Nations. It will be most informative and somewhat depressing.
[i] Sauer, Fred N. A Simple Guide: How Liberalism, A Euphemism For Socialism Destroys Peoples and Nations. St. Louis: Self-Published, 2010. p. 333.
[ii] “Filibuster in the U.S. Senate.” Wikipedia. 2010. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 5 August 2010. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filibuster_in_the_U.S._Senate>.
[iii] Barnes, Ed. “Felons Voting Illegally May Have Put Franken Over the Top in Minnesota, Study Finds.” Fox News. 12 July 2010. Web. July 12, 2010.