The right-wing goons bellow that Al Franken's Senate win is just a big damned conspiracy
by Larry Simons
January 7, 2008
On Monday night’s telecast of FOX’s #1 lie machine, The O’Reilly Factor, Billo had this to say (in his Talking Points memo) about the Minnesota Senate race between Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken (in which Franken has been declared the winner by 225 votes):
“The Wall Street Journal is suggesting the Democratic structure in that state is cheating in the Coleman/Franken Senate race, where Franken leads by about 200 votes.” Then he goes on to quote an excerpt from a WSJ story that says this:
“We can't recall a similar recount…in which nearly every crucial decision worked to the advantage of the same candidate (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.”
What loofah boy fails to say is that one, he leaves out the words “…involving optical scanning machines that has changed so many votes” which was in this context, “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.” I mentioned this to show that once again, Billo loves to quote out of context (to thrust his agendas) when he claims he is continually the recipient of being “taken out of context”.
Second, Billo leaves out the fact that the WSJ piece, titled “Funny Business in Minnesota”, is not a story by a legitimate reporter. It was an opinion editotial (op-ed) by an anonymous writer. This is FOX News at its best ladies and gentleman. When you can’t get legitimate reporting and facts, you get support for your agenda anywhere you can find it, including opinion pieces by unknown authors in a newspaper owned by the same guy who writes your paychecks. Fair? Balanced? Ha! What a fucking joke! This couldn’t be any less fair and balanced than if Billo had written the op-ed himself!
The hilarious part of this story is that although the editorial is all opinions, even taking the opinions as facts still works in Franken’s favor. The article says this (IN its context), “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.”
OK, let’s say that’s true. Franken still wins by 125-145 votes! Then, in another part of the WSJ editorial, it says this, “Meanwhile, a Ramsey County precinct ended up with 177 more ballots than there were recorded votes on Election Night. In that case, the board decided to go with the extra ballots, rather than the Election Night total, even though the county is now showing more ballots than voters in the precinct. This gave Mr. Franken a net gain of 37 votes, which means he's benefited both ways from the board's inconsistency.”
OK, let’s say that’s true. Franken still wins by 188 votes! And even subtracting the 80-100 extra votes from the OPINION that there was double counting going on, Franken still wins by 108-128 votes! Does the lord of loofahs mention this? Of course not! No spin zone my ever-loving asshole!
Another interesting fact is that if Billo was so confident in the accuracy of the WSJ editorial, then why didn't he have anyone mentioned in the article on his show? Did he even ask Tim Pawlenty to be on the Factor? Did he ask either of the two Republican state Supreme Court justices? Why didn't he even ask Norm Coleman to be on? Or even any of his attorneys? Why didn't Billo ask the person who wrote the WSJ editorial? Oh, that's right, no one knows who it is!
I'll tell you why. Because Billo knows there is not one asshair of truth in the WSJ editorial. This is why he didn't even mention to his faithful zombies who watch him every night that the editorial was just one person's OPINION. If there was any truth at all in the opinion piece, then surely the people mentioned in the article would be lining up in front of the News Corporation building to whistleblow the dark conspiracy that is descending upon Minnesota as we speak, right? But nope, Billo has NO ONE on his show to speak of the abundance of corruption that permeates the Minnesota Senate race, does he?
Here’s Billo the conspiracy theorist
Maybe Billo is just trying to eclipse his own shame for falsely claiming that Coleman had won the Senate race on November 18, 2008.
Watch the clip and laugh until your nuts ache
Reminds me of something else...hmmmmm
And then there’s Rush Limpballs, on his radio show reiterating the same conspiracy theory, that Franken stole the election. Limpdick says this:
“We did not elect Al Franken. He stole the race. They are stealing the race up there blind in front of everybody's nose. They are counting absentee ballots. The Wall Street Journal has a story on this. They're counting votes twice -- votes that were rejected, all kinds of things. That's just -- the Democrats are stealing the election up there. The Democrats run Illinois and Chicago. Of course they elected Blago and Obama and everybody else. That is -- that's not gonna change.”
Rush’s evidence? An unknown writer’s opinion editorial. And he wonders why Al Franken wrote a book called, “Rush Limbaugh is a big fat idiot”!
Does Rush mention (or loofah boy for that matter) the fact that the recount was conducted by the same number of Republicans and Democrats? Does he mention that the Republican Governor, Tim Pawlenty, approved it? Does Rush mention that on December 24, the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld the State Canvassing Board's decision? Does Rush mention that the canvassing board consists of Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, 2 Republican state Supreme Court Justices (approved by Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty), one Independent judge appointed by Gov. Jesse Ventura (an Independent), and a fourth judge (who it is unknown whether they are a Democrat or an Independent because the election was non-partisan)? Of course not!
That makes two Republicans, 1 Independent, 1 Democrat and 1 other that may be a Democrat or an Independent on the canvassing board. If you listened to and believed Rush and Billo, you’d be led to think it was a Democratic-controlled conspiracy!
Here’s Rush the conspiracy theorist
As if Billo and Limpnuts wasn’t enough, Joe “believe it or not” Scarborough buys into the WSJ opinion editorial as well and even goes as far as saying “…the WSJ REPORTING….irregularities in Minnesota.” Here are his exact words:
“Chuck, The Wall Street Journal reporting this morning that there are some irregularities in Minnesota. Tell me, how ugly do you think it's going to get before Franken's seated?”
Reported? This unknown person who wrote his opinion is now a paid reporter for the WSJ? I tell ya, I almost feel bad for taking credit for this story. It practically writes itself!
Here’s Joe Scarborough the conspiracy theorist
I, and the rest of the thinking population, already knew that the Republicans go to any lengths to propagate and lie to the American people. This time, sinking to a new low (even for them) by calling an opinion editorial (written anonymously) investigative reporting! It would have been much better if Billo, Rush and Scarborough had just burst out crying on the air that their guy lost!
So, let me just revel in this glorious moment.
Al Franken wins!
O’ Reilly, still the lying lord of loofahs
Scarborough, still the right-wing controlled shill
and Limbaugh, still a big fat idiot