Things haven't been going so well for Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) since he generously offered Al Franken the chance to give up his campaign and let him win. The Coleman/Franken race is now entering state-mandated recount mode after the latest tally has Coleman leading by just 206 votes.
Since Coleman can't do anything to stop this recount, he's resorted to Plan B: Suggest that the man voters elected to run such a re-count might be a communist…
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has been distributing to reporters a three-page "backgrounder" that attacks Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, a Democrat, for having spoken at the Democratic convention this summer, and for having "led a voter registration coalition that included ACORN," among other alleged sins…
Despite the backgrounder's sometimes hysterical compilation of anti-Ritchie greatest hits — it claims that "the Communist Party USA Wrote Encouragingly Of His Candidacy," citing an un-sourced line from a report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune — there's no evidence that Ritchie has ever used his role as the state's top elections administrator to advantage Democrats.
Hey, isn't it nice to see ACORN back in the news after what had to be a, what… 4, 5 day gap? (Even Sarah Palin forgot to mention them yesterday in her daily Bill Ayers briefing.) I'll bet it was the votes of Tony Romo and Mickey Mouse that triggered this recount!
But how about the shocking news that Mark Ritchie was praised by a communist? In writing! And how about the fact that, "I have here in my hand a list of 205—a list of names that were made known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping policy in the State Department."
Oh wait, that last quote wasn't from the Coleman campaign. It was from deceased Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-WI).
Must be an Upper Midwest thing.
Tags: ACORN, Al Franken, Joseph McCarthy, Mark Ritchie, Minnesota, Norm Coleman, Sarah Palin, William Ayers