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Mark Ritchie
  • There's Only One Katherine Harris, and She Belongs to the GOP

    Things are getting really weird in Al Franken and Norm Coleman's down to the wire race for a Minnesota Senate seat.

    For example, take this little bit of political maneuvering from the GOP…

    Republicans are also questioning the credibility of Minnesota's Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, the man tasked with overseeing the recount. A background document distributed by national Republicans portrays Ritchie as a far-left, Democratic version of Katherine Harris, the former Republican secretary of state whose actions helped decide the 2000 presidential election.

    Wait a minute. There was something in there that didn't make any sense at all to me. Let's read it again…

    A background document distributed by national Republicans portrays Ritchie as a far-left, Democratic version of Katherine Harris…

    Nope. Still doesn't make any sense. One more time…

    …a far-left, Democratic version of Katherine Harris…

    Once more…

    …Katherine Harris…

    I'm sorry, but I just cannot, for the life of me, understand what a secretary of state — charged with watching over a statewide recount of a hotly contested election, with a vested interest in particular party's victory, who might possibly take unfair advantage of the power that comes with his or her position — could possibly have to do with Katherine Harris.

    Call me thickheaded, but I'm just completely at a loss. What exactly are they saying about Ritchie? And, by extension, about Harris — the person who, more than possibly anybody else in the world, is responsible for George Bush winning Florida over Al Gore eight years ago?

    Why, they're not saying that…

    …Mark Ritchie wears entirely too much make up, are they?

    (via Crooks and Liars)


    Tags: Al Franken, Al Gore, Florida, George W. Bush, Katherine Harris, Mark Ritchie, Minnesota, Norm Coleman
  • Norm Coleman Under Attack by Vast Communist Conspiracy

    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