He’s good enough, he’s smart enough and doggone it, according to a new book by John Fund, he was elected because more than a thousand felons voted for him.
From the Examiner:
In the eyes of the Obama administration, most Democratic lawmakers, and left-leaning editorial pages across the country, voter fraud is a problem that doesn’t exist. Allegations of fraud, they say, are little more than pretexts conjured up by Republicans to justify voter ID laws designed to suppress Democratic turnout.
That argument becomes much harder to make after reading a discussion of the 2008 Minnesota Senate race in “Who’s Counting?”, a new book by conservative journalist John Fund and former Bush Justice Department official Hans von Spakovsky. Although the authors cover the whole range of voter fraud issues, their chapter on Minnesota is enough to convince any skeptic that there are times when voter fraud not only exists but can be critical to the outcome of a critical race.
In the ‘08 campaign, Republican Sen. Norm Coleman was running for re-election against Democrat Al Franken. It was impossibly close; on the morning after the election, after 2.9 million people had voted, Coleman led Franken by 725 votes.
Franken and his Democratic allies dispatched an army of lawyers to challenge the results. After the first canvass, Coleman’s lead was down to 206 votes. That was followed by months of wrangling and litigation. In the end, Franken was declared the winner by 312 votes. He was sworn into office in July 2009, eight months after the election.
During the controversy a conservative group called Minnesota Majority began to look into claims of voter fraud. Comparing criminal records with voting rolls, the group identified 1,099 felons — all ineligible to vote — who had voted in the Franken-Coleman race.
…The election was particularly important because Franken’s victory gave Senate Democrats a 60th vote in favor of President Obama’s national health care proposal — the deciding vote to overcome a Republican filibuster. If Coleman had kept his seat, there would have been no 60th vote, and no Obamacare.
Imagine, the most expensive piece of legislation in the world’s history was passed illegally. When I look back at all the impossible dominoes that had to fall to make Obamacare a
reality nightmare, it makes me shake my head in disbelief. Between, Nancy Pelosi’s back room deals, Harry Reid’s senate arm twisting, the caving of virtually every ironically named “blue dog” democrat, all the “Pro-Life” democrats actually believing Obama when he said he that abortion would not be covered under the plan, the fact that the democrats ignored the law’s terrible polling data, the explosion of the Tea Party as a result of the law and the election of Republican Scott Brown in Massachusetts of all places to replace liberal legend Ted Kennedy and the utterly unprecedented and inexplicable view of the Supreme Court that the law’s mandate is a tax except that it’s not, it’s not an understatement to say that the passage of obamacare was one of the greatest legislative feats in history. Throw voter fraud into the mix and it becomes truly unbelievable.
But regardless of the ruthless game that is American politics today, there are some facts that remain:
1) Obamacare is a terrible piece of legislation that will cripple our economy, make health care much more expensive and give every American less freedom in virtually every aspect of life.
2) Obamacare must be repealed. Not some of it, ALL of it.
3) Voter fraud is a serious problem and it needs to be addressed. But at least now we have an idea of why liberals are against it. It will make it much harder to cheat!