This afternoon, I had the privilege of participating in a blogger conference call with Sen. Norm Coleman. (Ryan Flynn, who’s doing a great job at MDE, also participated in the call.)

The first thing I noticed was that Sen. Coleman sounded confident that he’d be the winner if uniform standards were applied, double-counted votes were eliminated and that the only thing that got counted as a vote was the information found on a physical ballot.

Another thing that stood out for me was that Sen. Coleman’s emphasis on this being decided in Minnesota in accordance with Minnesota’s election law, not by Harry Reid and Al Franken.

I asked Sen. Coleman if he knew, to the best of his knowledge, of a time when a candidate got votes counted that couldn’t be verified with physical ballots. He talked about a precedent in southern Minnesota in which only physical ballots were counted. Sen. Coleman then mentioned that there wasn’t much in the way of precedent on this issue.

As I said here, Franken’s lead shrinks dramatically when you eliminate the 100+ vote Franken gained from double-counting. It shrinks even more when the 46 votes Franken gained in the recount by going by the scanning machine tapes rather than by going strictly by physical ballots.

Obviously, as a partisan Republican, I’d prefer seeing Sen. Coleman get re-elected. first and foremost, though, is I want all the ballots counted that were properly cast, I want all relevant election laws followed to the T and I want the fifth pile absentee ballots to be accepted or rejected according to Minnesota law, not because a Franken political hack had veto power over which ballots should be accepted and which should be rejected.

I thank Sen. Coleman for taking the time to talk with bloggers on the recount. ?I found it informative.

Finally, this is typical Norm. One of the things I’ve appreciated about him is his staying in touch with Minnesotans through his blogger conference calls. We need more legislators in Washington, DC and in St. Paul that actually make time to listen. My biggest complaint with Washington, DC politicians is that they don’t listen but they do think they know better than the rest of us. That description has never fit Norm Coleman.

That’s why I hope he wins this recount.

UPDATE: Janet of SCSUScholars also participated in the Coleman conference call. Follow this link to read Janet’s post.

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4 Responses to “Coleman Conference Call”

  • RINOHunter says:

    Coleman is emblematic of everything that is wrong with Republican Party: A compromising, spineless RINO who really can’t decide which party he agrees with more.

  • Gary Gross says:

    That’s the right thinking. Let’s be the purist party until we’re mathematically irrelevant in DC & St. Paul.

    Sen. Coleman voted for 2 great Supreme Court justices & the Bush tax cuts. He also voted to win the war when the Defeatocrats wanted to surrender. Oh & he’s fought tirelessly to prevent socialized medicine.

    But you’re right. We can’t trust him. Let’s get Al Franken elected so we have someone who disagrees with us 100% of the time for the next 6 years.

  • eric z says:

    Did you ask him about Nassergate?

  • walter hanson says:

    Is Nassergate phony Democrat scandal to try to defeat Norm Coleman?

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

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