Thanks, Sixth District voters and Bob Anderson — you’ve subjected us to two more years of Michele Bachmann’s national TV interviews.
Here’s the video (there’s four minutes of non-recount stuff first), with an annotated transcript below:
BACHMANN: [Franken] wants to stuff the ballot box with rejected ballots.
HANNITY: All right. He wanted to do that, we found, what, 30 some odd ballots in a car, and then we didn’t find them in the car, so there was some dispute over that. But more importantly it seems like every time that — this was before a recount even began.
Every county, these heavily Democratic counties started oops, oh we found a hundred votes here. We found 300 votes here. Why do I suspect funny business? And do you suspect it as a potential?
BACHMANN: Well, it’s interesting, and I think it calls into question what the record keeping is and who is watching the books, because two of these cases, one, Sean, that had a hundred votes deducted from Coleman, added to Franken, those 100 votes came after business hours when no one was around.
[Comment: Wrong. In both places that made simple tallying errors — Pine County and Two Harbors — no Coleman votes were deducted. Also, in neither case did votes come in “after business hours.”]
Another one had 17 votes coming out of a Democratic county. Again, where it was after business hours where no one was around.
[Comment: If Bachmann is talking about Hennepin County’s ballots, she a) gets the number wrong — it’s 32 — and b) gets possession wrong. Election judges or the city’s election director had custody at all times.]
ALAN COLMES, CO-HOST: Hey, Congresswoman, it’s Alan Colmes. Welcome to our show.
BACHMANN: Hi, Alan.
COLMES: First of all, good to see you. The 32 — those votes have been discounted as — in terms of they’re legal, everybody even the lawyer for Coleman agrees they’re legal.
HANNITY: I said this.
COLMES: So if they’re going to go there, and steal 100 there or 17, they can do better, steal a thousand. You know? Do better than that.
BACHMANN: But isn’t it — isn’t it curious that all of these votes are for Franken?
COLMES: No, it’s not.
BACHMANN: There isn’t one vote found for Coleman?
[Comment: Wrong. Coleman picked up seven of the disputed Hennepin County votes, and county pre-recount canvasses picked up dozens of Coleman votes.]
COLMES: They found actually nine votes today for Coleman, but they’re not all for Franken.
BACHMANN: That’s on the actual recount where they were found.
COLMES: On the recount. There should be a recount.
BACHMANN: Not in somebody’s trunk of their car.
COLMES: Well, there was nothing in the trunk of a car that was found to be untoward or inaccurate, or not countable. So that’s been discounted.