It is always curious to me how Republicans can flip their viewpoints at the drop of a hat … depending on how they can benefit.
For instance, during the Coleman-Franken recount of 2008, the PowerLine blog wrote a piece about the changes in the votes during the auditing process. …
When voters woke up on Wednesday morning after the election, Senator Norm Coleman led Al Franken by what seemed like a relatively comfortable 725 votes. By Wednesday night, that lead had shrunk to 477. By Thursday night, it was down to 336. By Friday, it was 239. Late Sunday night, the difference had gone down to just 221 — a total change over 4 days of 504 votes.
Amazingly, this all has occurred even though there hasn’t even yet been a recount. Just local election officials correcting claimed typos in how the numbers were reported. Counties will certify their results today, and their final results will be sent to the secretary of state by Friday. The actual recount won’t even start until November 19. …
To many, it just seems like too much of a coincidence that Minnesota’s one tight race just happens to be the race with the most “corrected” votes by far. But the real travesty will be to start letting election officials divine voter’s intent. If you want to discourage people from voting, election fraud is one sure way of doing it.
But in the current governor’s race, here is the commentary about the vote totals, which had moved slightly toward Emmer:
Republican recount attorney Tony Trimble … told of a wide change in the vote margin between Republican Tom Emmer and Democrat Mark Dayton in the gubernatorial fight.
“I believe there were some 9,200 votes separating the candidates and now that number is down to 8,600. So there have been shifts going on as the counties across the state are reviewing their numbers. Uniquely the net gain everyday has been to the Emmer campaign,” Trimble said Monday.
Emmer repeated that idea Tuesday. “It is interesting that since 10 a.m. last Wednesday we have done nothing but close the gap,” he said.
Same exact process and actually a very similar result (500 votes for Franken – 600 votes for Emmer) — the gap closes in favor of the candidate with the lower numbers at the beginning of the audit.
Yet, in 2008, this was a “suspicious” change — while in 2010 this is a positive trend.
Republicans — the spin is the thing.
Dave Mindeman, of Apple Valley, is the main blogger for mnpACT!, a nonprofit dedicated to progressive issues and ideas. This article first appeared on its website.