The anti-American leftist blogÂ MoveOn.org and other pressure groups on the left seem to be doing their best to create an air of inevitability about the seating of Al Franken as junior senator from Minnesota.
Recall that on the morning after the November 4, 2008 election, incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman, a Republican,Â led Franken by 725 votes. As Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, a former community organizer, presided over the vote-verification process, over the next five days Coleman’s leadÂ dwindled to just 221. Election officials claimed that they had to correct typos on vote-tally sheets, and that these corrections gave Franken and additional 435 votes while taking 69 away from Coleman. (Ritchie, it should be noted, is aligned with ACORN, a group that has been implicated in massive voter fraud in recent years.)
The current push to seat theÂ FrankenÂ comes after a Minnesota court declared him the electoral victor by 312 votes. Oral arguments before the Minnesota Supreme Court are scheduled for June 1, but asÂ noted in the American Spectator, aÂ MoveOn.org email that went out to supportersÂ makes clear the left’s political plans. Coleman’s fight is “cynical,” the email declares. “It’s selfish. And it’s hurting Minnesotans — not to mention Obama’s ability to pass real health care reform, create millions of green jobs, and build a new-energy economy.”
ForÂ a man who preaches class warfare and salvation through Big Government,Â Franken’s hypocrisy is breathtaking. One incident from the early part ofÂ Franken’sÂ Senate campaign is particularly instructive. During a debate in 2007, Franken reportedly tried to burnish his business credentials. “I’m a corporation, I employ a bunch of people,” he said. “I love corporations that play by the rules, and we have to make them play by the rules.”
But we now know that Franken’s corporation didn’t bother to carry the required workers’-compensation insurance in New York State for employees who helped the comedian with his work from 2002 to 2005. He reportedly ignored New York officials until the heat of the Senate campaign. Eventually he forked over a $25,000 fine to the Empire State.
From 2003 to 2007, his personal corporation didn’t get around to filing corporate income-tax returns in California, and by April of last year, Franken was forced to pay a total of $70,000 in income tax arrears in 17 states for tax bills stretching back to 2003. He blamed his accountant and said he expects to get some of the money back.
But if Franken becomes a U.S. senator, at a minimum we’ll be able to blame MoveOn and one of its key funders, George Soros, the multi-billionaire who has done more to restore Democratic power than anyone else.