Speaking before the Minnesota Republican State Central Committee this weekend, Norm Coleman assured those gathered that his unwillingness to recognize the recount tally and a District Court election ruling has nothing to do with him, his political career, or even the Republican Party.
Rather, his refusal to acknowledge reality is due to his love of America.
Chief among his worries: that a hypothetical split vote regarding union ballots might reach the Senate floor and that he would be unable to cast the tie-breaking vote. He also expressed concern that Senate democrats might be able to pass health care reform in his absence.
“Winning isn’t about me,” he said. “You know, it’s not about me or even us as Republicans. It really is about this country. And about the future of the country. The one vote in the United States Senate, the one vote is a difference between possibly people losing the right to a secret ballot in a union election, or not … One vote, one vote between the potentiality of a slippery slide into the path of government-controlled health care.”
(Watch the video at the link above)
And in other news about a shithead who lost an election:
Iran’s regime sought to regain the initiative in the face of growing opposition protests by thwarting plans for another mass rally against election-rigging, arresting alleged ringleaders and cracking down on the international media.
One day after eight protesters were shot dead during a huge demonstration against President Ahmadinejad’s disputed re-election, the regime barred all foreign journalists from the streets of Tehran in a move that gives the security forces much more freedom to crush dissent with overwhelming force.
The regime foiled an attempt to repeat Monday’s demonstration in support of Mir Hossein Mousavi, the former Prime Minister, who claims that he was cheated of victory last Friday by widespread vote-rigging.
The state-controlled media are portraying the demonstrators as subversive criminals. They reported Monday’s deaths, but said that the victims were attending an “unauthorised gathering” and were shot as they “tried to attack a military location”.
The Guardian Council, the powerful body of 12 senior conservative clerics, refused Mr Mousavi’s demand that the election be annulled, but did make one apparent concession to his supporters by offering a recount of Friday’s votes from stations where specific fraud was alleged. The offer was echoed by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader.
Hojatoleslam Ali-Akbar Mohtashamipour, one of Mr Mousavi’s senior campaign aides, flatly rejected the Guardian Council’s offer. He called it a ruse to buy time while public anger subsided, and argued that the vote rigging went far beyond individual polling stations.
Representatives of Mr Mousavi and the two other defeated candidates, Mehdi Karoubi and Mohsen Rezai, urged the council to set up an independent fact-finding committee and listed 15 ways in which they alleged that the election had been rigged.
These included the buying of votes; intimidation of voters; shortages of ballot papers in opposition strongholds; the barring of candidates’ representatives from election planning meetings, polling stations and counts; intervention by the Basij volunteer militia; the improper use of government resources; the speed with which the results were announced; and the bias of the state media.
Ignoring the turmoil on the streets of Tehran, Mr Ahmadinejad attended a summit in Russia, where both President Medvedev of Russia and Hu Jintao, his Chinese counterpart, congratulated him.
No Western nation has recognised Mr Ahmadinejad’s re-election, and Japan and Australia joined the growing international criticism of Iran’s brutal repression.
President Obama said that “people’s voices should be heard and not suppressed” in the Islamic Republic, and President Sarkozy of France called the election a “fraud”.
In Tehran the Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned Simon Gass, the British Ambassador, to complain about Gordon Brown’s “unconventional and impolite” remarks challenging the election’s legitimacy.
Mousavi supporters are planning another mass demonstration in Tehran, and protests have been reported in the cities of Shiraz, Tabriz, Isfahan, Meshad and Qom.