I grew up reading comic books wanting to be a superhero. Comics taught me that those who speak the truth are heroes, all the rest are liars.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Fifty Ways To Review Ballots

"The problem is all inside your head, she said to me.
The answer is easy if you take it logically.
Id like to help you in your struggle to be free"..

There must be fifty ways to review ballots?

Nate Silver (http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/) has an accurate analysis of the court ruling regarding reviewing the 4,800 ballots from the election….

"Don't be impressed, in other words, by the sheer number of ballots under review. If you ask a girl out, and she turns you down the first three times, you don't really improve your odds of success by asking her out another 30 times. (You may, however, increase your odds of getting a slap in the face or a restraining order).

The Coleman campaign, from what best I can tell, appears to be asking for a review of essentially every absentee ballot that they believe is more likely to contain a Coleman vote than a Franken vote. But these ballots have already been evaluated once, twice, and in some cases three times, and at each stage they have been determined to have been rejected properly. As we learned during the recount phase of the process, when the Coleman campaign challenged more ballots than Franken but had fewer successful challenges, it's not the denominator that counts but the numerator, and I would guess that Franken has about has many successes from his list of 770 as Coleman does from his 4,800."

All the wishing, whining, stalling and wasting of Minnesota’s resources won’t change the outcome. Just the fact that former Senator Coleman is willing to go to these ends when he knows it's a losing battle shows his unsuitability for any office! It's time to put a nail in this recount coffin and allow Senator-elect Al Franken to take his seat in representing us. So to Norm I say...

You just slip out the back, Norm
Make a new plan, Norm
You dont need to be coy, Norm
Just get yourself free
Hop on the bus, Norm
You dont need to discuss much
Just drop off the key, Norm
And get yourself free

(In way of apology to Simon and Garfunkel)...here's the real deal...

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