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The Rhetoric of a "Stolen" Election

Posted on July 1, 2009, 5:21 pm

The following is an email I sent to Rick Hasen's Election Law "listserv" when I saw his reference to the Wall Street Journal's editorial on the resolution of the U.S. Senate election in Minnesota: I was very disappointed to see the Wall Street Journal editorialize: “Mr. Franken now goes to the Senate having effectively stolen an election.”   This provocative accusation is highly irresponsible, both (a) in terms of U.S. domestic politics and the public's understanding of its own democracy and (b) our consideration of international standards regarding the conduct of elections, brought so dramatically to the fore by Iran. 


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