Saturday, December 13, 2008

The man behind the scenes

well, if you're not from Minnesota, this probably is irrelevant to you ... but the on-going fascination with the state's senatorial recount is finally dying. No doubt due to the fact that Election Day was 5 weeks ago.

Yesterday, Sec. State Mark Ritchie was on MPR's Midday. The program was a discussion on the state's history with prior recounts. Which, unbeknownst to me, occur fairly routinely - just for less notable offices. Does anyone really care who won the County Commissioner election for Kandiyohi County?

Ritchie's speech/commentary was fascinating. As was the blatantly obvious passion & frustration in his voice. I could see him shaking, vibrating with barely restrained rage, while discussing some of the stupidity currently masquerading as political objectivity. He also included some suggestions for improving voting rules. Fascinating. I didn't vote for him, but I probably will, if he runs again.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There's an article by Joel Stein of all people in this week's "Time" about our recount. I haven't read it yet, but knowing Stein's style, there will be something he finds snidely humorous. One of the tags reads "If there's a tie, state law calls for the race to be decided by a coin flip. The search is already on for a good coin."

Isn't it coin TOSS?