Republican National Lawyers Association Says Goodbye to Any Credibility They May Have Once Had...
By Brad Friedman on 2/15/2009, 6:05am PT  

If the Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) ever had any actual legitimacy, self-respect, or credibility as a professional organization --- and I think they used to have all three --- they have now, officially, thrown any last pretense of any of that down the drain, and have come out of the closet as hard-right, conspiracy theory-based, propagandist loons.

On the day that presumptive Senator-elect Al Franken (D) won a huge victory during former Senator Norm Coleman's (R) election contest in Minnesota, the RNLA issued an hysterical email with the subject line: "Al Franken Loses Legal Battle, He Is Very Desperate."

See below for the embarrassing email that the once-respectable-now-whack-job RNLA sent out via their equally looney-toons "media arm" partners at this past week, in hopes of raising funds to "Stop Al Franken From Stealing The Election"...

Note: There's too much absurdest, moonbat, fringe, conspiracy-theory silliness in this fund-raising, Jedi Mind Trick missive to correct all of the nonsense here, point-by-point. But suffice it to say, by way of example, the "major setback in the courts" they refer to as a "major blow" for Al Franken in his "desperate...efforts to steal a seat in the United States Senate," is actually the court's decision to toss out thousands of ballots from consideration in the trial, which Coleman had originally wanted to be counted. The ruling narrowed Coleman's pool of 11,000 previously rejected absentee ballots that he wanted counted (many of them, btw, he had objected to counting during the post-election hand-count) to just under 4,800. That suffices as "good news" for Coleman, and a "major setback" for Frankenfor the RNLA fantasists.

Moreover, the high-larious email below was also sent on the same day as the bi-partisan 3-judge panel presiding over Coleman's election contest, further culled the ballots in consideration by another 2,000 or so, because they determined --- against Coleman's wishes --- that, according to their ruling [PDF] only ballots that were "legally cast" could be considered for possible counting.

It's also worth noting here that the RNLA is the outfit that Karl Rove was speaking to in 2006 when he famously declared, without a hint of irony, that "We are, in some parts of the country...beginning to look like we have elections like those run in countries where the guys in charge are, you know, colonels in mirrored sunglasses." He went on to thank the RNLA for their "work on clean elections" in 2002 and 2004 and for "ensur[ing] that...the integrity of the ballot is protected, because it's important to our democracy" before listing most of the states where the Bush Administration would soon purge their own Republican U.S. Attorneys for, among other things, failing to bring phony indictments against Democrats for "voter fraud." (More excerpts here.)

While we offered the opportunity for MN's Sec. of State Mark Ritchie to respond to the RNLA's fund-raising letter, he wisely declined.

Here's RNLA's crazy letter, as sent on Friday by Human Events. Enjoy.

-----Original Message-----
From: Human Events []
Sent: Friday, February 13, 2009 2:08 PM
To: [redacted for privacy]
Subject: Al Franken Loses Legal Battle, He Is Very Desperate

Below please find a special message from one of our advertisers, National Republican Lawyers Association. From time to time, we receive opportunities we believe you as a valued customer may want to know about. Please note that the following message does not necessarily reflect the editorial positions of Human Events.

Al Franken Loses Major Legal Battle.

He's In Trouble, Worried, and Can't Be Seated

You Can Help.

Dear Friend:

Al Franken would have you believe he is already the U.S. Senator from Minnesota.

But I have some good news. He has suffered a major setback in the courts and with your help he may never get seated.

And now, the vile liberal comedian is getting desperate in his race with Republican Senator Norm Coleman.

He is desperate thanks to the efforts of the Republican National Lawyers Association (the RNLA) and others.

We have been able to fight Al Franken's efforts to steal a seat in the United States Senate.

Just this past Tuesday the Election Contest Court dealt Al Franken a major blow.

This special Minnesota court ruled in favor of Norm Coleman's request to review almost 4800 Absentee ballots that Franken and his Democrat ally, Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, blocked from counting in the sham "recount".

As you may know, Ritchie has been backed by far left billionaire George Soros and groups like ACORN.

Harry Reid still wants to seat Al Franken in the Senate now, before all votes have been counted in Minnesota.

Many Republican Senators have angrily denounced the efforts of Democrats to force Franken in the Senate before Minnesota's finishes its election contest.

We have no doubt that Franken and Reid will try to ignore the will of the people and the Courts.
That's why our job is so important.

The Republican National Lawyers Association --- the RNLA --- will keep fighting for Minnesota law to be respected and to keep Reid from seating Franken before the election is over.

You can help us in this critical cause --- Donate now --- Go Here Now.

Franken is so contemptuous of the legal process and voters in Minnesota, he has now gone to the Minnesota Supreme Court to ask that Minnesota law be ignored and he be seated in the Senate now.

Franken fears if the truth comes out and all the legal votes are only counted once --- he will lose.

He knows the truth is not on his side.

He knows that the Republican National Lawyer's Association is fighting him every step of the way. In fact, his allies in the Democratic Party in filed a frivolous complaint with the FEC to silence us.

The arrogance of Franken and his liberal friends is beyond belief.

Harry Reid is so desperate to seat Franken. Reid said: ""There's not a question in anyone's mind, an assertion by anyone, that there's been any fraud or wrongdoing in this election."

And he also claimed, without the election recount being completed, "Norm Coleman will never ever serve [again] in the Senate."

But the truth --- and votes --- are against Reid and Franken.

Every newspaper in Minnesota has demanded the Election Contest be allowed to finish, which Franken does not want. Franken's lawyer, Mark Elias, even said that the Senate should seat Franken now and would not have to remove him if Coleman WINS the contest.

Elias said the Senate can do whatever it wants. He said, "They can declare me the next senator for the state of Minnesota." That is why it is critical to Franken he be seated now, so he cannot be removed for months and maybe forever.

The Republican National Lawyers Association is here to say "not so fast."

The election is not finished until all legal ballots are counted. Even Democratic election officials have stated during the trial that votes have been "wrongly excluded" and it "is absolutely correct" that people have been disenfranchised.

We need to continue our fight. We need to advocate for a fair election in Minnesota until only the true winner of the Election Contest is seated.

Help us now --- Go Here Now.

The RNLA is the leading Republican group fighting vote fraud in the United States. The Wall Street Journal has stated if it wasn't for us in 2004, John Kerry likely would have won the presidency.

RNLA is the leader in fighting against ACORN'S fraudulent election activities and for open, fair and honest elections.

Fox News analyst Dick Morris has stated we are leading the fight for a fair election in Minnesota.

And Morris has noted what's at stake. If Franken wins the Democrats get one vote closer to total control of the U.S. Senate and will be able to pass any radical legislation --- including the Democrats massive spending plan that is currently masquerading as a "stimulus" bill.

Please help us continue our fight today --- Go Here Now.


Michael Thielen
Executive Director

P.S. On Election Night Coleman was up by 725 votes and was also winning after the canvassing. Now Franken claims a lead --- but even Democratic election officials admitted at trial the recount was incomplete and not competently conducted. More than ever Harry Reid needs to short-circuit the Minnesota Election process and seat Franken now. With your help RNLA will remain vigilant to ensure it is the legal voters of Minnesota and not the corrupt or incompetent election officials that will determine who is the next Senator. Please help us today. Go Here Now.

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For actual facts on the Coleman/Franken U.S. Senate Election Contest in MN, please see The BRAD BLOG's recent previous coverage here:

Court Excludes 'Huge Number' of Ballots from Consideration
Court Awards 24 More Votes to Franken
God Wants Coleman, Says Coleman!
The New 'Ballot Universe' as Week 2 Ends
Week 2 Begins with Speculation
'Slow Motion Comedy' on Days 4 & 5

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