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Moooom! Mickey’s Messing With The Space-Time Continuum Again! Make Him Stop!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 15, 2008

Either Michael Brodkorb (aka the Mouth of Sauron for Ron Carey, Minnesota state GOP Chair) really does think that his farts today cause earthquakes that happened last week, or he’s not telling everything he knows about certain things.

I found out from Across the Great Divide that he’s been banging away again at Minnesota’s Secretary of State Mark Ritchie like Ken Starr going through Bill Clinton’s jockstraps. (Never mind that the last Republican-driven effort to trash Ritchie came up with nothing to show for it; they apparently figure that if they can keep flinging mud against him, some of it will unfairly stick to him and not to the people flinging it.) It’s pretty pitiful, too. Check this out from last week (again h/t AtGD), wherein he accuses Mark Ritchie of not having a user-friendly caucus-finding tool on the SoS website:

You’d practically need a map to find the information. From the Secretary of State’s homepage, you have to go to “About the Office,” and then to “News,” and then to “Publications,” and then scroll down under “Elections & Voting: Voter Information” to finally find a document called “Minnesota Precinct Caucuses.”

Except that, as Charlie of AtGD showed, it’s not arduous at all — unless you consider two clicks to access a PDF file “arduous”.

What makes this even more hacktackular is that this week, Ritchie’s office came out with a new-and-improved caucus-finding tool, one so easy even a Brodkorb can do it, to paraphrase the GEICO ad. As Ollie notes over at BSP, it got rave reviews, too, even from Republican activist Sara Janacek.

This tool was obviously in the works for months, well before Carey’s Mouth o’ Sauron opened his trap about it last week. And Brodkorb, who in addition to being joined at the hip to Ron Carey was the GOP’s chair in State District 25 and thus would presumably be in the loop when it came to knowing basic elections information, should have known about it well beforehand, as Ollie points out (emphases mine):

To paraphrase a famous phrase from history: Did MDE know about the precinct caucus finder project, and if so, when did he know about it?

I talked to the communications staff at the Secretary Of State’s office to find out when the political parties knew that January 15 was the launch date for this multi-partisan tool. He had to ask the staff in the elections and IT departments for specifics, but just got back to me with the answer.

Since the political parties (which were all working very co-operatively with the staff) had to put the data about the precinct caucus locations into similar file formats, all of them were told of the firm launch date by October or early November.

Should we assume that MDE was acting on his own when he wrote the January 3 post in which he slammed not only Ritchie, but also the staff at the Secretary of State’s office? Should we assume he knew nothing about the project?

Or maybe MDE did know about the coming launch, and personal animus compelled him to smear public employees who he knew to be working toward a specific project. Whatever the case, he does seem have an obsession with poisoning the waters in which Mark Ritchie–and his staff–swim.

Occam’s Razor sez that Ollie’s right on that last bit.

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