Thursday had some great highlights not to be missed.
Coleman has been calling witnesses to discuss ballots that were improperly rejected. Unfortunately Coleman's campaign didn't really do their research. These witnesses were supposed to be the main focal point of his trial: proving how many sad voters had their ballots tossed for no good reason.
Talk about a flop. Ramsey County elections director Joe Mansky testified Thursday
and said outside of the court room that three of the voters Coleman brought to testify didn't even cast valid ballots. Is Coleman trying to run a trial for Franken's sake?
Peter DeMuth was our favorite witness of the day, highlighted by Talking Points Memo
DeMuth's ballot was rejected because the signature on his application didn't match the one on his ballot, and he said nobody ever called him to inform him of the problem.
Upon his initial direct examination by Coleman lawyer James Langdon, DeMuth explained how it happened: Instead of signing the application with a pen, he downloaded a PDF copy and converted it into a JPG, then typed in the relevant text and "signed" his initials by using the mouse. "It's hard to get the signature I normally use, so I just used my initials," DeMuth explained. He then e-mailed the application in and got a ballot days later, which he filled in and signed his full name to in the old-fashioned way.
Upon cross-examination, Franken lawyer Kevin Hamilton asked: "Do you have a pen in your dorm-room at Fargo?"
DeMuth said he didn't want to pay to print it out. Amazing.
He also ended up calling out the Coleman campaign for cherry picking voters. The Coleman campaign continues to argue that they are trying to help all voters and could very well be helping Franken voters get their ballots counted. Not so much.
During cross-examination, DeMuth said the Republican Party contacted him about his rejected ballot: "They asked me if I knew my absentee ballot had been rejected. I said no," said DeMuth. "They asked me if I was a supporter of Norm Coleman, and I said yes, and they proceeded to ask me if I would like to go further."
Mansky said DeMuth was one one witness who had their ballot properly rejected.
And where are these two guys
? Coleman has been sitting through his own trial as it crumbles. Franken is lounging in the Florida sun.