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Funny. Most of McDaniel real objections were technicalities about absentee votes, but he’s disappointed he lost on a technicality

Alternate title:  Chris McDaniel acknowledges he does not always understand.  I hated picking between these.

Here is the statement from Chris McDaniel about the dismissal of his case, from his Facebook page:

I am very disappointed to hear Judge McGehee granted Senator Cochran’s Motion to Dismiss on a technical filing issue, instead of hearing [...]

A hearing on the Cochran motion to dismiss, and the Cochran reply brief

Following #mssen on Twitter produces a lot of live-tweeting from the hearing on motions in the Senate election contest.  The judge gets the quote of the day; with McDaniel’s lawyer arguing that the secretary of state had opined that there was no deadline for filing a state election contest, the Court asked:

Geoffrey Pender ‏@GeoffPender  [...]

McDaniel’s subpoenas as a Potemkin Village: More evidence that the McDaniel Election Challenge is Just Pretend

A Potemkin Village is a pretend peasant village built for the entertainment of royalty.  It is pretty clear to me that McDaniel’s election challenge is about… entertaining isn’t the right word.  Pleasing.  Pleasing his constituancy.  He’s going to say he tried everything and got beat on unfair injustice and technicalities.  Send money and prepare to [...]

Here’s another statute for the McDaniel legal team

Miss. Code Ann. § 21-15-911 requires that after votes are counted, the voting materials are to be resealed and locked and turned over to the circuit clerk:

…the box shall forthwith [be] resealed and delivered to the circuit clerk, who shall safely keep and secure the same against any tampering therewith.  At any time [...]

Some reading comprehension problems with the McDaniel lawyers, who also forgot to read the pocket part

Update: A second interpretation of the McDaniel brief has emerged:  That the lawyer didn’t screw up, he’s just being dishonest with the court about the law.  See comments.

There’s a statutory timetable you need to understand here.

1.  Under Miss Code Ann. § 23-15-921, for county elections, a challenge before the election commission must be [...]

Yes, it does appear McDaniel did not file his complaint within the required time

Update (x2): Didn’t someone tell me that McDaniel was a lawyer?  The Clarion-Ledger’s Geoff Pender, who I just realized got there ahead of me on what I’ve written below, quotes the would-be senator on his delay in filing:  “‘Justice has no timetable,’ McDaniel said numerous times when questioned why it was taking so long to [...]

In interview with the Atlantic’s Jefferey Goldberg, Hillary Clinton makes clear how much more interventionist she’d be than Obama, and semi-confirms presidential run

To me, this interview is scary, becuase it makes clear how much Hillary Clinton wants to present herself as conducting a more interventionist foreign policy than the one we have.

Meanwhile, I heard a bit of Lindsey Graham talking tough on the morning shows (it was in an NPR news brief; sorry, no link, [...]

@sharonne777 on Twitter asks the most ignorant question asked on the internet today.

I think anyone who knows me or who has attempted to find out about me via the interubes will agree with my assessment of this question.  And, no, Sharon, I’ve never had a dime in pay from Barbour (whichever Barbour you had in mind). and I’d bet relatively serious money that Sam Hall hasn’t, [...]

The “regression analysis” that is critical to McDaniel’s contest arguments was from a weblog, not a McDaniel expert!?!

This is truly bizzare.  One of the key elements of McDaniel’s election challenge is a claim that a regression analysis had demonstrated that there was a correlation between black population and the increase in Cochran votes between the two primaries.  The analysis was an exhibit to the complaint, but was not included in the [...]

Black Votes Don’t Count, Part II: about McDaniel’s claim of a 25,000 vote victory

The Jackson Free Press has a good summary about why it’s fair to describe McDaniel’s challenge as an attack on black votes:

But ultimately, the McDaniel camp wants to show one thing: Cochran won because of black votes that shouldn’t have been cast. On the fifth page of the complaint, McDaniel lawyers cite an [...]