Yesterday, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the White House hosted the Prime Minister of Ireland, Brian Cowen. Joe Biden, who compulsively says something hilarious about once a month, was telling a story about some old New Yorker cartoon when he made an aside about Cowen’s deceased mother, who is actually still alive. But Biden quickly realized he was actually thinking of Cowen’s departed father, and everyone had a good laugh. Ha-ha, dead parents!
Post-manual-recount Florida Senate **official** election results: Rick Scott (R) defeats Bill Nelson (D) by 10,033 votes.
The manual recount actually shifted the margin by 2,570 votes, which is more than twice as many as the previous record recount shift this century. The fact that Florida is a huge state helps, but that’s certainly notable.
25,543 fewer votes were cast in the Florida Senate race than governor’s race in Broward County. It’s possible—though by no means certain—that bad ballot design cost Bill Nelson his seat.