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Stevens Goes Down

Posted on Oct 27, 2008

The senator poses with Miss Alaska.

Sen. Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican in the Senate, has been convicted on seven counts of lying about gifts he received while in office. Unless he steps down, the Republican Party will be running a convicted felon for the Senate in the Nov. 4 election.

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Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens has been convicted of lying about free home renovations and other gifts he received from a wealthy oil contractor.

The Senate’s longest-serving Republican, Stevens was found guilty on all seven counts of making false statements on Senate financial documents.

The verdict throws the upcoming election into disarray. Stevens is fighting off a challenge from Democrat Mark Begich and must now either drop out or continue campaigning as a convicted felon.

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By Vianca, April 27, 2011 at 4:33 am Link to this comment
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Superior thinking dmeosntaretd above. Thanks!

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By LibertyWatch, October 28, 2008 at 11:31 am Link to this comment

Could not happen to a more “deserving” Repuke! The timing of the outcome is great too!

PEACE by Popular Demand!

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By samosamo, October 28, 2008 at 8:38 am Link to this comment

That ms. alaska sure has the laura bush blank stare going for her.

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By ReapTheDayToTheEnd, October 28, 2008 at 7:35 am Link to this comment
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I guess this is what you call , you reap what you sow, you are what you eat and etc. Corruption and charity starts from home and propagate to become bigger and larger issues. If getting away with corruption as a leader, this explains why we have so much issues in our financial system today. Can we put two and two together. The bad fruits does not fall to far away from the bad tree…

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By WykydRed, October 27, 2008 at 9:12 pm Link to this comment

Isn’t it incredible how easily people seem to
acquiescent to the little things over the right things? Earmarks, pork, step down, trade a vote with a returned favor? Trade this for that, add a little of this or that to this because it’s sure to pass so we can just slip all this stuff by and if it backfires, why we can just say “I didn’t personally read this Bill because ... well, it’s just so long and there are so many other things my constituency pays me to do! And everyone profits. Yay!

No wonder people so easily accept the fact that their government is just another Wall Street or loan institute. And look what’s happening to those.

Whatever happened to going to prison for committing crimes? Nice though that politicians are still paid their millions of dollars in “retirement” if they do happen to land in jail. Nicer still the American people who are stupid enough to shout “We’re #1!” and still have the nerve to call themselves American are so steeped in blind patriotism they’re too busy waving their flags and kicking anyone who raises an objection to their drone-like behavior in the teeth. That’ll keep those no-good anti-American hippie liberal communists in their place! Yay REAL ‘Mericans!

Whatever happened to zero tolerance? When did retribution for abusing your sworn political duty become nothing but a heavy sigh and simple acceptance of “the grease that keeps the cogs moving”?

Yeah. Perform acts of traitorism against the Constitution and the people you serve and you get to just “step down”. That’ll show people! They’ll never threaten voters, use their dirty little tricks to disqualify people from voting, remove people from office because they’re not “the right kind”, slide things into a Bill that is un-Consitutional, let religion rule anyway it likes, take bribes… Yeah. Stepping down will solve everything!

I hold nothing but contempt for this country and the people who inhabit her with their smug superiority for being the most lackluster, do-nothing pack of government-owned, mind-controlled slaves in American history. The only thing Americans seem to be #1 at is brushing aside every small wrong in order to allow the greater evil in. I guess it just takes too much work to put actual punishment in place. And gosh, executions are just icky—unless it’s those terrible people on Death Row. Now THOSE people are REAL criminals!

There is a specific point where “tolerance” becomes ridiculous and loses all meaning. We’ve haven’t just stepped past that point, we’ve run a marathon’s length away from it.

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By Opening Eyes, October 27, 2008 at 8:38 pm Link to this comment

If Alaskans went for Palin, and they have gone for Stevens, what does that say about them?  We shall see if they have a moral conscience and avoid electing a felon to represent them. 
People give Palin such credibility because she was elected governor of the rich state of Alaska.  I think Alaskans can do better.
Maybe Sarah likes her position of power as Governor. Maybe she’ll send Todd to the Senate if the opportunity arises. 
Yes, Bush would certainly pardon Stevens.  I wonder who will be around to pardon Bush.

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By Davian, October 27, 2008 at 7:51 pm Link to this comment

As someone who has cringed for the last two decades under this little megalomaniac’s representation in the Senate, I assure you, Stevens will prevail in the end.

This is not just because he is certain to be granted a pardon from a president who has never had any intention of following the rule of law, but because the majority of the Alaskan electorate is just as corrupt and devoid of moral principles as their greased pork tyrant in the Senate.

Here’s another way to look at it: a felon is not allowed to vote but is allowed to hold office in the Senate and THEN vote on pork stuffing till the cows come home. This is the snake eating its tail.

The chances this little felon will “go down” are roughly equal to the chances of a divine act of justice: Such as, Stevens being in an absolute tie and losing because it was finally revealed that he voted for himself.

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By rowdy, October 27, 2008 at 7:39 pm Link to this comment

i’m sure he will say, like palin did. “this vindicates me”. like nixon’s “i am not a crook”. palin and stevens; what mavericks.

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By wish i knew, October 27, 2008 at 3:49 pm Link to this comment

sorry Dr. Knowitall, you are right - i should have been more careful and specific that my point was purely meant to mock mccain, not join his rant against earmarks (the quotes obviously weren’t enough).

I fully agree with your assessment of earmarks. Like SO many other things, I assume they probably represent a once-shrewd tactic used to protect the public interest that has gotten abused, and now it has been further reduced to merely another talking point and tool to mislead and manipulate voters.

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By middlepath, October 27, 2008 at 3:31 pm Link to this comment

Wonderful. Now, let’s see, he’s still running for re-election to the US Senate. If re-elected, he’ll probably resign and guess who will be appointed to his seat—his protege, Palin.

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, October 27, 2008 at 2:54 pm Link to this comment

Liberals need to be a little more careful with their anti-earmark rhetoric.

Not being a real student of government, would some learned person please tell me what is so bad about earmarks and pork that makes them into political demagogic talking points.

I’d rather see legislation, unadulterated legislation fly through congress without the add-ons, but aren’t earmarks a way for reps to return to the taxpayers of their districts at least a little bit of tax money for various needs?  Are they all bad?  How much would a particular constituency reap from the fed treasury were it not for their rep selling his/her vote for a few thousand dollars? Am I wrong?  Everyone hates pork, unless it shows up on their own plate.  Give me a break.  This is Washington.

Of course, I’d never condone taking a bribe from a corp.  That’s very bad.  But I would do anything to pose with Miss Alaska.  Doesn’t it get terribly cold up there at night?

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By Opening Eyes, October 27, 2008 at 2:30 pm Link to this comment

Yes, my thoughts as well.  It ought to be Sarah and Todd’s turn now.

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By Ron Ranft, October 27, 2008 at 2:11 pm Link to this comment
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The real annoyance is that Stevens after being convicted of what should be right up there with murder will do little if any time. He used his position as an elected representative for personal gain and then lied about it. It remains to be seen if he will serve as much time as Martha Stewart who made a lot less money. The reason the penalties are not as severe as they should be is because these criminals write their own laws, appoint their own investigators and judges. People who want to appear to be hard on crime always cite the need for the death penalty as being one of deterrences? Where is the deterrence here?

Someone said that Alaska is proud of Stevens implying that somehow the people of Alaska are defecient for thinking that Stevens is good because he delivered the pork on time. Congress now has an approval rating lower than Dick Cheney. And yet two members are battling it out for President. How can this be? It is because when the polls are taken the respondents are really clear that Congress is full of scoudrels and thieves and should be cleaned out….except for whoever their representative is. They are a good, honest, hard working representative who delivers their pork on time too. Representatives used to try to solve complex problems with well written laws. Now they let subordinates and lobbyists do the work while they raise funds for their next election knowing that in order to get the vote all they have to do is hold a barbque and pass out the pork. These scallywags and scoundrels do what they do because the People let them! Stevens’ only crime is that he got a little too far ahead and he got caught!

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By wish i knew, October 27, 2008 at 2:11 pm Link to this comment

well lookie here… it’s an “earmarker” getting what he deserves… looks like we don’t need to elect mcsame to “make him famous” after all. 

it will be interesting to watch palin spin this one just like she spins her own flagrant ethics breaches… i’m sure it will be something to do with the democrats, and the media…

if we could just get the mesmerized flock to stop checking out her jimmy choos and smell what she’s been shoveling…

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By BruSays, October 27, 2008 at 2:08 pm Link to this comment


On to Bush/Cheney!

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By dick, October 27, 2008 at 2:07 pm Link to this comment
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One of the most adept crooks in Washington, but returned to office for 30 years by happy voters who were as greedy and dishonest as he is.

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By LJ in MD, October 27, 2008 at 1:39 pm Link to this comment
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So when does Sarah’s trial start?
She and Todd have done worse than what Steven’s has done, and she was already found guilty once.
I guess guilty does not mean what I thought it meant.

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By Frank, October 27, 2008 at 1:27 pm Link to this comment

I think most Alaskans will be disappointed that he was convicted. Sure they knew he was corrupt, but he has been bringing home the bacon for decades. Alaskans might actually have to start paying for their own bridges and and other projects with state money,  and not getting such a big ‘free money’ check from the state every year.

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By purplewolf, October 27, 2008 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment

Sara has sat at his side and taken lessons and learned well from this criminal. I hope it does not take to long before it is her turn for the same fate as his. Just don’t let those “doe” eyes fool you.

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By Alejandro, October 27, 2008 at 1:23 pm Link to this comment
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Correct me if I’am wrong, but isn’t this the same contractor that built Gov. Palin’s new home and recieved a contract to build some sport facility in the Governor’s home town in Wasala or what-ever it’s called? Hmm; might bare looking into.

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By PatrickHenry, October 27, 2008 at 1:12 pm Link to this comment

Now for Delay, Hatch and the host of other “lifers” in congress who take “favors”.

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By magicwanz, October 27, 2008 at 1:05 pm Link to this comment

This is a small thing, but it feels soooo good. The world is incrementally a better, cleaner place.

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