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It’s All Over for Stevens

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Posted on Nov 18, 2008

Stevens was convicted last month on seven felony counts for failing to disclose more than $250,000 in gifts.

Ted Stevens will not be returning to work in the Senate after surviving there longer than any Republican ever. The convicted felon lost his re-election battle with Democrat Mark Begich by a few thousand votes after leading on election night. The news came on his Stevens’ birthday.

Washington Post:

ANCHORAGE, Alaska—Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens has lost his bid for a seventh term. The longest-serving Republican in the history of the Senate trailed Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich by 3,724 votes after Tuesday’s count. That’s an insurmountable lead with only about 2,500 overseas ballots left to be counted.

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By RegularJoe, November 20, 2008 at 5:13 am Link to this comment
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Thanks Maani.  No, I hadn’t ever looked into it; I was just responding to Allan Krueger taunting that “Uh oh, now [she] won’t be able to appoint herself as his replacement.”.  Don’t know why I assumed he knew what the rules were, given the fairly juvenile nature of his post.  I know procedures vary from state to state, and… well, it IS Alaska, after all….

I just thought the notion that someone who would aspire to national office would commit such a highly visible arrogation of power, even if it were permissible, was silly.  She may not be well enough informed, but she’s no dope, especially where politics is concerned.

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By Maani, November 19, 2008 at 9:01 pm Link to this comment


Not sure if you know this, but a sitting governor cannot appoint themselves to an open Senate seat.  In order for her to take the seat, there would have to be a special election - which she COULD call for as governor (under certain circumstances - which have not been met in this case).  But she could not run unopposed, and would also have temporarily step down as governor and the lieutenant governor would “run things” during the campaign.

That’s the law.


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By Alejandro, November 19, 2008 at 7:22 pm Link to this comment
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I agree totally with RWallace. Change how politic’s is done in Washington, or words to that effect. Yea right! Nice start. Kowtowing to the status quo. There will be no justice for America nor for the victims of this decitful current administration. Now Sly Slick Willy is back at the helm. Obama will only be a silver tongue yes man. Damn it, am I pissed. Is there no one left in our country that we can trust not be so easilly corrupted?

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By RegularJoe, November 19, 2008 at 3:19 pm Link to this comment
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... Ted will get probation because of his age.  As for any sort of pardon, I’d bet my positive-equity house Bush will not pardon him; but I Obama just might, as a play to Republican goodwill.

Problem is, Republicans I know want him behind bars more than Dems I know.  In addition to being a disgrace to the office of US Senator, he’s been a disgrace and a PR disaster for our party.

Just an observation (speculation for which I offer no evidence) to whomever thinks this signals a change in party preference for Alaska: I doubt it.  I suspect there were three camps among Alaska republicans: those who thought Stevens was fine, and voted for him hoping to see him somehow stay in office; those who thought he needed to go to jail but voted for him wanting SOME other Republican appointed to replace him; and those whose conscience just simply wouldn’t allow them to vote for Stevens—so they either voted for the Dem or not at all.  If I lived in Alaska, I believe I’d have fallen into that last category.

My point is that I believe when the conscientious objectors move back into the R column for future races, you’ll see it’s still a Republican state.

FWIW, I don’t believe Palin would have appointed herself to replace Stevens, even if she wanted to.  Despite the liberal meme that she’s an evil conniver who wants to abuse power, I think she’s basically someone who bends over backwards to do what she things is right—and I don’t think she would think appointing herself was right.  It’s also too risky as a PR move, considering she seems to be considering a run for the Presidency someday (and to answer the inevitable question: no, she is not ready to be President; but she’s got the basic abilities, and mostly needs to learn National issues with the same depth she has learned Alaskan issues).  I do look for her to run for Lisa Murkowsky’s seat in a couple of years.

Thanks for letting a crunchy ol’ con have his say.  I hope I’ve been more polite than some of the dems I’ve seen on conservative-leaning sites.

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By Inherit The Wind, November 19, 2008 at 3:07 pm Link to this comment

Hey! Two for the price of one! First, Stevens is GONE!!! Now Sarah Palin loses her shot to be a Senator and get back into the national spotlight.  I guess Begich actually WINNNIG didn’t come to their plans.

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By Maani, November 19, 2008 at 11:27 am Link to this comment

This makes 58.  Franken, a real possibility, would make 59.  And if Martin can carry out an upset in the special election, that would make 60.  It could happen!

As for Palin, this not only means she cannot run in a special election (nor even appoint an interim Senator), it also means that even Alaskans may not vote as readily for Repugs in coming years as they used to.


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By Allan Krueger, November 19, 2008 at 5:45 am Link to this comment

Uh oh, now Sarah (Bridge To No Where) Palin won’t be able to appoint herself as his replacement. So, in the near term, she will need to confine her abuses of power, to Alaska! You betcha!

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By leftyrite, November 19, 2008 at 5:31 am Link to this comment

Steny Hoyer, there’s work for you!

Seek leniency for this dessicated cat!

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By RWallace, November 19, 2008 at 12:14 am Link to this comment
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Does anyone even think that this convicted felon will end up in prison?  After seeing the last eight years, I would bet my last dollar that the Felon won’t go to prison.

On the day of reconciliation, the American must wake up, storm the Bastille, and drag the untried criminals into a fair court and put the convicted ones into prison. Unfortunately, we must also find a boat capable of exporting 535 congress members, an administation, and a countless number of lobbyists to the Hague for a fair examination.

This government is as rotten as any government in world history, and the American sheep just keep grazing!


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By skulz fontaine, November 18, 2008 at 9:36 pm Link to this comment

Dear Teddy:
Can you say “pick up the soap?” You’ll learn to love life with ‘Big Bubba’ and being the house mouse probably won’t be so bad. Well that is unless, you get to do your time in New Mexico. Yikes, watch out for El Diablo Blanco Bandido! That is ONE bad ass Aryan! Ummm Ted? Can you say karma?

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By Chapeau, November 18, 2008 at 9:21 pm Link to this comment
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Now put his a$$ in prison!

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