Here is an unsettling thought for those who waited eight years to have a Democratic president appointing judges: Barack Obama could well end his first term with a more conservative Supreme Court than the one he inherited.
Former Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska probably lost his seat because he was convicted of corruption charges, but now his guilt may be in doubt. At the direction of Attorney General Eric Holder, the Justice Department has asked a federal judge to set aside the verdict and dismiss the indictment because of prosecutorial shenanigans.
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 Stevens' 85th birthday.
For a steel sculpture of migrating salmon, amongst other goodies, Ted Stevens -- one of the lions of the Senate -- was willing to forfeit the kingdom.
Even as his conviction has politicos rethinking Senate filibuster math, Ted Stevens of Alaska says he'll fight the verdict and continue campaigning for re-election. It's not all bad news for the longest serving Senate Republican -- and you really can't make this up -- the Senate doesn't ban convicted felons.
Even cursory examination shows that Sarah Palin's posturing is wildly exaggerated and her campaign claims veer toward fraud.
While most other newspapers around the country treated the indictment of Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, as a major cover story, the New York Post ran the story as a small item on Page 17. As Stephen Colbert put it, "Thank God for Rupert Murdoch and the objective journalists at the New York Post," which featured a 44-pound cat from New Jersey on Wednesday's cover.
For an object lesson in the distorted values of the Senate, contrast how it is handling the Larry Craig case with how it is handling the Ted Stevens case.