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Sen. Ted Stevens Convicted of All Charges in Corruption Case

Del Quentin Wilber has the story here, and Chris Cillizza susses out the electoral implications here.

Posted at 5:09 PM ET on Oct 27, 2008  | Category:  Republican Party
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Will Palin, Steven's ex-director of “Ted Stevens Excellence in Public Service” 527 group as recently as 2005, go rogue on this one?

"McCain calls on convicted senator to step down"

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 28, 2008 9:59 AM

What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul...

Posted by: AlexP1 | October 28, 2008 9:02 AM



A year ago I would have agreed with you that we are a center-right country

However how do you account for the apparently millions who support the ultra-left high-tax socialist Black-Liberation-Thelogy Obama ???

Some of these people are post-midlife crisis protester-wannabees who yearn for the 60s to come back. Yea, they get out of their white mercedes and they want to go to a flower child rally.

These people believe the Weather Underground is "cool." Did it ever disband? Obama could be a secret member for all we know.

The members of the Weather Underground have been attempting to infiltrate the Democratic National Committee for decades - they were at the Democratic National Committee during Bill Clinton's transition period in 1992 - 1993. The Washington Post really should track these people and see what they have been up to - one thing they have been doing is mentoring Obama.


I find this entire development quite concerning - CHRIS IF YOU ACTUALLY READ WILLIAM AYERS' WRITINGS FROM THE 60s - Ayers says he wants to create an alliance with the forces of Black Liberation Theology and destroy America from that direction.

Even MSNBC this morning was slamming the New York Times on media bias - that is hilarious however the problem has been so severe they cannot deceive anymore and having Joe and Mika admit and discuss it is at least a first step.

Chris - let's see you do ONE PIECE on the philosophy of the Church of Black Liberation Theology - how they see everything through "white values" and "black values" and REMIND EVERYONE THEY ARE TEACHING THEIR CHILDREN THIS NONSENSE. Then remind everyone that Obama gave the Church of Black Liberation Theology $20,000.00 in one year.



Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 28, 2008 7:36 AM

Brokaw Nails McCain On Taxing The Wealthy, Reagan's Record:

Brokaw was dead on yesterday in his interview with McCain, holding the candidate's feet to the fire. In this mashup, Brokaw plays two clips, one of McCain in 2000 explicitly voicing his support for increasing taxes on the wealthy, and another from 2004 when he defended his opposition to Bush's tax cuts on the grounds that they disproportionately benefited the wealthy. When McCain tries to weasel his way out by claiming Herbert Hoover was the last person to raise taxes during a recession, Brokaw is quick to point out that his hero Ronald Reagan actually raised taxes in his first two years. Needless to say McCain bumbles and stumbles in the face of reality.

McCAIN: The last time a president of the United States that did that was a guy named Herbert Hoover, protectionism and raising taxes.

BROKAW: Well, Ronald Reagan raised taxes as well, after the first two years in office.

McCAIN: Not in these times. Not in times--not in economic times like these.

BROKAW: Well, right after the recession he did, in the first two years of his office.

McCAIN: Well, look, I would be glad to review the Reagan record, but the Reagan record was certainly one that reined in spending.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 28, 2008 2:06 AM

Some at McCain rally suggest Michelle Obama has a DUI? See video.

Posted by: pastor123 | October 28, 2008 1:54 AM

What is it about Republicans from Alaska?

Palin is given a $150,000 wardrobe, which she picked out and she wears, but then she claims she doesn't own it and doesn't wear it?

Stevens was given furniture, but then he claims he doesn't own it, yet it still sits in his home?

Stuff is given to them, but they don't own it? Steven and Palin must attend the same seminars on electoral ethics, or is this just a Alaska Republican thing?

Corrupt psychopaths? .....YOU BETCHA!

Posted by: DrainYou | October 28, 2008 1:03 AM


You funny.

Cannula: you'd better quit being such a gentleman.

People are liable to start reading your opinions. That would be bad for radical anti American liberal socialists like me.

Regards -


Posted by: JohnQuimby | October 27, 2008 11:03 PM

Alaska has a high suicide rate too but I think it has something to do with low light levels in the winter. Just a guess.
Don't see too many Italians hanging themselves.

I hope Ted Stevens keeps his spirits up.

Posted by: seemstome | October 27, 2008 10:49 PM

There you go again, against redistributing things!
Pesonally I could stand a little of that old time Clinton socialism.

Let's get that spigot to trickle down a little faster, kick it up a notch!

Posted by: seemstome | October 27, 2008 10:30 PM

Stevens should lose the election, next Palin should be censured for ethics violations. Why does a state with less than 700 thousand citizens seem so corrupt?
Personally I think Stevens violations were small change. If you look anywhere in the Bush administration you will find ten-fold the amount of corruption. If you look in Iraq, ten thousand fold.

Posted by: seemstome | October 27, 2008 10:16 PM


Thanks for the opportunity to discuss our differing positions.

Sorry, I was at work.
You have a problem with Jack Welch. I see him as a money magnet: wherever he goes, money follows. He pulled GE out of Rhode Island and thousands of middle class workers lost their jobs and are still suffering. So, the officials of Rhode Island are reconsidering their 9% state corporate tax rate- what do you think they should do? Isn't it the same thing WE should do on Nov 4th? Let's cut US corporate tax rates so Jack's successors running multinational corporations don't see the US the way Jack saw Rhode Island...But Rooster, It's Not Personal- It's Just Business...

Obama is now on tape from 2001 confirming that he wants to redistribute wealth and change the supreme court to assist in this task-

John Mccain wants to keep business in America by cutting corporate taxes-

Socialism (Redistributive economy) has failed EVERYWHERE it's been tried- according to the World Health Org., countries with the highest rate of suicide are all socialist- take away incentive and employment goes down, suicide goes up- is that the country for which you will vote?

Posted by: thecannula | October 27, 2008 8:25 PM

The GOP Rats are Deserting the USS McCain in Titanic Proportions

The Republican rats are all jumping the ship. The USS McCain/Titanic is in full sink mode and all the traditional Republicans, strategists and party faithful are running away as fast as they can.

All of these Republican water-carriers who faithfully parroted every lunacy and vicious Bush/Cheney lie of the last eight years are seeing their Propaganda Factory shut down and put out of business. They can't control the national conversation anymore, so they're all angling to be considered "one of the good ones" in the post-conservative era. I also look for a lot of these guys to start avoiding Fixed News Channel like the plague the next few years as they seek to rehab their reputations.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 27, 2008 8:11 PM

McCain knows all about bailing out rich bankers and screwing over middle class and poor people, he's been doing it for years

McCain - Founding Member of the Keating 5:

McCain was one of the "Keating Five," congressmen investigated on ethics charges for strenuously helping convicted racketeer Charles Keating after he gave them large campaign contributions and vacation trips.

Charles Keating was convicted of racketeering and fraud in both state and federal court after his Lincoln Savings & Loan collapsed, costing the taxpayers $3.4 billion. His convictions were overturned on technicalities; for example, the federal conviction was overturned because jurors had heard about his state conviction, and his state charges because Judge Lance Ito (yes, that judge) screwed up jury instructions. Neither court cleared him, and he faces new trials in both courts.)

McCain intervened on behalf of Charles Keating after Keating gave McCain at least $112,00 in contributions. In the mid-1980s, McCain made at least 9 trips on Keating's airplanes, and 3 of those were to Keating's luxurious retreat in the Bahamas. McCain's wife and father-in-law also were the largest investors (at $350,000) in a Keating shopping center; the Phoenix New Times called it a "sweetheart deal."

McCain was not convicted of any crimes, though the Senate concluded that he exercised "poor judgment." (Furthermore, he got off on some charges by a technicality -- that he was still in the House when he took those vacation trips, and so the Senate couldn't prosecute him. The House concluded that THEY couldn't prosecute him because he had moved to the Senate.)

Here's some mavericky straight-talk, my friends:

Posted by: DrainYou | October 27, 2008 8:04 PM

I've been concerned with Obama's committment to Israel after he changed his stance on Jerusalem immediately following Palestinian complaint 1 day after AIPAC-

Gateway Pundit
Friday, October 24, 2008
Confirmed: MSM Holds Video Of Barack Obama Attending Jew-Bash & Toasting a Former PLO Operative... Refuse to Release the Video!

LA Times writer Peter Wallsten wrote about Barack Obama's close association with former Palestinian operative Rashid Khalidi back in April.
Wallsten discussed a dinner held back in 2003 in honor of Khalidi, a critic of Israel and advocate for Palestinian rights.
Barack Obama has denied his close association with Khalidi, too.
According to Wallsten the evening not surprisingly turned into a classic Jew-bash:
"During the dinner a young Palestinian American recited a poem accusing the Israeli government of terrorism in its treatment of Palestinians and sharply criticizing U.S. support of Israel. If Palestinians cannot secure their own land, she said, "then you will never see a day of peace."
One speaker likened "Zionist settlers on the West Bank" to Osama bin Laden, saying both had been "blinded by ideology."
Barack Obama also praised the former PLO operative during the event.
And, Obama confessed that his family often shared dinner with the Khalidis:
His many talks with the Khalidis, Obama said, had been "consistent reminders to me of my own blind spots and my own biases... It's for that reason that I'm hoping that, for many years to come, we continue that conversation -- a conversation that is necessary not just around Mona and Rashid's dinner table," but around "this entire world."
...The event was videotaped, and a copy of the tape was obtained by The (LA)Times.
Khalidi and the Obamas were great friends in Chicago and often shared meals together.
By the way, Khalidi was also best friends with Bill Ayers.
Wallston was one of the few mainstream media reporters to report on this radical Obama associate.

Wallston said that the article was written after he watched video taken at the Khalidi going away party. When I asked him about the video he said that as far as he was concerned he was through with the story.

I asked him if he was planning on releasing this video of Obama toasting the radical Khalidi at this Jew-bash. He told me he was not releasing the video. He also would not comment on his source for the video. So, there you have it.
The LA Times has video of Obama toasting a former PLO operative at a Jew-bash but will not release the video.
This is outrageous.
Obviously, this video would do great damage to Obama who struggles with Jewish voters due to his circle of close anti-Semitic friends.
Maybe this is the reason it is not being released?
Barack Obama funnelled thousands of dollars of cash to Rashidi's anti-Israel Foundation through his work on the Woods Fund.

Posted by: thecannula | October 27, 2008 7:42 PM

If Obama wanted to emulate McCain's attack ads, we would hear robocalls in the Heartland informing America's patriots that McCain:

a) was in the pocket of former Lincoln Savings & Loan president and convicted criminal Charles Keating;

b) was buddies with fellow convicted criminal Republicans Ted Stevens, Tom Delay, Scooter Libby, Bob Allen, Trent Lott, Jack Abramoff, Don Young, Larry Craig, Randy “Duke” Cunningham, Tom Feeney, Alberto Gonzoles, Bob Ney, Rick Renzi, Richard Curtis, Steven Griles, Mark Foley...etc;

c) accepted political donations from the Watergate convicted criminal G. Gordon Liddy;

d) picked a runningmate mired in scandal (Troopergate) and has acted "unethical" according to her own people - - and doctored expense reports to bilk her taxpayers;

e) gave up information to his communist captors in North Vietnam, whereas other American prisoners did NOT;

McCain has a lot to answer for. You can’t call yourself patriot while voting for criminals

Posted by: umtomcat | October 27, 2008 7:32 PM

Now if Stevens wins his re-election. . and goes to prison, Palin can appoint herself as the replacement so she can 'git in dere and make good laws' like she promised that 3rd grader!!

Gee, it sure looks like Blunder Woman the GOP Vice Presidential nominee has a lot of friends in low places:


Posted by: DrainYou | October 27, 2008 7:00 PM


Posted by: DrainYou | October 27, 2008 6:36 PM

janawalter87 is correct. At the same time Palin was sitting on the Alaska Oil and Gas Commission in 2004, she was managing a 527 soft money fund for Senator Ted Stevens, a fund that took money from the petroleum industry. Palin is cut from the same cloth as Ted Stevens.

Posted by: AKwatchman | October 27, 2008 5:43 PM

Palin Was A Director of Newly Convicted Alaskan Sen. Steven's (R) 527 "Excellence in Public Service":

Posted by: janawalter87 | October 27, 2008 5:32 PM

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