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Waiting for Uncle Ted

Some 200 reporters and photographers lined the hallway outside the rooms where Senate Democrats and Republicans were meeting, separately, this morning to debate the fate of Sens. Joe Lieberman and Ted Stevens.

At ten minutes after 11 a.m., a flurry of camera flashes started a stampede of reporters down the hallway. Lieberman? No - Stevens! He was immediately surrounded by dozens of cameras and microphones. "Can I just go to the bathroom?" he pleaded. One photographer had a shot of him walking into the men's room.

On his way back, Stevens was again besieged, and this time he paused to talk. He said that he hasn't really slept in four months. He said that he feels as if he's living multiple lives. "I wouldn't wish this on anyone, on my worst enemy," he said.

Was he pleased about his two-day reprieve before colleagues vote on whether to kick him out? "Uh, I don't like to say pleased, but I'm happy," he said.

What does he plan to say in his defense? "What do I plan to say? I plan to say it's a nice state. It's a really nice state."

And about his conviction on corruption related charges? "I'm still in the situation where there are motions pending and everything else on the trial," he said. "I'm not at liberty yet to talk about it."

The GOP meeting soon ended, and minority leader Mitch McConnell went before the cameras just off the Senate floor. He said nothing about Stevens in his opening statement.

But, of course, the first question was about Stevens. "The position of the conference was that that matter ought to be postponed until we knew the outcome of the election in Alaska," he said.

The second question was also about Stevens. "The position of the conference is that the matter ought to be taken up after we know the results of the election in Alaska," he repeated.

Another question was asked about Stevens. "Let me just say again, on the Stevens issue, the view of the conference was that it ought to be delayed until we knew the results of the election in Alaska."

A fourth questioner inquired about Stevens. "I don't know whether I should repeat the same thing four times or not," McConnell said, before deciding in the affirmative. "The conference agreed to postpone the matter until we knew the outcome of the election in Alaska."

By Dana Milbank  | November 18, 2008; 12:49 PM ET
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Oh that poor, poor old man.

You reporters are a bunch of BIG MEANIES!

It's not like ole' Ted Stevens ever did anything bad to anybody else or broke any laws....oh wait, he's the most crotchety misguided oldster since Strom Thurmond and he was found guilty of 7 felonies...

Posted by: Heerman532 | November 18, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

For the admitted meanest SOB in the senate, you really do lead multiple lives. You have just told soooo many lies, you don't know which life you are in from one minute to the next.

Posted by: edeckel | November 18, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

... watching ted stevens go to the bathroom....
and who said reporters had interesting lives?

Posted by: thegwoe | November 18, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Couldn't be happening to a more deserving guy. Lest we forget, this is the same Sen. Stevens whose cause celebre was opening a national wildlife refuge to oil drilling, even long before oil prices started to rise.

There's something truly loathsome in some Republicans, this vicious teeth-gnashing hatred of environmentalism, the determination to do so much damage while in power that there will be nothing left to preserve. That's just sick.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | November 18, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Uncle Ted and Cousin Sara, what a team! The personification of self-serving deception and abuse of power. Do you good folks in Alaska grasp the fact these two jerks have made you and your State the laughing stock of the Western Hemisphere??

And now that she cannot appoint herself to the halls of the U.S. capitol, are you going to reward Palin with re-election in two years? If you are that out of touch with reality I respectfully suggest you deserve all the pain that will result.

Posted by: Disgusted123 | November 18, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse


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Posted by: JackSmith1 | November 18, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

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