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Ted Stevens Set to Deliver Swan Song



Alaska Republican Sen. Ted Stevens. AP Photo by Gerald Herbert

Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) will take to the Senate floor Thursday morning for the first time since he was convicted on seven felony conspiracy counts to say goodbye to his colleagues, sources tell the Sleuth.

Having lost his Senate reelection race to Democrat Mark Begich Tuesday - on his 85th birthday, no less - Stevens conceded on Wednesday. This will likely be the veteran senator's last week on Capitol Hill, where he has served since 1968.

Stevens, the longest serving Republican in the Senate, is scheduled to give a farewell speech at 11 a.m. ET on the Senate floor, we're told.

Tune in. It's guaranteed to be a moment of high drama, far surpassing the notorious "hissy fit" floor speech three years ago in which Stevens vowed "I will be taken out of here on a stretcher" if his colleagues voted to deny funding for his infamous "bridge to nowhere."

Something tells us the convicted Alaskan senator will be wearing his trademark Incredible Hulk tie, which he is wont to wear when the chips are down and the going gets tough.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 19, 2008; 9:18 PM ET
 
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/happydance

It couldn't have happened to a bigger sleazebag, and on his birthday, too! Delicious!

Posted by: irae | November 20, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Not with a bang, but a whimper does the paper tiger go.Meow!

Posted by: majorteddy | November 20, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

He should have ran in New jersey. They elect the dead, the almost dead, Lautenberg, the convicted and those under investigation and indictement. They voted for change with obama but elected and decided to stay with the old, lautenberg. DUH

Posted by: LTCSTAN | November 20, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Stevens is a dual poster child. First, he truly lives up to the maxim about how power ultimately corrupts and individual.

Second, he also rates poster status for being obnoxious, pompous, arrogant, and a crook.

the good people of Alaska really liked this guy, right up to the point where he outgrew his pants.

Well done Alaska. Now please do this again with the governor in 2 years if she doesn't perform.

Posted by: Thatsnuts | November 20, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Why does this man still feel the need to serve at 85, when he is one of the longest serving Senators already? I would imagine he's slowing down some, and could've handed off the baton to someone younger and more energetic long ago -- his state is so far right, he probably wouldn't have had to worry about a Democrat getting his spot. I believe he has done a disservice to his state, his country and himself beyond all the corruption, just by staying so long! But I'm so glad a moron like Sarah Palin isn't filling his seat!

Posted by: squirebass | November 20, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

What a tortured and agonizing soul. Yikes! This man squandered this precious life and the trust placed in him.

If he had any sense about himself he would spend the rest of his numbered days recalling, recounting, reliving, and repenting for the incredible harm and negativity he's introduced to the world.

Hell, even George Wallace came to his senses (such as they were). This go around, Ted Stevens has been a complete failure as a human being. I cannot even imagine the next incarnation for him. Maybe a flat worm or something similar.

No matter how we look at it, Teddy boy has a dark future ahead of him. Karma: not a cosmic repayment for sin. Karma: the effect of the thing you caused. Teddy's karma just bit him in his scrawny old
bee-hind.

Posted by: Goldmund52hotmailcom | November 20, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

I confess to be completely amazed at this turn of events. I have no doubt that Stevens could have manipulated the system to ensure he won the election, as Don Young did. Why couldn't Stevens?

Apparently, there were other powerful forces equally determined for him not to win (perhaps the other Senate Republicans finally gave up on him and made it clear they would not back him if he contested the election or was caught stuffing ballots).

He did get 40 years of power and the perks that come with it, and $100K+ annual pension, his name on an airport, and won't serve a day in jail (if the conviction is not tossed out Bush will pardon him). He still came out way ahead and the damage he wreaked on the country will be a long-lasting legacy. Crime does pay, and it paid off big-time for Ted Stevens.

Posted by: bpai_99 | November 20, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

The Senators should have turned their backs on this scumbag instead of listening to his swan song. How does a pig deliver a swan song?
By giving Stevens an audience, the Senate proved beyond doubt, that it was cut from the same cloth as the felon Stevens. This collegiality for which the Senate is famous, has gone a bit too far when they can give this puke a standing ovation. It's clear that the Senate is saying, you're one of us, we're just like you.

Posted by: Doubtom | November 25, 2008 2:33 AM | Report abuse

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