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Corruption Conviction of Sen. Stevens Enhances Democrats' Prospects


Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

UPDATE, 10/28 10:15 am: John McCain released a statement this morning in which he called for Stevens to step aside from the Senate. Calling the verdict "a sign of the corruption and insider-dealing that has become so pervasive in our nation's capital", McCain added: "It is clear that Senator Stevens has broken his trust with the people and that he should now step down."

UPDATE, 6:50 pm: Stevens remained defiant in a statement released moments ago. "I am obviously disappointed in the verdict but not surprised given the repeated instances of prosecutorial misconduct in this case," Stevens said. He added that he is innocent and blamed his conviction on the "unconscionable manner in which the Justice Department lawyers conducted this trial."

ORIGINAL POST
The news that Ted Stevens has been found guilty on all charges in his federal corruption trial badly imperils any lingering chance that the long-time Alaska Republican Senator had at winning reelection in eight days time.

It's hard to imagine worse timing for the Stevens' conviction to be announced -- roughly one week before he faces Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich in a race long targeted by national Democrats as a takeover opportunity.

And, because the guilty verdict happened so close to the election, Stevens's name will remain on the ballot whether or not he resigns his seat in the wake of the conviction -- meaning that, simply put, Republicans are stuck with him.

National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman John Ensign (Nev.) offered a strong condemnation of Stevens and seemed to hint that this conviction would lead to his defeat.

"This is a sad day for the United States Senate," said Ensign. "Ted Stevens served his constituents for over 40 years and I am disappointed to see his career end in disgrace."

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, released a statement of her own late Monday night -- casting the Stevens' verdict as evidence of the "corrupting influence of the big oil service company that was allowed to control too much of our state." Palin did not call for Stevens' resignation in her statement, saying only: "I'm confident Senator Stevens will do what's right for the people of Alaska."

Begich, for his part, was decidedly reserved in his statement on the Stevens' conviction. "This past year has been a difficult time for Alaskans, but our people are strong and resilient and I believe that we will be able to move forward together to address the critical challenges that face Alaska," he said.

The Alaska Democratic Party was less restrained -- calling for Stevens' resignation. "Senator Stevens' felony convictions are very serious and he should immediately resign from the United States Senate," said Patti Higgins, the chairwoman of the Alaska Democratic Party. "He knew what he was doing was wrong, but he did it anyway and lied to Alaskans about it. Alaskans deserve better from their public officials."

Other Democratic Senate candidates also moved quickly to capitalize on the fallout from the Stevens verdict. Former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, who is seeking to oust appointed Sen. Roger Wicker (R), put out a release minutes after the ruling was announced denouncing "politicians and their insider friends [who] are more concerned with their own interests than the people's business."

And even Red State, a prominent conservative blog, endorsed Begich late in the day under the headline: "Party loyalty has its Limits".

At issue in the trial was whether Stevens, who has represented Alaska in the Senate since 1968, failed to disclose a series of free renovations of his Alaska home performed by individuals with ties to Veco Corp. -- an oil and energy services company whose executives have already pled guilty to seeking to bribe elected officials.

Stevens had argued during the trial that he paid every bill he ever received and was unaware he was receiving free services. The prosecution used Bill Allen, the founder of Veco and a longtime Stevens friend, as their star witness; Allen testified that Stevens was aware he had received special treatment in regards the renovations made to his home.

Strategists in both parties had acknowledged that until the outcome of the trial was known it was nearly impossible to predict Stevens's chances at reelection.

Had he been acquitted, it's likely he could have painted the trial as evidence of a Justice Department run amok -- a message that could well have delivered him a reelection victory in a state notoriously suspicious of government intrusion.

Stevens's conviction, however, makes it hard to see a path for him to retain his Senate seat.

Polling conducted over the last month has shown the race to be an absolute tossup; the Real Clear Politics average of polling conducted in the race gives Democrat Mark Begich a meager half percent edge.

There is also recent polling that suggests that huge numbers of people in Alaska were following the Stevens trial -- a major problem for the incumbent.

Nearly nine in ten Alaska voters (86 percent) said they had been following the trial closely in an Ivan Moore poll earlier this month and the sample was nearly split between those who thought the trial was going well for Stevens (36 percent) and those who thought it was not going well (35 percent).

While we readily admit that it really is different up in Alaska and handicapping the state's political races is a tough task, it's hard to imagine public opinion not turning drastically against Stevens in the wake of this ruling. Given how close the race was before the ruling, Begich has to be sitting in the catbird's seat today.

The development in Alaska increases Democrats' chances at winning the 60-seat majority that would give them the ability to break filibusters and would mean true control over the Senate.

Three open seat races -- Virginia, New Mexico and Colorado -- are seen as very likely pickups for Democrats, with Republican incumbents in Alaska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, Minnesota, Kentucky and Georgia also coping with various levels of vulnerability.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 27, 2008; 4:45 PM ET
Categories:  Republican Party , Senate  
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"It's going to be a wild ride the next six days."


You know what? Maybe it's not. Maybe if you're a pundit whose sole assignment is to cover the horse race hour by hour, you could somehow expect that "wild" things will occur the next week. But maybe for the vast majority of us who care about politics (and more importantly, policy), we're just tired and begging for this thing to be over.

For most people, the next week will be all whimper, no bang.

Posted by: mattcliff | October 29, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Jackson251 wrote:
If Stevens wins the Senate seat, Palin secures his resignation as part of his sentencing, and her own appointment to his seat, to maintain her place in national politics.
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Me: If Alaskans elect a Republican as Senator, they will get one even if Stevens is replaced by a Palin appointee (possibly herself?) But if Alaskans elect a Democrat as Senator, that's what they will get, period.

Posted by: egc52556 | October 29, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Jackson251 wrote:
If Stevens wins the Senate seat, Palin secures his resignation as part of his sentencing, and her own appointment to his seat, to maintain her place in national politics.
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Me: If Alaskans elect a Republican as Senator, they will get one even if Stevens is replaced by a Palin appointee (possibly herself?) But if Alaskans elect a Democrat as Senator, that's what they will get, period.

Posted by: egc52556 | October 29, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Jackson251 wrote:
If Stevens wins the Senate seat, Palin secures his resignation as part of his sentencing, and her own appointment to his seat, to maintain her place in national politics.
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Me: If Alaskans elect a Republican as Senator, they will get one even if Stevens is replaced by a Palin appointee (possibly herself?) But if Alaskans elect a Democrat as Senator, that's what they will get, period.

Posted by: egc52556 | October 29, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

"Go ahead, blame the mortgage crisis on the poor and middle class, but keep in mind, it was the Republicans' deregulation that allowed this to happen."

Deregulation can be good of bad but is a meaningless thingcompared to action. Lawsuits and threats of lawsuits into pushing institutions to lend to parties without colatteral is meaningful action. Its at the socialist lib's feet.

Posted by: leapin | October 28, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse



Corruption Conviction of Sen. Stevens Enhances Democrats' Prospects

There's always a ? when wrong is performed, yet another ? when wrong is caught. Geeezzz. I don’t think that it matters to the democrats about enhancement, they’re already enhanced and being enhanced with or without the ‘lettuce’ at this time and point at present. But, I do believe that their sympathy goes out to this fellow. NEXT. OBAMA 08!


Posted by: Nisey01 | October 28, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Corruption Conviction of Sen. Stevens Enhances Democrats' Prospects

There's always a ? when wrong is performed, yet another ? when wrong is caught. Geeezzz. I don’t think that it matters to the democrats about enhancement, they’re already enhanced and being enhanced with or without the ‘lettuce’ at this time and point at present. But, I do believe that their sympathy goes out to this fellow. NEXT. OBAMA 08!

Posted by: Nisey01 | October 28, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Corruption Conviction of Sen. Stevens Enhances Democrats' Prospects

There's always a ? when wrong is performed, yet another ? when wrong is caught. Geezzzz.

Posted by: Nisey01 | October 28, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Jeez, some of you have been drinking a little too much of the Mc Cain Kool-aid.

Look, top down economics is not going to get this economy back on track. It's not logical. But the GOP wants to keep their kind from being taxed more. The middle class and the poor are the spenders and the key to fixing this economy; they are the ones that need lower taxes. The rich, Republicans, can afford to pay higher taxes. They may not want to, but their lives won't change and it won't hurt the country as a whole. Go ahead, blame the mortgage crisis on the poor and middle class, but keep in mind, it was the Republicans' deregulation that allowed this to happen. Enjoy the situation you have been voting for, for the last 8 years!!!

And for those of you talking about Obama spreading the wealth, what do you call this bail out plan?!?!?!?!

I am buying out your mortgages... some of you are taping into my wealth, and the GOP is in favor of it.

hypocrites!!!

Posted by: Saints1 | October 28, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Ya know, I'm beginning to lose a little confidence in Chris. Time and time again he's been unable to anticipate the next Republican disaster to hit before the election. Oh sure, he's reported them - but it doesn't take a political junkie to do that. Shoot - they guys from the sports page could do that.

Let's look at the record and see if you agree with me.

Spending 150,000 of campaign funds for a candidates clothes.

An incumbent calling for investigations into anti-American members of Congress.

A senator being convicted of seven felonies.

Well there's still some time left. Maybe Chris can salvage something of his '08 legacy by getting the next one right.

I've got my money on a Palin wardrobe malfunction.

Posted by: DonJasper | October 28, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

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Old Tape of Obama Revealing His Real Thinking:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iivL4c_3pck


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Let's all review how this year, not decades ago. OBAMA REFUSED TO DISAVOW Rev. Wright and his BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY TEACHINGS.


What is worse is that Obama exposed his children to the HATE OF BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY FOR YEARS.


EXPOSED HIS CHILDREN TO THAT RACIST HATE UNTIL IT BECAME POLITICALLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR OBAMA TO CONTINUE TO BRING HIS CHILDREN TO THE RACIST CHURCH !


IF A WHITE candidate had a similar church, the Washignton Post would be railing against that candidate.


The bias is great, the racism is unbelievable. The media has given Obama so many passes.


Then they have to go and get some FALSE CHARGES FROM DECADES AGO.


Investigate Obama and his democratic friends in Chicago.


Investigate his friend REZKO who has been indicted and whose story much of America does not know.


Investigate all the connections between Michele Obama and Farrakhan.


BE SERIOUS MEDIA.


YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING DRINKING THE KOOL-AID OF THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN TALKING POINTS AS IF IT WERE TRUTH.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 28, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Now the Marxist will take over Alaska and tranfser wealth from Rich Oil Companies and send it to Alaskans..

DONT LET THE MARXIST TAKE OVER STOP THE GREAT MARXIST REDISTRIBUTOR of Oil Company wealth to ALASKANS long live the free market...

Posted by: capinfusion | October 28, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

limping spits:

Does anyone know when the trial of Senators Christopher Dodd, Barney Frank and other colleagues starts regarding their complicity with Freddie-Fannie corruption?

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What law was broken?

I know fascists like to throw their foes in prison for no reason but here we have to prove a law was broken...

so, what law?

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Yes I know the fascist BO will probably throw me in jail. We can't determine what law was broken without an investigation. But I don’t believe the crooks are going to investigate themselves. However I believe the Freddie-Fannie corruption is morally and ethically wrong if not legally. Of course this corruption doesn’t compare to the Palin dress controversy.

Posted by: leapin | October 28, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I can't see Gordon Smith keeping his Senate seat. Out here in Oregon, we have tolerated this closet neo-con for too long.

Too bad the Republican disaster was not so evident when it came time for a D candidate to stand against Smith. We have some people well qualified to be a state senator here, but they would not run against Smith.

So now we face the prospect of this idiot, Jeff Merkley. Oh well, a Democratic party hack is probably better than a neo-con who made his fortune in pea farming using illegal labor.

Posted by: shrink2 | October 28, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

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Old Tape of Obama Revealing His Real Thinking:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iivL4c_3pck

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Let's all review how this year, not decades ago. OBAMA REFUSED TO DISAVOW Rev. Wright and his BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY TEACHINGS.


What is worse is that Obama exposed his children to the HATE OF BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY FOR YEARS.


EXPOSED HIS CHILDREN TO THAT RACIST HATE UNTIL IT BECAME POLITICALLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR OBAMA TO CONTINUE TO BRING HIS CHILDREN TO THE RACIST CHURCH !


IF A WHITE candidate had a similar church, the Washignton Post would be railing against that candidate.


The bias is great, the racism is unbelievable. The media has given Obama so many passes.


Then they have to go and get some FALSE CHARGES FROM DECADES AGO.


Investigate Obama and his democratic friends in Chicago.


Investigate his friend REZKO who has been indicted and whose story much of America does not know.


Investigate all the connections between Michele Obama and Farrakhan.


BE SERIOUS MEDIA.


YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING DRINKING THE KOOL-AID OF THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN TALKING POINTS AS IF IT WERE TRUTH.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 28, 2008 6:41 AM | Report abuse

--" incumbents in Alaska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, Minnesota, Kentucky and Georgia also coping with various levels of vulnerability."--

In Oregon Gordon Smith has been running attacks add against Dave Brownlow. David who?? Well turns out he's a third party candidate - running to the right of Smith and probably drawing a few percentage points from Smith. So Smith wants those few percentage points back.

Good news for Brownlow. Until today I'd never heard of him.

Posted by: DonJasper | October 28, 2008 1:57 AM | Report abuse

What excellent good news! Goodbye, Ted. Time for a session in your free massage chair. Maybe this will finally put an end to Ted’s relentless quest to plunder the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on behalf of his greedy oil industry buddies. The animals that truly take refuge their can rest a little easier today.

Posted by: heuristic77 | October 28, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

What excellent good news! Goodbye, Ted. Time for a session in your free massage chair. Maybe this will finally put an end to Ted’s relentless quest to plunder the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on behalf of his greedy oil industry buddies. The animals that truly take refuge their can rest a little easier today.

Posted by: heuristic77 | October 28, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

What excellent good news! Goodbye, Ted. Time for a session in your free massage chair. Maybe this will finally put an end to Ted’s relentless quest to plunder the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on behalf of his greedy oil industry buddies. The animals that truly take refuge their can rest a little easier today.

Posted by: heuristic77 | October 28, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

What excellent good news! Goodbye, Ted. Time for a session in your free massage chair. Maybe this will finally put an end to Ted’s relentless quest to plunder the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on behalf of his greedy oil industry buddies. The animals that truly take refuge their can rest a little easier today.

Posted by: heuristic77 | October 28, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

What excellent good news! Goodbye, Ted. Time for a session in your free massage chair. Maybe this will finally put an end to Ted’s relentless quest to plunder the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on behalf of his greedy oil industry buddies. The animals that truly take refuge their can rest a little easier today.

Posted by: heuristic77 | October 28, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

What excellent good news! Goodbye, Ted. Time for a session in your free massage chair. Maybe this will finally put an end to Ted’s relentless quest to plunder the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on behalf of his greedy oil industry buddies. The animals that truly take refuge their can rest a little easier today.

Posted by: heuristic77 | October 28, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

What excellent good news! Goodbye, Ted. Time for a session in your free massage chair. Maybe this will finally put an end to Ted’s relentless quest to plunder the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on behalf of his greedy oil industry buddies. The animals that truly take refuge their can rest a little easier today.

Posted by: heuristic77 | October 28, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

What excellent good news! Goodbye, Ted. Time for a session in your free massage chair. Maybe this will finally put an end to Ted’s relentless quest to plunder the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on behalf of his greedy oil industry buddies. The animals that truly take refuge their can rest a little easier today.

Posted by: heuristic77 | October 28, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

What excellent good news! Goodbye, Ted. Time for a session in your free massage chair. Maybe this will finally put an end to Ted’s relentless quest to plunder the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on behalf of his greedy oil industry buddies. The animals that truly take refuge their can rest a little easier today.

Posted by: heuristic77 | October 28, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

What excellent good news! Goodbye, Ted. Time for a session in your free massage chair. Maybe this will finally put an end to Ted’s relentless quest to plunder the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on behalf of his greedy oil industry buddies. The animals that truly take refuge their can rest a little easier today.

Posted by: heuristic77 | October 28, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

What excellent good news! Goodbye, Ted. Time for a session in your free massage chair. Maybe this will finally put an end to Ted’s relentless quest to plunder the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on behalf of his greedy oil industry buddies. The animals that truly take refuge their can rest a little easier today.

Posted by: heuristic77 | October 28, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

What excellent good news! Goodbye, Ted. Time for a session in your free massage chair. Maybe this will finally put an end to Ted’s relentless quest to plunder the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on behalf of his greedy oil industry buddies. The animals that truly take refuge their can rest a little easier today.

Posted by: heuristic77 | October 28, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

What excellent good news! Goodbye, Ted. Time for a session in your free massage chair. Maybe this will finally put an end to Ted’s relentless quest to plunder the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on behalf of his greedy oil industry buddies. The animals that truly take refuge their can rest a little easier today.

Posted by: heuristic77 | October 28, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

What excellent good news! Goodbye, Ted. Time for a session in your free massage chair. Maybe this will finally put an end to Ted’s relentless quest to plunder the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on behalf of his greedy oil industry buddies. The animals that truly take refuge their can rest a little easier today.

Posted by: heuristic77 | October 28, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

What excellent good news! Goodbye, Ted. Time for a session in your free massage chair. Maybe this will finally put an end to Ted’s relentless quest to plunder the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on behalf of his greedy oil industry buddies. The animals that truly take refuge their can rest a little easier today.

Posted by: heuristic77 | October 28, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

What excellent good news! Goodbye, Ted. Time for a session in your free massage chair. Maybe this will finally put an end to Ted’s relentless quest to plunder the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on behalf of his greedy oil industry buddies. The animals that truly take refuge their can rest a little easier today.

Posted by: heuristic77 | October 28, 2008 1:23 AM | Report abuse

What excellent good news! Goodbye, Ted. Time for a session in your free massage chair. Maybe this will finally put an end to Ted’s relentless quest to plunder the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on behalf of his greedy oil industry buddies. The animals that truly take refuge their can rest a little easier today.

Posted by: heuristic77 | October 28, 2008 1:23 AM | Report abuse

What excellent good news! Goodbye, Ted. Time for a session in your free massage chair. Maybe this will finally but an end to Ted’s years long quest to plunder the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on behalf of his greedy oil industry buddies. The animals that truly take refuge their can rest a little easier today.

Posted by: heuristic77 | October 28, 2008 1:19 AM | Report abuse

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!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evafgvrMci8
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 28, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: dognabbit | October 27, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

WITH ALL OBAMA'S UNETHICAL TACTICS, MCCAIN SHOULDNT EVEN BE ON THE MAP. YET OBAMA CANT STAY IN DOUBLE DIGITES FOR MORE THAN TWO DAYS AT A TIME.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | October 27, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

"If courage remains our constant companion, then, my fellow americans, I am confident, we shall overcome."

- LBJ

Posted by: officermancuso | October 27, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Under Obama Steven's would have to pay tax on that $250 000. Thus making a money trail easier to track.

Is this the real reason for Republican apoplexy on tax and their glee in the "spread the Wealth" comment.

Posted by: guytaur1 | October 27, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Canned la la sputtered:

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

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Time to turn off Rush and do a little research of your own.
I know you Palindrones hate to use those brain cells, but try it..you might like it!

Those conservative Republicans who DO use the god-given brain cells, like Charles Fried (you do know who he is, don't you?), are now supporting Barack.

History will be made Nov 4, and not by a spoiled Navy brat and his Saks-clad diva sidekick.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 27, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

A Third Term, WHY???

Instead of directing their anger and hostility towards the disasterous presidency of their HERO, George W. Bush, who has proven to be anything but a Fiscal Conservative; Republican Right WINGNUTS chose to turn a blind eye to the failed polices, abuses of power, brazen arrogance, and total incompotence of the current administration. Instead, they try to use fear, intimidation, aggression, distortion, empty bluster and ought LIES to bully their way back into the seat of power. For what purpose???

Posted by: targaray | October 27, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Transcript: Officer I. Gadget w/ Mrs. Todd Palin
* * * * *

May I have your attention, Mrs. Palin?

Why are you winking?

No, I don't want to get lucky?

Please, ma'am, will you come here?

Could you buy a vowel? What are you talking about?

Look what I want to say is --

You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to have an attorney present during questioning. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you. Do you understand these rights?

Does "you betcha" mean, yes?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 27, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

thecannula-

Thanks for the opportunity to discuss our differing positions.

Rooster54-
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?


(Zogby Rasmusson and Gallup (traditional)
all down to 5, IBD- 4....America is waking up to Obama's Redistributive Socialism- national polls first, the states will follow)

Posted by: thecannula | October 27, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Here's a thought. Senator Stevens' felony conviction does not help the Republican party.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 27, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

"She already has similar type problems herself that are actually worse then his."

Yeah, if the stories are true about Palin getting materials and free help for the "house they built themselves" from the same contractor that Palin found to build the hockey rink... yikes.

Posted by: plaza04433 | October 27, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Instead of arguing what Obama is really about LET'S JUST HEAR OBAMA IN HIS OWN WORDS:

Old Tape of Obama Revealing His Real Thinking:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iivL4c_3pck

Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 27, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse
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Let's see now. Should we believe a snipped together version of Obama posted by a Nobama Drone? Or Obama's actual, unedited words from the original interview?

http://apps.wbez.org/blog/?p=639

This "bombshell" is as believable as the backwards B and mascara smudge "black eye" of College Republican field representative, Ashley Todd. Just more dirty tricks from the wingnut crowd. McCain would be ashamed of you.

Posted by: multiplepov | October 27, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Rolling Stone's Tim Dickinson's profile of Mac is the finest piece of journalism this year.

Literally every sentence is sourced, no Broderizing or Bloviating, just fact-statin'. [The NY Post's Nick Gillespie's psychological profile of Bill Clinton a month ago (explaining the clinically observable psychosis that causes him to campaign against his party's nominee) was good but the Rolling Stone article was flat out brillant.] Dickinson's FACT-based profile of Mac is dramatically different from the idiotic mythology repeatedly endlessly by the MSM.

Dickinson for the Pulitzer!

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 27, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Stevens got what he deserved. This guy is a crook. He's been stealing from me for years (a taxpayer) so he should be convicted.

It's been great for Alaskans (a Republican welfare state for years) but for the rest of us...we are tired of paying!

Throw him in jail!

An American

Posted by: ssanford00 | October 27, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

The real John McCain

Rolling Stone Magazine explains why Senator McWar must never be allowed near a nuclear trigger without adequate supervision.

http://www.rollingstone.com/news/coverstory/make_believe_maverick_the_real_john_mccain

Vietnam Veteran
Khe Sanh 1968

Posted by: Luke2

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thanks for that link.

excellent article.

explains a lot about mccain.

and his thing for Palin.

as President, he would destroy this country and whistle while it happened.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 27, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

The real John McCain

Rolling Stone Magazine explains why Senator McWar must never be allowed near a nuclear trigger without adequate supervision.

http://www.rollingstone.com/news/coverstory/make_believe_maverick_the_real_john_mccain

Vietnam Veteran
Khe Sanh 1968

Posted by: Luke2 | October 27, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse
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This information that has been around for a long time and confirmed many times. It should have been more then enough to have ended Mccains career years ago. Mccain has been a public fraud all his career always falling back on his POW BS to fend off critics. I have no respect for the man at all, he is a phony and a fraud. We just live in an atmosphere of low information people who live off 10 second sound bites.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 27, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

I weary of re-stating, this Republican administration has just redistributed $3,000 for every American man woman and child from taxpayer pockets to Wall Street, and John McCain suspended his campaign to help negotiate it.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 27, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Vegas is giving 3 to 2 that Palin will be tied to Stevens before the week is out. Good bet,, the Moose Lady has her hand in the Alaskan cookie jar, YA BETCHA!!!

Posted by: mudbone | October 27, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse
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She already has similar type problems herself that are actually worse then his.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 27, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

he REAL story is the one talked about by Obama in 2001.
SPREAD AND REDISTRIBUTE THE WEALTH!
It is called Socialism.
It is called Obamaism.

VOTE FOR CZAR OBAMA!

END DEMOCRACY ON NOVEMBER 4th!

VOTE CZAR OBAMA!

Posted by: Texan2007 | October 27, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Instead of arguing what Obama is really about LET'S JUST HEAR OBAMA IN HIS OWN WORDS:


Old Tape of Obama Revealing His Real Thinking:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iivL4c_3pck


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 27, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse
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Are you just a complete idiot. First the tape has been edited to distort his meaning. Second it is a hypothetical, intellectual, discussion by a man who understands and teaches constitutional law. I can have a very lively discussion about alternate universes and time travel that you would not have a clue what you were listening to and could take any meaning from it you wish. Obama in the discussion on the recording is referring to everything from the revolutionary war to the civil rights struggle or the 60's. You do know T. Jefferson owned slaves? Although on the radio it really was not meant for general consumption by people who don't have the intellect to understand the subject. I can tell from even the edited amount that in on the tape the Obama does not agree with the theory. He as much as says it. You hear what you want to hear.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 27, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Come on!

Are you trying to tell me that there are people who would vote for a convicted criminal--7 counts?

Why isn't Cizilla calling for clean and lawful government--for Stevens to resign immediately?

What has happened to journalism; don't journalists support the legal system?

Posted by: lichtme | October 27, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Vegas is giving 3 to 2 that Palin will be tied to Stevens before the week is out. Good bet,, the Moose Lady has her hand in the Alaskan cookie jar, YA BETCHA!!!

Posted by: mudbone | October 27, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

On the Progressive Income Tax:

"We grudge no man a fortune in civil life if it is honorably obtained and used. It is not even enough that it should have been gained without damage to the community. We should permit it to be gained only so long as the gaining represents benefit to the community.

The really big fortune, the swollen fortune, by the mere fact of its size, acquires qualities which differentiate it kind as well as in degree from what is possessed by men of relatively small means. Therefore, I believe in a graduated income tax on big fortunes, properly safeguarded against evasion abd increasing rapidly with the size of the estate."

Theodore Roosevelt, "new Nationalism" speech - 1910

Can you imagine if Barack Obama had uttered these words?

How about a NY Post Headline: "Obama will seize swollen fortunes!" - all in large print of course.

:-)

Posted by: toritto | October 27, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Alaska is kind of like Deadwood. All the scumbugs went there to seek out fortune without having to work for it. Even the best of them are deeply flawed people, capable of shady dealings, much like Deadwood.

Posted by: majorteddy | October 27, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Part 2 of the PBS "American Experience" bio of Lyndon Baines Johnson comes on at 9 PM most local times. Tough choice, with the Phils on the brink, and Chase Utley possibly getting hit by a pitch for the 54'th time in two years.

I'll be channel-flipping!

VOTE

Posted by: officermancuso | October 27, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Viejo!: Hahaha. Oh those poor folks making $259 grand a year may have to pay the same taxes they paid under....RONALD REAGAN.

Socialism! Redistribution! Communism!

You sound like Nixon in the 1950s. I know. I was there.

8 more days.....

VOTE!!

:-)

Posted by: toritto | October 27, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Yet another corrupt republican...BIG surprise :-)

Posted by: Gipper1 | October 27, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

er....Dirksen...minority leader, not majority leader. I need an editor.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 27, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

The real John McCain

Rolling Stone Magazine explains why Senator McWar must never be allowed near a nuclear trigger without adequate supervision.

http://www.rollingstone.com/news/coverstory/make_believe_maverick_the_real_john_mccain

Vietnam Veteran
Khe Sanh 1968

Posted by: Luke2 | October 27, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

toritto wrote, "I watched as we tortured prisoners, suspended Habeas Corpus and shredded the Constitution. I watched as Bush politicized the Justice Department and placed incompetent political hacks in high office. Then the economy collapsed."

Mission accomplished! Good job, Brownie!

And their defense of their office has gone downhill from there.

Now they're engaged in a campaign where a former assistant US attorney (Andrew McCarthy) says that Obama's books were ghost-written by Bill Ayers. They're throwing all sorts of unbelievable mud, hoping that one turd will stick.

That's just goofy, and McCarthy has made himself exhibit "A" as to "how political can we make the US attorney's office? to what extent can we politicize - and thereby degrade public faith in - the way the federal government enforces law in the courts"?

The Republicans are running a scorched earth campaign - "If we don't win, we're going to make it awfully hard for you to govern."

Their party wasn't always this way. Lincoln. Senate Majority Leader Everett Dirksen, who didn't spend a lot of money on cosmetics, and supported civil rights laws, against the appalachian wing of the party to which McCain and Palin are now making their last urgent appeals.

They don't remember their party's finest moments. They are now the party of racial division when we face an historic opportunity to say, emphatically, "NO!" to George W. Bush, "NO!" to the party which supported him for eight years, "NO!" to the candidate who bragged that he supported Bush 90 per cent of the time.

If you read a lot, if you think a lot, VOTE! Don't let the final story be, "So many Democrats were lulled to sleep by polls showing an Obama lead, that they neglected to vote, and McCain and Palin won on election day."

Posted by: officermancuso | October 27, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Stevens, Schmevens-now that the word's out about Obama's "redestribution of wealth" loop, he's chances are even worse than they were.

Heh-heh.

Posted by: viejo1 | October 27, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

When asked outside of the courtroom after his testimony whether Stevens asked him personally to testify to his character, Powell said he couldn't recall if it was the senator or one of his lawyers. But he didn't think twice about testifying, Powell said.
"Not at all," he said, snapping his fingers to signify it was a snap decision.

Posted by: steveconn1
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No one is above the law.

Especially someone who hid his darker side from friends and colleagues.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 27, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Obama's friend on Senator Stevens-
Colin Powell: Stevens reputation 'sterling'

WASHINGTON - One of the nation's best-known retired Army generals, Colin Powell, described Sen. Ted Stevens in court today as a "trusted individual" and a man with a "sterling" reputation.
"He was someone whose word you could rely on," said Powell, secretary of state in President Bush's first term, who self-deprecatingly described himself as someone who retired as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and then "dabbled a bit in diplomacy."
Stevens, on trial for lying about gifts on financial disclosure forms, has the right to ask character witnesses to speak on behalf of his "truthfulness and veracity." The first such character witness, Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, spoke Thursday. Another three are set to testify on Stevens' behalf, but the highest-profile witness, by far, will be Powell.
The former secretary of state said he had known Stevens for 25 years, mostly in the senator's role as the top defense appropriator on a Senate defense appropriations committee. In Stevens, "I had a guy who would tell me when I was off base, he would tell me when I had no clothes on, figuratively, that is, and would tell me when I was right and go for it," Powell said. "He's a guy who, as we said in the infantry, we would take on a long patrol."
When asked outside of the courtroom after his testimony whether Stevens asked him personally to testify to his character, Powell said he couldn't recall if it was the senator or one of his lawyers. But he didn't think twice about testifying, Powell said.
"Not at all," he said, snapping his fingers to signify it was a snap decision.

Posted by: steveconn1 | October 27, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

officermancuso: Have a great time. Shenendoah is beautiful this time of year.

Don't get too elitist!!

Regards to all

Posted by: toritto | October 27, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

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.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wbjg9Hh17lI
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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.
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 27, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

McCain knows all about bailing out rich bankers and screwing over middle class and poor people, he's been doing it for years
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAzDEbVFcg8
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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:
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http://www.realchange.org/mccain.htm
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 27, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Stevens> You had your chance to complain when YOUR president had gonzaga gonzales appoint idiots and true-believers to as justices!

'As ye reap, so shall ye harvest' - never thought that I'd try to use a line form the bible.

You may well have been 'rail roaded', but it was by Your incompetent administrations.

Posted by: stodayxx | October 27, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Ted Steven's guilty on all counts.

I guess Sarah will close behind. The graft she has apparently taken to award the contract for the multi million dollar sports contract makes what Steven's did look like nothing. He just got a few free home renovations. Sarah Palin got a free $550,000.00 house as nothing more then a payoff, bribe what ever you want to call it. Palin is as dirty as they get. Next week we will be rid of her and she is Alaska's problem.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 27, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Toritto, thanks! All the best to you and yours, as well.

We'll be in the Shenandoah Valley, living our one week a year in a time share where we pretend to have pretensions, or something like that, LOL.

I won't believe that this is over until every vote has been cast and counted.

And when that's done, we're going to need folks like you, who remember the Republicans at their best (and they were very good).

Posted by: officermancuso | October 27, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Happy days are here again
the skies above are clear again
so let's sing a song of cheer again
happy days are here again!

Posted by: kase | October 27, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

This nation is on the verge of something historic - the possible election of a smart, capable black man as President of the United States. It is fair to say the entire world is watching. It is also fair to say the vast majority is rooting for a Republican defeat. If you don’t believe me you clearly don’t read anything.

How did we get to this place and time? How did a freshman Senator inspire millions of voters to finance his unlikely campaign? Why is he leading in the polls? How did this happen?

Well, I’ll tell you how it happened for me.

I was one of those who had doubts about the Iraq war. I did not believe that Iraq was an imminent threat to the United States. Not that Saddam was a good guy ( he wasn’t) however there are lots of bad guys in the world who are not an imminent threat to us whom we don’t attack. We were already flying over his country everyday. There was a tight embargo. Unless he had nuclear weapons how big a threat could he be?

The Administration then lied to us about Saddam and his weaponry.. Further, it sent out a duped Colin Powell to convince us. Bush knew we would believe Colin. So the United States of America, beacon of liberty, attacked a third world country, destroyed its hapless military, made rubble of its infrastructure and occupied it.

Later the lies came out. There were no dangerous weapons. Just fudged intelligence.

The Dems swept into control of Congress in 2006. Bush’s veto could override a 51-49 majority in the Senate so the war went on. Notwithstanding every indication that the majority of Americans didn’t want this war to continue, it went on anyway with no end date. I watched the war go on. I watched as we tortured prisoners, suspended Habeas Corpus and shredded the Constitution. I watched as Bush politicized the Justice Department and placed incompetent political hacks in high office. Then the economy collapsed.

So here we are. Tens of millions of us have made this journey starting a different places for different reasons; a journey which began with a distaste and disgust with Bush to a point where we may take our country back. Tens of millions have worked hard, made whatever donations we could afford and are already voting in many states.

The whole world is rooting for us to succeed. The whole world needs an America they can look up to again.

MAKE SURE YOU VOTE!

:-)

Posted by: toritto | October 27, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

War4sale, you're behind the times. No more groveling. Palin has illuminated the way.

When some official body determines that you've abused your office, you meet the press and say "I'm thankful that I've been cleared of all charges today."

Maybe this is the fruit of William F. Buckley's advocacy of legalization of marijuana. Or maybe it's the best of all possible responses when you find yourself where Republicans find themselves now, standing athwart the evidence and yelling "No!"

Posted by: officermancuso | October 27, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Officermancuso: Have a nice trip! My family and I have already voted.

As info, Tampa Bay metro has already recorded about 20% of the registered voters with a week to go. Sarasota is over 30%. Turnout is heavy.

May blessings fall on our country....

:-)

Have a cannoli for me!!

Posted by: toritto | October 27, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

This just another one in this long line of criminals during this George W. Bush administration.

Posted by: rslewis147 | October 27, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Now if only our lame media hadn't allowed themselves to be bullied by the GOP's whinefest about "picking on poor Sarah", we'd have to hear her comment on her many connections with Stevens over the years. Alas, she gets a pass since people said they were "hounding her". Politicians get hounded when they smell bad. That's the media's job, people.

Posted by: B2O2 | October 27, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Unlike the psychotic McCain supporter who was neither robbed nor carved on at the ATM by a black man, real white men really were about to murder black people and try to kill Obama too.

Your "real americans" Mrs. Palin, are a disgrace and a menace.

Posted by: shrink2 | October 27, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

So much for the phrase "even-steven."

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 27, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

No, no, no, Ted! The correct move here was to fall down on your knees on national television and blubber to the nation about how you have sinned, but are thankful for your conviction because it lead you to find Jesus! Then, at least the most gullible 30% might actually still support you.

Posted by: War4Sale | October 27, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

No, no, no, Ted! The correct move was to fall down on your knees on national television and blubber to the nation about how you have sinned, but are thankful for your conviction because it lead you to find Jesus! Then, at least the most gullible 30% might actually still support you.

Posted by: War4Sale | October 27, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

The Dems need to win enough new Senate seats to boot the traitor Lieberman (R-Israel). Having 60 or more after that would be great - AND - we would show that we would not run the country into the ground like Dubya and his republican congress did from 00-06. America always does better with Dems in control.

Posted by: Pearl77 | October 27, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Are there no tax consequences to this? Either he included the $250,000 as income in his return, which would seem to be the same as a guilty plea, or he didn’t. In the latter case, surely he is guilty of tax evasion. Has anybody investigated this?

Posted by: nymec | October 27, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Toritto wrote

Officermancuso: Think Chuck S. eats cannoli?

:-)

8 more days

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Toritto, I sure hope that anyone with access to NTC's best bakeries has difficulty resisting a good cannoli! We tried Puritanism and got Cotton Mather and witchcraft trials, we're wiser now, give us cannolis ;)

My political memories go back a long way, and this is shaping up to be the most moving election in my experience, and for once, the wind is at the back of what seems obviously necessary to me.

I've got a load of clothes in the washer tonight because I'm going to be out of state on election day, and tomorrow I'm going to the county board of elections to cast my absentee ballot.

I wouldn't miss this one for the world.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 27, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

The Democratic Party said: "Alaskans deserve better from their public officials."

Really? Or are you Democrats just being nice?

Alaskans elected Stevens. They elected Palin.

So why do they deserve better? They got exactly what they asked for.

Posted by: Bud0 | October 27, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Ha! Palin was for Ted Stevens before she was against him.

Republican hypocrisy, 2008!

Posted by: castanea | October 27, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

VOTING FOR CZAR OBAMA?

Please turn the USA from Democratic to Socialist.

VOTE FOR CZAR OBAMA.

Posted by: Texan2007 | October 27, 2008 6:45 PM

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Another grossly uneducated neocon typing bullsh*t from his trailer parkdown there in the middle of nowhere Texas.

IS there not one rethuglican who actually made it to high school??? Czars are monarchs *sshole and have nothing to do with socialism. Your hero, "Dubya" is a neocon facist though. Why don't you take your f*cking redneck *ss and fuuck your mother, or lynch a black man or something, you stupid, racist, piece of sh*t.

They should rename the South (the entire thing from Virginia to Texas, minus Florida) the "land of trailer parks and impoverished and uneducated rednecks."

Posted by: terp4life1 | October 27, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

"He added that he is innocent and blamed his conviction on the 'unconscionable manner in which the Justice Department lawyers conducted this trial.'" What a perfect spokesman for the party of "personal responsibility! LMAO!

Posted by: War4Sale | October 27, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Palin has been a long-time supporter of Stevens. She even headed a 527 group raising money for Stevens. I hope Palin is asked whether she regrets running a 527 for him and whether she thinks Stevens has been corrupt and when did she form that opinion. I would also like Palin to be asked whether she intends to continue to request earmarks (if she happens to lose the presidential election).

Posted by: Renu1 | October 27, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Palin's quote, 'it's god's will' that the oil pipeline be built, now condemning the corrupting influence of big oil?

Posted by: e9999999 | October 27, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

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Sarah Palin has been against this guy Stevens so how is it that he should drag her down?


Bush and Rove smeared McCain in South Carolina so how is it that that McCain should be dragged down by them by being the same or friends with them?

The media has got to be kidding.

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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 27, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

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Instead of arguing what Obama is really about LET'S JUST HEAR OBAMA IN HIS OWN WORDS:


Old Tape of Obama Revealing His Real Thinking:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iivL4c_3pck


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 27, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

the real McCain:

Some three dozen workers at a telemarketing call center in Indiana walked off the job rather than read an incendiary McCain campaign script attacking Barack Obama, according to two workers at the center and one of their parents.

Nina Williams, a stay-at-home mom in Lake County, Indiana, tells us that her daughter recently called her from her job at the center, upset that she had been asked to read a script attacking Obama for being "dangerously weak on crime," "coddling criminals," and for voting against "protecting children from danger."

Williams' daughter told her that up to 40 of her co-workers had refused to read the script, and had left the call center after supervisors told them that they would have to either read the call or leave, Williams says. The call center is called Americall, and it's located in Hobart, IN.

"They walked out," Williams says of her daughter and her co-workers, adding that they weren't fired but willingly sacrificed pay rather than read the lines. "They were told [by supervisors], `If you all leave, you're not gonna get paid for the rest of the day."

The daughter, who wanted her name withheld fearing retribution from her employer, confirmed the story to us. "It was like at least 40 people," the daughter said. "People thought the script was nasty and they didn't wanna read it."

A second worker at the call center confirmed the episode, saying that "at least 30" workers had walked out after refusing to read the script.

"We were asked to read something saying [Obama and Democrats] were against protecting children from danger," this worker said. "I wouldn't do it. A lot of people left. They thought it was disgusting."

This worker, too, confirmed sacrificing pay to walk out, saying her supervisor told her: "If you don't wanna phone it you can just go home for the day."

The script coincided with this robo-slime call running in other states, but because robocalling is illegal in Indiana it was being read by call center workers.

Representatives at Americall in Indiana, and at the company's corporate headquarters in Naperville, Illinois, didn't return calls for comment.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 27, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Inquiring minds want to know what Palin's connection is with the same contractor. Palin has established the fact that she can lie with the best of them.

Posted by: EarlC | October 27, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Palin's only chance is to insist that Steven resign immediately so that the Governor of Alaska can appoint a replacement.

Then she should appoint herself and step in to run against Mark Begich.

With her overwelming popularity, she win win in a landslide -

There will be a couple of loose ends to tie up -- but the path to her greater public service lies like a shining dog sled run to power.

You betcha!

Posted by: gandalfthegrey | October 27, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Now if Stevens wins his re-election. . and goes to jail, 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 friends in low places:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YptTFDsktVQ
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YOU BETCHA!

Posted by: DrainYou | October 27, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

The wing nuts must have a case of the Mondays.

How come no one is blaming Stevens' problems on ACORN, Ayers, or creeping socialism?

He'll probably be re-elected. AK was misguided enough to put Barbie in charge - why wouldn't they vote for an over-the-hill criminal?

Posted by: bondjedi | October 27, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Officermancuso: Think Chuck S. eats cannoli?

:-)

8 more days

Posted by: toritto | October 27, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Oh my, even Palin throws Stevens under the bus. After she managed his corrupt campaign affairs, she HAS to be aware of guilt by association...

After troopergate, I mean, you only get so many chances!

Posted by: free-donny | October 27, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Hubris begats arrogance which begats hubris.

If Alaska is ready to be recognized as something besides a tourist destination - it will close ranks and move on -- blaming this trial and conviction on a Democratic witch hunt is both incorrect and arrogant.

Posted by: gandalfthegrey | October 27, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

The real story here is that OBAMA ONCE SAID SOMETHING in an interview that I don't completely understand, and Sean Hannity, who loves America more than anyone, told me it was SOMETHING REAL BAD.

Why isn't the media reporting that story?!?!

Posted by: Englishmajor | October 27, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

VOTING FOR CZAR OBAMA?

Please turn the USA from Democratic to Socialist.

VOTE FOR CZAR OBAMA.

Posted by: Texan2007 | October 27, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Ted Steven's guilty on all counts.

I guess Sarah will close behind. The graft she has apparently taken to award the contract for the multi million dollar sports contract makes what Steven's did look like nothing. He just got a few free home renovations. Sarah Palin got a free $550,000.00 house as nothing more then a payoff, bribe what ever you want to call it. Palin is as dirty as they get. Next week we will be rid of her and she is Alaska's problem.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 27, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

DwightHCollins wrote, "another dem witchhunt of Republicans..."

Those George W. Bush administration US attorneys have long been known as Democratic party partisans.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 27, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Seems "Darth Stevens" has met his match. His conviction on ethics charges seems fitting, and not just for Alaskans.

Can you say 'meltdown' in your best Sarah Palin / Alaskan 'hockey-mom,' Arctic circle voice? BTW, I know hockey moms, and they are nothing like Palin. In this era of global warming, it is fitting that Alaska is melting...

Stevens conviction (and, REPO's, acknowledge that for what it is - a conviction on ethics charges), along with the McCain/Palin trainwreck, is great news!

Say goodnight Ted Stevens, Sarah ($150K wardrobe - lipstick and all) Palin, and John (I used to be a maverick) McCain.

And try to do it gracefully. If you do, you might just gain a few seats - in the next generation.

For now, however, it is time for you to leave the stage. Do we need to get the large hook from the Gong Show out?

Exit, stage right.

Posted by: CaptainJohn2525 | October 27, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

very convienent for the dems...
another dem witchhunt of Republicans...

Posted by: DwightHCollins | October 27, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Ted Stevens will not spend a day in prision. He was convicted, yes. Will he appeal it? I dunno. If he doesn't, will he go to jail? No! Stevens will receive a pardon from President Bush anyhow. The only question is: will Bush pardon Senator Stevens or citizen Stevens? The US Senator seat Ted Stevens could well lose. Let's see who wins the election, that's the worst that could happen for Senator Stevens.

Posted by: reason5 | October 27, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

I truly feel sorry for Senator Stevens. That $150K on Palin's wardrobe could have been used to hire some better defense lawyer for him. GOP is just bad, they catered to a pretty woman and neglected an old man.

Posted by: scooterlibre | October 27, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

limping spits:

Does anyone know when the trial of Senators Christopher Dodd, Barney Frank and other colleagues starts regarding their complicity with Freddie-Fannie corruption?

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What law was broken?

I know fascists like to throw their foes in prison for no reason but here we have to prove a law was broken...

so, what law?

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 27, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

limping spits:

Does anyone know when the trial of Senators Christopher Dodd, Barney Frank and other colleagues starts regarding their complicity with Freddie-Fannie corruption?

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What law was broken?

I know fascists like to throw their foes in prison for no reason but here we have to prove a law was broken...

so, what law?

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 27, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

republican party is in disarray that parallels the current US condition.

one would think the republicans would have had a Plan B for Senator Ted Stevens -- there is none.

will democrats keep a clean house?
while "integrity" has lost meaning, keeping a clean house should be of the highest priority for the democratic party leadership along with the economy, national security, and the well being of all americans.

Posted by: egalitaire | October 27, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know when the trial of Senators Christopher Dodd, Barney Frank and other colleagues starts regarding their complicity with Freddie-Fannie corruption?

Posted by: leapin | October 27, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

In February 2008, Governor Palin's office sent Sen. Ted Stevens ( Republican, Alaska, )a 70-page memo outlining almost $200 million worth of new earmark funding requests for Alaska.

In fiscal year 2002, Wasilla ( population 6000) took in $6.1 million in earmarks -- about $1,000 in federal money for every resident. By contrast, Boise, Idaho -- which has more than 190,000 residents -- received $6.9 million in earmarks in fiscal 2008.

As Mayor, Sarah Palin employed a lobbying firm to secure almost $27 million in federal earmarks for a town of 6,700 residents while she was its mayor, according to an analysis by an independent government watchdog group.

In introducing Palin as his running mate, Sen. John McCain cast her as a compatriot in his battle against wasteful federal spending. McCain, the Republican presidential candidate, hailed Palin as a politician "with an outstanding reputation for standing up to special interests and entrenched bureaucracies -- someone who has fought against corruption and the failed policies of the past, someone who's stopped government from wasting taxpayers' money."

What a fraud. Reformers- they are NOT. Just more of the Same.

Not this time, folks

Posted by: Luke2 | October 27, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

When asked outside of the courtroom after his testimony whether Stevens asked him personally to testify to his character, Powell said he couldn't recall if it was the senator or one of his lawyers. But he didn't think twice about testifying, Powell said.
"Not at all," he said, snapping his fingers to signify it was a snap decision.

Posted by: steveconn1
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No one is above the law.

Especially someone who hid his darker side from friends and colleagues.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 27, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

fyi to speculation in the case that stevens should be elected and have to resign, leaving palin a potential replacement: unlike most states, alaska federal vacancies can only be filled by special election. the governor has no appointment power.

Posted by: johndog | October 27, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I love Republican comments in reply to a post on the conviction of a Republican US Senator on felony corruption charges.

"Yeah, but what about Obama reading Marx when it was assigned in Intro to Poli Sci when he was a freshman?"

"What about Biden not agreeing to twelve more interviews with TV anchor Barbara West in Florida?"

"What about Chuck Schumer eating cannolis with trans fats after trans fats were banned in NYC?"

etc.

Andrew McCarthy can probably make a case that we should consider the possibility that Obama was gorging himself on foie gras during his "lost years" at Columbia.

The nearer their reckoning comes, the more pathetic their efforts to practice the art of political persuasion in a democracy.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 27, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

NEW: Palin Was A Director of Newly Convicted Alaska Republican Sen. Steven's 527 "Excellence in Public Service": http://tinyurl.com/5zzykf

Posted by: janawalter87 | October 27, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Now can we find out if the "contractor buddies" who "helped" Todd Palin build his house were really employees working on the Wasilla Sports Complex, a mile away?

See http://notionscapital.wordpress.com/2008/10/15/the-house-that-todd-built/

Posted by: MikeLicht | October 27, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

An alternate scenario:

If Stevens wins the Senate seat, Palin secures his resignation as part of his sentencing, and her own appointment to his seat, to maintain her place in national politics.

Stranger things...

Posted by: jackson251 | October 27, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

WASHINGTON - One of the nation's best-known retired Army generals, Colin Powell, described Sen. Ted Stevens in court today as a "trusted individual" and a man with a "sterling" reputation.
"He was someone whose word you could rely on," said Powell, secretary of state in President Bush's first term, who self-deprecatingly described himself as someone who retired as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and then "dabbled a bit in diplomacy."
Stevens, on trial for lying about gifts on financial disclosure forms, has the right to ask character witnesses to speak on behalf of his "truthfulness and veracity." The first such character witness, Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, spoke Thursday. Another three are set to testify on Stevens' behalf, but the highest-profile witness, by far, will be Powell.
The former secretary of state said he had known Stevens for 25 years, mostly in the senator's role as the top defense appropriator on a Senate defense appropriations committee. In Stevens, "I had a guy who would tell me when I was off base, he would tell me when I had no clothes on, figuratively, that is, and would tell me when I was right and go for it," Powell said. "He's a guy who, as we said in the infantry, we would take on a long patrol."
When asked outside of the courtroom after his testimony whether Stevens asked him personally to testify to his character, Powell said he couldn't recall if it was the senator or one of his lawyers. But he didn't think twice about testifying, Powell said.
"Not at all," he said, snapping his fingers to signify it was a snap decision.

Posted by: steveconn1 | October 27, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

That "bridge to nowhere" in Alaska is leading somewhere after all -- STRAIGHT TO PRISON for Ted Stevens! OsiSpeaks.com

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor | October 27, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

It's going to be a nice way to end the night in eight days--defeating the longest-serving republican in the Senate and his congressional colleague Don Young with two young, bright progressive Democrats. Congratulations to Alaskans.
In eight days this is going to be a night for our democracy and country that will have been eight years in the making.

Posted by: jdunph1 | October 27, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

"Old Tape of Obama Revealing His Real Thinking"

Fer gawdsakes. Give the Old Obama Tape a rest already. If those of you reading between the lines still have any neurons firing in the old cranium, listen to his statements and stop reading the yellow journalism superimposed for your challenged IQs.

Can you spell desperate?

Posted by: cdavidj | October 27, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

What Stevens did was wrong.

But isn't THIS far worse? And who's letting it happen?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 27, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse


No way Alaskans re-elect this guy now.

It was a tight race before, and there have to be at least a few % of Alaskans who understand that Stevens would be voted out of the Senate by its own members if re-elected. Dems would bring up the vote, and can you imagine a Republican who would risk his own career to save this guy?

And even if he stayed in the Senate, NO ONE would allow this jack@ss to take home any more pork.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | October 27, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Looks like you have to have some prison in your past or future to be a real Republican. But Stevens is chicken feed. Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld--those are the real felons. International criminals whose acts have tortured hundreds and murdered hundreds of thousands.

Posted by: edwcorey | October 27, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Any bets on a double switch up there in Alaska?

If Stevens gets reelected; Palin resigns as governor; the Republican Lieutenant Governor appoints Palin to the Senate.

Would Palin have the audacity to concede the national election to push Stevens' reelection? Will she endorse a convicted felon to advance her personal interests?
How will that play in the lower 49? Or in Alaska?

Posted by: jimk8mr | October 27, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

D'Oh!

Ted's dead as a moose head on a wall

Posted by: Roofelstoon | October 27, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse


Assuming Begich manages to win against a convicted felon, and Palin is re-elected as governor in 2010, she can try to retake Steven's seat for the GOP before falling into complete obscurity once again.

I like this scenario--it means only Alaskans have to deal with her after Nov. 4.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | October 27, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Will McCain turn down the support of Ted Stevens now?

It's the kind of thing republicans insist be done by the democrats, will we see them insist on this for themselves, or will be be more "it's ok if you're a republican" BS from the right wing frauds?

You don't have to like the democrats to despise the republicans. Every day I find myself saying that, still another, one more time.

Posted by: khote14 | October 27, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Stevens, Mark Foley and Larry Craig could all share a prison cell. They could get to be very intimate friends.

Posted by: Glimpy | October 27, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

This can't help Palin.

She worked for Stevens on his 527. I can't believe that no one is reporting this today.

Posted by: janawalter87 | October 27, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Following this trial has been an exercise in hilarity. The old guy basically got caught red-handed with the most preposterous explanations for his behavior.
Of course, he will likely spend no time in jail and he might even win his election in Alaska seeing as how he has brought millions and millions and millions and millions of dollars to Alaska and his people might feel grateful and protective towards him. It's Alaska, remember, and they do things their way.

Posted by: cms1 | October 27, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

"Corruption Conviction of Sen. Stevens Enhances Democrats' Prospects"

Indeed.

Posted by: bsimon1 | October 27, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

>Old Tape of Obama...<

Do these words tell you anything? Do we really want to see the videotape of John McCain bending over for Charles Keating?

Posted by: p_chuck | October 27, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Going dowwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnn in a blaze of glorrrryyyy.

Nighty night GOP. Sweet dreams (of the 90's).

Posted by: hiberniantears | October 27, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Stevens won''t spend a day in jail. This verdict will be overturned on appeal, or Bush will pardon him. Stevens' arrogance and sense of entitlement is such that he never for a moment believed he'd be held accountable for his crimes, which is understandable since he's been getting away with them for decades. Now that he knows he's on thinner ice, he will use his influence to corrupt the appeals process and get off scot-free.

While that process works itself out, Stevens will take advantage of what he and colleagues have been careful to preserve - convicted felons are not barred from serving in Congress. He'll be back there soon with that asinine Incredible Hulk tie and openly laugh at everyone who thought he was done.

This guy can't be touched and he knows it.

Posted by: bpai_99 | October 27, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse


The real question is, with Ted Stevens representing Alaska, how could Sarah Palin doubt the existence of dinosaurs?

Now let's just hope that with 60 Senate seats a real possibility, voters don't fall for McCain's latest gambit--that we can't afford to have Dems in all of the seats.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | October 27, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Ah what a great day. Rep. Pombo lost his House seat in 2006, now Sen. "Let's Drill ANWR" Stevens loses his, and atop that he's going to jail.

And in nine days a lot more anti-environmental creeps will be out of office too. Good bloody riddance.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | October 27, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Fabulous timing! I love it. The Republicans certainly earned this very bad kharma.

Posted by: fugitivenyc | October 27, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

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.

Instead of arguing what Obama is really about LET'S JUST HEAR OBAMA IN HIS OWN WORDS:

Old Tape of Obama Revealing His Real Thinking:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iivL4c_3pck

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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 27, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

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