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Palin Loses Chance to Replace Stevens in Senate

November 19, 2008 · Leave a Comment

The announcement on Wednesday that Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich won the Alaskan Senate race over Ted Stevens means that Palin doesn’t have a shot at replacing him, at least in the short-term.

Had Stevens been declared the winner, despite his conviction on felony charges for lying on his disclosure forms to the Senate over gifts made to him in the construction work done on his house, it was clear that there was widespread support in the Senate from both Republicans and Democrats to oust him for ethics violations.  It was slightly ridiculous, and highly embarrassing for Alaskans, that Stevens got enough votes that his reelection was even a possibility.  Had he been elected and then expelled, however, the Governor (Palin) would have appointed a successor.  While unprecedented, it was not entirely implausible that a self-appointment or other political machination would have made it possible for Palin to become the replacement Alaskan Senator, and then avoid the new difficulties which now face her in Alaska.  A position in the Senate would also have given her a greater national platform to continue her quest to become a major national political power.

In addition, the election of Begich puts the Democrats closer to the 60 Senator “super-majority” (the number of Senators able to invoke cloture, or the ability to stop a filibuster), which by Senate tradition can be used by a minority to forestall a vote and either kill a piece of legislation or get compromises from the majority.

There seems to be an increasing weariness of Palin’s high visibility in the media, with many calling for her to get out of the spotlight and declaring her 15 minutes of fame over.  At least for now.

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