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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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Sarah Still Unclear on Role of Vice President

October 23, 2008 · 2 Comments

Oh Sarah.  You’ve got to stop giving me so much material.

Stumped by a third grader?  Lying to a third grader?  Unclear on the concept?  You take your pick.

Palin famously stated on camera prior to her announcement as McCain’s VP pick:  “Someone has to tell me what, exactly, the Vice President does.”

Apparently in the whirl of shopping, being sequestered from the press, and memorizing the outrageous claim of the day (Obama pals around with terrorists, Cities are un-American, Obama would raise your taxes) she hasn’t had the time to learn what the role of the Vice President is.

In response to a question from a third-grader on the job of the Vice President, she claimed that she would be “in charge of” the Senate.  Um, no, Sarah, no.

Here is her response more fully:

A vice president has a really great job because not only are they there to support the president’s agenda, they’re there like the team member, the teammate to the president.  But also, they’re in charge of the United States Senate, so if they want to they can really get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes that will make life better for Brandon and his family and his classroom. And it’s a great job and I look forward to having that job.

Oh Sarah, even “the base” is starting to be embarrassed by you and your raw ambition.  I hear Alaska is mighty cold after November 4th.

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