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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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Felon Ted Stevens Endorses Sarah Palin

October 29, 2008 · Leave a Comment

So Sarah Palin keeps some unsavory company.  Here’s the video of the endorsement she sought, and recieved, from Senator and convicted felon Ted Stevens.

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Palin's Pal Ted Stevens a Convicted Felon

October 27, 2008 · 4 Comments

So much for Sarah Palin’s maverick anti-establishment credentials.  Now that Ted Stevens has been found guilty on seven charges of failing to report gifts on his Senate disclosure forms, will Sarah Palin call on him to resign?

Stevens had extensive work done on his home and didn’t pay for it. Stevens tried to fob off responsibility on to his wife, saying that he didn’t know about the expenses. Turns out Palin is much cozier with Stevens than you might think, given how much of a “throw-em-out” reformer she claims to be. You might even say she has been “palling around” with a now-convicted criminal

Watch what she had to say just this summer – July 2008 – about their relationship:

And so the storied Senator Stevens ends his long and contentious career in the U.S. Senate with ignominy.

UPDATE:  Both McCain and Palin have now called for Senator Ted Stevens to resign, something he is unlikely to do.  This may just be posturing by McCain-Palin, but it’s a step in the right direction.  If Stevens were to resign the likelihood of a filibuster-proof Democratic majority in the Senate (60) increases significantly.  Read about it in the New York Times:  McCain Says Alaska Senator Should Resign.

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