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Monday, October 27, 2008

The Bridge To Nowhere But Oz, Bitch

Alaska's Republican Senator Ted Stevens, pork barreller extraordinaire and advocate of the Bridge to Nowhere, is going to jail. Boo-Yah!
Stevens, 84, was convicted of all the felony charges he faced of lying about free home renovations and other gifts from a wealthy oil contractor. Jurors began deliberating last week.

Visibly shaken after the verdicts were read — the jury foreman declaring "guilty" seven times — Stevens tried to intertwine his fingers but quickly put his hands down to his side after noticing they were trembling. As he left the courtroom, Stevens got a quick kiss on the cheek from his wife, Catherine, who testified on his behalf during the trial. He declined to talk to reporters waiting outside.
Despite my rather hopeful blog title, the AP story indicates that Stevens is "likely to receive much less prison time, if any" than the maximum 35 years in jail that he could get. Ah, but a man can dream, can't he?

The you gotta-be-fucking-me-part-of-the-story? His Senate career isn't necessarily over:
Despite being a convicted felon, he is not required to drop out of the race or resign from the Senate. If he wins re-election, he can continue to hold his seat because there is no rule barring felons from serving in Congress. The Senate could vote to expel him on a two-thirds vote.

"Put this down: That will never happen — ever, OK?" Stevens said in the weeks leading up to his trial. "I am not stepping down. I'm going to run through, and I'm going to win this election."
Most likely he'll just lose the reelection, but hey you never know. In any event, the real question is why didn't the numbskulls in the GOP leadership push Stevens into an early retirement? Why on earth did they let an 84 year-old geezer facing a serious criminal trial go ahead with another Senate bid? If anything exemplifies the corruption, stupidity and cowardice of the party, this is it. If the Democrats do crush them in the election, they'll have nobody to blame but themselves.

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