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Monday, December 15, 2008

I Don't Know What Happened

... And I don't wanna know. From a Washington Post story about the 12 senators who did not vote Thursday on an attempt to break the Republican-led filibuster against the auto bailout bill:
The oddest absentees may have been Sens. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) and Ted Stevens (R-Alaska). The retiring Craig learned last week that the Minnesota Court of Appeals rejected his latest effort to revoke his guilty plea from an airport-restroom sex sting in June 2007, and Stevens lost his reelection bid after he was found guilty of seven felony counts of failing to disclose more than $250,000 in gifts.

The duo have become something of an ethically challenged odd couple, with Stevens being one of Craig's few defenders in fall 2007 as GOP leaders did everything to force his immediate retirement. And Craig never publicly criticized Stevens and even attended part of his trial to lend support.

At roughly 10 p.m. Thursday, Craig and Stevens walked out of the Republican conference's meeting in the LBJ Room, about 20 steps off the Senate floor. With overcoats on and scarves wrapped around their necks, they didn't go to the chamber. They jumped into an awaiting elevator, and off they went.

Less than 45 minutes later, when the roll was called, Craig and Stevens didn't show up.

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