Skip to comments.Alaska Senate Race: Ted Stevens Beats Mark Begich
Posted on 11/05/2008 3:04:54 AM PST by lewisglad
Right Pundits is calling a surprising winner in the Alaska Senate race, incumbent Senator Ted Stevens over Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich. Stevens leads by enough votes in todays count to overcome any deviation from the absentee ballots which are yet to be counted.
To outsiders in the lower 48 states, we have difficulty understanding the result. How can a convicted felon be reelected to office in a year which favors Democrats? The guy was just found guilty of corruption, lying about seven provisions of the Ethics in Government Act. No brainer.
The answer is Sarah Palin. So while liberals in the media savaged her, Alaskans flocked to the polls to vote for their native daughter and John McCain on November 4th. They like their governor and they are angry at Democrats for savaging their leader.
They took out their wrath on Mark Begich. She had undeniable coattails, and Ted Stevens was the beneficiary of them to the chagrin of Democrats in Alaska and everywhere.
It is unclear if Ted Stevens will be able to serve in the Senate. Unless the conviction is overturned on appeal, he faces certain expulsion from the partisan Democrat Senate. If he cannot serve, Sarah Palin will ironically appoint his successor, enacting another pound of flesh on the Democrats. Politics is so interesting.
prediction..he’ll die in office when his car hits a moose when he is back in AK and Palin will take over!
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
Oh, the irony.
And that is all they have worry about? Sheesh!!
[How can a convicted felon be reelected to office in a year which favors Democrats?]
Perhaps they are not as heavily innudated with illegal immigrants and acorn democrat socialists as the rest of America is now. It is just a matter of time.
The frog is cooking and is almost dead.
It is time to remember God and pray and humble ourselves lest we all are destroyed together.
Amazing. This country keeps electing crooks.
Perhaps you should ask Ted Kennedy's constituents.
The question is how much will Reid and Pelosi push “power sharing” for Obama.
What is the Senate procedure on that if Bush pardons Stevens? Does that mean resignation is removed from the table...
LOL!! That is hilarious. But I'm with Governor Palin. CUT the corruption, not reinforce it.
I suppose the Rats could still censure Stevens, but not force him to resign under Senate rules with a full pardon.
Most ironic is that this one event might prevent them from getting their magical 60 seats. Esp. since it looks like we may lose both MN and OR.
Not sure of the protocols, but wouldn’t be great if she appointed herself as Senator. Sweet Revenge.
Do you think Sarah will appoint me to be the new senator from Alaska? I’m not a resident, but hell, we don’t have rules any more and I’m willing to serve.
Really. Isn’t this disgusting? If there was one Republican who in a sane world should lose, it would be Stevens.
Not at all. The vote I cast, along with a lot of other Republicans in Alaska, was for the sake of the party. It was not an endorsement of Stevens, who will get tossed from the senate. Then the governor, who is a Republican, can appoint a Republican replacment. If Stevens hadn't been reelected, we'd be stuck with a Democrat.
As I say, since there are no more rules, I’d like Sarah to nominate me to replace Stevens. Since senators live in Washington anyway, who cares if I’m from Ohio?
Somehow I don't think Ben Stevens would cut it.
I don't think he'll serve one day of his new term in the Senate. There are will be enough Republicans including Mitch McConnel who will go along with DemocRATS to refuse to seat him in the Senate. After Murkowski appointed his own daughter to fill the vacancy caused by his election as Governor of Alaska, the laws have been changed to not allow the governor to fill vacancies in US Senate seats but have a special election.
It was stupid the first time you said it.
Id like Sarah to nominate me to replace Stevens. Since senators live in Washington anyway, who cares if Im from Ohio?
A question for anyone who knows:
If Stevens is re-elected and then is expelled or forced to resign from the Senate, does Sarah get to appoint his successor? Or is there a special election?
Alaska gets it! Mark and his hollyweird buddies lost!
Sarah could appoint herself as sitting US Senator, although I think she would probably like to run for the office and win.
Bad idea. A governor in Minnesota (Lowell Anderson) did that back in the 70's: he resigned, and his Lt. Governor succeeded him -- then appointed him to the Senate.
In the next election, the resulting outrage swept the opposite party into the Governor office and both Senate seats.
Todd Palin for interim senator and Sarah for the full six year term.
We voted for Stevens to save the seat for the Governor to appoint another conservative Republican. We wished that he would have resigned, but he didn’t. We just got tired of doing the right thing and then being punished for it.
If Stevens is pardoned it is like having a crime expunged from your record .
That might be the explanation, but if I were an Alaska voter, my explanation would be a little more calculated. Stevens is not going to make it thru 6 years. Palin will appoint his successor, and whoever it is will be a conservative Republican—possibly Palin herself.
But could that stop the power mad Rats from censuring him under Senate procedure?
He needs to resign and Sarah can take is seat in a special election, this will keep her in the spotlight for the next four years.
The best part of the whole election night was seeing Stevens win.
God bless Sarah Palin!
“Bush can give him a pardon on the way out just to shove it in the Rat’s faces.”
Right, and give the Republicans a big black eye. We don’t need to further degrade our reputation.
Ah, Murkowski, the “gift” that keeps on giving.
I would guess that if Alaska would elect Ted Stevens, they would have no problem voting in a new Republican Senator in a special election.
And for filibuster purposes, it doesn’t matter if you have a senator, it just matters that they other side doesn’t. You don’t need any votes, the other side needs 60.
“That might be the explanation, but if I were an Alaska voter, my explanation would be a little more calculated. Stevens is not going to make it thru 6 years. Palin will appoint his successor, and whoever it is will be a conservative Republicanpossibly Palin herself.”
John Fund said on Fox and Friends today he thinks they did just that. He says he believes they voted “for the seat not the man”. Interesting.
Alaskans didn’t vote for Ted Stevens - they voted for a Republican. They want a Republican representing them in the Senate. They’ll get one whether or not Stevens is expelled or resigns.
“The vote I cast, along with a lot of other Republicans in Alaska, was for the sake of the party.”
Thank God you have an electorate that could clearly think this through. I can’t imagine Alaskan’s were too happy with the treatment of their great Governor either.
You can censure anyone . Many people have been censured . Big deal .They can’t vote him out because of the pardon .( no crime committed ) If he does resign in the end, Palin will appoint another conservative to the post .Be neat if she appointed herself which is a possibiltiy. Gives her experience as a governor and MORE experience in the Senate than Bambi for a run in 2012 .
How long before Stevens’s corruption conviction forces him to resign or get ousted (each house is the ultimate judge of its own membership) and Sarach gets to appoint a clean new Senator?
Would she take it herself?
Technically, governors don't "appoint themselves" to the Senate. Technically, what happens is that the governor resignes, then the Lt. Gov. succeeds and appoints his predecessor to the Senate. (Usually, they prearrange that.)
most govs who appoint themselves to the Senate lose the seat in the next election - voters don’t like it
Sarah should appoint Parnell or another GOP ally.
Not necessarily -- a Senator can resign at any time for any reason -- but the possibilit of expelling him probably is, and that is what would cause him to resign.
His name was Wendell Anderson, but you're right. Governor Anderson resigned, his Lt. Governor, a man named Rudy Perpich, appointed him to the Senate (to fill the vacancy created by Walter Mondale's ascension to the Vice Presidency), and around the same time Humphrey died. In the following election, the Republicans won the governorship and BOTH Senate seats.
Do you realize that a new Senator is going to have to be appointed to fill out BO's FIRST term?
His crime, not reporting work done without charge on his home, was relatively small when it came to the specific amount of dollars involved.
His election, thankfully, helps to keep a filibuster margin by Senate Republicans. He will step aside for another Republican when the times comes.
Alaskans know all this.
Offhand opinion... Palin appoints Lt Gov Sean Parnell
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