Ted Stevens is Gone

November 20, 2008

Ted Stevens will not be returning to Washington. It’s the end of an era and I am not nostalgic.

After more than two weeks of ballot counting, it’s now clear that senator Ted Stevens will not be returning to Washington. That lets the Republican senate caucus off the hook a bit. It was looking like they might have to decide whether to kick the guy out or filibuster to keep a convicted felon in his seat.

I guess I’m happy at this little piece of sanity. It means that even in Alasksa a majority of people don’t want a felon to represent them. By his own description Stevens has always been a “mean, miserable SOB”. I’m not sorry to see him go.

Off-topic a bit. Wouldn’t it be nice if the government paid you a check every year instead of you paying to fund government services? It might skew your perspective on your government leaders a bit. I can imagine thinking this guy is creepy but everyone is getting a check for $1654. Good job!

The state of Alaska writes oil dividend checks to its citizens. Also it is the happy recipient of millions of dollars from “rich uncle Ted” in the Senate. Remember that bridge to nowhere that Sara Palin claimed to have said “thanks, but no thanks” to? That’s not exactly what happened. Alaska took the money (“thanks”) but didn’t build the bridge (“but no thanks”).

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