Ted Stevens Claims Vindication While Palin and the GOP Call For Begich to Step Down

225px-ted_stevensIt the ultimate example of hubris, former Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska is claiming vindication in the decision of the Justice Department to drop the case against him. In the meantime, the Alaska GOP is calling for Sen. Mark Begich to step down.

Stevens’ statement that he has been vindicated by this action is positively ludicrous. If the decision to drop the case was made to “protect justice,” it was the Justice Department itself not hte system of justice. By dropping the case, the Department may have been motivated primarily to end the judicial scrutiny of its lawyers and any continued sanctions. Stevens clearly did not receive a fair trial and deserves a new trial. He also deserved to be charged and re-tried on the charges.

For many of us, it was astonishing that after years of allegations of corruption and special dealing by the Stevens family, the Bush Administration indicted him on the narrowest and most technical grounds. However, even if you take away all of the evidence tainted by these allegations, Stevens would still have likely been convicted. The trial seemed to turn not on this evidence or even the testimony of people like Allen, but Stevens’ own testimony. The jury simply did not believe him or his wife on the stand. While it is sometimes necessary for “the criminal to go free because the constable blundered,” this is a case where the prosecutors blundered.

225px-mark_begich_mayor_of_anchorage_hi_resState GOP party chairman, Randy Ruedrich, said that the Begich won because “a few thousand Alaskans thought that Senator Stevens was guilty of seven felonies.” Really, a few thousand? Stevens was widely viewed as virtually walking the halls of the Senate with a credit card machine on his belt for the last couple of decades. Ruedrick wants Begich to step down and Gov. Sarah Palin concurs and has called for a special election.

The demand for a special election is perfectly bizarre, of course. However, it shows again that some Alaskans are still perfectly willing to embrace Stevens and his scandalized family.

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30 thoughts on “Ted Stevens Claims Vindication While Palin and the GOP Call For Begich to Step Down”

  1. rcampbell,
    Reality, does not describe current Republican, hypocrisy does.

  2. Only a Republican would consider actually counting all the votes as stealing an election.

    In Minnesota, judges at all levels and judges appointed by both Democrats and Republicans have ruled AGAINST Coleman’s campaign. I saw a statistic earlier this week that some 191,000 pages of filings have been reviewed and ruled upon by several judges and panels.

    How tortured is the logic that would suggest Sen Stevens was done in by the Democrats and that a verdict of his peers constitutes the Democrats stealing an election?

    And President Obama won his in a 53%-46% squeaker that went to the courts for final results??

    What a whining loser!

  3. Only a Republican would consider actually counting all the votes as stealing an election.

    In Minnesota, judges at all levels and judges appointed by both Democrats and Republicans have ruled AGAINST Coleman’s campaign. I saw a statistic earlier this week that some 191,000 pages of filings have been reviewed and ruled upon by several judges and panels.

    How tortured is the logic that would suggest Sen Stevens was done in by the Democrats and that a verdict of his peers constitutes the Democrats stealing an election?

    And President Obama won his in a 53%-46% squeaker that went to the courts for final results??

    What a loser!

  4. Very hot topic on the East Coast at this very minute:

    Officials: Multiple Fatalities At NY Center… At Least Six Wounded… As Many As 41 Hostage Taken Hostage

  5. Buddha had mentioned some personal issues he was dealing with a few days ago and I suspect that may be occupying his time. Patty C is more of an enigma. Hopefully she’ll rejoin our cast soon and bring her own brand of analysis to these topics. I am going to The Homestead for a few day myself, but when I return I need Patty C’s vegetable soup recipe. Her sabbatical has to end by next Wednesday at the latest, since I can’t find her previous posting. Seriously, both are sorely missed, but hopefully are following our proceedings from afar.

  6. I echo the call for more people speaking again or anew on this blog. CEJ made an excellent factual find to counter misinformation which A Patriot Acting picked up on. These are really important issues, and more voices are welcome. Also, more silliness is a lot of fun as JT does write some, make that many, hilarious posts!

  7. MikeS:

    I never did like Norm Coleman, personally I am glad Sen Franken was able to “steal” the election from Norm. And it sure did sound to me that Uncle Ted was a crook. Hopefully for the next election in 2010 we can get some real honest to god conservatives in office and not these pissant, penny ante types. And I hope that Palin is not anointed as head of the Republican Party, I will be absent for that vote.

    All you “conservatives” out there if you vote for Palin you are f….ing your party into oblivion. Find a real conservative to take the reins and forget about Palin the Populist. Once her real views are known you wont get a real conservative to vote for her. She looks good and does well with crowds but look at her stand on issues other than abortion and gun control. Basically she is SOB (same ole Bush (no pun intended)).

  8. FFLEO, Bron, Etc.

    I remember Buddha mentioning that his life was pretty frantic right now a week or two ago. Patty disappears on a fairly regular basis, I have a feeling she has a much fuller social calender than the at least myself.

  9. Also come back Patty C. and CCD. Though I must say I’m going north for a week for Passover with my children and I won’t be around either for a bit. Perhaps the press of work or other responsibilities is what has kept them away?

  10. I am still here. I also noticed the lack of postings by Buddha, Patty C, and CCD. Sometimes the comments are spot on and therefore no compelling reason to post what has already been eloquently stated.

    I would also like to see more comments by attorneys Vince Treacy and David.

  11. What About bob,
    Could you be more stupid in your comments? Steven was prosecuted by the Bush DOJ, not Democrats. Do you think Bush was trying to help the Democrats win the Senate? Perhaps you do, given the dumbness of your comments. Three reasons they may have prosecuted Stevens, laid out easy for your simple mind:

    1. He pissed of someone in the Bush/Cheney axis badly.
    2. He was running behind in the Alaska polls for a long time
    and so they wanted him to step down.
    3. They purposely did it to give him the possibility of an
    appeal and overturn, because it covered up even greater
    malfeasance on his part in which they were involved.

    In any event the Democrats had nothing to do with it. Minnesota is your absurdity, your guy lost and will be shown to be a crook to boot. As for the Presidential election, the people whose anuses you like to lick stole the 2000 and 2004 Presidential elections, but couldn’t steal this one because the margin of victory was too high. Please do write more though because you provide us with laughs. I don’t usually like to make fun of the intellectually challenged people, but given your lack of understanding of Democracy and support for war crimes committing traitors, I’ll gladly wipe the floor with you and your un-American, un-patriotic friends.

  12. If prosecutorial misconduct was as egregious as has been reported, then the decision by Mr. Holder was appropriate. It is to be expected that Mr. Stevens will claim “vindication,” but a declination to prosecute is not equivalent to an acquittal and will not remove the cloud of corruption, regardless of the braying of the Alaska GOP. Sen. Begich was validly elected and the demands that he step down merely reflect a Republican Party in complete disarray. Indeed, had Mr. Stevens felt confident about his re-election prospects, he could have waived speedy trial and postponed the trial until after the election.

  13. Let me get this straight: Obama’s AG pick is afraid of scrutiny of his new Dept’s conduct during the former administration so he goes beyond even what the defense was seeking (a new trial) and dismisses the case thereby handing the GOP a false talking point about Stevens’ alleged “innocence” and opening the door to Palin’s plea for the elected Senator to step down so that the formerly convicted Senator, who was caught on tape, can run again because the Bush Justice Dept. did not disclose to Stevens’ lawyers that Paul Allen said he gave the Senator less than $100K rather than $250K.

    Isn’t a better way of looking at this fiasco not that the “prosecutor blundered” but that Holder has allowed the beltway establishment to breathe easier as he’s demonstrated a willingness to not only make Clinton donors’ convictions disappear but also to take care of Obama’s former colleagues’ convictions, even when they’re from the other side of the aisle? In short, doesn’t Holder’s ability to take care of those pesky convictions that occur when laws are applied to the elites demonstrate his, and by extension Obama’s, lack of convictions to the rule of law? Isn’t this yet another example of some animals being more equal than others rather than a new commitment to Due Process?

  14. Stevens’ claim of vindication is indeed misguided, but the demands that Senator Begich step down are sure signs of the gasping desperation of the GOP.

  15. By the way I havent seen CCD for awhile either and FFLEO and Rcampbell only once or twice lately.

    Have you guys started another blog?

  16. Mespo:

    I was just thinking that myself and was going to ask you.

    Buddha,

    I miss your musings and analysis.

  17. BTW where are Patty C and Buddha? Come on we need you both back in the conversation.

  18. Maybe a qui tam suit against Stevens for violating the public trust and a judicially forced disgorging of the profits unlawfully obtained would shut these crooks up.

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