July 29, 2008

BREAKING: Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) Indicted
— DrewM

They won't have any trouble identifying this guy's party.

Sen. Ted Stevens from Alaska, the longest serving U.S. Republican senator ever, was indicted on seven counts related to his holding of public office, a federal law enforcement official said on Tuesday.

The U.S. Justice Department has scheduled a news conference for 1:20 p.m. to make an announcement "regarding a significant criminal matter."

Awesome Teddy! Good job.

Are you ready for some extra special good news? He's running for reelection this year? Can you say veto proof Democratic majority? I knew you could!

Posted by: DrewM at 08:13 AM | Comments (94)
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1 Moron.  RESIGN NOW!

Posted by: Harry Callahan at July 29, 2008 08:16 AM (fagDq)

2 Ted Stevens replied when asked for comment: An indictment is not a truck.

Posted by: Entropy at July 29, 2008 08:18 AM (m6c4H)

3

And bizarrely and stupidly enough, given the current logic of campaign aides and professional consultants, this could sink Gov. Palin's chances at the veep slot.

All this winking and nodding and looking the other way for corrupt, spendthrift gasbags, just to keep the majority (that worked out well, didn't it?) has probably, at least for now, destroyed the Republican Party.  And damaged some really good folks (like Gov. Palin) along the way.

If it weren't for the fact that, what's left when the Republicans are gone, is the Democrats, it (the destruction of the Republican Party) wouldn't be a totally bad thing.  As it is, it seriously emperils our country.

Posted by: notropis at July 29, 2008 08:21 AM (l7IiS)

4 What did they get him for?  The bank deposit to nowhere???

Posted by: Lokki at July 29, 2008 08:21 AM (gE65f)

5 An indictment is really just a series of tubes.

Posted by: Benson at July 29, 2008 08:21 AM (qzcNU)

6

I bet the press is all over this.  Though I am surprised that they aren't giving more press to the guy who murdered the Unitarians. 

Posted by: oops at July 29, 2008 08:21 AM (TBoxe)

7 Another RINO virus "Typhoid Mary" spreading his ravenous appetite for pork finally gets caught being WHAT HE IS...A THIEF!

Posted by: J David at July 29, 2008 08:24 AM (cPQ0C)

8 As much as I dislike Sen. Porky McPorker, he should announce that he will resign right after Rep. William Jefferson.

Posted by: adamthemad at July 29, 2008 08:25 AM (kIjlp)

9 Well, you can hardly be surprised that they are quick to identify his party, after all your carping.  Clearly (snort!), they've learned from their mistakes (snicker!).

Posted by: ronnie dobbs at July 29, 2008 08:26 AM (DZmDA)

10

Hopefully McCain won't pick him for VP.

Posted by: oops at July 29, 2008 08:35 AM (TBoxe)

11 And the hits just keep comin

Posted by: MAJHAM at July 29, 2008 08:39 AM (5ap+X)

12 Guess this explains why the DOJ hasn't gotten around to a couple of (party un-named) senators sitting on a banking committee, who somehow managed to get great loans on real estate purchases.

Posted by: GarandFan at July 29, 2008 08:40 AM (eJ32B)

13 I don't really care about the supposed 'big' picture and I don't care that there are different scumbags with a (D) after their names. I just hope this complete tool does time.

He's a buffoon and a disgrace. Has been for years.

Off with his head.

Posted by: dougf at July 29, 2008 08:42 AM (16GPT)

14

Maybe if the Republicans completely self destruct, which they seem to be intent on in recent years, right-thinking Americans can replace them with something better.  A hard-right nationalist party would suit me just fine.  I think most citizens who hold down jobs, obey the law and pay taxes would go for it if given the choice between that and the commies.  Regardless, things are not going to be pretty for a while.

 

 

 

 

Posted by: Reactionary at July 29, 2008 08:43 AM (H7yZC)

15

Look at the bright side--we're finally rid of this guy!

Yay, criminal indictments!111!!

Posted by: spongeworthy at July 29, 2008 08:45 AM (rplL3)

16 This is no surprise - he's been publicly under investigation for over a year, and the GOP still ran him. Sorry folks, but the leadership of the Republican Party is just way too fucktarded.

Posted by: ErikTheRed at July 29, 2008 08:47 AM (aZl38)

17 Wow, listening to the charges -- Stevens is a moron. He should have been thrown in jail a long time ago.

Posted by: mesablue at July 29, 2008 08:50 AM (5yNaE)

18 God I hate the republican party sometimes.  Did I say sometimes?

Posted by: Dr. Chopper at July 29, 2008 08:55 AM (vjl9g)

19

Can you say veto proof Democratic majority?

Yes I can.  I can also say 'Term Limits'.  You can't leave people in Washington too long or they all turn into bad guys.

Posted by: douchebag-douchebag-douchebag at July 29, 2008 09:00 AM (QuCVu)

20 Well, this is just great.  Any more gay pederast Republicans that want to step forward now too?

Posted by: joeindc44 at July 29, 2008 09:01 AM (QxSug)

21

According to my radio - yeah, it was pork. Basically...kickbacks for pork.

He accepted 'over $200,000.00' in 'gifts' from an Alaskan contractor.

Posted by: Entropy at July 29, 2008 09:02 AM (m6c4H)

22 Either they perform mandatory lobotomies at the DC borders, or something in the air turns DC citizens in to drooling, mouth-breathing idjits.

Posted by: CrankyProf at July 29, 2008 09:04 AM (vT1Kc)

23

"Can you say veto proof Democratic majority?"

Sort of overkill, isn't it?  I don't foresee many vetoes, no matter which guy wins in November.

Posted by: notropis at July 29, 2008 09:06 AM (l7IiS)

24 Senator Ted Stevens' cardiovascular system is really just a series of tubes.

Posted by: railwriter at July 29, 2008 09:07 AM (nwEiU)

25 Is William "Dollar Bill" Jefferson still working?

Posted by: EC at July 29, 2008 09:15 AM (mAhn3)

26 The party needs leadership.  I saw Newt at a healthcare reception in June. He's as dynamic and visionary as ever.  But he's not minding the store.  Who in the hell is? How do we get the party rowing in the same direction?

Posted by: iowavette at July 29, 2008 09:15 AM (0p4xh)

27 I could care less about any of the implications of this situation for the Republican Party.  If they didn't see this coming then they are dumber than I thought.  Ted Stevens is a corrupt piece of shit and I for one will be doing the happy dance when I get home to celebrate the news.  I can only hope that he spends the rest of his worthless life in prison.  I've hated him with a white hot passion ever since he threatened to leave the Senate if he didn't get his precious bridge to nowhere (watch that clip and think about Mr. Stevens in prison, pure heaven).  It was his sense of entitlement that made me despise him (entitlement to my money to give to his friends to make him rich).  Unlike most Democrats I think it's great when any corrupt politician gets thrown in jail, whatever the letter after his or her name.  Maybe he can share a cell with George Ryan and William Jefferson. 

Posted by: Big E at July 29, 2008 09:16 AM (uw1/g)

28 About time. He'll have his day in court and the Justice will be served. If found guilty, then I hope they throw the book at him. Corrupt politicians of any party are the problem. The Republican Party needs to get rid of these losers and run real conservatives. Looks like the Repubs will be out of power. Couldn't happen to a worst bunch of self-absorbed "do anything to keep my job" politicians. I can't wait to vote for Obama and let the Dems self-destruct as well.

Posted by: ken at July 29, 2008 09:26 AM (FdC64)

29

What pisses me off is that Stevens will get what he deserves but William Jefferson (party unknown-LA) and Alan Mollohan (party unknown-WV) will get off scot free for the same shit Stevens pulled.

Posted by: Reiver at July 29, 2008 09:26 AM (NXkVF)

30

He can run for reelection, but "He's too old, frail, and in bad health to stand trial" in 3...2...1...

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at July 29, 2008 09:27 AM (B+qrE)

31

Dude is 84 years old!  If he's too fossilized to know it's time to get out, why didn't the party politely show him the door?  I know that Alaska's population isn't huge, but there's bound to be some Republican who could serve at least as well.

The national party sees nothing wrong with strong-arming local politicians into running or not running, in order to improve the "big picture." So why always side with the old, corrupt, RINO has-beens?  Didn't they learn anything with Lincoln Chafee?

Posted by: notropis at July 29, 2008 09:27 AM (l7IiS)

32

Let me guess -- the filing deadline has passed...?

Posted by: TomK at July 29, 2008 09:29 AM (M65dE)

33 LONGEST SERVING GOP SENATOR INDICTED

Thanks Yahoo News.  What party did you say he was from again?

Seriously though, why the hell was this old gasbag running for reelection when he was under investigation?  What a selfish idiot.

Posted by: that guy at July 29, 2008 09:36 AM (OIw5O)

34

Well that is what you get with a politicized justice department....  what...the hell you say.

Never mind.

Posted by: AndrewsDad at July 29, 2008 09:37 AM (C2//T)

35 Those in "leadership"(accessory-ship)who protected this douchebag are just AS GUILTY as he is, and should also be prosecuted as accessories.

Posted by: J David at July 29, 2008 09:38 AM (cPQ0C)

36 Ladies and gentlemen...YOUR UNITED STATES CONGRESS!!!

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at July 29, 2008 09:40 AM (B+qrE)

37 Earfquake!

Posted by: adamthemad at July 29, 2008 09:44 AM (kIjlp)

38

Maybe he can share a cell with George Ryan

That bunk is reserved for Blagojevich.

Does anyone know Blago's first name? I don't...

Posted by: Entropy at July 29, 2008 09:51 AM (m6c4H)

39 I don't so much blame him for running for reelection, I blame the Alaskan voters for not choosing his primary opponent. Apparently this is the kind of politician that the GOP wants. They keep reelecting them, obviously the Republican voters like this sort of guy in office.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 29, 2008 09:55 AM (0+Ggj)

40 The only thing worse than a Republican is a DemocRAT.

Posted by: Enough Already at July 29, 2008 09:57 AM (GGhvX)

41 As much as we may not like Senator NanOinkOink of the North, I really do question the timing here. (Remember Foley, where evidence was there for months and was only released just in time for elections).

Posted by: Curmudgeon at July 29, 2008 10:10 AM (ujg0T)

42 He's served longer than Strom Thurmond? Really???

Posted by: KelliD at July 29, 2008 10:28 AM (JMwaV)

43 As much as I dislike Sen. Porky McPorker, he should announce that he will resign right after Rep. William Jefferson.

Comment of the day.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 29, 2008 10:28 AM (0+Ggj)

Posted by: KelliD at July 29, 2008 10:30 AM (JMwaV)

45

Tubes set me up!!
  -Ted Stevens

Posted by: IreneFingIrene at July 29, 2008 10:45 AM (QcPNi)

46 The fact that the dems are being typically gutless about Cold Cash Jefferson is no reason for us to go easy on this scumbag.  We're better then they are (or we SHOULD be), so dammit, lets ACT like it.

Posted by: Harry Callahan at July 29, 2008 10:57 AM (fagDq)

47 "If it weren't for the fact that, what's left when the Republicans are gone, is the Democrats, it (the destruction of the Republican Party) wouldn't be a totally bad thing. As it is, it seriously emperils our country." Every once in a while the public needs to be reminded how bad leftism is and I think this is the time. Hopefully, something good will rise from the ashes.

Posted by: Ann NY at July 29, 2008 11:11 AM (nG/mN)

48 Strom Thurmond started out as a Democrat, so at least some of his career wasn't as a Republican. I'd love to see Senator Stevens stand up and say "I am resigning my office effective immediately the day Representative William Jefferson resigns."

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 29, 2008 11:11 AM (0+Ggj)

49   So Young may have a bridge to jail, not just nowhere.  

There is good news on this for 08 elections.  Young has been previously targeted by Club for Growth who are promoting Sean Parnell, a quality conservative candidate to challenge Young in the primary. The Club for Growth has been very good at picking off RINOs this year.  Parnell is likely to get the full support of the very popular Alaskan governor, Sarah Palin.

If Young bows out, Parnell may be able to keep some of his powder dry until the fall election.   While not a done deal, this is potentially a big win for the conservative GOP and loss for RINOs and Dems... 

Posted by: drfredc at July 29, 2008 11:19 AM (9jraf)

50 Correction.  I got Young & Stevens mixed up.

"Bridge to no where" Young is going to be challenged by Parnell.

Also, with GOP Sarah Palin as Governor, if Stevens goes, she'll get to appoint someone, if I'm not mistaken.  Which could mean Alaska could be sending to two decent freshman conservative Senators instead of two earmarking RINOs to DC. 

Posted by: drfredc at July 29, 2008 11:25 AM (9jraf)

51 You complainers are nuts.  This is great news.  This crook was heading for a defeat in the Fall, now he can lose the primary, instead.

Posted by: Greg Q at July 29, 2008 11:58 AM (cKaeQ)

52 Ted Stevens: an excellent argument for term limits.

Posted by: DelD at July 29, 2008 12:20 PM (IUIBD)

53 Another reason to pick Palin

Posted by: someone at July 29, 2008 12:20 PM (2z2WN)

54 Fuck !

Posted by: Esteban at July 29, 2008 12:21 PM (X7Ey1)

55 If only he had drowned a young intern, or sold secrets to the Chi-coms, he coulda been a contender....

Posted by: RWB at July 29, 2008 12:22 PM (MKxON)

56 About damn time.  I mean, sure, the vestiges of my go team mentality make me want to beat my head against a wall, but then the fact that I can't stand that idiotic jerk kicks in. 

Now if only someone would investigate how a young Chicago politician suddenly arose to such prominence and got those book advances and miraculously bought that lovely home, why, then that would be a story!

Posted by: alexthechick at July 29, 2008 12:24 PM (SHHaV)

57 If only he had drowned a young intern, or sold secrets to the Chi-coms, he coulda been a contender....

Or he could have been caught drunk at a party with college coeds using penis-shaped straws.....

Shamelessly stolen from hotair's headlines.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at July 29, 2008 12:31 PM (Ds4I5)

58

You complainers are nuts.  This is great news.  This crook was heading for a defeat in the Fall, now he can lose the primary, instead.

Uh, it's almost August...

Posted by: Curmudgeon at July 29, 2008 12:38 PM (ujg0T)

59 Well, the electorate generally gets the government it deserves.  Until people start running these crooks of either party out of town on a rail, they'll continue to feed at the tax payer trough and line their pockets with our money.

Posted by: Roachman at July 29, 2008 12:53 PM (R4yYw)

60

Sen. Ted Stevens from Alaska, the longest serving U.S. Republican senator ever, was indicted on seven counts related to his holding of public office, a federal law enforcement official said on Tuesday.

I didn't read the linked article, but when I read this from above, I thought- the Dems finally did it, they outlawed being a Republican.

Posted by: Darth Randall at July 29, 2008 12:56 PM (oLULt)

61 now he can lose the primary, instead.

Its hard to campaign from a prison cell.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at July 29, 2008 12:59 PM (SLqkZ)

62 The thing is, I believe that Alaska is about as Republican as Mass or New Jersey is Democratic. Remember how Lautenberg slipped on the Jersey ballot and got to the Senate? I believe they can do the same in Alaska, unless Stevens is too selfish to resign (which he might be, alas). But if Republicans are going to be in the Senate minority anyway, might as well cull the herd.

Posted by: Lee at July 29, 2008 01:05 PM (+kJAy)

63 The Repubs need this like Paris Hilton needs another venereal disease but Stevens is such a porker I don't even care.

Posted by: WalrusRex at July 29, 2008 01:13 PM (DVVXZ)

64 Stevens, 84, faces a tough campaign for election in November to a seventh term. He has become vulnerable largely because of his legal problems.

He's 84? What the hell is he still doing in the Senate? Why do people send those decrepit old geezers back year after year?

Posted by: Socky at July 29, 2008 01:32 PM (PLvLS)

65 Oh, fuck!!! I hope that was the big one. Shit.

Posted by: grc at July 29, 2008 01:43 PM (wzq4e)

66 Now, let's not make any hasty judgments about the esteemed senator before the facts are in.

Posted by: Trent Lott at July 29, 2008 01:52 PM (VC56G)

67 Heh.

For all those that ask me how abstaining from voting for our bums last cycle is working out for me when I suggest not voting for McCain...

Yeah. How's voting for the bums working out for you?

Posted by: krakatoa at July 29, 2008 01:53 PM (mhdbo)

68 Oh, fuck!!! I hope that was the big one. Shit.

Nah. only 5.8, around Chino Hills. But we just ran out of the building, felt like a semi ran into the wall, and we're a good 85-90 miles away.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at July 29, 2008 01:55 PM (Ds4I5)

69 I always remember in 94 when it started to subside than escalated and escalated and escalated. I kept telling myself, as I was bumping off the walls, okay, it's peaked now.  

Posted by: grc at July 29, 2008 02:03 PM (wzq4e)

70 Give him the "Full Obama."   UNDER THE BUS!

Posted by: cadrys at July 29, 2008 02:03 PM (04Ay+)

71 In general, I hate to lose a Republican but in this case ... Party On! Stephens is disgrace to the party and has been for years. I'll take my chances with the Alaskan voters picking somebody else. In the meantime, I suggest that Gov. Palin pick me to replace him. I'll only accept half the graft.

Posted by: Arthur at July 29, 2008 02:04 PM (6YRem)

72

I didn't read the full article, so I'll just write what I'm guessing it said:

Republican Senator Stevens Indicted

Sentator Ted Stevens (AK-R) was indicted today by a grand jury for four counts of improperly disclosing gifts.  Stevens, the longest serving Republican in the Senate is accused of accepting gifts from oil interests as part of a corruption investigation sources.  Republican Senator Young is also rumored to be a focus of the probe.  The oil interests have contributed heavily to Republican causes, including Republicans Stevens, Young, Palin and the Republican National Committee.

Stevens faces a primary challenge by 5 other Republican candidates in this reliably Republican stronghold.

Posted by: Hollowpoint at July 29, 2008 02:13 PM (plsiE)

73 Rocked pretty well down in  North Hollywood, too.

Posted by: richard mcenroe at July 29, 2008 02:27 PM (8JSdG)

74

There's a simple solution to the problem with our Republican Party.

We need to have a housecleaning. And there's only one way to do that ... vote against all Republicans in the upcoming election.

That way, we ... the voters ... can send a message to the Republican Party that we do not want pederasts, child-porners and thieves to be our Senators.

We want honorable men.

The current group of Republicans won't get that message. But the next group of Republicans will, if we withhold our support for an election cycle.

Votes are the only thing these guys understand.

Posted by: simplesolution at July 29, 2008 02:31 PM (Ncq2X)

75 Or he could have been caught drunk at a party with college coeds using penis-shaped straws.....

Well, to shamelessly steal AllahPundit's shtick:  Second look at John Kerry!

Posted by: sandy burger at July 29, 2008 02:32 PM (VC56G)

76 vote against all Republicans in the upcoming election

Better idea: vote against all corrupt Republicans, and vote for good Republicans.

I mean, it's not like this Ted Stevens indictment is a big surprise...

Posted by: sandy burger at July 29, 2008 02:34 PM (VC56G)

77 I may not be the most astute political observer, but a "veto-proof majority"?  It takes a 2/3 majority to override a veto if I'm not mistaken.  There is no way in hell, regardless of the political climate, that the Republicans are going to lose 12 Senate seats and only have 37 Senators.  They Dems won't even gain a filibuster-proof majority, much less a veto-proof one.

Posted by: Mark at July 29, 2008 02:37 PM (RnF5u)

78

I meant 33 senators, not 37.   I think it is a safe bet the Republican party will not be losing that many Senate seats, even if they run former members of the Manson family in each state.

Posted by: Mark at July 29, 2008 02:44 PM (RnF5u)

79 Cut the guy a break.  He practicallly invented the inter-tubes.

Posted by: Snoop-Diggity-DANG-Dawg at July 29, 2008 03:19 PM (y67bA)

80 I bet this totally eliminates him from the McCain VP slot.

Posted by: JackStraw at July 29, 2008 04:08 PM (VBon8)

81

Name that party, guys!

http://tinyurl.com/599nwc

 

Posted by: andycanuck at July 29, 2008 04:46 PM (+gaZJ)

82

Well, to be fair to the paper, it does identify party affiliation on the page featuring all of the corruption scandal articles, but there the guy is "an ex-Democrat" and "former Democratic power broker". So, you know, he's not the Democrats' problem any more; he's a private citizen.

Posted by: andycanuck at July 29, 2008 04:55 PM (+gaZJ)

83 The MSM are kind of like hobos.

Aside from that, I'm guessing Jefferson was below the "$199,999 bribe limit" that keeps the DOJ off your back, and Ted just happened to go over.

After all, Jefferson only took a $100,000 bribe, that's no big deal. And, he's a Democrat, and everyone (apparently including the DOJ) just KNOWS they're corrupt, so, again, no big deal.


Posted by: Merovign at July 29, 2008 05:42 PM (UXoQt)

84

" ... Better idea: vote against all corrupt Republicans ..."

It's far easier for me to keep track if I just vote against all Republicans.

The party has lost its way. It needs to be beat down, and there's only one way to make that point ... indiscriminate violence directed even at innocent Republicans.

If the innocent Republicans don't get some splatter on their nice white shirts, they won't take us seriously.

So, again, I recommend just voting against all Republicans on the ticket, for one election cycle. That's how power is exerted. So, you can continue being a fucking victim of these scumbag Republican Senators and Representatives, but I have no intention of doing it.

Posted by: simplesolution at July 29, 2008 06:06 PM (Ncq2X)

85 indiscriminate violence directed even at innocent Republicans. ...That's how power is exerted.

What color is the sky in your world

Posted by: toby hussein 928 at July 29, 2008 06:19 PM (PD1tk)

86 It's far easier for me to keep track if I just vote against all Republicans.

You don't have to keep track of every Republican in the nation, just the small few who want to represent you.

Posted by: sandy burger at July 29, 2008 06:21 PM (VC56G)

87

#26 The party needs leadership. I saw Newt at...

Newt's too busy cutting global warming commercials with Nancy.

Posted by: Esteban at July 29, 2008 07:59 PM (X7Ey1)

88

He wasn't a lock for re-election this year anyways, IIRC.

He needs to go anyways, and it's better this happened NOW than the day after the primary, or the day before the general election.

 

Posted by: A Balrog of Morgoth at July 29, 2008 09:27 PM (wgLRl)

89

I can't make up my mind whether simplesolution's delusional, a parody, or a moby.

Posted by: MlR at July 30, 2008 02:15 AM (PLmsY)

90 And oh yeah, halleluyah on Stevens going down, may it be broadcast far and wide on the 'tubes.

Posted by: MlR at July 30, 2008 02:16 AM (PLmsY)

91 Soon he'll be in a cell getting his daily dose of tubes in his ass. 84 years old and he has to change his name to "Princess."

Posted by: carl hungus at July 30, 2008 06:39 AM (IK4dH)

92 We are so fucked.

We're going to end up not only with a president that's farther left than McGovern or Carter, but a filibuster proof dem majority in the senate and a dem house also.

The whack-job left will run rampant. Taxes will go back up to the Carter days. We'll get nationalized health care in the full throated socialist model. Defense will be slashed as it was in the Carter years, with planes rotting on the tarmac without spare parts as they were when I was in the USMC. Interest rates will be back in double digits and unemployment will go back to the European range again.

Think gas prices are bad now? Wait until you get to experience the privilege of waiting in line for 1/2 hour or more so you can buy an 8 gallon allotment as I and everyone else did in the 70's.

We'll get 3 or 4 new SCOTUS appointments, and did you know folks on the left call Ginsberg a right-winger. Good Lord we are going to be in some deep shit.

Immigration? You guys thought Bush sucked on this? Wait until the dems get full control of it. That fence - what part was ever built, which I dunno why any thinking person ever thought a 700 mile fence was going to work on a 1,300 mile border -will get torn down to save the creeping nothern Mexican sand lizard or some such horseshit. All the current illegals - ALL of them - will get naturalized and issued their dem registration cards on the way out of the ceremony.

Fucked. We are absolutely fucked.

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