Sen. Ted Stevens, the longest serving Republican in Senate history, narrowly lost his re-election bid Tuesday, marking the downfall of a Washington political power and Alaska icon who couldn’t survive a conviction on federal corruption charges. His defeat by Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich moves Senate Democrats within two seats of a filibuster-proof 60-vote majority. Source: Huffington Post
That’s one heck of a birthday present, but it looks as if the people of Alaska have spoken. I have to admit that it seems crazy that the race was actually this close. I mean, after all Senator Stevens was actually convicted of this crime before the election even took place. It’s amazing that a U.S. Senator can be proven of having extremely bad judgment at least, and a crook at worst, and the people would actually still almost vote him back in!
As for Governor Palin, it looks like she will have to find another way to Washington. The next Alaskan Senate seat is Lisa Murkowski’s seat, whose term won’t be up until 2011. It looks like Palin might as well stay in Alaska as governor, run for reelection in 2010, and go from there.
Of course Palin can always go to change.gov and fill out an application for the Obama Administration. However, my gut tells me that she won’t be willing to submit to the necessary disclosures in order to get the job.
What do you think?