AP: Stevens loses Alaska Senate race to Begich

posted at 10:23 pm on November 18, 2008 by Allahpundit

DeMint was preparing a resolution to boot him from the Senate on Thursday just in case he squeaked through, but all for naught as it turns out. No Senate seat for the ‘Cuda, needless to say, and another black eye for the GOP that could have been avoided if they’d pushed this tool into retirement back when they should have.

That makes 58 Senate seats by my count, with Coleman/Franken and Chambliss/Martin still to come. The two most powerful Republicans in the Senate now? Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, the last GOPers in New England.


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Theres no room for corrupt individuals on either side of the isle. They all need to go.

tx2654 on November 18, 2008 at 10:25 PM

So Snowe, Collins, Specter, Graham, and McCain will bring back the Mod Squad and try to do more of the Democrat-lite routine that worked so well in this past election cycle. Yeah! Global carbon tax, totally remade Federal Judiciary, and Freedom of Choice Act here we come!

D0WNT0WN on November 18, 2008 at 10:28 PM

Filibuster is never gonna happen anyways. nuclear option. Some republicans will always flip.

However, I’d argue that 59 seats is the worst possible outcome. Imagine 2 or 4 years of “we couldn’t pass this because republicans were filibustering – and thwarting our majority”

We should want them to get to 60. No excuses, no blame but their own.

lorien1973 on November 18, 2008 at 10:30 PM

I’d rather have fewer Republicans than have ones that will put Republican fingerprints all over Obama’s policies. But I guess that makes me part of the “say it louder coalition”. Ugh.

D0WNT0WN on November 18, 2008 at 10:30 PM

I am telling you all now.

Begich will be one of the WORST Senators. He will back Pelosi in everything.

Can we say, Pelosi insert hand in butt and use as hand puppet.

upinak on November 18, 2008 at 10:30 PM

lorien1973 on November 18, 2008 at 10:30 PM

Agreed. We can’t stop anything as it is, so we might as well not even give the Dems an excuse for their failure. Let them take all of the blame.

amerpundit on November 18, 2008 at 10:31 PM

upinak on November 18, 2008 at 10:30 PM

At least he’s in the Senate, and she’s in the House.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on November 18, 2008 at 10:32 PM

upinak on November 18, 2008 at 10:30 PM

I heard him talking about drilling in ANWR on the news today. Doesn’t he support it?

amerpundit on November 18, 2008 at 10:32 PM

It’s amazing that the Republican Party
hasn’t asked Stevens to resign,a while back!!
Jus sayin!:)

canopfor on November 18, 2008 at 10:33 PM

this tool will be a 1 term Senator I hope

jp on November 18, 2008 at 10:33 PM

D0WNT0WN on November 18, 2008 at 10:28 PM

Does everyone really think the hard left nutzo’s are really gonna get to do whatever they want and reach THAT WAR out of the mainstream? When people say Freedom of Choice Act…or Fairness Doctrine, or even some of that defeat in iraq stuff…do they really truly expect all those things to play out?

2 things don’t jive with that way of thinking

a) The hard left has no real need to jump the gun on this. They know just as well as anyone they’re out of the mainstream on a few issues…why bring that up early and shoot yourself in the foot. They have to change facts on the ground first and they know it, that takes years.

b) Obama doesn’t have to let them. He’s the president and not nancy pelosi or harry reid. He owes them nothing, HES commander in chief. He’s got enough of a mandate to do what HE wants to do…not what congress wants to do.

ernesto on November 18, 2008 at 10:33 PM

upinak on November 18, 2008 at 10:30 PM

Being one of the worst makes him just kinda average though, doesn’t it?

lorien1973 on November 18, 2008 at 10:34 PM

this guy should have retired 20 years ago. why the crap can’t we have term limits on these stooges that start out all strong and quickly fizzle away to corruptedness. the senate really is the most pathetic good ol’ boy club in the world. what a joke. this loser couldn’t get a job a mcdonalds flipping burgers and the good citizens of AK nearly sent him back for 6 more years

gatorboy on November 18, 2008 at 10:34 PM

Adios! Don’t let the moose hit you in the ass on the way out.

Limerick on November 18, 2008 at 10:35 PM

Unfortunately, Stevens will still get ~ $122,000 / year in pension, and that too will be inflation adjusted. So much for all these ethics commisions. Makes one’s head hurt.

Cheers,
The Family Guy.

peter_griffin on November 18, 2008 at 10:35 PM

ernesto on November 18, 2008 at 10:33 PM

And he’ll be fine with both the Fairness Doctrine and Freedom of Choice Act. He’s just as left as they are; Don’t fool yourself.

amerpundit on November 18, 2008 at 10:35 PM

At this point, let them have the Senate.

No excuses.

mylegsareswollen on November 18, 2008 at 10:37 PM

ernesto on November 18, 2008 at 10:33 PM

The dude has no executive, nor any real legislative experience. He’ll either be rolled by congress or just let them do whatever they want in agreement. Which is the better option there?

lorien1973 on November 18, 2008 at 10:38 PM

I heard him talking about drilling in ANWR on the news today. Doesn’t he support it?

amerpundit on November 18, 2008 at 10:32 PM

With this guy, talk is cheap. He said he was going to lower taxes on property for Anchorage… and it raised instead 100%. Then promised to fix the roads with all these bonds on properties in Anchorage… and they haven’t fixed half of them. He also raised taxes on alcohol 300%, cigarettes 4-5 dollars a pack. Tried to get the perm fund Alaskans get diverted to Anchorage FOR the roads. Banned smoking everywhere. He also bought 4 trucks that spread this sea salt water on the roads and made them more dangerous and has the city snow removal contracted out… in which the streets do not get cleared for days. Had bonds put on all houses in Anchorage to build schools that are not needed in certain areas.

The guy is a nightmare. Hope you enjoy him!

He also has Al Bore’s home phone number.

upinak on November 18, 2008 at 10:38 PM

this guy should have retired 20 years ago. why the crap can’t we have term limits on these stooges …

gatorboy on November 18, 2008 at 10:34 PM

Well, term limits are well and good, but Stevens was under indictment when he ran in the primary. What’s wrong with Republicans in Alaska?

We the voters are the party. We have to take responsibility for some of this mess.

paul006 on November 18, 2008 at 10:40 PM

upinak on November 18, 2008 at 10:38 PM

Good Lord. Sounds like a one-termer to me (hopefully).

amerpundit on November 18, 2008 at 10:40 PM

I think it’s funny that some “experts” here in NC think newly elected Senator Kay Hagan (she beat Dole) will have a “conservative voting record”. Her tenure in the NC senate was anything but. She’s John Edwards in a dress, but with much worse hair.

Let the democrats have 60 seats. F the stupid voters.

SouthernGent on November 18, 2008 at 10:40 PM

….insert hand in butt and use as a puppet.

upinak on Nov 18,2008 at 10:30PM.

upinak:For the second time tonite!

EEEWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!Hhaha:)( Just Kidding you:)

canopfor on November 18, 2008 at 10:40 PM

Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, the last GOPers in New England.

So no love for Judd Gregg?

Abby Adams on November 18, 2008 at 10:42 PM

Good Lord. Sounds like a one-termer to me (hopefully).

amerpundit on November 18, 2008 at 10:40 PM

I warned you all. I warned the people in Wasilla and Palmer and Telkeetna….

Can’t MAKE them vote otherwise.

upinak on November 18, 2008 at 10:42 PM

Congratulations Senator-elect Begich! Its easy to feel the winds of change sweeping across Alaska.

Now… time to rename the airport.

benny shakar on November 18, 2008 at 10:42 PM

thats awesome

Stevens is gone

Dodd remains as chairman of the banking committee

joey24007 on November 18, 2008 at 10:42 PM

Stevens may have been bad…. but just wait. Begich is a earmark KING!

upinak on November 18, 2008 at 10:43 PM

Adios!Don’t let the moose hit you in the ass on the way out!

Limerick on Nov 18,2008 at 10:35PM.

Limerick:LOL,good one Lim! Haha:)

canopfor on November 18, 2008 at 10:47 PM

So Franken is losing by 200 votes but it’s too close to call until the recount and Stevens is losing by 1000 votes but it’s over he lost.

I don’t care what you say, he should leave so we can take him out and have him replaced proper-like.

Skywise on November 18, 2008 at 10:47 PM

Now… time to rename the airport.

benny shakar on November 18, 2008 at 10:42 PM

SPI Sarah Palin International AP

Red State State of Mind on November 18, 2008 at 10:50 PM

You are the weakest link, goodbye.

Weebork on November 18, 2008 at 10:51 PM

Red State State of Mind on November 18, 2008 at 10:50 PM

DBI (Drill Baby International)

Limerick on November 18, 2008 at 10:52 PM

“he should WIN, so we can take him out”

Not “leave”…

Skywise on November 18, 2008 at 10:52 PM

Bye bye you arrogant jacka*s!

Keep praying for the Bush pardon that is never going to materialize.

Does he get his pension or is that forfeited for being a criminal scumbucket?

Dave Rywall on November 18, 2008 at 10:52 PM

So Franken is losing by 200 votes but it’s too close to call until the recount and Stevens is losing by 1000 votes but it’s over he lost.

I don’t care what you say, he should leave so we can take him out and have him replaced proper-like.

Skywise on November 18, 2008 at 10:47 PM

I think, in MN the 200 votes is a razor thin margin (almost 2.9 million votes were cast) and well under the # that stipulates a recount (by State law).

In Alaska, the 1000 + vote margin in well over 1 %. Based on their State law, Stevens would need to pay for a re count if the margin of victory is greater than a certain percentage. It looks like the states are each following their election laws.

Red State State of Mind on November 18, 2008 at 10:54 PM

Yeah, what’s wrong with Alaska?

Only things right as far as the people are the Palins and my Uncle.

Stephens should have been told by all to retire. The writing was on the Mt. Denali of politics for all to see, except for Stephens who it became Mount Denial.

HotAirJosef on November 18, 2008 at 10:55 PM

Limerick on November 18, 2008 at 10:52 PM

I like that! I wonder if DBI is already taken?

Red State State of Mind on November 18, 2008 at 10:56 PM

wasn’t romney pushing to strip convicted corrupt politicians of any pensions, benefits, etc? sounds long overdue. The thought of this jerk sucking off the taxpayer tit to the tune of $122k/yr for the rest of his life makes me sick

gatorboy on November 18, 2008 at 11:00 PM

Obiously Ted didn’t have an outreach program to register disenfranchised voters. If he had, he could have kept looking until all of the votes were found and counted.

moxie_neanderthal on November 18, 2008 at 11:07 PM

so sounds like the Dems now have a national figure actually from Alaska to push the Global Warming myth and play up ‘melting icebergs” or however they choose to spin things

jp on November 18, 2008 at 11:09 PM

Congrats, Mayor Begich. You’re the first Democratic Senator from Alaska since this guy. A fine tradition carries on.

YYZ on November 18, 2008 at 11:13 PM

I love Jeff Sessions. This letter to Bush made my eyes water. Why isn’t he considered a powerful Republican leader?

nyrofan on November 18, 2008 at 11:16 PM

YYZ on November 18, 2008 at 11:13 PM

OMFG! Gavel is NUTS!

upinak on November 18, 2008 at 11:18 PM

how the hell did Gravel ever get elected? was there another GOP crook that had just been convicted then too?

jp on November 18, 2008 at 11:20 PM

Why, again, didn’t the Alaska Republican Committee chairman try to talk sense to Uncle Ted during the primary? Oh, right; he’s a crook too. Sigh. Stay away from that stuff Sarah.

By the way, did anyone else read that some guy filed an ethics complaint against the ‘Cuda for doing a press conference and the Greta interview in her state office last week? I think she should tell reporters that the rule from now on is they have to wait on the sidewalk if they want to talk about anything. She could have some fun watching the reporters turn into popsicles from her office window.

meltenn on November 18, 2008 at 11:21 PM

A fine tradition carries on.
YYZ on November 18, 2008 at 11:13 PM

More accurately, Senator-elect Begich is carrying on the fine tradition of his father, Nick Begich, who served Alaska as U.S. Representative until his plane crashed somewhere between Anchorage and Juneau in 1972.

benny shakar on November 18, 2008 at 11:26 PM

Nice teamwork logic there Stevens. “Hooray for me, screw everyone else”. Obviously reading too much of his fan mail. Been in DC so long that it didn’t make sense to step aside and let a Republican who wasn’t on trial and eventually convicted as a 7 time felon run instead?

It boggles the mind.

Hog Wild on November 18, 2008 at 11:28 PM

benny shakar on November 18, 2008 at 11:26 PM

Wow, if you meet Begich, are you going to be able to unsucker your lips from his ass long enough to shake his hand?

upinak on November 18, 2008 at 11:35 PM

They won’t hesitate to oust a Republican senator, but “Freezer Cash” Jefferson and John Murtha are still around, although Murtha did nothing illegal. I agree that Stevens needs to go, so does Craig (R-ID) for that matter, it’s just that we’re seeing the ole double standard again. The Dems are getting ever closer to that “no filibuster” rule.

RMCS_USN on November 18, 2008 at 11:37 PM

Begich is a whack job. His dad Nick Begich & the House Majority leader Hale Boggs disappeared in a plane crash in Alaska in 1972. The wreckage was never found and nobody knows what happened. While this is sad,and a terrible event the Begich’s have always had the conspiracy theory going that Richard Nixon had the plane sabotaged or shot down to kill Boggs who supposedly had evidence about Wategate.

Now that the son is elected, expect a 9/11 type conspiracy hunt involving UFOs, the illuminati, Richard Nixon & Dorthy Hamill. This has been their wet dream for years.

portlandon on November 18, 2008 at 11:41 PM

I would like to give a big sarcastic “Thank You” to the RNC and Duncan for their support of Stevens.
That cost a winnable senate seat. Six years!!!!!!!
Duncan must get his ass out as RNC chairman.
Enough Already!
We need a new person in that seat be it Newt, Steele, or Fred.
We better not see Mike Duncan as chairman of the RNC past January 2009.

jencab on November 18, 2008 at 11:42 PM

upinak, I have worked with Senator-elect Begich in many capacities, including this campaign. Thanks for making this victory extra-sweet!

benny shakar on November 18, 2008 at 11:43 PM

upinak, I have worked with Senator-elect Begich in many capacities, including this campaign. Thanks for making this victory extra-sweet!

benny shakar on November 18, 2008 at 11:43 PM

Then YOU ARE THE ASSHOLE who HELPED with the TAXES ON ANCHORAGE HOMES! Who in their RIGHT MIND would help with that?????

God HELP YOU if you EVER walk in front of me.

You are the COMPLETE IDIOT that has BROUGHT down this STATE!

upinak on November 18, 2008 at 11:52 PM

I’d pay real money to see Upinak & benny shakar is a cage match.

My money is on Upinak. benny shakar seems like a bite and scratch fighter.

portlandon on November 19, 2008 at 12:07 AM

upinak, I have worked with Senator-elect Begich in many capacities, including this campaign. Thanks for making this victory extra-sweet!

benny shakar on November 18, 2008 at 11:43 PM

Were you one of his interns?

Corsair on November 19, 2008 at 12:37 AM

As usual a Repubican let vanity, self-interest trump the Party and the Country.

What would the outcome have been if Stevens said since he’s convicted he’ll not serve the term and let Palin pick a new Senator.

The R’s never understand that they need to play from a different playbook. Jefferson can be in jail and he’ll be elected, he’s a Dem. Those are rules that R’s should not want to play by.

r keller on November 19, 2008 at 12:57 AM

So wait – the Republicans aren’t going to tie this up in lawsuits for the next month like a certain unfunny comedian? That’s different.

18-1 on November 19, 2008 at 12:59 AM

portlandon on November 19, 2008 at 12:07 AM

Heh. benny never came close to working for Begich’s campaign. He’s just figured out how to bait her and she can’t resist.

a capella on November 19, 2008 at 1:16 AM

Filibuster is never gonna happen anyways. nuclear option. Some republicans will always flip.

However, I’d argue that 59 seats is the worst possible outcome. Imagine 2 or 4 years of “we couldn’t pass this because republicans were filibustering – and thwarting our majority”

We should want them to get to 60. No excuses, no blame but their own.

lorien1973 on November 18, 2008 at 10:30 PM

I’ve thinking about cleaning my kitchen, but haven’t been motivated. Suddenly, I feel inspired. Here’s my plan. I going to throw dirt and food debris all over the floor and then I’m defecate on top of that and then I’m going to broom and stir all the junk around not just the floor, but try to get it over everything. Then I’m going to pour two gallons of cooking oil over everything. When I get done the kitchen will be such a mess, I’ll have to clean it up.

thuja on November 19, 2008 at 1:28 AM

Stevens brought this on himself, and on us all. The Alaskan people would prefer a statist quasi-socialist to a crook.

Stevens should have said “Vote not for me but for Republicans. I will resign after the election or inaugeration.” That would have been courage of convictions. But instead of having convictions, he suffered them.

njcommuter on November 19, 2008 at 2:11 AM

Chambliss and Coleman have it wrapped up by now haven’t they?

Seixon on November 19, 2008 at 3:59 AM

upinak, I have worked with Senator-elect Begich in many capacities, including this campaign. Thanks for making this victory extra-sweet!

Benny, enjoy it while you can. Won’t be too long before you won’t want to advertise that smack.

fireweednectar on November 19, 2008 at 4:09 AM

The 58 seats of Dems – does that include Lieberman and Sanders?

This is good news – if Stevens was the face of GOP corruption and used by McCain to beat Conservatives, it’s a good thing he lost – that last thing we need is for the McCains to have further ammo. I also agree with those above who’d rather have the Dems have a full 60 so that they can’t complain, but in reality, there are enough GOP traitors like Specter, Snowe, Hagel, Gramm and McCain himself that they can rely on to avoid the odiously named ‘nuclear option’ on judges. For this reason, I’d hate Coleman and Chambliss to lose – I’d much rather have seen more Liberal Republicans go down in flames.

In fact, Obama could deplete GOP ranks in the Senate further by offering positions to them, particularly in states that Dems can re-capture. Give the Dems complete control of Congress, and lets re-visit this issue 2 years from now.

infidelpride on November 19, 2008 at 4:30 AM

This selfish man should have bowed out of the Senate 2 years ago and let someone else take his place. If he had the GOP would have been able to hold the seat. The old fart.

Terrye on November 19, 2008 at 6:25 AM

good riddance

ctmom on November 19, 2008 at 6:36 AM

Another corrupt Republican doing irrepairable damage to our party and the country.

Thanks.

stenwin77 on November 19, 2008 at 6:59 AM

Ol

ympia Snowe and Susan Collins, the last GOPers in New England.

I didn’t realize they were pub. //sarc

Jamson64 on November 19, 2008 at 7:03 AM

Ol

ympia Snowe and Susan Collins, the last GOPers in New England.

I didn’t realize they were pub. //sarc

Jamson64 on November 19, 2008 at 7:03 AM

Well, convicted felons do not belong in government. Too bad the residents of DC don’t follow that (Marion Barry).

rbj on November 19, 2008 at 8:00 AM

Sarah Palin has been heard talking about running for Alaska’s 3rd Senate seat.

Vernon Hardapple on November 19, 2008 at 9:44 AM

Sarah Palin has been heard talking about running for Alaska’s 3rd Senate seat.

Vernon Hardapple on November 19, 2008 at 9:44 AM

not anymore,now that the convicted felon scumbag Ted Stevens has been given his well deserved walking papers by the people of Alaska, we have finally rid ourselves of 2 people that have no business in the Senate.

Good riddance to both of them

DcMike2K on November 19, 2008 at 10:06 AM

amerpundit on November 18, 2008 at 10:32 PM

Begich was overheard during his last trip to DC telling some other loser Dem, “Eh, ANWR is a breeze. Just tell the businessmen you want to drill, tell the treehuggers you’ll never drill, and meanwhile do nothing.”

So, he’ll fit in perfectly with the rest of his caucus. Effing loser.

gippergal1984 on November 19, 2008 at 11:01 AM

We should want them to get to 60. No excuses, no blame but their own.

lorien1973 on November 18, 2008 at 10:30 PM

Except for the fact that we ran a corrupt, pork-bloated crook for a seat in the Senate, have accomplished precisely diddly squat as a party since 1998 (aside from porking it up and saddling the country with McCain/Feingold, prescription drug boondoggle, etc.), and generally don’t deserve to wash the Democrat party’s dishes.

The GOP deserves what it got. Unfortunately, we’re the ones that will pay for it.

The party is rotted out from the inside and will function as a punching bag for the next 2 years (20 if we don’t get our act together and completely reform the party… again).

spmat on November 19, 2008 at 12:57 PM

It’s amazing that the Republican Party
hasn’t asked Stevens to resign,a while back!!

canopfor on November 18, 2008 at 10:33 PM

It’s part of that corrupt good ‘ol boy system the cuda was working to tear down

lwssdd on November 19, 2008 at 1:12 PM

We should want them to get to 60. No excuses, no blame but their own.

lorien1973 on November 18, 2008 at 10:30 PM

Exactly.

When your enemy is in the process of destroying himself, stand back and leave him alone.

Remember Murphy’s Law as applied to the Law of Unintended Consequences.

Bruno Strozek on November 19, 2008 at 1:16 PM