Stevens Concedes

Yesterday it became clear to people who had mastered arithmetic that Ted Stevens lost his Senate race. Today, on his 85th birthday, Stevens conceded. No recount.

How nice that the senator is giving us a present on his birthday. Thank you, Tubes. If I were your judge, I would recommend your release to a halfway house 30 days before your prison sentence ends.

Actually, if Stevens would volunteer to serve 10 days in Guantanamo, I'd call it even.

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    People who have mastered arithmatic? (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by cpa1 on Wed Nov 19, 2008 at 08:51:02 PM EST
    I hope you aren't dissing forensic accountants!  I know that's not what you meant, I think.

    If I have the time, I'd like to analyze the Franken Coleman race, comparing district performance in other races for other years.

    It seemed to me that Franken made up lots of votes on the discovery of transposition errors like 3919 for 3199.  That is a common error that people make and Republicans do become pragmatically dyslexic in their favor when then think they are losing.

    A resounding YES on Guantanamo, (none / 0) (#1)
    by DeborahNC on Wed Nov 19, 2008 at 08:12:15 PM EST
    if he could take Cheney along for the ride (imprisonment) too!

    i have a better idea: (none / 0) (#2)
    by cpinva on Wed Nov 19, 2008 at 08:22:56 PM EST
    force him to sit in a room with sarah palin for a week. and no covering his ears!

    ears open, eyes closed... (none / 0) (#3)
    by of1000Kings on Wed Nov 19, 2008 at 08:27:05 PM EST
    oh man that would be rough

    noose, please...


    Remind me why (none / 0) (#5)
    by gyrfalcon on Wed Nov 19, 2008 at 09:18:26 PM EST
    he's called "Tubes"?

    Because (none / 0) (#6)
    by TChris on Wed Nov 19, 2008 at 09:22:29 PM EST
    Oh, yes! (none / 0) (#11)
    by gyrfalcon on Wed Nov 19, 2008 at 11:45:47 PM EST
    Thanks. I'd forgotten he was the one who coined that.  It's so Bushian, I was thinking he'd done it.

    And with (none / 0) (#7)
    by CoralGables on Wed Nov 19, 2008 at 09:32:49 PM EST
    Stevens down the tubes we move on to Minnesota.

    With the first day complete tonight in a state-mandated recount in the contest for U.S. Senate between Republican incumbent Norm Coleman and Democratic challenger Al Franken, Coleman's lead shrank by nearly 20 percent.

     Based on a Star Tribune analysis of partial recount numbers released this evening by the Secretary of State's Office, Coleman lost a net of 41 votes and now holds a 174-vote advantage. He started the day up by 215.

    These new numbers come after the state has recounted 18 percent of the ballots. They come from 27 percent of the state's precincts. At this point, Coleman has lost 86 votes, while Franken has lost 45.

    If what Ted Stevens did was wrong (none / 0) (#8)
    by Exeter on Wed Nov 19, 2008 at 09:59:19 PM EST
    then most Senators, including the President-elect, are guilty. I disagree with his politics, but grew tired of the get-'em-with-whatever-sticks approach under the Clinton administration.

    Really? (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by Steve M on Wed Nov 19, 2008 at 11:13:51 PM EST
    So the Bush Justice Department just railroaded him for the heck of it?

    re: Rezko, et al...

    Come on... (none / 0) (#17)
    by Exeter on Thu Nov 20, 2008 at 12:13:24 PM EST
    He wasn't charged with anything corruption-related. There were no allegations of quid pro quo. He was charged with violating a Senate rule of not reporting gifts-- something that most Senators could probably be charged.

    Does anyone think (none / 0) (#10)
    by cal1942 on Wed Nov 19, 2008 at 11:44:17 PM EST
    that an 85 year old who has not committed a violent crime be imprisoned?

    I would say (none / 0) (#14)
    by CoralGables on Thu Nov 20, 2008 at 01:39:31 AM EST
    Could he be? Yes. Will he be? No. An appeal can take years and at 85 and out of the Senate he no longer has a need to expedite the process.

    Depends on what the crime was. (none / 0) (#15)
    by Fabian on Thu Nov 20, 2008 at 04:30:55 AM EST
    I could think of many non violent crimes that I'd happily toss grandma and grandpa in the slammer for.

    We had a health insurance company here go totally bust, the various executives had defrauded their clients and embezzled money.  The end result was that various businesses that had paid for health insurance for them employees found they had absolutely nothing.  Their employees had no health insurance, the employers lost the money.  In good news, I believe everyone charged was convicted and they were all only middle aged, so they'll have time to retrain for their new careers.  

    How about that earthquake in China?  Many government-built buildings just collapsed because corrupt officials cut corners and pocketed profits.  People lost their children when the schools they were in crumbled.  Would you toss a 90 year old in prison because his actions helped to cause the deaths of hundreds?  I would.


    I don't think he should be sent to prison... (none / 0) (#16)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Thu Nov 20, 2008 at 09:45:21 AM EST
    ...but he should most definately should be stripped of his Federal pension and health care.