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Tuesday, July 29, 2008


I can find no better metaphor for the current state of the conservative movement than this: the longest-serving Republican Senator in U.S. history was just indicted in federal court on seven counts of falsely reporting income:
Prosecutors said Stevens received more than $250,000 in gifts and services from VECO Corp., a powerful oil services contractor, and its executives. From May 1999 to August 2007, prosecutors said, the 84-year-old senator concealed "his continuing receipt of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of things of value from a private corporation."

The indictment unsealed Tuesday says the items included home improvements to his vacation home in Alaska, including a new first floor, garage, wraparound deck, plumbing and electrical wiring, as well as a Viking gas grill, furniture and tools. He also was accused of failing to report swapping an old Ford for a new Land Rover to be driven by one of his children.

I know we're all shocked to see a Republican be corrupt.

Strangely though, Jonathan Martin thinks that Stevens' bad news is good for John McCain - because the Alaskan senator is a notorious earmark junkie:
No word yet from McCain or the campaign, but I'd be shocked if they didn't at least subtly remind voters about the clashes between the two senators over the years.

McCain often likes to brag that Stevens had once deemed him, "The Sheriff," for his crusading ways.

Monetary scandal as a boon to McCain? Guess Martin's never heard of the Keating 5. That aside, it would only feed into the continuing, atrophying McCain strategy of living in the past. Once it's revealed how little earmarks actually influence the price of food, gas and goods, people will once again focus on the future - putting Alaska officially in play for Obama at the very least.

Stevens is a political vampire, and this news made my day. But we better damn well hope the trial ends after January 20, 2009. Or else this won't mean a thing.

  • UPDATE.

  • Read the full indictment here. Oh, and apparently, the GOP's dropping ol' Ted like a hot rock.

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