27 October 2008

Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska): Guilty on Seven Counts

From Politico's breaking story:
Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) was convicted today on seven counts of failing to report more than $250,000 in improper gifts he received from 1999 to 2006, a stunning blow to a political career that has lasted more than 40 years and marked Alaska’s entire history as a part of the United States.
He's scheduled to be sentenced on 25 February.

The GOP can't be thrilled with the conviction coming eight days before 04 November--it's going to dominate the news cycle for a while, but Senator Stevens himself actually requested that the trial occur before election day.

What might make folks queasy is that the Stevens verdict could further poison the current toxic atmosphere (what with its echoes of the Abramoff-fueled 2006). Even so, any large-scale political fallout is unlikely; people won't run away from Senator McCain or their local Republican candidates because of Stevens's guilt.

But do prepare for a barrage of blog posts detailing Governor Palin's relationship with Ted Stevens--you know it's going to happen.

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