Another One Bites the Dust: Ted Stevens Loses Senate Seat

by Mike on November 18, 2008

in Election 2008,Politics

The Republican Party lost another Senate seat tonight as Mark Begich defeated Senator Ted Stevens by a slim margin.  With two races still up in the air, the Democrats will hold at least 58 Senate seats when the new Congress is sworn in.

It is rarely a good thing when the Democrats gain a Republican Senate seat, but it’s a little difficult to be upset about this one.  As we know, Ted Stevens is a convicted felon.  There is no simply no place for such a person in either the U.S. Senate or in the Republican Party.  It’s a shame the Republicans did not pressure Stevens to drop out before the election.  It might not have worked, but it was worth a shot.

The silver lining in all of this is that there will now be a Senate Democrat who supports drilling in ANWR.  With 58 Senate Democrats, it is unlikely that Begich will have much sway on that front, but at least drilling now has a small foot in the Democrat Party door.

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Ryan November 19, 2008 at 7:32 pm

On one hand, this really sucks. From another point of view he WAS found guilty of a felony.

The numbers game just wasn’t in our favor this time, and when the Dems “find” enough votes in Minnesota, they’ll be that much closer to a filibuter-proof body — they’ll always be new-tone RINOs willing to go with bad policies to impress the press with “bipartisanship.”

I always thought Alaska would “retire, not fire” Stevens. C’est la guerre.

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