Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Ted Stevens indicted

There's good news from the old country today. Ted Stevens of Alaska, the longest-serving Republican in the Senate has been indicted by a federal grand jury on corruption charges. This is good old fashioned corruption, accepting gifts from someone doing business in the state and not reporting them (also known as taking a bribe). Stevens is 84 years old and up for re-election this year. This might be a good time to retire. Normally, I would expect him to resign claiming health issues and have the Republican governor appoint his son Ben to fill his seat. Unfortunately, Ben is under investigation for corruption in the Alaska state senate and is expected to collect his own indictments any day now. Alaska hasn't had a Democrat in their congressional delegation in twenty eight years (and even then it was Mike Gravel). We should practice saying Senator Beigich (pronounced BAYgich).

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