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  •  This is starting to make more sense (6+ / 0-)

    On election night it blew me away that the exit polls could be that wrong.  However, if Begich wins by a few thousand votes, assuming that the remaining votes are his stronghold, it makes more sense with the exit polls.  I can see the emotional challenge to vote against Stevens, even though he is a crook.  The guy has been in the Senate for 30+ years.  Kind of like how it was hard for people in RI to vote Lincoln Chaffee out.  These types of races are harder to win & wind up with a closer margin than would be expected.

    If Bill was still in charge, this wouldn't all be happening...

    by letsbepragmatic on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 06:07:01 PM PST

    •  Well I'm sorry, but I don't see how any one can (6+ / 0-)

      vote for a convicted felon.  Even if the convicted felon were the Democratic nominee, I would refuse to vote for him or her.  I may abstain from voting in that particular race, or vote for a third party nominee, but there is no way that I would vote for a convicted felon.

      Lincoln Chafee is a different story.  He is a good man who I hated to see lose, and I don't care if he did have an (R) beside his name.  I know that we needed that win to gain control of the Senate, but his loss in 2006 was bittersweet for me.  Lincoln Chafee should NOT be compared to convicted felon Ted Stevens.

      •  Some felt (2+ / 0-)
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        they were voting against Begich, in favor of an upcoming special election; they weren't voting o keep Sen Ted in office.

      •  I really liked Chaffee (3+ / 0-)
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        I thought it was such a shame to lose a good man just for that R, esp since he was better on some issues than a number of D's.

        He changed his party afilliation to I last year and didn't he say recently he was considering a switch all the way over to D now?

        C'mon Lincoln! :)

      •  I really like Chafee too but the dems wanted the (2+ / 0-)
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        majority and most were so mad at 2004 vote everyone voted straight ticket.

        Now that he has changed to independent maybe he can run again...he should move to Conn and take Joe's place!

        But I agree with those that talk about how could someone vote for a felon. i couldn't no matter what.

        But for the last 3 months i have seen a side of alaska i never knew was there. it has left a bitter taste in my mouth and i used to see it as beautiful and wonderful place to live.

        •  As a current Texas resident (3+ / 0-)
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          and having lived here on several different occasions, I really thought Texas would surely have contributed more crooks and assholes to politics than any other state. Seeing Alaska politics close up lately, I'm thinking we may have some serious competition.

          •  Illinois has both states beat! (1+ / 0-)
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            With three former governors having done or doing prison time (and a fourth now on our perp watch) in my lifetime, not to mention enough Chicago Aldermen having been sent to prison to make up a quorum of our 50-member City Council, both Texas and Alaska are chumps in the corruption contest!

      •  Lincoln Chafee (1+ / 0-)
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        Voted with George W. Bush about 63% of the time, which makes him way worse than the worst Democrat (which isn't even Joe Lieberman but somebody from the prairie).

        Good riddance to all R's, be they generally with Bush or always with Bush.

        The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends towards justice. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

        by easong on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 08:33:43 PM PST

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      •  Indeed (0+ / 0-)

        The tragedy in Cafee's story is that he was so devoted to his dad's legacy and party. Even if that Republican party didn't exist any longer.

        If only he had switched party's or became an independant and caucused with the democrats, the people of Rhode Island woul have been to happy to keep him in the US Senate. alas, as it was that "R" behind him was pure toxic.

        Obama-Biden in 2012!

        by Frederik on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 05:22:26 AM PST

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