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After reveling in the joy of the landslide win for Barack Obama and the races that are yet to be decided it has come to the attention of the media that if Alaska Senator Ted Stevens wins the Senate race and is subsequently kicked out of the Senate it sets up an interesting dynamic.  Could Sarah Palin be the next Senator from Alaska?  She could resign as Governor and have her Lt. Governor appoint her to his seat.  Or perhaps call a special election and run herself.  If she won she would be Senator.  If she lost she would still be Governor. Below the fold for a truly harrowing possibility.

What is Sarah Palin best at?  Talking aimlessly and forever about nothing.  If she was to become a US Senator she could be part of the Senate minority in charge of Filibustering.  Think about it.  Having to listen to that shrewish, nails on a blackboard voice for hours and hours and hours.   And what could she possibly talk about? The possibilities are endless.

My fellow Mavericks, I am, so, also, takin the Senate floor to a place where patriotic Americans can get to.  Small town values at K-Mart, an then to a hockey game, because I know that it's a good fight, and we need to fight the main street media because they too can't see Russia from where they are.  They don't believe that I  have seen Putin rearing and flying in my space.  We need to drill everywhere because we have great things here and we want the lower states to have our good stuff too.  Of course you will have to pay a lot for it because us in Alaska need to keep our state to ourselves and don't need the USA to tell us what to do.  Shut up Todd your distracting me.  

We need family values like crazy.  I mean I know first hand that eloping to get married is stressful..  Then when you have a baby so soon.  I have always taught my kids to do as I do not as I say an I guess it's working!!  But family activities like hunting and killing innocent animals has brought us all closer.  We love a good kill.  Especially if you can do it in a helicopter and not get sweaty.  Killing I mean not the other thing.

And those terrorists.  We need to keep an eye on them because you never know when they might straighten up and fly right and that would not be good.  We cannot afford to let them do the right things.  I mean who do they think they are.  

Nobody told me that Neiman Marcus wasn't a thrift store.  I thought it was twofer Tuesday so I just took a bunch of stuff.  Sorry about the moose dung on the Gucci's.. I tried turpentine but it took the shine from it.  I only asked for diet Dr. Pepper and all of this stuff came.  I thought it was the new republican magic word.

I can't stand that black guy elitist and his gang.  They scare me.  I mean gosh if you tell the truth all the time then how can you get away with it. Sometimes it's for their own good people just need to here a good lie to cheer them up or get them riled up.  It's no fair and I'm not going to answer any questions the way you want me to.  I'm talkin to the American people in small mind  America.   To let them know they are the most best people I've met.  

I know God has a plan for me.  I'm waitin for a sign.  Oh look there's a STOP sign.  Dip head right turn only one way caution merge right no left turn.  Thank you Jesus for making it so clear.  

On and on and on.  It could cause mass throat cutting by the left wing extremist Senators tying to get the sound of her voice to stop.  The new secret weapon of the right-wing crazies.  This may be a snark but how far from the truth i it?

Feel free to add to the filibuster.

Originally posted to Reetz on Fri Nov 07, 2008 at 09:14 PM PST.

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  •  Alaska demands an election (5+ / 0-)

    Following Murkowski appointing his daughter, part of the corruption Palin ran against, Alaska law was changed.

    Governor cannot appoint, there would have to be an election.

    Sarah Palin would win.

    We do not forgive our candidates their humanity, therefore we compel them to appear inhuman

    by twigg on Fri Nov 07, 2008 at 09:25:02 PM PST

    •  she would not win (0+ / 0-)

      no way in hell will she ever win alaska-wide office again.  fuggedaboutit!

      "Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise." Thomas Paine, Common Sense

      by Cedwyn on Fri Nov 07, 2008 at 10:12:55 PM PST

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      •  She still has (0+ / 0-)

        a 65% approval rating as Governor, in a State that just re-elected a felon.

        She would win at a canter whether we like it or not.

        She would also be an amusing diversion in the Senate :)

        We do not forgive our candidates their humanity, therefore we compel them to appear inhuman

        by twigg on Sat Nov 08, 2008 at 08:29:31 AM PST

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        •  but that's just (0+ / 0-)

          approval ratings, not a contest against someone else.  whole different ball of wax.  

          and while it's true she may be still be at above 60%, that's also over a 10-point nosedive.  in all of what, two months?  * that * says far more about the dynamic than overall approval numbers.  and who knows what the ultimate impact from the branchflower report and the investigation into her taxes will be?

          stick a fork in her; she's done.

          "Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise." Thomas Paine, Common Sense

          by Cedwyn on Sat Nov 08, 2008 at 09:01:39 AM PST

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  •  Oh great, another Palin diary (1+ / 0-)
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    •  Yeah, and one that hasn't done it's (0+ / 0-)

      homework. It's been stated on several threads that Alaska law doesn't allow the governor to appoint successors, the law changed because of Murkowski's nepotism with his daughter. They have to have a special election within 90 days for the open seat. SO she would have to resign and run with the chance that she would lose. I doubt she's going to take that risk, she seems to like the odds nicely stacked in her favor. There're also some questions about the results of the AK elections, the major discrepency between polling and elections results is raising eyebrows and may trigger some action.

      Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. The Druid

      by FarWestGirl on Sat Nov 08, 2008 at 01:37:42 AM PST

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  •  She is the ultimate opportunist (3+ / 0-)
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    I talk to people about how she takes advantage of the people close to her during her entire political career and this would be just another instance of it. Resign as Governor to move on to the Senate. She can then pad her resume and run for President again with likely nothing to claim as a big victory and say Obama did it and I was Governor and Senator, so now what.

    I guess the rules are the rules so as long as you legally play the game right and yes, I know, some may say she didn't legally play the game right. I can only say she's not in jail, so legally she played the game right.

    •  Hey, Jerry (0+ / 0-)

      one of the hallmarks of an operator like Gov Palin is the ability to find others to do her dirty work.  It was surprising that Troopergate was such a close thing for her -- ordinarily there would be somebody else to take the fall if anything illegal had happened.  

      But the Governor/Senator/run again thing is a real possibility, and ww ought to spend some energy preparing for it.

      •  actually it's not a possibility at all (1+ / 0-)
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        replacement alaskan senators are no longer appointed.  she'd have to run and she wouldn't win.

        "Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise." Thomas Paine, Common Sense

        by Cedwyn on Fri Nov 07, 2008 at 10:15:05 PM PST

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        •  Why (1+ / 0-)
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          wouldn't she win?  I don't presume to know what Alaska voters think, so I could be persuaded either way.

          •  they LURVE ted (1+ / 0-)
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            we are talking about someone they've known for generations.  he's the king of pork and the people of alaska know this.  they. LOVE. him.

            now, it's true that palin enjoyed a high approval rating, but notice that's past tense.  most regard her as an embarassment now.  she pissed the entire state right off with the mccain invasion of '08.  have you listened to some of the people speaking in support of tantrum ted?  it's a whole lot of "we don't care what some yahoos in the lower 48 think.  ted's our man."  so how do you imagine the people of alaska took to having their state affairs and offices taken over by a bunch of campaign yahoos from the contemptible lower 48?  

            after adding the branchflower report, the 150k meltdown of her anti-elite woman of the people schtick and the stunning repudiation of Ms. PayMeToStayAtHome's reformer ethic, there isn't much wiggle room left.

            and the real beauty part is that none of the points against her are innuendo and speculation.  the branchflower report is very real and despite caribou barbie's proclamations, it did NOT clear her of wrongdoing.  some people, even alaska conservatives, do still care about such things.  the fact that she has gone back and changed her filings with the state re:  remibursements is also very real, as is the new investigation into her taxes.  

            sarah only got where she did because of impeccable timing in the first place.  murkowski was mud and running against is always a lot easier than running for.  she also had the advantage of a 3-way race.  in obvious understatement, the political climate, even in AK, is waaaaay different now.  

            and the veil has been lifted on caribou barbie.  we know all too well how little is actually known about the majority of politicians, even sitting ones; sarah no longer enjoys that advantage.  throwing herself into the national spotlight allowed everybody in alaska to hear all about all her dirt, which had been relatively obscure until her veep dreams.

            unless the inmates truly do wrest control of the asylum and she ends up on the 2012 ticket (for which she actually has better odds than a state-wide office), that woman's only ticket out of alaska now is fox news.  for serious.  

            "Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise." Thomas Paine, Common Sense

            by Cedwyn on Sat Nov 08, 2008 at 08:23:08 AM PST

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        •  I don't know (1+ / 0-)
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          If a convicted criminal in Ted Stevens can win or come this close, why not her? The Alaskan people seem to take this personal when it's one of theirs getting all this negative press. I lived there from 1975-79 and have just gotten back in contact with my best friend from high school and his wife, who I know also got offended when I asked what's up with her. She felt like she was doing the job well so I said ok since they do still live there and can judge how they like her. My buddy talks to her once in awhile as he delivers in her area and she says hi to him and little small talk. It's the lower 48 that is dissing her and some don'tike that. I think she would win in the senate race.

          •  what i've gleaned of local sentiment (0+ / 0-)

            is that she's toast.    

            i am not a local, but have also been speaking to people in alaska.

            "Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise." Thomas Paine, Common Sense

            by Cedwyn on Sat Nov 08, 2008 at 08:25:08 AM PST

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  •  Regardless of the Alaska law, (0+ / 0-)

    this distasteful person will be with all of us for some time.

    Warmest regards,

    Doc

    What did you do with my TARDIS?

    by Translator on Fri Nov 07, 2008 at 09:55:51 PM PST

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