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Alaska Republicans are tearing each other apart.   It's the type of entertainment that you can only find in a state over-run by corruption and stupidity in the style of Sarah Palin. Governor Palin, with all of her infinite wisdom, has called for the resignation of duly elected Senator Mark Begich, now that Ted Stevens has had all Federal charges withdrawn. Never mind that former Senator Stevens has not been exonerated in any way, shape or form. Sister Sarah just felt as though she needed to add her two cents, maybe as a ruse to take attention off of herself and her family troubles which have taken on a new life in the media, thanks to her daughter and the boy who fathered her illegitimate child.

From TPM:

Congressman Don Young has broken from the calls by Sarah Palin and the Alaska Republican Party, who say that Democratic Sen. Mark Begich should resign because he was only elected through the botched prosecution against Sen. Ted Stevens. After Stevens was convicted of several felony counts, Begich went on to narrowly win the election -- but now the Justice Department has dropped all the charges in light of prosecutorial misconduct. Young doesn't like the result, but it is what it is.

Young is going a bit further, however, and making a suggestion for another way that Ted Stevens could make a political comeback: Running for governor in 2010. This would presumably involve Stevens running against Sarah Palin, a giant of her state's politics. Now why would Young suggest such a thing?

"Personally I'd like to see him run for governor, and that's my personal feeling," Young said yesterday. "So, we'll see what happens down the line. He probably won't, but I think that would be a great way to cap off a great career as being the governor of the state of Alaska."

Don't ya just love the circular firing squad? Alaska's version of a dysfunctional Republican "Family Feud"! I have to admit, the thought of convicted felon Ted Stevens, at 85 years old running against one of the biggest liars (stars) in the Republican upper tier would just warm the cockles of my heart. I can just see the lies and distortions being spewed by each of them. Can you imagine which one of these two dolts would "out-Jesus" each other? The competition would be fast and furious.

Imagine this if you will:

Palin: "I said thanks, but no thanks to that 'Bridge to Nowhere', and to some of that nasty Obama stimulus money for Alaska."

Stevens: "I said thanks, and thanks again for the renovations to my 'Chalet', and hell yes to every dollar I could possibly wring out of the Federal Government for Alaska."

I honestly prefer Stevens, the unabashed felon, to the lying fraud Pinnochio Palin.

Originally posted to StuHunter on Sat Apr 04, 2009 at 04:13 PM PDT.

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  •  Like Picking a Side in the Iran-Iraq War (6+ / 0-)

    "Dignified people, without a whimsical streak, almost never offer fresh insights, in economics or anywhere else." Paul Krugman

    by Dana Houle on Sat Apr 04, 2009 at 04:15:47 PM PDT

  •  Sarah Palin is a faultline Republican (4+ / 0-)

    which is why I think Mitt Romney, Bobby Jindal, or Mark Sanford could beat her in an ugly GOP primary.

    Republicans that love her love her with an unhealthy sort of canival mirror-like distortion of political reality to shut out anything that might readjust their view of her, and Republicans who hate her hate her with a burning passion that would lead me to believe that another Palin nod would be a ticket to a Democratic landslide year.

    My opinion of how 2012 is shaping up so far is that I think there is going to be a growing consensus towards a Palin Stopper candidate as we get closer to the GOP primaries. Especially if the 2010 elections are good for the Democrats and we gain in the Senate and maintain the status quo in the House. That would mean two years of a Barack Obama who is free to really do whatever it is he wants without much of a faux-moderate GOP and wankery-called moderate Democratic Blackmail Caucus filters.  

    "I didn't vote for it, but I support it." -Heath Shuler on the stimulus bill

    by LeftHandedMan on Sat Apr 04, 2009 at 04:21:14 PM PDT

    •  That kind of a two year Obama boom (1+ / 0-)
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      chicago minx

      meaning all four years of his first term are very active and popular, will mean that the GOP cannot afford a Bob Dole sacrificial lamb candidate with an eye to the future. Palin is worse than a Dole, because she not only can't win the White House, but I believe she would allow for a much bigger Democratic mandate for a second term.

      The kind of thing that goes completely against the conventional wisdom about how the Presidency works (That the first two years are where the big Mo is, and that the second term is a dissapointment compared to the first) is going to make 2012 the most important election for the GOP in 40 years.

      It is possible, and I feel very possible, that Obama could have a better third and fourth year of his first term than his first two, and a second term that is more viable and productive than the first two years of his first term.

      I think Obama is going to be an outlier in the history books with a Palin 2012, for the better, if things are hopeful going into 2010 and at least stable going into the 2012 election and I think that prospect will be soul-shakingly terrifying to the GOP.

      "I didn't vote for it, but I support it." -Heath Shuler on the stimulus bill

      by LeftHandedMan on Sat Apr 04, 2009 at 04:29:51 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  just gets worse for them... (0+ / 0-)

        Don't forget this little problem for the GOP! What changes over the next 4 years... How about this from this years exits...

                             Obama/McCain
        18–29 years old 66%/32% <---- More of these
        30-44 years old 52%/46%
        45–64 years old 50%/49%
        65 years or older 45%/53% <----Less of these

        I don't think anything they have done so far will be flipping those young voters... Belligerence, refusing to try to solve problems, insulting the daughter of their Presidential candidate when she calls for moderation, calling the democrats socialists and their voters "useful idiots"...

        The young people want to solve problems and believe in cooperation to accomplish that.  All the Republicans have done is show them how right they were to vote for Obama and not them. They will likely fall farther and farther behind with each election!

    •  Now if Palin loses her Governorship (4+ / 0-)
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      polecat, luckylizard, StuHunter, loper2008

      to Ted Stevens?

      I think she runs for the GOP nomination and her best hope is being somebody else's vp pick.

      The only GOPer I could see picking her to be vp is Sandford. Sandford is the kind of stupid that might buy the Palin hype from her cult. He's like a chiapet verison of Mike Huckabee's shadow.

      Bobby Jindal and Mitt Romney would be more likely to ask a cardboard cutout of John Wayne first.

      "I didn't vote for it, but I support it." -Heath Shuler on the stimulus bill

      by LeftHandedMan on Sat Apr 04, 2009 at 04:36:05 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  It seems the GOP is backing off of her. (2+ / 0-)
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        The Nose, luckylizard

        JMHO, but I think they are pretty silent on who their 2012 choices are at the moment.  I have been keeping my eye on Romney.  He is definately in and in this moment in time, I feel he would be the biggest threat.  

        In the last few weeks, Gingrich has put himself back out there.  I know things change in a minute in the world of politics, but I don't believe the GOP believes in Palin anymore.

        The future is what we decide it is going to be.

        by Ann T Bush on Sat Apr 04, 2009 at 05:41:03 PM PDT

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    •  If things are going well, then they will let her (0+ / 0-)

      run, because the people who like her are crazy enough to send their last dime, if they have any left after sending money to Dobson and Right to Life.

      She will be their patsy if it looks like they can't win anyway.

  •  There is no legal precedent for recalling for the (0+ / 0-)

    resignation of Begich on the state and federal level.

    Moreover, Stevens stepped down by his own will. So, let us stop this stupidity.

    Didn't Sara Palin call for Stevens' resignation?

    Don't give a damn a/t each & every politician currently alive in the US. Last time i voted for the top part of the ballot was 1972. Never missed SB election

    by Mutual Assured Destruction on Sat Apr 04, 2009 at 04:30:42 PM PDT

    •  No and No (2+ / 0-)
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      Didn't Sara Palin call for Stevens' resignation?

      ..no she never called for Stevens to reign...but she did call for Begich to resign.

      Begich  will never resign, nor should he resign.

      •  I agree with you, i just read somewhere during (0+ / 0-)

        the campaign that she called for Stevens to step down when his scandal broke out.

        As i said, there is no legal precedent on the state and federal level for Begich to resign.

        Don't give a damn a/t each & every politician currently alive in the US. Last time i voted for the top part of the ballot was 1972. Never missed SB election

        by Mutual Assured Destruction on Sat Apr 04, 2009 at 04:42:04 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  She From the North DID (2+ / 0-)

        request that Stevens step down. From WaPo:

        "After being found guilty on seven felony counts, I had hoped Senator Stevens would take the opportunity to do the statesman-like thing and erase the cloud that is covering his Senate seat," Palin said in a statement. "He has not done so. Alaskans are grateful for his decades of public service but the time has come for him to step aside. Even if elected on Tuesday, Senator Stevens should step aside to allow a special election to give Alaskans a real choice of who will serve them in Congress."

        Whose marriage do we get to vote on next?

        by cany on Sat Apr 04, 2009 at 04:43:01 PM PDT

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      •  Before you write something asinine, you might (0+ / 0-)

        want to check your facts first.

        Read the post below to see the quote by Sarah Palin asking Stevens to step aside. Got it now.

        Don't give a damn a/t each & every politician currently alive in the US. Last time i voted for the top part of the ballot was 1972. Never missed SB election

        by Mutual Assured Destruction on Sat Apr 04, 2009 at 06:35:09 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Getting Nasty (1+ / 0-)
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          Endangered Alaskan Dem

          Before you write something asinine, you might

          ...before you get nasty as hell and Republicanlike..you might want to just post the facts as they stand. I made a mistake, sue me!

          •  Republican-like? Republican-like...who is throwin (0+ / 0-)

            statements, empty statements without backing them up and on top of that accusing other folks of getting thing wrong with NO and NO?....Who behave like that? Who..... Oh wait, i know, THE REPUBLICANS...

            Don't give a damn a/t each & every politician currently alive in the US. Last time i voted for the top part of the ballot was 1972. Never missed SB election

            by Mutual Assured Destruction on Sat Apr 04, 2009 at 08:13:32 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

  •  Mmm, luscious (2+ / 0-)
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    polecat, StuHunter

    If Palin lost her governorship it would be even more delicious watching her trying to rationalize a run for the presidency.

    2/10/07 Springfield 11/4/08 Grant Park 1/20/09 DC

    by chicago minx on Sat Apr 04, 2009 at 04:31:16 PM PDT

    •  She is polling to see if it matters to people (0+ / 0-)

      whether she is still governor or not.

      I think she would rather not risk a loss so she is hoping she doesn't need to.

      •  Actually, that is incorrect. (0+ / 0-)

        The polling was found to be done by someone else... and I am looking for that link now.

        Whose marriage do we get to vote on next?

        by cany on Sat Apr 04, 2009 at 05:14:01 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Here's the linkie: (0+ / 0-)

          Here.

          What IS really interesting, imho, is the relationship between her support for Perry (candidate for Texas Gov) and the fact the polling group has ties to a Perry group that swiftboated Kerry.

          Read it, it's interesting and actually explains quite a bit.

          Whose marriage do we get to vote on next?

          by cany on Sat Apr 04, 2009 at 05:17:44 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  More: the polling is illegal. (0+ / 0-)

            Just checked Alaska campaign law, and "Groups" (including PACs) and 'non-group entities" that are based outside of Alaska -- such as this particular PAC -- are prohibited from donating to candidates. Period. Not one cent is allowed. A poll that is conducted, a push-poll, no less, by a PAC with an explicit expressed goal of re-electing Sarah Palin is an absolutely illegal campaign contribution.
            A PAC ("group") or non-group entity may contribute up to $1,000 to a candidate per election cycle and up to $1,000 to a political party per election cycle, but only if that PAC or non-group entity is based in Alaska. How much do you want to bet that this non-Alaska-based group's polling effort cost more than $1,000?

            so it is illegal, then she is involved

  •  I'd contribute $2 (1+ / 0-)
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    Ann T Bush

    just to watch.  Now, who would I give it to?  Nuts! the plan's gone bad already.

    Time makes more converts than reason. Thomas Paine, Common Sense

    by VTCC73 on Sat Apr 04, 2009 at 04:45:00 PM PDT

  •  Awesome. Just when you thought it couldn't get (1+ / 0-)
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    Ann T Bush

    any better!  ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

  •  Palin. Diana Palin - (1+ / 0-)
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    Ann T Bush

    Sarah's sister-in-law, that is - is my personal favorite. She's the one who was arrested for burgling the same house twice.

    In a race against Sarah Palin and Ted Stevens, she's got a good shot at arguing that she's the least of three evils.  Took less money from fewer people than either of the others, and with far greater transparency.  And she's a family values candidate - she brought her four-year-old along for the heist.

  •  LOL (2+ / 0-)
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    Ann T Bush, cany

    Run Ted run!!

    Don't donate to the DSCC in 2010 - they'll give your money to Harry Reid. Donate to the candidates instead!

    by arcticshadow on Sat Apr 04, 2009 at 04:55:43 PM PDT

  •  You failed to mention her sister-in-law (0+ / 0-)

    troubles;.}

    The future is what we decide it is going to be.

    by Ann T Bush on Sat Apr 04, 2009 at 05:35:50 PM PDT

  •  Are alaskans also calling for a (0+ / 0-)

    redo on the Stevens/Begich election?  Or is it just their loud mouth, corrupt GOP elected officials?

  •  Has someone lost their fucking mind? (0+ / 0-)

    I wanna quote another British poet.

    by Lazar on Sat Apr 04, 2009 at 06:40:49 PM PDT

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