Following the U.S Justice Department’s abandoning of the prosecution of ex- Alaska U.S Senator and everyone’s favorite cantankerous octogenarian Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) following msiconduct on the part of Prosecutors, the state Republican party and Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alakska) now want the U.S Senator Mark Begich (D-Alakska)who prevailed over Stevens in a fair democratic election last November, to resign so a special re-election can be held and Stevens can get the seat back that was his from 1968 until last year. And no according to the Ankorage Daily News, this is not a belated April Fools Day Joke.
WASHINGTON — The head of the Alaska Republican Party today called on Sen. Mark Begich to step down from the U.S. Senate, saying that the state’s voters would have re-elected former Sen. Ted Stevens had they known the U.S Department of Justice would abandon its prosecution of him.
The party chairman, Randy Ruedrich, said that the only reason Begich won his race was because “a few thousand Alaskans thought that Senator Stevens was guilty of seven felonies.”
He added that he thought Begich should step down “so Alaskans may have the chance to vote for a senator without the improper influence of the corrupt Department of Justice.”
So if the ethical controversies currently surrounding Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), who has been in the U.S Senate since 1980 were to cause him to lose in the 2010 elections , but months later the charges were either dismissed or found to be unsubstantiated, will the Republicans say the same thing? No of course not, and any political party who believes that to be the standard doesn’t believe in free and fair competitive elections. If you lose, you lose. Be it because of ideology, corruption, or what have you. The people casted their ballots and spoke and as long as it is done legitimately then the politicians and the system must respect that.
Between this and the Republicans crusade to save the lost cause of a second term for now former U.S Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN), the Republicans seem to be think things should function less like a mature democracy and more like a children’s tee ball game that is more then slanted in their direction. Their new mantra mine as well be elections, if a Republican doesn’t win then it doesn’t count. Post-rationalism hard at work!
UPDATE (10:37pm ET): Well it sounds like Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is not on board with the idea of a special election. Nor is the state’s lone U.S House Representative Don Young (R-Alaska). But Young has a better idea for Stevens, why not Ted Stevens for Governor? Damn, who would have thought a desolate and what many think of as a boring state like Alaska would have such interesting (albeit corrupt and silly) politics?