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Ted Stevens Loses Senate Re-Election Bid 337

Posted by kdawson
from the down-the-tubes dept.
JakartaDean writes "Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, famed Internet regulator, has lost his Senate seat. The AP is reporting that 'Stevens was declared the loser in Alaska on Tuesday night after a two-week-long process of counting nearly 90,000 absentee and early votes from across Alaska. With this victory, Democrat Mark Begich (the mayor of Anchorage) has defeated one of the giants in the US Senate by a 3,724-vote margin, a stunning end to a 40-year Senate career marred by Stevens' conviction on corruption charges a week before the election.' It's probably too early to tell what this means for Internet regulation, but at least there's a > 0 chance that the next committee chair will understand something about the Net."
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Ted Stevens Loses Senate Re-Election Bid

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  • Too Bad (Score:5, Funny)

    by fistfullast33l (819270) on Wednesday November 19, 2008 @12:09AM (#25812641) Homepage Journal

    Senator Stevens re-election bid is down the tubes [slashdot.org].

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Senator Stevens re-election bid is down the tubes [slashdot.org].

      To add insult to injury -- a whole series of them!

    • Re:Too Bad (Score:5, Funny)

      by negRo_slim (636783) <mils_oRgen@hotmail.com> on Wednesday November 19, 2008 @12:22AM (#25812761)

      Senator Stevens re-election bid is down the tubes [slashdot.org].

      Hey Slashdot ain't a big truck. You can't just dump anything on it, more it's like a series of tubes. And all your damn YouTubes, why I had my staff send me an Internet the other day, took 2 weeks to get here!

      • Re:Too Bad (Score:4, Funny)

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 19, 2008 @04:42AM (#25814729)

        When asked to comment, Senator Stevens was reported to have called the voters "A series of n00bs"

        • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

          Stevens = pwnd!
        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          by LrdDimwit (1133419)
          This IS Alaska. The population density in most of the state is even lower than most rural parts of the rest of the country, I expect. So it's more a "series of rubes".

          C'mon, guys, how many more times after this are we really gonna be able to beat this dead meme? You could at least try... ;)
  • I'm amazed (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Swordopolis (1159065) on Wednesday November 19, 2008 @12:10AM (#25812647)
    that it got this close. I figured this would be an absolute stomping after Senator Tubes became a convicted felon.
    • Re:I'm amazed (Score:5, Insightful)

      by andytrevino (943397) on Wednesday November 19, 2008 @12:14AM (#25812689) Homepage

      Yeah -- essentially what this result means is that those Alaskans who cast their vote for Stevens would rather vote for a shamelessly corrupt convicted felon than for a Democrat.

      Most of the time, I'm with 'em. ;)

      (though, to be fair, he would have probably resigned and been replaced with a better candidate by appointment or special election, had he won.)

      • by amRadioHed (463061) on Wednesday November 19, 2008 @12:22AM (#25812765)

        Yeah, it occurred to me that's probably why he was still voted for. If he was forced out of office in disgrace he would be replaced by another less obviously disgraceful Republican. At least I hope that's what happened, although after seeing who they elected Governor I could be giving Alaskan's too much credit.

        • Re:I'm amazed (Score:5, Interesting)

          by Fred Ferrigno (122319) on Wednesday November 19, 2008 @03:51AM (#25814485)

          If he was forced out of office in disgrace he would be replaced by another less obviously disgraceful Republican. At least I hope that's what happened, although after seeing who they elected Governor I could be giving Alaskan's too much credit.

          Funny you should mention that. Even though his replacement would be chosen by special election and appointed, the consensus in the punditocracy was that Palin would run for the seat and probably win.

          • Re:I'm amazed (Score:5, Insightful)

            by Thing 1 (178996) on Wednesday November 19, 2008 @09:44AM (#25816345) Journal

            Funny you should mention that. Even though his replacement would be chosen by special election and appointed, the consensus in the punditocracy was that Palin would run for the seat and probably win.

            That's actually my favorite part about this: her national political career is now stillborn, she'll have to wait for an actual election to be able to take a Senate seat.

            • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

              I believe we have John McCain to thank for providing the media antibodies that will protect us against Sarah Palin in a national role well into the future. I mean, with an IQ of 83 she represents a certain segment of the underprivileged altogether too well...
      • by deniable (76198)
        What I heard was that all of Steven's votes were early votes from before the conviction. He started in the lead but got no more votes. The other guy just had to accumulate enough to get over the line.
    • Re:I'm amazed (Score:5, Interesting)

      by siddesu (698447) on Wednesday November 19, 2008 @12:16AM (#25812707)

      Well, the local vote doesn't rest so much on the personal qualities of a candidate so much on his ability to bring pork to his district. Having been convicted on things like having a piece of furniture in his home won't impress votes who depend on the pork for their jobs that much. And from what little I drained from the tubes on the topic, Mr. Stevens was an expert at getting quality output from them pork tubes.

      Besides, he doesn't stand alone, and it dozen't only happen in the US. In Japan a few years back an MP got convicted, did jail time, got out and got promptly re-elected, despite the national media turning him into a sort of laughingstock. Similarities: he was from the northern, relatively unpopulated and cold part of Japan, and he was a "pork expert".

      So, it is either the pork, or the ice. You decide.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Atario (673917)

        Two words: Marion Barry.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by MillenneumMan (932804)

      I'm NOT amazed. Congress collectively has an approval rating below ten percent leading up to the election and yet over 96 percent get re-elected. The American electorate definitely get what they deserve because they keep sending the same idiots back time and time again.

      The real shame is that it takes a felony conviction to create enough momentum to throw the guy out. How that William Jefferson in Louisiana is still in office is beyond comprehension.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Jah-Wren Ryel (80510)

        I'm NOT amazed. Congress collectively has an approval rating below ten percent leading up to the election and yet over 96 percent get re-elected. The American electorate definitely get what they deserve because they keep sending the same idiots back time and time again.

        It's called gerrymandering and the congress, they doing it right.

      • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

        by ricklg (162560)

        Yes, but it could also mean that the alternative choice is even worse than the berated incumbent.

        Maryland (my state) is just about all Democratic. The Republicans often run some turkey just to have a race. The results are usually embarrassing to the Republicans, but at least they tried.

        As a registered Republican I've been frustrated year after year having to vote for the Democrat (usually the incumbent) because the Republican was clearly unqualified.

      • That's mostly because people's approval (or lack thereof) of Congress is mainly based on their opinions of the people they didn't vote for. It's why I cringe every time I hear a complaint about people in Congress criticizing Bush when their approval rating is even lower. Apples and oranges, people!

        (That's not to say that Congress is all sunshine and ponies, either, just that that particular argument is thoroughly flawed.)

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by caitsith01 (606117)

      Indeed. Contrary to the breathless summary:

      With this victory, Democrat Mark Begich (the mayor of Anchorage) has defeated one of the giants in the US Senate by a 3,724-vote margin, a stunning end to a 40-year Senate career

      what would have been "stunning" would have been if Stevens survived. In fact the pre-election polls suggested he was a goner, and the fact that he nearly won was very surprising.

      What this really means is that (a) the Repugs won't have to vote to sack one of their own from the senate and (

  • Perhaps there really is a future in USA.
  • One last time, because it's got a good techno beat. DJ Ted Stevens, "A Series of Tubes" [youtube.com]

  • This means Palin won't get the Senate seat (Senate would have kicked Stevens out if he won) as a staging post for her national ambition.
  • Oh noes! (Score:3, Funny)

    by geminidomino (614729) * on Wednesday November 19, 2008 @12:19AM (#25812741) Journal

    Stevens goes bye bye and the tubes are already breaking down! Slashdot stories disappearing, seas boiling, dogs and cats living together!!!!

    This is the end!

  • He'll be missed (Score:4, Insightful)

    by hyades1 (1149581) <hyades1@hotmail.com> on Wednesday November 19, 2008 @12:25AM (#25812803)

    As a vicious, corrupt scam artist (and convicted felon) whose major contribution to American politics was to funnel millions of taxpayers dollars into one "Bridge to Nowhere" after another, Ted Stevens is the perfect representative of one of the most influential segments of the internet community: spammers.

  • by Alaska Jack (679307) on Wednesday November 19, 2008 @12:31AM (#25812849) Journal

    This is just really sad. Ted Stevens played a greater role in the development of Alaska as a state than any other person. Most people outside Alaska are unaware that he was literally named Alaskan of the Century. Think about that for a moment.

    This is not to defend him. I disagreed with a lot of what he did. (Well, to be more accurate, I disagree with him and all the Robert Byrds, etc who stuffed their states full of pork at the expense of the nation. But at least Stevens had the excuse that Alaska really got a hugely raw deal in its statehood compact, and the lack of fulfillment thereof by the federal government.)

    Stevens eventually became exhibit A in the argument for term limits. Well OK, Exhibit C after Strom Thurmond and Robert Byrd.) When you are in office that long, you just naturally begin to believe that that office is YOURS, it belongs to YOU. And it's not fair that after your decades of able public service, your buddies on K Street are all filthy rich while you make a tenth of what they do. After all the billions you've brought to your state, who could possibly begrudge you $10,000 here or there? Heck, you DESERVE it!

    I just want to point out that at one time, there was more to Stevens' career than this, including distinguished service in the Army Air Corps in WWII.

        - Alaska Jack

    • by HW_Hack (1031622) on Wednesday November 19, 2008 @12:52AM (#25813043)

      ""After all the billions you've brought to your state, who could possibly begrudge you $10,000 here or there? Heck, you DESERVE it!""

      Corruption is like pregnancy ... nobody is just a little pregnant. Whats his name Duke Cunningham (who used to be a Top Gun pilot) also found guilty corruption etc.

      A lot of "good" can be washed (down the tubes) by a little bad.

    • by YesIAmAScript (886271) on Wednesday November 19, 2008 @12:56AM (#25813089)

      Alaskans get $1.85 back for every $1.00 they pay to the Federal Gov't.

      So Ted Stevens played a huge role in developing Alaska on my dime. I don't need to laud him for that.

      What was wrong with the Alaskan statehood compact? From what I can tell, the Federal government purchased Alaska from Russian. Then turns some of the land over to the state of Alaska? And Alaska gets to charge severance tax on oil taken up there?

      Doesn't sound like a bad deal to me.

      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by Alaska Jack (679307)

        Yeah, I hear that a lot. And when I do, I always respond: "Hey -- make you a deal. For you, no more pork for Alaska. For us, we get back the unprecedented 60% of Alaska owned by the federal government, to develop as we see fit."

        Any Alaskan would take that deal in a New York Second. We have far more natural resources than, say, Norway, which seems to get along just fine.

            - Alaska Jack

        • by mudshark (19714) on Wednesday November 19, 2008 @04:27AM (#25814645)
          Kwitcherbitchin.

          Nevada's got you beat six ways till Sunday. Utah and Oregon are not too far behind, and Idaho and Arizona are roughly 50 percent federally controlled on the basis of land area: Map plus top/bottom ten lists [wordpress.com].

          What's more to the point is the fact the federal ownership does not necessarily exclude economic exploitation. A significant portion of federal lands in AK are wide open to oil and gas production, coal and hardrock mining (the latter in the form of legalized looting thanks the the 1872 Mining Act), timber (hello Tongass NF) and dozens of other industries.

          You've got a plethora of natural resources and lots of grubby opportunists who'd love an anarchic free-for-all to get while the gettin's good and say the fuck with the long-term consequences. Not too different from the placer miners in 1850s California, the sodbusters in the 1880s/1920s Great Plains, the real estate scammers and S&L kingpins of the 1980s, and myriad other shining examples of unfettered American enterprise. Thanks, but I'd rather see a steady hand on the controls even if some of y'all think it's a dead one.
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by bill_mcgonigle (4333) *

        Alaskans get $1.85 back for every $1.00 they pay to the Federal Gov't.

        Yeah, so? That's why their called 'taxes', not 'fees for service', it's a redistribution of wealth, metered out by politicians for favors.

    • by Comatose51 (687974) on Wednesday November 19, 2008 @01:03AM (#25813155) Homepage

      It's rare to have such nuanced views on Slashdot. As much as I wanted Stevens out of the Senate, your perspective on him is quite believable. The world isn't black and white or good vs. evil. People are often shades in between. It doesn't help our understanding of the world to type cast someone or see only one perspective/side of a person, a nation, or an issue.

      It is indeed sad to see someone with such a long service to fall to such lows.

    • by syousef (465911)

      This is just really sad. Ted Stevens played a greater role in the development of Alaska as a state than any other person. Most people outside Alaska are unaware that he was literally named Alaskan of the Century. Think about that for a moment

      I don't get it. Your argument is that it's sad because he did good things too? Doing the right thing doesn't excuse you from having to comply with the law. He doesn't get to eat babies and torture kittens just because he did things that made him wildly popular with his

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by schon (31600)

      he was literally named Alaskan of the Century. Think about that for a moment.

      I thought about it.

      All I was really left with is that Alaskans must be really hard up for role-models.

    • And it's not fair that after your decades of able public service, your buddies on K Street are all filthy rich while you make a tenth of what they do

      I can definitely understand why a public servant would think that...that's why I advocate paying all of them alot more.

      How about somewhere in the neighborhood of $5 million a year for president? Can you name one single more important job in America (or hell the world)? CEO's make hundreds of millions of dollars...we need to adequately compensate the President

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by LanMan04 (790429)

      Most people outside Alaska are unaware that he was literally named Alaskan of the Century. Think about that for a moment.

      Yeah, there must have been, what, 3 other contenders?

  • a toilet sits atop a series of tubes, with which the electorate flushes you to hell

    adios, douchebag

  • Now, GTFO of DC, don't collect $200, and go straight to prison!
  • by PPH (736903)
    Buy Cisco. Sell tubing manufacturers.
  • by CrimsonAvenger (580665) on Wednesday November 19, 2008 @01:20AM (#25813339)

    It's probably too early to tell what this means for Internet regulation, but at least there's a > 0 chance that the next committee chair will understand something about the Net."

    While this is certainly true, his failure of reelection has nothing whatsoever to do with any committee chairmanship, since the Democrats control the committee chairmanships in both House and Senate, and they weren't going to pick a Republican no matter what the result of the Alaska Senatorial race.

  • ...governor. Now it will have it for a while longer.

    The only shame is that this will be an end to the "series of tubes" jokes.

  • Poor Sarah (Score:3, Informative)

    by David Gerard (12369) <slashdot@@@davidgerard...co...uk> on Wednesday November 19, 2008 @05:38AM (#25814987) Homepage

    She'll just have to comfort herself with her book deal [today.com].

    "Look at the elegance of the hand-tooled leather binding," said the Conservative Book Club, "the archival quality acid-free paper! Every copy will also come with a set of 100% all-American-made red, white and blue crayons to color it in."

    Despite Palin's failure to secure the groups that McCain strategists hoped she might deliver - women, independent voters, suburbanites, those with ten fingers - her supporters insisted that she should not be blamed for McCain's shortcomings or Bush's failures. "It were all the fault o' them Muslin terr'ists," said political commentator Joe the Plumber.

    Current projections show Palin taking 95% of 25% of the electorate. "I was against the bank bailout from the first," said Palin. "Lookit the rekerd. It was this governor, not that one! You betcha!"

    *shudder*

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