• Ted Stevens Too Corrupt for the Party of Jack Abramoff

    Excerpt from the appointment calendar of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) for Tuesday, November 18…

    6:30: Rise at the crack of dawn.

    7:30-8:00: Fall further behind in Senate race against Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich.

    9:30: Get expelled from Senate Republican Caucus.

    10:30-11:00: Surf the series of tubes.

    The first two are no surprise. Stevens spends nearly every day fending off attacks from angry interest groups like the Democratic Party and the Sun.

    It's Stevens' 9:30 appointment that's so troubling, because this time it's his own party that's after him

    Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has been very public about his proposal to ask Senate Republicans, at a 9:30 meeting Tuesday morning, to formally vote on expelling Stevens from the Republican Conference, which would strip Stevens of all his committee seats, take away his seniority and essentially leave him without a party. Stevens would still be a senator, of course, but this conference expulsion would send a strong signal that expulsion from the Senate itself is a likely next step.

    The good news for Stevens is that Senators' votes are a lot like juries' verdicts: They don't count the first time, at least not in the case of Stevens.

    But what does it say when the party of Bob Ney, "Duke" Cunningham, Tom DeLay, Jim Gibbons, Vito Fossella and yes, Jack Abramoff believes that you're too corrupt to remain a member?

    The only thing that could make this worse for Stevens would be John McCain chiming in that he's also too old.

    Tags: Alaska, Jack Abramoff, Jim DeMint, John McCain, Mark Begich, Senate, Ted Stevens


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