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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Goofy Quote of the Day

Rep. Don Young (R-AK) gave his response to the conviction of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK). Even though he is his longtime friend and a strong supporter, I don't think he did Stevens any favors with these comments:

"I'm deeply disappointed," he said in an interview. "It surprises me. I don't think he had a jury of his peers. That's the way it goes. I'm sure there will an appeal. If you watch the conduct of the court and with the one juror leaving and going out and of course the action of the prosecutors themselves, there will definitely be an appeal and it will go for a long period of time."

Can Stevens still win?

"I think he can win. He's the best thing for that, for the Senate. Alaskans know this. This is a trumped up charge. If you look at not reporting, supposedly gifts -- he reported everything he got. I think it was wrong when they prosecuted him on this issue."

Daily News: You worked with him all these years. Some people will look at the verdicts as a statement on his years of services.

"I think that's going to be, you know, a matter of opinion. I can remember Richard Nixon, you know, his years of service, what he's done, and everybody were ridiculing him and he ended up being the greatest president in the history of our century.

"The senator will be reelected. He will appeal it. When he does go, he will win it because there's no way this is a jury of his peers."
Now, I'll admit to thinking Nixon's true record was much better than how history has judged him. However, even through my somewhat biased glasses I don't see Nixon as a top ten president (he certainly isn't the worst either). Beyond that the sentence is just oddly worded and linking the recently convicted senator to a president who was forced to resign can not help his case with the voters.

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Blogger Ben said...

Good point. Not a good compairison.

Probably going down anyhow though. And he should.

October 28, 2008 at 10:57 PM


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