Stevens and Ayers

Stevens walks because the prosecutors were shitheels. That gives us two very similar cases — Ted Stevens and Bill Ayers.  Both had lots of evidence against them.  Both were charged.  Both ultimately had the charges dropped because of the conduct of the prosecutors.

We’ve heard from about half the country that Ayers was “cleared” of his charges.  That leaves us with two choices.  Either Stevens is “cleared”, or having the charges dropped doesn’t really mean you are cleared, like the right has argued with Ayers.

Me?  I think Stevens is guilty as hell, and belongs under every bus we can find.  Does the left still generally think that having the charges dropped mean that you are “cleared”?  Or does that only apply to hippie domestic terrorists, and not RINO politicians?

3 Comments

  1. Stormy Dragon says:

    When a Senator who was the Republican President pro Tempore of the Senate as recently as 2007 is being called a RINO, the term has lost its significance.

    At some point don’t you have to come to terms with the fact that the problem isn’t individual politicians failing to live up to the party’s standards so much as the party itself?

  2. Phelps says:

    Given that it is culture in both parties, I’m pretty sure it is Washington itself.

    I don’t know if you want to put much stock in the position, either, since he was replaced by a former Klan Grand Kleagle.

  3. Stormy Dragon says:

    Given that it is culture in both parties, I’m pretty sure it is Washington itself.

    Yes, clearly his 64% to 27% win in the 2008 Alaska Republican Primary means that it is Washington’s failings that are to blame for Ted Stevens.

    I don’t know if you want to put much stock in the position, either, since he was replaced by a former Klan Grand Kleagle.

    It’s still a significant leadership position in the Senate, so it’s hard to paint someone holding it as not being in the core of the party.

    Most Republicans talk a good game on limited government, but when it comes to action most of them are the same as Democrats; they just want politicians who will rob the rest of the country on their behalf. Ted Stevens isn’t a RINO–he’s a model Republican.