Wednesday, November 19, 2008

More Cake Please

Sometimes you can in fact have your cake and eat it too. Such is the case with the word that Ted Stevens has lost his re-election bid late yesterday, on his 85th birthday. Begich topples Stevens in Senate race.

As Ken Layne expressed it so well, With Ted Stevens' Tragic Loss, the Good Old America Is Gone Forever:

It's official, and it's a national tragedy: Ted Stevens has lost his Senate seat to some Democrat, in Alaska.

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Today, on his 85th birthday, the convicted felon and old white Republican Ted Stevens has been voted out of the office -- voted out of office by Alaskans.

In the good old days, there were three Americas: rich white people, poor white people who hopelessly identified with rich white people, and everybody else such as minorities and native peoples or whatever. The "everybody else" part of this country has been restless and troublesome from the beginning.

Back in Thomas Jefferson's day, people who didn't own land wanted to vote. Next thing you know, women wanted to vote. Then slaves wanted to be free -- that may have been before the women-wanting-to-vote thing, history is unclear -- and then minorities wanted to vote! Native Americans and even native Alaskans wanted "rights." At some point, Germans and Irishmen wanted something, although it was never clear what.
And now that "Ted is Dead" (figuratively speaking, of course), what is to become of that lovely lass from Alaska -- Sarah Palin?

As Peter Brown wrote in the Wall Street Journal, Why Palin in 2012 Needs Sen. Stevens to Win:
As bizarre as it may seem, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s presidential ambitions for 2012 hang to a considerable degree on her state’s U.S. Senate race, a contest that could be decided this week.

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Of course she could remain Alaska governor and still run for president. But, the logistics of getting to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, the three states with the first primary contests where the 2012 GOP nomination could be decided, are more than formidable.

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[I]f she wants to run for president in 2012, she would be much better off if Sen. Stevens is re-elected. If not, the road from Juneau to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue could be considerably more difficult.
Oh, I can almost taste the Old Forge pizza that I'll be getting upon winning my bet that it's Sayonara Sarah.

In the meantime, I can have my cake & eat it too -- with icing on it no less! It is just yummy!!

And here's Uncle Ted's reaction upon hearing the news of his loss:

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