Stevens convicted; Ensign blames McCain because Republican Senators can't get re-elected

What is the relationship between these two stories from the Hill? Ted Stevens getting convicted of all counts for, in essence, corruption:

Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Senate Republican in history and patriarch of Alaska politics, was found guilty of all seven felony charges for making false statements.

John Ensign trying to blame John McCain for a disastrous Senate Republican showing:

Nevada Sen. John Ensign, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, on Monday said John McCain’s presidential run is making Senate races “more difficult” for the GOP.

They reflect a delusionally out-of-touch Senate establishment. On the same day that Ensign's colleague starts the march off to prison, he is blaming the guy who tried to clean up his own party. Could this be more out of touch?

By the way.  What is the job of the NRSC? Torecruit candidates and raise money. We are mostly playing defense. John Kennedy was a good recruit, but we don't have anyone in Arkansas. But how did they do on fundraising? Not so hot: "DSCC doubles NRSC funddraisng ... Again." Or "DSCC crushes NRSC in fundraising."

How about the fact that Congressional Republicans just aren't that popular ... because we haven't changed our ways? The numbers demonstrate abject failure. After all, we have 27% approval, while the Dems have 34%. Oh yeah. And Bush is in the single digits, along with right-track/wrong-track. And we've had 9 straight months of job loss.

Maybe the problem is us. The lesson of this election for Republicans cannot be about John McCain, although he has his faults. It has to be about the establishment and us. Our leaders have lead us astray. It is probably time to find new leaders. Rank and file Republicans get that. That's why the last two guys standing were the farthest from the establishment: John McCain and Mike Huckabee.

Until the establishment in Congress and party accept that they are part of the problem, we are just going to continue to lose more seats and continue to destroy our party and our movement. McCain isn't doing that.

Note: in the first version, I said "indicted" not "convicted" because I desperately need an editor.

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Thank you, Soren

I recently posted on a friend's FB wall the hope that an epic FAIL might allow the Right to hit a hard bottom that would send the GOP to some kind of Conservative AA meeting in which we admit we are powerless over the Media and our lives have become unmanageable, but a Conservative Power Greater Than Ourselves can restore us to sanity. 

I remember a month or so ago that there was talk of the down ballot candidates getting a big lift from the McCain/Palin surge.  If I were to put on my tinfoil hat, I'd say that happened right before the ticking economic time bomb went off, precisely on schedule. 

This is much bigger than McCain, and our party's part in it is undoubtedly what is meant by the term "political malpractice".  That being said, I sincerely hope that once the bottom is hit, there will be only one way to go:  onward and upward with a commitment to oversee ourselves.  I always hate it when we've learned so much from our mistakes that we can repeat them all perfectly.

Indicted??

WTF??

 

I understand your pathological need to stay on "message".

But the word for soon-to-be-EX-Senator Stevens is CONVICTED.

That is kind of funny

Wishful thinking? Denial?

Maybe just too quick to get a post up. But it is funny.

Just me being dumb...

sorry.

Refreshing

"Our leaders have lead us astray. It is probably time to find new leaders."

I'm not sure there is a better assessment of this year's campaign season than this phrase.

So who comes out on top?

So who comes out on top? I see the GOP made up as follows:

Libertarians (Such as Ron Paul)

Old Schooler GOP (Such as John McCain, HW Bush, Robert Gates)

Theological GOP (With Huckabee, Palin, Tancredo, Santorum, MIcelle Bachman)

NeoRepublicans (the likes of Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfield, Tom Delay,Wolfowitz)

Wall Street GOP (guys like Bloomberg and Mitt Romney)

Middle of the road GOP (new old schoolers)  (Tim Pawlenty, Olympia Snow, Susan Collins)

My assesment is tat the Old Schoolers/Libertarians/Middle of the Road folks have been marginalized. I don't see a lot of them with a lot of sway. I see a large base for the Theological folks out of theh south, however I don't see them controlling the party mechanisms. I see the NeoRepublicans and the Wall Street GOP doing most of the managment and money business. It seems like those guys end up pandering to the theological folks for their votes. In return the theological folks get some lipservice and the Wall Street/NeoRepublicans get the leverls of power and are able to line their pockets.

Is that similar to everybody elses point of view? If I had my way, we'd wittle this whole thing down to middle of the roaders / old schoolers / and libertarians. But, that's just me :)

as a modrate dem I appreciate the categorization

 of the factions in a party I have been attempting to understand.  Not that it matters, but I  agree with your picks of the best groups to lead it the renewal of the GOP.  Quite often I have  speculated  how the Mccain ticket would have faired with Pawlenty as VP.  Since I really don't get  conservative viewpoint,  I'm probably completely off base but I believe that he would have done much better than Ms. Palin.  In a recent statewide likeability poll Pawlenty came out  tops with Obama,  and he is viewed as having both intelligence and integrity as well.  If his strong no new taxes  policy wasn't  wrecking havoc in my state,  I'd probably like Pawlenty too.  I also like Ron Paul's foreign policy views and think George HW Bush was a far superior president than W. (and his neocons and theocrats.)  Huckabee is my fav by far of the religious right faction,  for being a true face of compassionate conservatism.

Watch Palin and Jindal

They will both slightly remake themselves to look less Elmer Gantry, more classcily Goldwater and Libertarian.

That's where the Party has to head to survive. Period. If it wants to survive. 

Why did they run this nut if they knew about this?!

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he ran himself

can't remove him from the ballot

quit whining (for 8 days) and start winning

... we KNOW we are getting crushed in all our races because of corruption. We have a politician out there who engaged in a risky and  corrupt quid pro quo real estate deal with a convicted influence-peddler.  ....

http://travismonitor.blogspot.com/2008/10/another-obamedia-whitewash-rez...

(oh wait, thats Obama)

Meanwhile "The One" is preaching eloquence:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iivL4c_3pck

(oh wait, that's marxist disregard for our Constituion by obama!)

We have our guy out there insulting voters! ...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2116999/posts

(oh wait, that's Obama comparing Americans to NAZIs! "here’s a lot of change going on outside of the Court, um, that, that judges essentially have to take judicial notice of. I mean you’ve got World War II, you’ve got uh, uh, uh, the doctrines of Nazism, that, that we are fighting against, that start looking uncomfortably similar to what we have going on, back here at home.”")

We've had a dispirited campaign ...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2116923/posts

(oh wait, huge Palin crowds)

And we are way behind ...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2116686/posts

(oh wait, Battleground and IBD/TIPP are within 3 and McCain is closing. Gore closed a bigger gap in the last 8 days in 2000! that leaves aside the large undecided that could be simply latent McCain support)

SO HOW ABOUT ONE SIMPLE FACT: THE DEMOCRATS ARE THE STATUS QUO PARTY IN CONGRESS. THE DEMOCRATS "OWN" THEIR PART IN JOB LOSS AND BAD CURRENT POLICIES. The Republicans ran great with the drill-now ball in August, but have been on defense since mid-sept - excuse me, but NOW more than ever they can be the 'CHANGE' candidates, because the DEMOCRATS are the MAJORITY. Push the fact that tax-and-spend Democrat majority in Congress has not helped and will not helped, that we need to rein in Democrat dominance in DC.

DEAR SENATOR ENSIGN: GROW A PAIR AND QUIT WHINING AND START ROWING! IF ONLY YOU'D WASTE LESS TIME WHINING AN MORE TIME EXPOSING THE TAX-AND-SPEND DRILL-NOWHERE CUT-N-RUN DEMOCRATS AS WRONG FOR AMERICA, YOU MIGHT SAVE A FEW SEATS IN THE SENATE!!

I SENT NRSC $150 EVEN THOUGH I SWEAR I'D NEVER SUPPORT THEM AFTER THEY SQUANDERED MONEY IN 2006 ON THAT RINO POS LINCOLN CHAFFEE.  PLEASE GO OUT THERE AND FIGHT FOR ME, NOT AGAINST MY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, THANKS.

Dear Mr Dayton, all: I think we ought to schedule the circular firing squad battalions on Weds next week, no sooner. From now until then a universal "NO WHINING, LET'S WIN THIS" attitude should prevail. It aint over.

 

 

 

I'm doing my part, and I don't believe for one minute we've lost

I look forward to the replacement of John Murtha.