Now the Alaska Republican Party wants to use the fact that the Obama Department of Justice dropped charges against former Senator Ted Stevens to rationalize overturning the results of a legitimately conducted and counted election.
From AP -
The state GOP party says the only reason Begich won is because a few thousand Alaskans thought that Stevens was guilty of seven felonies. Stevens was charged with failing to disclose gifts and home renovations.
Ummm..."a few thousand"???
In 2002, Stevens won reelection with 78.17% of the vote.
In 2008, Stevens lost with 46.52% of the vote.
That's a change of 31.62%.
There were 147,814 votes cast in the 2008 Alaska senatorial race. That makes for a difference of 46,739 votes.
Not just "a few thousand."
And just to reiterate - the DOJ's dropping of the charges doesn't mean that Stevens isn't corrupt, just that the prosecutors of his case stepped over the line of propriety.
...On the other hand, the outpouring of sympathy for the "innocent" (OK, not-so-innocent) Stevens isn't confined to the desolate tundra of Alaska - the Beltway insiders and member of the chattering class is falling over themselves in their rush to proclaim the "innocence" of one of their own. (TPMMuckraker, and thanks to Tedski for the heads-up)