October 27th, 2008
08:43 PM ET

Conservatives on Sen. Stevens conviction: "Good riddance"

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/27/art.stevens.convicted.jpg caption="Sen. Ted Stevens leaves federal court in Washington, Monday, after a guilty verdict was returned by the jury at his trial."]
Peter Hamby
CNN Political Producer

Conservatives online weren't huge fans of Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska because of his big earmarking ways, and most say the GOP should have dumped him long ago.

So, needless to say, some of the big conservative blogs are saying "good riddance" if he loses his re-election race, after being convicted today on seven corruption counts.

In fact, one of biggest outlets for the conservative grassroots online - www.RedState.com - just came out and endorsed his Democratic opponent, Mark Begich for the Senate.

Here are links to RedState and other conservative blogs:

Amanda Carpenter at Town Hall

KJ Lopez at The Corner

Ed Morrissey at HotAir

Michelle Malkin

Richard Vigurie on Christian News Wire

Filed under: Raw Politics
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Mike O'Brien

    'Good riddance'.., now, let's get Governor Sarah Palin on a plane back to Alaska. Mike in Montana

    October 28, 2008 at 9:49 am |
  2. chuck

    I think Stevens should be jailed for life for his actions in Alaska. did I say Alaska? Oh! then it's Sarah Palin next. What happened to all the FREEBIES that built her mansion? we might soon find out. She could be the Next One---–Yes! I mean the poor HOCKEYMON and PITBULL Sarah Palin.

    October 28, 2008 at 8:52 am |
  3. Max

    Another GEM from ALASKA????

    October 28, 2008 at 7:27 am |
  4. nihal kiriella Sri Lanka

    many an occassion i see the question being asked from democratic supporters alleging that taxing the rich and spreading wealth will not increase the size of the cake While republican president ial candidate says he would reduce taxes and create millions of jobs.Wall st make money thro speculation for itself thro credit default swap and other derivatives they would hype the markets for profits with new found tax windfalls The banks contributed to the collapse by sub prime lending expoiting low interest rates (very inst) introduced to prevent a recession contributed to the recession by enhancing credit to sub prime clients not by enhancing hardcore economic wealth If 95 per cent benefit from the taxing the wealthy probably 95% of the people would have higher disposable income which would lead to higher consumption thus initiating consumer confidence leading to enhance demand Then exploiting probably 1% interest rate more productivtty could be achieved by resulting consumer demand

    October 28, 2008 at 6:17 am |
  5. JC-Los Angeles

    How on earth is ridding the American people of riff raff partisan? Republicans, Democrats and Independents should rise as one and celebrate the fact that a corrupt, elected official has now gone down.

    We need to apply the same approach with all the corrupt executives throughout the country and all the worthless, self serving politicians that have violated their positions of power.

    Right is right and wrong is wrong; once our nation gets back to basics, we just might right this sinking ship.

    October 28, 2008 at 12:59 am |
  6. K. Heinly

    ME - I'm with you! Great Point! I Loved it!! Now lets go after the Fat Cats of Wall Street!

    October 27, 2008 at 11:47 pm |
  7. karen

    Have you noticed that Politicians have absolutely no loyalty–whether it is a republican or a Democrat–the first sign of problems or controversy, they jump ship or "distance themselves" as the media like to call it.

    I think that is why I admire Colin Powell even more. He was not asked to say if he thought Stevens was guilty or not. What he was asked to do was give the court what he thought about the man's character. Obviously this man has done some good, probably more good in his life as a Senator than bad. Colin Powell didn't jump ship which makes me admire Colin Powell even more and speaks volumes about his integrity.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  8. Me

    It's time that people in all walks of life understand that when they cross the line and break the law, there WILL be consequences.
    While Ted Stevens contemplates his poor judgement, perhaps we should be calling our elected representatives and asking them to make it IMPOSSIBLE for convicted felons serve in Congress. And while they're at it, let them pass a law that eliminates a congressman's or senator's pension when they are convicted of a felony. When I'm queen, that is the first thing I will do.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  9. bs

    stop and think about this.... all of us....ok, he is guilty. is he going to jail? how long? 30 days? how about these fat cats from AIG? all of the other stiffs from wall street? you know the guys that ran things in the crapper? what about them?

    we took a football player and ran him all over the news and then went after his pocket and put him in jail over dog fighting?????
    i am not trying to undermind what he did. it was wrong and he got what he deserved. i had dogs my entire life. they were apart of my family.

    ok, but why not to the same to all of these people that took all of this money and turned things upside down. how about the CEO's that got the big pay day still???

    vick is in jail. he is broke. his football days are gone. he has to start over. when he gets out. no team will sign him. he will end up in canada. the last two heads of AIG, living the good life. fat cars, fat houses. going on lavish trips. enjoying more than all of us every day Joe's ever will.

    how screwed up is our value system? how screwed up are we. explain that to me.

    October 27, 2008 at 9:55 pm |
  10. Annie Kate

    Its bad enough that Stevens was convicted (justly so) but he is still running in the race and regardless of whether he wins or loses the election he will still retain his government pension. Jeff Toobin also said that he doubted that Stevens would even go to jail. Doesn't sound like much of a slap on the hand even – what do you have to do to get thrown out of Congress and lose your pension:?

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    October 27, 2008 at 9:37 pm |
  11. Larry

    I don't care what your party affiliation is, you break the law then you only deserve to be an example and not an elected official.

    October 27, 2008 at 8:55 pm |
  12. Cindy

    I say that we need to get rid of all of them from both parties who take kick backs. That would probably take out most of congress..but hey, then we could start over and maybe get people who will actually get something done!


    October 27, 2008 at 8:42 pm |

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