Lamar Alexander, John Barrasso, Saxby Chambliss, Thad Cochran, Norm Coleman, John Cornyn, Larry Craig, Elizabeth Dole, Pete Domenici, Lindsay Graham, Jim Inhofe, Mitch McConnell, Pat Roberts, Jeff Sessions, Ted Stevens, John Sununu and John Warner.
You know when a sports team hits a point when they realize they can't make the playoffs, so they just throw games to improve their position in the offseason draft? That seems to be what John Sununu is doing - he (correctly) figures that he can't win re-election with his voting record, so he might as well be as loyal to the right-wing Republican base as possible, hoping for a golden parachute after Election Day 2008. Oh, and the next time Coleman or Domenici or Warner suggest that they'd like to see a change in Iraq policy, you'll know the real deal.
The Carpetbagger Report offers a few examples of the embarrassingly sloppy job by the media of covering the Republican obstruction.
In New Hampshire, Sununu eventually conceded that he would accept the president's help.
"Of course, I am hoping to accept any Republican support," he said, slipping through a members-only escape hatch, an emergency exit off the Senate floor.
Excellent job 6%It's a partisan poll, so take it with a grain of salt. That said, it evidences seemingly shallow support, what support there is, for Gordon Smith. Also, Blue Oregon's Alworth completes his three-part series on Oregon state House Speaker and possible Senate candidate Jeff Merkley and Oregon Public Broadcasting offers a thorough look at Merkley's biography. Further, radio personality Jeff Golden is making the rounds as he considers a bid and announced Senate candidate Steve Novick offers a terrific line on the need for leadership rather than Gordon Smith's brand of "followership."
Good job 31%
Only fair job 38%
Poor job 16%
Don't Know 9%
Re-elect Smith 34%
Consider someone else 24%
Vote to replace Smith 21%
Don't know 21%
"As a practical matter, I will tell you. We paid every bill that was given to us," Stevens said, referring to himself and his wife, Catherine. "Every bill that was sent to us has been paid, personally, with our own money, and that's all there is to it. It's our own money."OK, so every bill that was "given" to you was paid by you. But was every bill "given" to you, Ted? Remember, VECO set up an awfully convoluted process:
Augie Paone, owner of Christensen Builders Inc. of Anchorage, said in a recent interview that it was Bill Allen who hired him to complete the framing and most of the interior carpentry at Stevens' home. Before he could send a bill to Stevens for work in progress, he was directed to provide it first to Veco, where someone would examine it for accuracy, he said. When Veco approved the invoice, he would fax it to the Stevenses in Washington, he said.So Ted Stevens apparently set up a checking account solely for payment of the home renovation project? That seems like a pretty major red flag. I look forward to hearing about the pot of gold at the end of that money trail.
Paone said that as far as he knew, Stevens and his wife, Catherine, paid his bills themselves. He said he sent at least $100,000 in invoices to the Stevenses in Washington. They paid him from what he said appeared to be a checking account opened for the project. The checks, imprinted with the couple's names, had single- and double-digit serial numbers, he said.