Ted Stevens' Disastrous Editorial Board and Other News
Alaska: Ted Stevens sat down for an editorial board with the Anchorage Daily News. I'm still wincing minutes after reading it. Highlights include Stevens evidencing that he doesn't know the difference between Sunnis and Shiites when he suggests al Qaeda taking over Iraq:
Q. Isn't al-Qaida a Sunni organization in a Shiite country? Are you suggesting the Sunnis are going to end up back in charge of Iraq?Ummm, yeah, al Qaeda is a Sunni organization, Teddy Tubes. Then, Stevens contradicts himself in explaining why we do or don't simply have more troops to send to Iraq (emphasis added by me):
A. I'm not exactly certain who's going to be in charge of Iraq. I don't know if we pull out. And, by the way, I don't think it's necessarily a Sunni organization.
Q. There's some suggestion that we don't have enough troops -- we've used up too many troops to stay there.So are the volunteer troops there or not? Do you have any idea what you're talking about? Stevens then employs some circular logic in explaining the justification for war:
A. We have a volunteer military. ... You could expand them ... The volunteers are there. ... The question is, how big a military do you want?
The joint command wants more people. They want to increase. It remains to be seen whether we'll do that.
The people who make these statements about, oh you could do it, just send more people -- where are you going to get them? We're sending people right here from this state over there for the third time. You know why? There's no one else to send.
Q. Were you surprised at the amount of time it's taken to patch back Iraq, with the number of people we had to put Iraq back together? Given that we only had that number of men to go, was it a good call to go?So we had to go because things were bad with Saddam, but we have to stay because things are worse without Saddam because, during the Bush Administration's poor execution of the Iraq War, al Qaeda was able to set up camp in Iraq. Stevens then rambles incoherently and blames the editors of the Anchorage Daily News for his travails:
A. There was no alternative but to go. ... Would you rather see Saddam Hussein still there, is that what you're telling me?
Q. Well, I don't think we've got a much better situation now. We've got people on their third rotation, we've got near anarchy there. You're saying we can't get out now. And the threat from Saddam was so imminent . ...
A. I'm saying we can't get out now because of developments since the war. You know, al-Qaida wasn't there when we started. The money for that insurgency wasn't there until we started. That's an aftermath of the militant, Islamic terrorist world.
Q. OK. What about your ability to be effective in Congress?Is it safe to say yet that Ted Stevens is completely losing his mind?
A. What about it? You're destroying it. More people are repeating what you're writing in your paper than anything else in the country. This paper has caused me more difficulty, and I've told you that before, than anything else. You've created me as the senator-for-life. You've been hanging me weekly.
You read any paper, the information -- most of it is not true -- started right here. And your guys just yesterday, they taunt me. They taunt me with statements that really no respectable reporter would ask a senator. It was already said I'm not going to answer your questions. They say, don't you have any concerns for your own integrity? Don't you have any conscience? That's what your reporters do to me. ...
I've spent hours here with you here in the past, and I've never seen any result of it at all. ... This paper has done nothing but try to assassinate me.
Maine: In her flailing harangue against bloggers, Susan Collins accidentally (or intentionally?) lets slip a sexist, even misogynistic, slur. I'm not joking. Susan Collins demeaned a female blogger simply for speaking her mind. Heckuva role model you are, Susan.
Kentucky: Mitch McConnell's lame slurs against Democrats are getting a bit esoteric. McConnell takes a shot at Democrats for relying too heavily on "Old Europe" for policy ideas. I know! That whole habeas corpus fad has totally run its course.
If you're a Republican Senator up for re-election in 2008 and continuing to enable Bush's status quo on Iraq, you may face a dearth of support on Election Day. Just giving you a heads up.
It must be pretty demoralizing to the NRSC to see the steady stream of press lauding the Democrats' fundraising prowess and abasing their markedly reduced fundraising capacity.
Evans-Novak says that a small, yet-unnamed group of disenchanted Republican Senators are considering going public with their discontent with GOP leadership. Good times.
If you like charts, you may enjoy this rare mid-week post from the Guru on MyDD looking at the state of the 2008 Senate races featuring Democratic incumbents.