The best line I've heard about US Senator Ted Stevens, 84, and the 7-count "Failure to Disclose" felony indictment filed on him Tuesday by a federal grand jury came on this morning's The Bill Press Show, but not from Bill Press. Press said he got it off some blog, so the credit for this goes to the blogger whose post Press used to get a laugh, but who he failed to identify. But, whoever it was, they came up with a beauty:
"Here's a guy so corrupt that even the Bush Justice Department had to charge him."
The only part of the Stevens' story I don't like is this, as reported in the The New York Times this morning:
Mr. Stevens was informed of the indictment through a telephone call to his lawyer on Tuesday morning and was allowed to surrender instead of being arrested.
I think The Honorable Mr. Stevens deserved to be handcuffed and dragged out of the Senate chamber by at least 6 burly US Marshals. Doesn't the word "felony" mean anything in this country, anymore?
In his own defense, and, again from The Times, Mr. Stevens said in a statement, "I have never knowingly submitted a false disclosure form required by law as a U.S. senator.”
Since ignorance of the law is not a defense for having broken the law, Sen. Stevens will, of course, lose if his defense comes down to the word, "knowingly".
And, if he loses, he will be missed. Not to mention his November re-election hopes just got a little bit dimmer and if he loses that race we'll miss him as well. So it is in the spirit of missiness that we present one of the great floor speeches ever delivered in the US Senate, remarks by Senator Stevens when he was only 82.
It's a classic. You know it, you love it, and it is and will forever be the way we remember the Honorable Ted Stevens. Ted, we hardly knew 'ye.
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