Petro-State

A lot of people have watched this interview with Sarah Palin where something uncomfortable looking is happening to a turkey in the background.

Frankly, I was pretty underwhelmed. Anyway, what I thought was interesting was the part of the interview where Palin talks about how Alaska state budgets will have to adjusted to account for the declining price of oil. One of Alaska’s oddities is that shares more in common with Iran, Russia, Venezuala, and Saudi Arabia than most people realize.

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Begich

Why does Mark Begich look like hes getting tickled on the bottom?

The Non-Felon Mark Begich

I’m feel a lot less irascible these days, and good news like this might be part of the reason:

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens has lost his bid for a seventh term.

The longest-serving Republican in the history of the Senate trailed Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich by 3,724 votes after Tuesday’s count.

Now, Mark Begich won’t be the most reliably liberal member of the Senate, but hey, at least Alaska can proudly say they managed not to elect a convicted felon.

Alaska Redemption Watch

They’ve got a long way to go, but Mark Beigch’s retaking the lead over Ted Stevens (Felon-AK) is a step in the right direction. By the way, it’s unclear if this at all informed Obama’s and other Senate leaders’ leniency with Joe Lieberman, but assuming Beigich holds out, a filibuster proof 60 seats is back in play. It would require Al Franken making up roughly 200 votes in the Minnesota recount and Jim Martin beating Saxby Chambliss in the Georgia run off. The word is though that Chambliss has brought in John McCain to campaign on his behalf, so you can count on dwindling crowd sizes and a lot of rapid eye-blinking. Whether or not Sam “Joe” the Plumber will in to make a guest appearance.

On a totally unrelated note, when will McDonald’s Happy Meals begin featuring the characters from John McCain’s failed campaign? Tito the Builder? Sam “Joe” the Plumber? A Rick “Most Venal Human Being Alive” Davis piggy bank that will tell how great you every time you pump in money?

Please Secede

Alaska, what a wonderful place

Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens maintained his lead over challenger Mark Begich this morning with 99 percent of the precincts counted, just a week after being found guilty of seven felonies and polls showing him in deep trouble.

Seriously Todd, get that Alaskan Independence Party together and figure it out. We won’t argue.

Alaska News

Sorry for the light non-existent blogging today, but I was as they say, “crashing on a deadline.” Anyway, in Alaska news, Ted Stevens is found guilty on all seven counts and those liberal coastal elitists at the Anchorage Daily News have endorsed Barack Obama.

Yet despite her formidable gifts, few who have worked closely with the governor would argue she is truly ready to assume command of the most important, powerful nation on earth. To step in and juggle the demands of an economic meltdown, two deadly wars and a deteriorating climate crisis would stretch the governor beyond her range. Like picking Sen. McCain for president, putting her one 72-year-old heartbeat from the leadership of the free world is just too risky at this time.