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From: Tom Sullivan (e-mail him)
Even if Stevens` prevails in his race against Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich, as seems likely, Majority Leader Harry Reid has made it clear that he and his colleagues would show "zero tolerance" for a convicted felon to serve in the Senate.
Under recent rule changes, Palin can appoint herself for an interim period, then run as a candidate in a special election.
Palin would be an odds-on favorite against any opponent.
She could, while remaining a Republican, vote straight down the line with the Democrats thereby taking them one step closer to the filibuster-proof majority that currently eludes them.
This is wild speculation on my part because Palin hasn`t indicated the slightest interest in going to Washington and is unlikely to hold such an intense grudge against the GOP—although I would forgive her if she did.
Sullivan lives in Nome.
James Fulford writes: It is a truth universally acknowledged in American politics that it`s a political disaster to appoint yourself to anything. Furthermore, I suspect that Governor Palin would refuse to vote for most of the things Democrats vote for on principle. But I suspect that if she did get in the Senate somehow, she`d be more of a "maverick" than John McCain ever was.