McCain -- But Not His Running Mate -- Clearly Calls for Stevens to Step Down

"Yesterday, Senator Ted Stevens was found guilty of corruption," said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in a statement just now.  "It is a sign of the health of our democracy that the people continue to hold their representatives to account for improper or illegal conduct, but this verdict is also a sign of the corruption and insider-dealing that has become so pervasive in our nation's capital. It is clear that Senator Stevens has broken his trust with the people and that he should now step down. I hope that my colleagues in the Senate will be spurred by these events to redouble their efforts to end this kind of corruption once and for all."

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin hasn't been able to utter those words, oddly.

Pols are often careful about these things. Presumption of innocence and all that. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., waited until news broke that Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was about to plead guilty before his campaign called for Kilpatrick to step down.

And yet, Stevens has now been convicted on all seven charges. McCain has called for him to resign. Clearly that means McCain believes it's best for the ticket to call on Stevens, clearly and unequivocally, to should resign. And yet Palin hasn't. What gives?

-- jpt

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