Senator Ted Stevens has been found guilty on all seven counts of making false statements on disclosure accounts. The failure to force Stevens’ resignation and replacement prior to the election means the seat will be lost to the Democratic challenger. With the Bridge To Nowhere Stevens came to symbolize much of what went wrong with Republicans in Washington.
As a side note, Colin Powell was among the all-star character witnesses. This may suggest that, in important decisions, people are less impressed with Washington celebrities than with what they hear and see for themselves.