Politicians We'll Miss in 2009

Cheney's delightful brand of unrepentant evil simply unequaled
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2008 12:29 PM CST
Politicians We'll Miss in 2009
Ted Stevens leaves the Senate chamber after making his last formal speech on the Senate floor and listening to tributes from his colleagues Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008 on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

The election is over, a political era is ending, and a number of this year's frequent headline-makers will step out of the spotlight in 2009. Politico gets misty-eyed about its favorites:

  • Dick Cheney: Who else would tell a senior senator to “go f*** himself”? Who else, when asked about the public’s disapproval of his foreign policy, would respond, “So what?”

  • Rep. William Jefferson: Nancy Pelosi said it best: “Anybody with $90,000 in their freezer has a problem.”
  • Alan Colmes of Fox's Hannity & Colmes: America hardly knew ye—but conservatives and liberals alike sure hated ye.
  • Sen. Chuck Hagel: The Senate’s real maverick didn’t wind up running for, or being appointed to, anything, despite numerous “political strip-teases.”
  • Sen. Ted Stevens: Nobody bullied, thundered, and menaced like Stevens. Will we ever see another “coot-off” between him and Robert Byrd?
For the full list, click the link below. (More Dick Cheney stories.)

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