It took just a couple of hours after Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens’ indictment for CQ to switch his upcoming reelection contest from “leans Republican’ to “leans Democratic.”
Variety’s William Triplett also points out that a Stevens loss also would leave an opening on a powerful committee that holds sway over show biz: The Senate Commerce Committee.
Stevens is ranking member of the committee, and has championed such things as more stringent broadcast indecency standards. In 2005, he floated the idea of applying such standards to cable, not just broadcasters, but later dropped the proposal.
And perhaps most famously, in expressing doubts about a proposal for “net neutrality,” a measure to safeguard the Internet from a tiered fee system, he described the Web as a “series of tubes,” inspiring derision from many in the blogosphere.