'Cuda blocked

One possible door to 2012 may just have closed on Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska.

Democrat Mark Begich, the mayor of Anchorage, has defeated the convicted felon U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens (R,AK) in his bid for reelection. Stevens, the longest-serving Republican in Senate history, was convicted last months on seven corruption counts for not reporting $250,000 in gifts.

Republican strategists have advised Palin, the party's failed vice-presidential nominee, to try to remain relevant on the national stage -- Alaska is, after all, remote, far from any major media market -- and there was widespread speculation that she would seek to go to Washington if Stevens won reelection and subsequently quit or was expelled from the Senate.

Now she's anchored down in Anchorage - and Wasilla, and sometimes Juneau.




e for Philly.com's politics page.