The Politico reports:
Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) ducked out of a GOP conference meeting briefly and talked with reporters waiting outside. He said that he has not been asked to make any remarks and appeared confident and upbeat, flashing a smile. The image conflicted with his dour comments to the gathered reporters.
"I wouldn't wish what I'm going through on anyone--my worst enemy," he said. Asked if it hurt to go through today's ordeal on his birthday, he responded, "Hurt? I haven't had a night's sleep now for almost four months, alright? I went home even during the trial and I came to the senate [on] nights after the trial. I've been living about three different lives and it's hard to even answer your questions properly, but I'm doing my best."
In the meantime, would he be seeking a pardon from President Bush?
"No, no, no," he said.
Walking back into the Mansfield room to join his colleagues, a reporter wished him a happy birthday.
"I hope you have a better one than me," replied Stevens.
Stevens can at least take comfort in the fact that his fellow Republicans plan to put off a vote on whether he should be expelled from the caucus. Their reason: if Stevens loses his reelection bid, they won't have to make the decision.