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Write On, Lisa: Why Rational Republicans Should Support Murkowski In Her Bid to Retain Sanity

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On Friday afternoon, incumbent Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska announced a last-minute write-in candidacy to retain her seat in this November’s rapidly approaching midterm election. Coming on the heels of her shocking loss to TEA Party favorite and wingnut extraordinaire Joe Miller during last month’s Republican primary, Murkowski’s decision has the far-right “grassroots base” enraged beyond measure.


Despite her fellow Senate colleagues and the Republican National Committee calling on her to drop out, all sane-minded Republicans should support Murkowski’s candidacy. Why is this? Well, aside from her refreshingly centrist stances on social issues, she is providing a much-needed slap in the face to the loons attempting to purge the GOP of its independent thinkers, thus recreating the Party in their own terrifying image. Perhaps best of all about Murkowski’s revamped campaign, though, is that it actually has a good chance of being a successful one. With near-universal name recognition across Alaska, as well as widespread respectability amongst Republicans, Democrats and most importantly, Independents, she has little risk of being a spoiler in the race between Miller and fiscally liberal Democrat Scott McAdams. In fact, if things go well enough, Miller himself may ultimately prove to have the Nader effect, doing little else than siphoning votes away from Murkowski.

That would most certainly be just desserts for the lunatics who only a few days ago thought themselves to be the Masters of the Political Universe. It would also go a long way toward restoring the GOP to its center-right roots, something that must be done if it wishes to remain an electorally viable entity.

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About Joseph F. Cotto

  • To answer my own basic civics question in #19, the senatorial candidate with the plurality wins. Hence, if 40% vote for A, 35% vote for B and 25% vote for C, A wins.

    It appears that currently Miller (R) may well be the choice of 42 percent of Alaskans polled, Murkowski (?) of 27 percent, and McAdams (D) of 25 percent, although polling in such races is difficult. Perhaps it is as difficult as spelling Ms. Murkowski’s name; her own campaign ad didn’t get it right in the URL to her website:

    The first version of the ad, however, misspelled Murkowski’s name in the URL of her website. It told viewers to visit LisaMurkwski.com. As RealClearPolitics reported, that specific URL leads to an anti-Murkowski, pro-Miller website that claims to be unaffiliated with the Miller campaign.

    Possibly, there were some witches involved.


  • ๐Ÿ˜€ Baronius, a point? lol

  • Just out of curiosity, what happens if (as seems likely) Miller gets a significant plurality and the other two split what’s left? Highest vote count prevails, run off?


  • I’m not a Democrat, and you sure named yourself, appropriately. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Joe Blough

    CryptoDemocrats like Cotto and “jeannie danna” love the idea of a Murkowski write in campaign. They are not of the Rockefeller branch of the GOP but rather the Lenin wing.

  • It’s not the election.

    Prove your words there, buddy, and I’m not a Democrat.

  • Cannonshop

    #7 it’s a PRIMARY, Jeannie to select the candidate from One party to run against the candidate from the OTHER party.

    Just because your peers couldn’t stuff ballots to assure more-of-the-same in the Senate, doesn’t make it “Undemocratic”. Murkowski lost under the rules.

    Given the level of intestinal distress this has apparently caused you and your fellow Democrats, I suspect this may be a good thing. (after all, if Murkowski was the stronger candidate, obviously she would be the candidate you would not WANT to win, right? You DO want to keep control of the Senate, right??)

  • Baronius,

    Didn’t you watch, Mr. Miller, on Face The Nation(in his own words)? You can watch it here.

  • Baronius

    The elimination of Medicaid and the argument that unemployment insurance is unconstitutional are both outside the mainstream. The other positions aren’t. I’d like to hear his Constitutional argument, and find out if he really called for the complete elimination of Medicaid.

    As to the other positions, privatization is a mainstream idea in the GOP, the reduction of welfare is a mainstream idea in either party, and Republicans have been running on the elimination of the Department of Education ever since it was created in the 1970’s.

  • This old, GOP, game doesn’t work anymore.

  • This is from, Joe’s article:

    Among Miller’s views: He wants to eliminate the Department of Education, believes the government shouldn’t pay for unemployment insurance and says of climate change on his campaign site that it “may not even exist.” Among the more mainstream GOP positions he’s taken: Miller would cut welfare; eliminate health care for the poor by scrapping Medicaid; and the Anchorage Daily News reported that he has has called for sweeping cuts to Medicare and Social Security with a goal of phasing them out entirely in favor of total privatization.

    What more info do you need?

  • Baronius

    Cotto – Joe Miller is a wingnut extraordinare? On what basis do you say that?

  • Great comment, Glenn- Do you Tweet? If you don’t, do, and tweet some of this comment!


  • Glenn Contrarian

    It looks like the conservatives here have no clue as to what the Tea Party really is:

    “By giving money to ‘educate,’ fund, and organize Tea Party protesters, [the Koch brothers] have helped turn their private agenda into a mass movement. Bruce Bartlett, a conservative economist and a historian, who once worked at the National Center for Policy Analysis, a Dallas-based think tank that the Kochs fund, said, ‘The problem with the whole libertarian movement is that it’s been all chiefs and no Indians. There haven’t been any actual people, like voters, who [care] about it. So the problem for the Kochs has been trying to create a movement.’ With the emergence of the Tea Party, he said, ‘everyone suddenly sees that for the first time there are Indians out thereโ€œ people who can provide real ideological power.’ The Kochs, he said, are ‘trying to shape and control and channel the populist uprising into their own policies.'”

    In case you’re wondering who the Koch brothers are, here’s a clue:

    “Koch Industries, (pronounced “coke”), is the largest privately owned company in the United States with 70,000 employees and annual sales of $100 billion in the fiscal year ending December of 2008. [1] Cargill comes in second for privately owned companies. Operations include refining, chemicals, process and pollution control equipment, technologies, fibers and polymers, commodity and financial trading and consumer products. The company operates crude gathering systems and pipelines across North America. One subsidiary processes 800,000 barrels of crude oil daily in its three refineries.”

    Grass roots, indeed!

  • A closed-primary was held and, Joe Miller, won, it was not a *real* open-election.

    The Democratic process took place and Miller won the GOP primary.

  • Arch Conservative

    You hit the nail on the head TK.

    The Democratic process took place and Miller won the GOP primary.

    To be fair though Murkowski has the absolute right via the democratic process to now run as an independent candidate in the general. The only problem with that is when politicians do that after losing their own party primary it can’t help but reek of sour grapes and desparation to hold onto political power such as in the case of Charlie Crist in Florida. NOw there’s one classless self absorbed power hungry douchebag just begging for a world class bitch slap from the voters at the poills this November.

    As it is the Tea Party consists of more “independent thinkers” as Mr. Cotto put it, than the establishment Republican party. You know the one that started two dumbass wars and ran the debt doing it.

    I know that neither I nor Mr. Cotto as a single voice speak for the entire Republican party or conservative base in this country. Mr. Cotto thinks he does though. He’s kinda like a leftist riding around on a high horse in that respect.

  • TK

    Wow, what a brief and short article with absolutely no facts to back it up. Joe Miller won the nomination. All she is going to do is split the vote. It’s her splitting it and not him. She already lost. He’s the candidate who won. And how did Lisa Murkowski get her position to begin with?? Her daddy appointed her to the position when he stepped down to run for governor.
    She’s just another example of a career politician who doesn’t care what the people think.

  • Cannonshop

    It doesn’t help that Lisa is the daughter of the head of the Murkowski Machine that ran Alaska for more than twenty years through machine-politics and corruption, or that she got the Senate seat int he first place because her daddy appointed her.

    Conservatives on the street tend NOT to care much for Neptotism or neo-feudal behaviour, one of the reasons Sarah Palin got any traction at ALL is that she BROKE the Murkowski machine in Alaska-a machine that is pretty much the sole reason Lisa has a seat to LOSE. Endorsing her is, IMHO tantamount to naming Tammany Hall as a BLUEPRINT rather than a historical PROBLEM.

  • Clavos

    …the federal government has long been overstepping it’s power and become too intrusive in our lives.

    It has.

    Mostly (though not entirely) because of Democrat-sponsored and -passed legislation.

  • Arch Conservative

    The tea party at it’s core is about the idea that the federal government has long been overstepping it’s power and become too intrusive in our lives.

    That is not an example irrational thinking. Unless you happen to be a leftist who believes the answer to every problem is state intervention.

  • Can I call you Joe? ๐Ÿ˜€

    Good article, Joe. We might be polar opposites, but rational-thinking has to come back to politics or we are all going down.

    I really think this, T ,is a media-supported and corporate sponsored *party*.

    I will work with the GOP on this one…