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.Powered by Sidelines