Will Murkowski run as an independent? Update: Libertarian Party the only option?

posted at 4:10 pm on August 25, 2010 by Allahpundit

That was the second thought I had this morning when I heard about Miller’s likely upset (the first, of course, was “Dude?”), and no doubt it was the first thought that Murkowski herself had. People often compare Crist’s indie run this year to Lieberman’s bid four years ago after losing the primary to Ned Lamont, but there’s a big difference between those two. Florida is a purple state with two legit party nominees, so Crist is facing a crapshoot in a true three-way race. Connecticut was a blue state where the GOP nominee was a non-factor, so Lieberman knew he could go indie and expect Republicans to vote strategically for him as the more conservative of the two viable options.

Murkowski’s situation is much closer to Lieberman’s than Crist’s is. The Democratic Senate nominee in red-state Alaska is such a non-entity that the DNC’s spokesman couldn’t even name him this morning when asked. If she ran as an independent, she’d peel off a good chunk of Republicans from Miller (figure a third or slightly more) and, with a little centrist pandering over the next month or two, could probably convince a huge swath of Dems to support her in the interest of defeating Miller. All she has to do is whisper the magic word — Palin — and she’ll have Sarah-hating Alaska lefties maxing out on donations to her. Don’t forget either that Murkowski decided not to attack Miller until the very end of the race, figuring that tearing him down with ads would backfire by raising his name recognition. She won’t make that mistake again in the general.

Just one question: Is she still eligible to run as an indie? Hmmmm:

The ongoing battle for who won the Republican primary in the Alaska Senate race will come down to the absentee ballots, but in an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast, a source within the Murkowski campaign says they know of one possible legal option to pursue a third party run. If Murkowski is not victorious when the absentee ballots are counted and decides to wage an independent party bid, they might consider using this option, which the source wouldn’t describe, but did confirm they were seriously looking at…

Although it’s not exactly clear what the options the Murkowski camp are now exploring, one possibility is running a write-in campaign, which would be very difficult and unlikely option. According to the Elections Coordinator in the Alaska Department of Elections, Murkowski has until October 28th to file as a write-in, in which case write-in votes for her would be counted if the aggregate total of all write-ins is greater than ballots cast or within the range that would require a recount. In the coordinator’s 14 years, this has never happened in a state race.

The other possibility: the Alaska Independence Party. Former Governor Wally Hickel lost the Republican primary in 1990, but won in the general by being on the Alaskan Independence Party (AIP) ticket. A third party run could work for Murkowski as the Democrat’s candidate is largely unknown Sitka mayor Scott McAdams, but she would have to overcome the main reason the AIP exists in the Last Frontier: they are a secessionist party calling for Alaska to leave the United States. Obviously, Murkowski is not a secessionist, which Alaskans know, and an aggressive PR campaign promoting her independence rather than the AIP may be her only route back to Washington this fall.

I poked around the Alaska secretary of state’s webpage this morning and it looks like Murkowski’s too late to run as an indie. Alaska is one of the 46 states with a “sore-loser law” requiring independents to register for the ballot by the date of the party primaries (Connecticut is one of the four without one), so the window on that is closed. A write-in campaign is possible — Bob Bennett considered it after losing in the Utah Republican caucus — but how likely is it that she’ll convince 75,000 or so supporters, many of whom will necessarily be Democrats, to take the time to write her in instead of flipping the switch for a party nominee? As for the AIP, I won’t even pretend to know how that might work. Looks like they don’t yet have a nominee for Senate this year, so presumably Murkowski would make some sort of deal with them in which they nominate her and she … pushes for Alaskan independence? Man, blogging these midterms is going to be fun.

These are her only options at this point as far as I know, because according to Larry Sabato, the absentee ballots that are being counted won’t be enough for her to catch Miller. She’s going to lose the primary. No wonder she’s sounding so grouchy about Palin:

“The tone was directed against me rather than reasons why you should support Joe,” Murkowski told me in an interview. “But she did put a little dig in there about my family, and you can’t help but notice when she says that she encouraged people to basically pony up 1,000 bucks to raise the 30,000 dollars, they want Miller to gain and that would be a 1,000 dollars for the 30 years the Murkowski family…locked up Alaska. All of a sudden, it was like, wait a minute, if you are taking me on because you don’t think I’m conservative enough that’s one thing, but are you now suggesting that Frank Murkowski was not conservative enough and why are you looping him on this? All of a sudden it became a little more personal.”

Compare and contrast that with Joe Miller’s line of the day: “Alaskans are prepared to enter a new era of politics — an era of self-dependency.” Exit question: Is it time to start worrying about what an angry Lisa Murkowski might do during the lame-duck session in December? Hmmmm.

Update: Via John McCormack, the Anchorage Daily News says it’s libertarian or bust.

Alaska Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai told me it’s too late for Murkowski to file to have her name appear on the ballot as an independent, so that would need to be a write-in effort. There is a Libertarian candidate in the race, Frederick Haase, who could choose to step down. The Libertarian Party could then select a replacement for him on the ballot.

There is no other third party candidate in the U.S. Senate race, so Libertarian would be the only option for Murkowski to join a new party for a run.

So because the AIP never nominated anyone, I guess, they’re out of luck in the Murkowski sweepstakes. Which actually makes things easier for her: A deal with the AIP would be a tough sell nationally, but the Libertarian brand is perfectly kosher. I wonder what she’d have to promise them to get them to drop their guy.


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Dude! Tom Daschle in drag.

carbon_footprint on August 25, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Typical Republican. We can only imagine what McCain would have done.

mobydutch on August 25, 2010 at 4:16 PM

carbon_footprint on August 25, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Wow, that was weird. I pulled up this page, glanced at it and was wondering who that was masquerading as a woman. Not a very flattering photo!

Cody1991 on August 25, 2010 at 4:16 PM

“It’s a little personal”.

GFY lady, this is a Senate seat, not a family heirloom.

You got one term riding on daddy’s name and you didn’t get a second.

How people who have never accomplished a damn thing on their own get such huge egos, I’ll never know.

Now just go away. You are totally irrelevant and unnecessary. Idiot.

NoDonkey on August 25, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Exit question: Is it time to start worrying about what an angry Lisa Murkowski might do during the lame-duck session in December?

Answer: No, unless she is rich enough to live out the rest of her days in Alaska without a job, as she would be blacklisted by everybody in the state.

Vashta.Nerada on August 25, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Lisa Murkowski, you lost. Get over it, and fall into line. maybe you can run against Begich next time.

JohnGalt23 on August 25, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Just sickening. It would be a really dumb move on her part to say the least. Not at all likely she could win and she would thereafter be a person non gratis to the republican party. Better she back off, and get in line for a cushy lobbying job.

sandee on August 25, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Come on, Murkowski
Let’s do the Crist

VibrioCocci on August 25, 2010 at 4:18 PM

What’s up with politicians these days, not being able to accept the results of an election?

lorien1973 on August 25, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Can’t any of these politicians just accept defeat gracefully, move on, and do what’s best for their country, and not what’s best for their political careers?

It just shows me, how greedy, and egotistical some of these people are. They put their wants and needs over their countries, and their parties.

I’m so sick of these egomaniacs!!!!

capejasmine on August 25, 2010 at 4:19 PM

A bunch of power hungery sour-pusses who could care less about their country.

mobydutch on August 25, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Exit question: Is it time to start worrying about what an angry Lisa Murkowski might do during the lame-duck session in December? Hmmmm.

Oh believe me, I thought about that immediately. Just like with Bennett and Inglis, the latter of whom is MSDNC’s favorite new RINO to bring on when their hosts grow tired of bashing the Tea Party and conservatives themselves. Will these losers thumb their noses at the electorate on their way out the door and help the lame duck Democrats pass a whole bunch of destructive legislation or will they act like mature adults and accept the will of the voters?

Doughboy on August 25, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Crist/Murkowski 2012 – The Windsock Ticket

Bishop on August 25, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Thanksgiving this year is going to have a very special meaning to a lot Americans…heh

d1carter on August 25, 2010 at 4:22 PM

Career Politician who doesn’t like getting beat. Another it’s all about me politician and not about the folk choosing who they want to run. Sour grapes makes you look rather foolish, for once in your life do something and support the candidate that might have beaten you, go on, live dangerously, ENDORSE Joe.

Sandybourne on August 25, 2010 at 4:22 PM

Sore loser is right

faraway on August 25, 2010 at 4:22 PM

As for Alaska, wth is wrong with those dingle-dongs up there, must be the water.

Time to sell Alaska to Russia and be done with it.

Bishop on August 25, 2010 at 4:22 PM

Write-in candidate or secessionist party. Desperately hysterical.

debg on August 25, 2010 at 4:23 PM

She feels entitled to that Senate seat. Her daddy appointed that seat to her and she then barely won an election by an unpopular former governor.

I expect a job offer from Obama once she’s unemployed in January.

ButterflyDragon on August 25, 2010 at 4:23 PM

-”Sarah, whats best in life?”

-”To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.”

the_nile on August 25, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Aye chihuahua, she looks like Sandra Bernhardt in that picture. That could ‘splain lots…

Big John on August 25, 2010 at 4:23 PM

write-ins don’t work. People don’t like to write and can’t remember what to write, where.

tarpon on August 25, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Why does she look like a witch casting a spell in that picture?

Johnnyreb on August 25, 2010 at 4:24 PM

If Murkowski runs as an Indie she will be praised.

If Miller runs as an Indie he will be attacked for not showing “party unity”.

Its amazing what people will do to hold onto power. Lisa got a taste, now she’s hooked.

portlandon on August 25, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Brutal:

Regarding spending during his time in office he said, “We have managed to acquire $13 trillion of debt on our balance sheet” and, “in my view we have nothing to show for it.”

He’s right. War on poverty has been a complete and total failure.

lorien1973 on August 25, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Before anyone says “SARAH IS TOO STUPID SHE CANT WIN IN 2012 BLAH BLAH BLAH”

watch her governor debate from ’06.

http://cspanjunkie.org/?p=407

She sounds… informed…. intelligent…. comfortable.

I truly think that McCain’s handlers + a full year of media HATRED cramped her style.

The CUDA is going LIB HUNTING in 2012 baby!!!

picklesgap on August 25, 2010 at 4:25 PM

mobydutch on August 25, 2010 at 4:20 PM

And the worst part is they have NOTHING of value to contribute.

What will we as a country miss because this woman won’t be in the Senate?

NOTHING. She has no special skills or expertise. We have 200 million Americans who could have done her job as well or better than she did.

NoDonkey on August 25, 2010 at 4:26 PM

As for the AIP, I won’t even pretend to know how that might work. Looks like they don’t yet have a nominee for Senate this year…

The AIP having a Senate candidate would be oxymoronic — but only slightly less oxymoronic than having a pro-Union State governor deliver a taped welcome speech for your convention.

unclesmrgol on August 25, 2010 at 4:26 PM

As for Alaska, wth is wrong with those dingle-dongs up there, must be the water.

Time to sell Alaska to Russia and be done with it.

Bishop on August 25, 2010 at 4:22 PM

STFU u commie

fiatboomer on August 25, 2010 at 4:27 PM

NoDonkey on August 25, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Don’t 13 year old girls complain about what some other said about them on their facebook page? Murkowski finished herself off with this temper tantrum.

Daemonocracy on August 25, 2010 at 4:27 PM

I poked around the Alaska secretary of state’s webpage this morning and it looks like Murkowski’s too late to run as an indie.

So what are we even talking about here?I don’t think a write in is very likely.

Terrye on August 25, 2010 at 4:27 PM

She sounds… informed…. intelligent…. comfortable.

picklesgap on August 25, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Some politicians are only destined to go to the state level and no farther. I think Palin is one of them.

She’s our hillary. It’s that simple. Her negatives are too high to overcome.

lorien1973 on August 25, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Murkowski’s a handsome woman.

James OK on August 25, 2010 at 4:27 PM

She reminds me of Nellie from Little House on the Prairie.

shawk on August 25, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Can’t any of these politicians just accept defeat gracefully, move on, and do what’s best for their country, and not what’s best for their political careers?

It just shows me, how greedy, and egotistical some of these people are. They put their wants and needs over their countries, and their parties.

I’m so sick of these egomaniacs!!!!

capejasmine on August 25, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Most of them have become so accustomed to feeling entitled, being elitist and superior to the rest of us that their worst nightmare must be losing their seat and being reduced to one of “the little people.”

I share your disgust.

Cody1991 on August 25, 2010 at 4:28 PM

A nepotist running as an independent?

My Irony Meter is busticated.

Christien on August 25, 2010 at 4:28 PM

How can Murkowski run as an independent when she missed the deadline?

She missed the deadline.

Is this another case where certain people don’t have to follow the law?

tetriskid on August 25, 2010 at 4:28 PM

O/T BUT WORTH IT:

MARCO RUBIO’S FIRST TV AD IN FLORIDA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhSPSjQ5K8U

THIS MAN WILL BE PRESIDENT SOMEDAY

picklesgap on August 25, 2010 at 4:29 PM

So what are we even talking about here?I don’t think a write in is very likely.

Terrye on August 25, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Allah is just stirring the pot.

If we’re good, he’ll let us lick the spoon.

portlandon on August 25, 2010 at 4:29 PM

OT: Alleged anti-Muslim attacker works at pro-Park51 group

year_of_the_dingo on August 25, 2010 at 4:29 PM

What’s up with politicians these days, not being able to accept the results of an election?

lorien1973 on August 25, 2010 at 4:19 PM

The nobility does not care to be told by mere peasants that they are not wanted.

sharrukin on August 25, 2010 at 4:29 PM

As for Alaska, wth is wrong with those dingle-dongs up there, must be the water.

Time to sell Alaska to Russia and be done with it.

Bishop on August 25, 2010 at 4:22 PM

Well we already sold out Georgia, Poland and the Czechs, so why not Alaska?

Daemonocracy on August 25, 2010 at 4:29 PM

This apparently is yet another strategy the two big parties will lower themselves to in order to keep reform candidates out of office. It’s more important to keep third party influence out of our government to them than it is to have their party win.

Benaiah on August 25, 2010 at 4:29 PM

AP I feel that every time someone loses a primary you will be in a lather about them running as an independent. Alaska is a huge State no independent will have the money or manpower to win in that State.

Lisa will go to K Street and make more money lobbying then she will as a senator. Just take a deep breath.

Jdripper on August 25, 2010 at 4:29 PM

So what are we even talking about here?I don’t think a write in is very likely.

Terrye on August 25, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Because the law means diddly squat to these politicians. Look at what the Democrats did in New Jersey when a few years back when they circumvented election rules to nominate a new candidate at the last minute.

Murkowski won’t get away with an indie run and I don’t see her joining some obscure party as their nominee. Her Senate career is finished. But I do think there’s cause for concern during the lame duck session when she may be eager to stick it to the American people.

Doughboy on August 25, 2010 at 4:30 PM

picklesgap on August 25, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Sorry, she doesn’t have it in my opinion. She’s an inadequate candidate.

Doesn’t mean there’s anything particularly wrong with her, but President of the United States?

“Smart enough” doesn’t cut it.

We need to demand more. She doesn’t have the credentials or expertise to be President and it’s very troubling she didn’t serve out her term as Governor.

I’ve worked with the US military for 20 plus years and I’ve met dozens of officers who are one helluva lot more impressive than Sarah Palin, in intellect and in accomplishments.

NoDonkey on August 25, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Hey… I have an idea. If Murkowski pulls a Crist, we could all run to Arizona and run as Indies Mavericks!

MeatHeadinCA on August 25, 2010 at 4:30 PM

no doubt it was the first thought that Murkowski herself had.

Heh, sorry, but her first thought was “What other sweetly sweet gig can Daddy give me?”

Christien on August 25, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Let’s see–the updated Sore Losers Association: Crist, Bennet, Murkowski……If this does not prove that the Republicans need a house cleaning, too, I don’t know what does.

mobydutch on August 25, 2010 at 4:33 PM

The Alaska Republican Party should take the lead in making sure that Lisa Murkowski “gracefully” accepts the results of the Primary election.

And given the importance of this election the state party should strongly encourage Murkowski to endorse and support Joe Miller for the November election.

The state parties need to manage these types of situations behind the scenes for the benefit of the party as a whole.

wren on August 25, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Exit question: Is it time to start worrying about what an angry Lisa Murkowski might do during the lame-duck session in December?

Nah.

Allah, just face the facts that Miller with the help of Palin won a huge upset victory last night. And Miller will easily cruise to victory in November.

Given Miller’s stand of the issues, he might actually replace DeMint as my favorite Senator. The guy is awesome.

All thanks to Sarah, of course.

Norwegian on August 25, 2010 at 4:33 PM

She’s our hillary. It’s that simple. Her negatives are too high to overcome.

lorien1973 on August 25, 2010 at 4:27 PM

We’ll see. Even the most skewed lib polls have her at less than 10% behind Obama in a hypothetical matchup, and that’s for a nation that generally sees her as tina fey.

picklesgap on August 25, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Hey… I have an idea. If Murkowski pulls a Crist, we could all run to Arizona and run as Indies Mavericks!

MeatHeadinCA on August 25, 2010 at 4:30 PM
The Maverick Party does have a special ring to it.

mobydutch on August 25, 2010 at 4:34 PM

I’ve worked with the US military for 20 plus years and I’ve met dozens of officers who are one helluva lot more impressive than Sarah Palin, in intellect and in accomplishments.

NoDonkey on August 25, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Different game , different players.

the_nile on August 25, 2010 at 4:37 PM

The Maverick Party does have a special ring to it.

mobydutch on August 25, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Yes, it does! Scratch the Tea Party Caucus… if TPers really want to make it hurt, they should start a “REAL” Maverick Caucus.

MeatHeadinCA on August 25, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Sorry, she doesn’t have it in my opinion. She’s an inadequate candidate.

Doesn’t mean there’s anything particularly wrong with her, but President of the United States?

“Smart enough” doesn’t cut it.

We need to demand more. She doesn’t have the credentials or expertise to be President and it’s very troubling she didn’t serve out her term as Governor.

I’ve worked with the US military for 20 plus years and I’ve met dozens of officers who are one helluva lot more impressive than Sarah Palin, in intellect and in accomplishments.

NoDonkey on August 25, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Maybe. But i’d like to know what ‘intellect’ she lacks (virtually every stupid “africa is a country” thing were hoaxes that even the NYT admitted was made up).

I’m not championing her as the savior of mankind, i’m just saying… she was a MAYOR that beat a sitting governor of her own party and a former governor in the general. i remember reading that she signed some pretty profitable pipeline deals with canada making alaskans about a billion bucks. and like 90% of the state loved her until she was the vp nod and had to do mccains bidding.

we’ll see what happens, but i think the caricature of palin-as-stupid-idiot is unfair. were all those things she did in alaska imaginary? all the natural gas deals were just figments of her imagination? the multiple debates where she outshone the other former governors – luck?

like i say, we’ll see. i think if she’s not on stupid greta and is on stage with a half dozen other republicans (mittens! huck! newtey!) she will chew them up.

picklesgap on August 25, 2010 at 4:39 PM

As for Alaska, wth is wrong with those dingle-dongs up there, must be the water.

Time to sell Alaska to Russia and be done with it.

Bishop on August 25, 2010 at 4:22 PM

No way, we will keep Alaska and sell Minnesota and Hawaii.

carbon_footprint on August 25, 2010 at 4:39 PM

If she does lose it would be bad form to run as some other party.
To prevent that may require a gracious kind of public statement from Palin though. Something like “Sen Murkowski has devoted herself to Alaskan interests and should be commended for that. Although we have our differences I respectfully ask for her support of Miller to help ensure the best interests of Alaskans continue to be served.”

Bradky on August 25, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Lisa Murkowski, you lost. Get over it, and fall into line. maybe you can run against Begich next time.

JohnGalt23 on August 25, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Yeah, and I bet we could find a million posts just like this on lefty blogs about Lieberman in ’06. This is personal with Murkowski and they don’t want to let Sarah win. I could totally see her doing something like what Allah suggests.

At least with Joementum he had a principle of supporting the war, what’s Murkowski’s? She ran a campaign based on the fact that AK would be giving up seniority, not anything substantive. Fealty to pork?

lizzie beth on August 25, 2010 at 4:40 PM

No way, we will keep Alaska and sell Minnesota and Hawaii.

carbon_footprint on August 25, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Can we just somehow sell Guam… it’s going to capsize anyway.

MeatHeadinCA on August 25, 2010 at 4:40 PM

The next guy that tells me to shut up and support a RINO “for the team” because he or she won a primary or nomination …

Will get a face full. I’m tired of the double standard. When RINO’s win, Conservatives are supposed to salute smartly and sally up to support them. But when RINO’s lose – they run indie?

BS and I will ask that my fellow “moderate” or “RINO” Republicans to get a handle on this and correct it ASAP!

HondaV65 on August 25, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Allah is just stirring the pot.

If we’re good, he’ll let us lick the spoon.

portlandon on August 25, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Leave it to AP to throw cold water on anything positive regarding Palin.

Shocka he picked this topic as his first post of the day.

davek70 on August 25, 2010 at 4:41 PM

mobydutch on August 25, 2010 at 4:33 PM

The Alaska Republican Party should take the lead in making sure that Lisa Murkowski “gracefully” accepts the results of the Primary election.

And given the importance of this election the state party should strongly encourage Murkowski to endorse and support Joe Miller for the November election.

The state parties need to manage these types of situations behind the scenes for the benefit of the party as a whole.

wren on August 25, 2010 at 4:33 PM
This is an excellent point!!!!

mobydutch on August 25, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Time to sell Alaska to Russia and be done with it.

Bishop on August 25, 2010 at 4:22 PM

No, don’t sell Alaska back to Russia. That’s the one place I’m holding out hope for as a safe place to escape to when Obama destroys the United States.

behiker on August 25, 2010 at 4:41 PM

No way, we will keep Alaska and sell Minnesota and Hawaii.

carbon_footprint on August 25, 2010 at 4:39 PM

And the entire Pacific coast, please.

fiatboomer on August 25, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Seriously, didn’t this dame come around about the time that Daschle went away.
Uncanny.

carbon_footprint on August 25, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Murkowski and the liberals get upset when they realize that Sarah Palin was called Sarahcuda for a reason. If they want to get down and dirty and fight tooth and nail, Sarah can get in there with the best of them.

So, even though Sarah is usually nice and friendly most of the time, when forced to, she can put together the strategy to beat the sh*t out of anyone in politics. How many examples do people need to finally figure that one out?

Go Sarah!

PhilipJames on August 25, 2010 at 4:42 PM

It’s a little personal”.

GFY lady, this is a Senate seat, not a family heirloom.

You got one term riding on daddy’s name and you didn’t get a second.

How people who have never accomplished a damn thing on their own get such huge egos, I’ll never know.

Now just go away. You are totally irrelevant and unnecessary. Idiot.

NoDonkey on August 25, 2010 at 4:16 PM

I take it the GFY doesn’t stand for “Good For You” LMAO!!!

44Magnum on August 25, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Ugh. Ugh ugh ugh. What an awful woman. The female equivalent of Charlie Crist. Why don’t these people understand that sometimes the best thing to do is to just step aside and do something else. If Murkowski truly cares about serving Alaska or the United States—which I doubt—could she not possibly find some other way to do it than to play spoilsport because she didn’t get her way? Disgraceful.

WesternActor on August 25, 2010 at 4:43 PM

I can see her screaming at her father like Veruca Salt. “Daddy, they took my Senate seat!. I want it back NOW!”

Mark1971 on August 25, 2010 at 4:44 PM

I like HondaV65 on August 25, 2010 at 1:12 PM point from the headlines. Sen. Murkowski could still possibly win this race even though it is out of her control. Is it a great idea to alienate Gov. Palin, Mr. Miller and the voters that voted for him? I am beginning to think that narcissism is a communicable disease raging in D.C..

Cindy Munford on August 25, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Alaska Independence Party

Murcowski wants to secede from the Union in order to win!!!!!

faraway on August 25, 2010 at 4:44 PM

lorien1973,

The lame duck media tried to sell us that with another amicable dunce named Reagan. Try again.

Jayrae on August 25, 2010 at 4:46 PM

NoDonkey on August 25, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Sorry, ND. You just haven’t been paying attention. She is the only one who can accomplish more than Reagan. She’s more than “smart enough”. With her candidates getting into position she will be able to get this country back to where it should be to finally rid ourselves of Obamanomics and all of Obama’s “accomplishments”. I don’t see anyone on our side that even comes close to understanding what needs to be done. NO ONE!

BetseyRoss on August 25, 2010 at 4:46 PM

Shocka he picked this topic as his first post of the day.

davek70 on August 25, 2010 at 4:41 PM

It’s predictable, for sure. At least we haven’t had to hear from MegMac or Frumpkin for a while.

Cody1991 on August 25, 2010 at 4:47 PM

No way, we will keep Alaska and sell Minnesota and Hawaii.
carbon_footprint on August 25, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Eh, one year without lutefisk and you would be begging to buy back Minnesota.

Nope, Alaska needs to go. As soon as my guys are done sawing Florida off from the continent, I’m sending them northwest to start surgery up there.

Bishop on August 25, 2010 at 4:47 PM

In all fairness to Allah, I saw this story earlier on Ace.It is a sickening thought that this woman would be considering doing this.Shows we Republican/Conservatives have some swamp draining of our own to do.

sandee on August 25, 2010 at 4:48 PM

As for Alaska, wth is wrong with those dingle-dongs up there, must be the water.

Bishop on August 25, 2010 at 4:22 PM

Well, salmon, er, copulate in it. And you don’t want to know what the bears do.

PersonFromPorlock on August 25, 2010 at 4:50 PM

As soon as my guys are done sawing Florida off from the continent, I’m sending them northwest to start surgery up there.

Bishop on August 25, 2010 at 4:47 PM

While you’re at it could you stick some explosives in those faults underneath California? I’m tired of waiting for it to drop into the Pacific.

TIA!

Cody1991 on August 25, 2010 at 4:50 PM

According to Kubler-Ross, Denial is generally the first stage. Anger comes next.

Wonder what that Palin post by allahpundit will look like, when he realizes she really does have the power and influence to help catapult a relative unknown past an entrenched power?

Man, blogging these midterms watching allahpundit blog Palin’s continued ascendance is going to be fun.

Heh.

cs89 on August 25, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Imus in drag.

ak4570 on August 25, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Cindy Munford on August 25, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Yeah, this woman is going nuts. It’s still possible for her to win … or lose … but, at this point there’s nothing she can do to influence the vote either way since the votes are cast and have only to be counted.

If she wins – how can Miller’s supporters get behind her with the sour grapes she’s spewing now? I mean, she’s really looking like a spoiled child with her conclusions that she, and only she, can do right by Alaskans. She’s painting herself out to be some kind of “Saint Lisa” who’s indespensible to Alaskans and anyone against her must be out for themselves. But that’s not true. No politician is, or should be, indespensible. Also – any politician should be mature enough to know that they serve at the will of the people. Some times the people make good choices – sometimes bad ones. What did McRage do when he lost the election to Obama? Really, I didn’t hear a lot of sour grapes from McRage personally on the loss.

Frankly – were I an Alaskan, if Murkowski wins this somehow – I’d find out the name of her Democratic opponent and vote for him. Arrogance and childish temper tantrums such as the one “Little Lisa” has displayed since last night have no place in representing the people.

HondaV65 on August 25, 2010 at 4:51 PM

She sounds/looks as desperate as Blanche Lincoln. There is something incredibly wrong with them, and those who act like them. May they be sent home.

Same can be said of McCain and those who spend, spend, just because they can – it’s illogical to spend so much money for power. Help someone instead.

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Unfortunately it seems as though our country will be turned into people like Crist and this idiot. We have sports leagues that don’t keep score so nobody loses. So then when they actually lose they don’t know how to handle it.

I’m surprised high school sports are still keeping scores the way things are going now.

MobileVideoEngineer on August 25, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Same can be said of McCain and those who spend, spend, just because they can – it’s illogical to spend so much money for power. Help someone instead.

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Imagine spending ~~~ $20 million to become the next Rob. Byrd or Strom Thurmond of the Senate. Specter was trying, and frankly I have no idea where he is these days. The point is that it’s revolting to see this level of arrogance and stupidity. Retire with grace. Leave. Go away.

Cody1991 on August 25, 2010 at 4:56 PM

The next guy that tells me to shut up and support a RINO “for the team” because he or she won a primary or nomination …

Will get a face full. I’m tired of the double standard. When RINO’s win, Conservatives are supposed to salute smartly and sally up to support them. But when RINO’s lose – they run indie?

BS and I will ask that my fellow “moderate” or “RINO” Republicans to get a handle on this and correct it ASAP!

HondaV65 on August 25, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Yep.

Generally, I’m a person that sucks it up and votes for the lesser of 2 evils. I accept that it’s rare to have a candidate that you’re completely enthusiastic about. All I ask is that we all get our 1 shot in the primary. If my guy loses, then that’s that, and I have to decide if the winning candidate crosses a minimum threshold for me or not.

Not that difficult a concept. Why is it so often these moderates that fail to get this? Probably because a lot of moderates in office are what they are purely as a function of political expediency. Spend a lifetime trying to get half pregnant, hoping they live to see another day politically. This isn’t the political climate for moderates, though. Suck it up and accept this reality.

stldave on August 25, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Time to sell Alaska to Russia and be done with
it.

Bishop on August 25, 2010 at 4:22 PM

Well, we DO need to raise some cash, as we are running $1,000,000,000,000+ budget deficit — but collie would like to offer a suggestion.

My collie says:

How about if we sell Quebec to the Russians instead?

As long as the terms of the sale include a provision stating that Dave Rywall is permanently exiled to the province of Quebec, it works for me.

CyberCipher on August 25, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Exit question: Is it time to start worrying about what an angry Lisa Murkowski might do during the lame-duck session in December? Hmmmm.

No one used that “worry” when they were hoping for McCain to lose.

Are we really going to ponder whether EVERY losing candidate is going to throw a snit fit and run as an Independent now? Or only those where Palin was involved in the race?

katiejane on August 25, 2010 at 4:59 PM

If Murkowski wants to get even with Palin, she should run against Levi Johnson for the Mayor of Wasilla.

That’ll get Palin’s ire up.

booter on August 25, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Man, blogging these midterms is going to be fun.

we are ready and waiting Allah :)

cmsinaz on August 25, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Will these losers thumb their noses at the electorate on their way out the door and help the lame duck Democrats pass a whole bunch of destructive legislation or will they act like mature adults and accept the will of the voters?

Doughboy on August 25, 2010 at 4:21 PM

they way they are now, it looks like door #1 to me…

cmsinaz on August 25, 2010 at 5:03 PM

It appears that ‘running as an indie’ is becoming the choice of last resort for pols everywhere. Formula for problems?

jeanie on August 25, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Mark1971 on August 25, 2010 at 4:44 PM

+1

heh

cmsinaz on August 25, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Leave it to AP to throw cold water on anything positive regarding Palin.

Shocka he picked this topic as his first post of the day.

davek70 on August 25, 2010 at 4:41 PM

How is this thread cold water on Gov. Palin and what do you want him to write about?

Cindy Munford on August 25, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Nope, Alaska needs to go. As soon as my guys are done sawing Florida off from the continent, I’m sending them northwest to start surgery up there.

Bishop on August 25, 2010 at 4:47 PM

So where are you going get your oil and natural gas from. If Alaska goes, put money on it, Texas does too.

ConservativePartyNow on August 25, 2010 at 5:08 PM

If Murkowski wants to get even with Palin, she should run against Levi Johnson for the Mayor of Wasilla.

That’ll get Palin’s ire up.

booter on August 25, 2010 at 4:59 PM

actually, Lisa can’t because she is not a resident of the Mat-Su borough

ConservativePartyNow on August 25, 2010 at 5:10 PM

How is this thread cold water on Gov. Palin and what do you want him to write about?

Cindy Munford on August 25, 2010 at 5:06 PM

I want to see allah post about that dispicible hag who threw that poor cat into the garbage can. That cat sat there for 15 hours meowing for rescue.

portlandon on August 25, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Sorry, she doesn’t have it in my opinion. She’s an inadequate candidate.

We need to demand more. She doesn’t have the credentials or expertise to be President and it’s very troubling she didn’t serve out her term as Governor.

NoDonkey on August 25, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Well. it looks like you’re either stupid or a liar. So, you think she should have let the anklebiters bankrupt her family, keep the state government in gridlock, and cost the Alaskan taxpayers millions of dollars? If Obama’s minions had left her alone, she would have happily stayed in office and would have run for re-election.

If you were in her shoes, would you have gladly gone into personal bankruptcy? I won’t ask you about how you would have responded to the negative affects on state government. Based on your past postings, I don’t think you’d care about anyone but yourself.

NoNails on August 25, 2010 at 5:13 PM

For Lisa to win, she would need:
1. Take at least 5K of the remaining 8K absentee ballots (Sabato says that won’t happen)
2. Get all those that voted for her in primary to vote for her
3. Take a few thousand of the Dem, Indepedence votes from other candidates

The lower 48 needs to realize that in primary for the dems and the rest (which BTW are all on one ballot), they got a total of @ 25K votes
In the GOP primary (which has its own ballot), there will end up being over 100k votes cast

ConservativePartyNow on August 25, 2010 at 5:16 PM

portlandon on August 25, 2010 at 5:11 PM

He’s probably still trying to collect himself after reading that one.

Cindy Munford on August 25, 2010 at 5:16 PM

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