CNN: Murkowski considering conceding Alaska race? Update: Miller’s lead insurmountable? Update: Murkowski to concede

posted at 7:49 pm on August 31, 2010 by Allahpundit

Larry Sabato tweeted three hours ago that while she was making bigger gains than expected, there’s simply too much daylight between her and Miller for her to win.

Does Team Murky now agree?

In an interview with CNN, Murkowski campaign spokesman Steve Wackowski was emphatic that the vote could still swing their way. “We’re being hopeful, we want to make sure that all the votes are counted,” he said…

Wackowski was asked if Murkowski might concede the race to Miller once Tuesday’s ballot counting ends. “Unfortunately we’ve got all our options are on the table,” he lamented

[T]he campaign spokesman said he foresees the Tea Party movement possibly doing long-term damage to the Republican party as it drives to root out so called “RINOS (“Republicans in Name Only”) in favor of more committed conservatives.

“They’re spending their resources to try to take down a fellow conservative. I wish they would’ve stayed in California, for instance, and fought Barbara Boxer,” Wackowski said.

Hotline estimates she’d have to take 55 percent of the outstanding ballots at this point in order to win — and most of those are from Miller strongholds. Someone at Big Government, citing sources in Alaska, claims that the trends are now such that Miller’s victory is assured. Big news, needless to say, but even bigger is the possibility of a concession without a recount. That’d be a huge help to Miller in freeing him up to focus on the general election. But if they’re going to bow out graciously, why dump all over tea partiers in the process? And … why would Murkowski bow out graciously, anyway? She’s got nothing to lose in contesting the results. Did some bigwig(s) in the GOP maybe let her know that if she’s interested in a lucrative lobbyist career after the election, she’ll go quietly after the absentee ballots are counted? Stand by for updates.

Update: The Anchorage Daily News isn’t quite ready to call it, but after the latest round of absentee counting, Murkowski’s chances are on life support.

It’s looking bad for Lisa Murkowski…

The Murkowski campaign was really counting on a big boost from Southeast.

That didn’t happen. The latest batch was a count of 2,760 votes. It brings the total counted today to about 15,700 votes. Still awaiting some more Kenai absentee votes and that will be all that is counted today…

Today was the biggest chunk of votes. Murkowski has cut Miller’s lead from 1,668 votes to 1,469 today. That’s not nearly what the Murkowski campaign had hoped for.

A question while the celebration’s momentarily on hold: Will Miller’s win embolden Delaware tea partiers to try to knock off Mike Castle in the primary? Because that will have grave consequences in a state that blue.

Update: From Swing State Project:

9:41pm: Murkowski will hold a press conference in twenty minutes.
9:40pm: Being generous, let’s say there are 7000 valid GOP votes left to be counted. Murkowski would need 61% of them to win. She’s done.

Concession time?

Update: Oh my. CNN says the moment of concession is at hand.

CNN’s Shannon Travis in Anchorage has confirmed that Sen. Lisa Murkowski will concede tonight.

I’m tempted to break out the Humpbot in celebration, but we must not taunt. There can be only one goal now: Increase the peace.


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upinak,says not so fast. Not sure where this info is coming from, but I sure hope they are right.

sandee on August 31, 2010 at 7:52 PM

“They’re spending their resources to try to take down a fellow conservative. I wish they would’ve stayed in California, for instance, and fought Barbara Boxer,” Wackowski said.

Admittedly, I am not extremely familiar with Murkowski’s career in the senate. However, from what I’ve heard, she’s hardly a conservative.

And, for what it’s worth, it’s called multi-tasking people. There’s no reason to focus only on booting Boxer if you can achieve many of your other goals at the same time.

JadeNYU on August 31, 2010 at 7:53 PM

“Unfortunately we’ve got all our options are on the table,” he lamented…

All your options are belong to us.

Ronnie on August 31, 2010 at 7:54 PM

http://ace.mu.nu/archives/305236.php

Mr. Joe on August 31, 2010 at 7:54 PM

[T]he campaign spokesman said he foresees the Tea Party movement possibly doing long-term damage to the Republican party as it drives to root out so called “RINOS (“Republicans in Name Only”) in favor of more committed conservatives.

He borrowed Bob Bennett’s talking points. Go away.

Cicero43 on August 31, 2010 at 7:55 PM

If she does, imagine what the effect might be on the Maine Twins. Snowe already has a declared primary opponent for 2012, I think.

Wethal on August 31, 2010 at 7:56 PM

No opponent should ever concede until every vote is counted…I don’t care who they are.

SouthernGent on August 31, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Admittedly, I am not extremely familiar with Murkowski’s career in the senate. However, from what I’ve heard, she’s hardly a conservative.

That’s an understatement. Murkowski is part of an Alaskan political dynasty and not in touch with her constituents, which is why she only won her last election by about 55-45.

People weren’t happy that daddy got elected Governor of the state and then gave his baby girl the Senate seat he vacated, which is why they changed the succession laws as well as what started Palin’s meteoric rise from small-town mayor to big-time politician by defeating daddy Frank when he ran for re-election.

teke184 on August 31, 2010 at 7:56 PM

“Why would Murkowski bow out graciously, anyway?”

A. She may want to run for another office (Gov.?) someday.

B. She’d prefer her name not be used as an epithet going forward.

Just my take.

cs89 on August 31, 2010 at 7:57 PM

Did some bigwig(s) in the GOP maybe let her know that if she’s interested in a lucrative lobbyist career after the election, she’ll go quietly after the absentee ballots are counted?

No, they still want her to win

Valiant on August 31, 2010 at 7:57 PM

See ya!

cmsinaz on August 31, 2010 at 7:57 PM

“They’re spending their resources to try to take down a fellow conservative. I wish they would’ve stayed in California, for instance, and fought Barbara Boxer,” Wackowski said.

What, her campaign is attacking the electorate over her defeat? D@#n voters?

Besides she’s not a “fellow conservative” and her defeat by the voters serves as a warning shot to her “fellow conservatives” with similar leanings. A two-fer.

obladioblada on August 31, 2010 at 7:58 PM

She’s got nothing to lose in contesting the results.

Of course she and her family have a lot to lose as the family is neck deep in local and national republican politics – the will damage the family’s legacy and future. This is no Crist type situation.

csThor on August 31, 2010 at 7:58 PM

[T]he campaign spokesman said he foresees the Tea Party movement possibly doing long-term damage to the Republican party as it drives to root out so called “RINOS (“Republicans in Name Only”) in favor of more committed conservatives.

Yeah, because RINOs did so well in 2006 & 2008.

rbj on August 31, 2010 at 7:58 PM

And to expound more on Lisa’s politics, she’s pro-abortion, and a hand-picked crony of Mitch McConnell to replace the departed Ted Stevens as Alaska’s monarch of pork.

As an article on here said the other day, her and Bob Bennett losing primary elections in the same cycle has to hit McConnell hard because they were two of his closest allies out of the current Senate Republicans.

teke184 on August 31, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Yeah, because RINOs did so well in 2006 & 2008.

Exactly!

sandee on August 31, 2010 at 7:59 PM

No opponent should ever concede until every vote is counted…I don’t care who they are.

SouthernGent on August 31, 2010 at 7:56 PM

I happen to agree, but her concession would be sweet.

obladioblada on August 31, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Did some bigwig(s) in the GOP maybe let her know that if she’s interested in a lucrative lobbyist career after the election, she’ll go quietly after the absentee ballots are counted? Stand by for updates.

This is what I was hoping Cornyn’s NRSC guy was doing up there. Not trying to help her cheat, but give her the facts of what she can expect if she goes rogue. Heh.

lizzie beth on August 31, 2010 at 8:01 PM

The Republican leadership have to realize that this is not helping them as this drags out. At what point do they avoid the shifting sands and look for firmer ground?

beatcanvas on August 31, 2010 at 8:01 PM

Trust but verify.

Terrie on August 31, 2010 at 8:01 PM

Trends all favor Miller after she didn’t pick up that much in her strongholds. She is needs to concede after this round of absentee counting is complete.

She ran a horrible campaign and has no one to blame but herself for some of her votes.

PhiKapMom on August 31, 2010 at 8:03 PM

Lisa Murkowski is only 50 something years old. Even if she loses this senate seat, her political career is not over. It makes little sense to burn all bridges.

year_of_the_dingo on August 31, 2010 at 8:06 PM

T]he campaign spokesman said he foresees the Tea Party movement possibly doing long-term damage to the Republican party as it drives to root out so called “RINOS (“Republicans in Name Only”) in favor of more committed conservatives.

Dare we dream?

Tommy_G on August 31, 2010 at 8:07 PM

Well if true, good luck Tom Daschle.

carbon_footprint on August 31, 2010 at 8:07 PM

Begich’s seat is hers to take in four years probably.

year_of_the_dingo on August 31, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Meghan McCain has enough in common with Murkowski to come to commiserate with her. Both Murkowski and Meghan blame Sarah Palin for spoiling their fun as Republicans that love the celebrity of being Liberal Republicans.

jimw on August 31, 2010 at 8:10 PM

9000 ballots processed. Unknonw who they are going to as I am listening to the news right now. No answer on who is what and who has what percentage.

But since not all have been counted yet and there is also a weird run off for District 12 of Alaska with 8 votes seperating 3 guys for this district…. it is going to be interesting.

upinak on August 31, 2010 at 8:13 PM

They’re spending their resources to try to take down a fellow conservative.

This is what’s wrong with the Republican Party.

The idea that because someone has an (R) next to their name, conservatives should just shut up and vote for them.

When I was growing up, the people calling themselves Republicans now, would be considered Democrats.

Republicans have moved so far left and Democrats even further left that it’s no wonder we have a Marxist president.

And people wonder how we got here.

The idiotic statement like the one I quoted is how we’ve arrived at this juncture.

ButterflyDragon on August 31, 2010 at 8:14 PM

citing sources in Alaska

And I would like to know who they are and what these sources are saying as they are probably the same sources who freaked out and got lawyers involved.

upinak on August 31, 2010 at 8:19 PM

Begich’s seat is hers to take in four years probably.

year_of_the_dingo on August 31, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Utter nonsense.

Please listen to Up, he’s from AK.

As much as I’m a Palin man and a supporter of Miller’s, this could be an attempt by the Miller people to Rickroll the Murk and get her to bow out by forced media stampede.

The fact that the report appeared without attribution in a very Sarah-friendly site, Big Government, an Andrew Breitbart franchise website, should have raised everyone’s BS meter just a bit. Breitbart and Palin are joined at the hip.

Not that I find anything wrong with that, it’s just something you need to know. Because trust me, the Murkowski people know this.

All that said, part of burying the hatchet between the two clans could be a deal in which the Princess gets a clean shot at the Governorship after Sean Parnell takes out the No-good Dirtbag Thieving Boy Senator in 2014.

I’ve always thought that Alaska politics is like the First Godfather film, only without the tollbooth scene.

victor82 on August 31, 2010 at 8:19 PM

The fact that the report appeared without attribution in a very Sarah-friendly site, Big Government, an Andrew Breitbart franchise website, should have raised everyone’s BS meter just a bit. Breitbart and Palin are joined at the hip.
victor82 on August 31, 2010 at 8:19 PM

Umm yeah. Publius use to write for Josh Painter for Texas for Palin. *sighs* Pub is the person writing about it and I have a feeling I know who his source is.

upinak on August 31, 2010 at 8:25 PM

Well if true, good luck Tom Daschle.

carbon_footprint on August 31, 2010 at 8:07 PM

Good God that was soooo sweet when that simpering tool got his a$$ handed to him.

It will be nearly as sweet watching San Fran Gran Botox relinquish the gavel.

BigWyo on August 31, 2010 at 8:26 PM

[T]he campaign spokesman said he foresees the Tea Party movement possibly doing long-term damage to the Republican party as it drives to root out so called “RINOS (“Republicans in Name Only”) in favor of more committed conservatives.

This is so idiotic and contradictory of what they initially said. Before, the Tea Party was supposed to cause us immediate damage by wasting this golden opportunity to pick up seats in the midterms, now suddenly it’s all about long term damage? Sorry buddy, but it was you RINOs and “progressive Republicans” who got swept out of office in 2006 and 2008, and the war wasn’t the reason, spending and corruption was a huge part of it. Murky almost lost to a Democrat in 2004, she was already a weak candidate to begin with.

You;d think after Reagan, 1994 and Clinton’s pivot to the center on fiscal issues to save his bacon would remind these Gerald Ford Republicans that Conservatism is what keeps the Republican party going, NOT progressivism in small doses.

Daemonocracy on August 31, 2010 at 8:29 PM

The 2+ lame duck Republicans Senators will be more dangerous the 70 lame duck Democrats congressmen/woman.

tjexcite on August 31, 2010 at 8:34 PM

CNN is now reporting Murkowski mey concede tonight:

http://twitter.com/SamFeistCNN/status/22658092796

bw222 on August 31, 2010 at 8:35 PM

The Republicans better stop worrying about what the tea parties and other third-party groups are doing to them and start worrying about whether they will be one of the three or not.

NO MORE DIABLOs.

Think liberty, freedom, out of my life government and other root values of our Republic.

lsheldon on August 31, 2010 at 8:37 PM

O please dear Lord let this be true. Murk, you had your time, leave with dignity.

What a pity McCain is still in the Senate. It would be shaping up to be about as good as it gets, if only Johnny McAmnesty was shoved into the street with feeling.

rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010 at 8:38 PM

Go Millah!

ted c on August 31, 2010 at 8:40 PM

Umm yeah. Publius use to write for Josh Painter for Texas for Palin. *sighs* Pub is the person writing about it and I have a feeling I know who his source is.

upinak on August 31, 2010 at 8:25 PM

Yah, but bear in mind, one of the analysts at ABC News said it didn’t look so well for Lisa, either. At some point, the ghost leaves the shell (sorry, anime fans).

However, this does look like Rickrolling to me too, at first blush, unless the Miller people did pick up a sit-down by the Murkowski High Command that was “under the table” and decided to leak it, which is very conceivable at this point.

It’s what I would do were I them, cause a cascade/stampede inside the Murkowski campaign based on some meeting that Don Frank might have called to see if all of his caporegimes were on the same page with Lisa staying in the fight.

Or, Occam’s razor may be in play and Lisa could genuinely be considering dropping out and some clown might have leaked it to the Miller campaign.

victor82 on August 31, 2010 at 8:40 PM

Murkowski campaign spokesman Steve Wackowski was emphatic that the vote could still swing their way.

His friends call him “Wacko.”

Emperor Norton on August 31, 2010 at 8:42 PM

is upinak the same person as “Achance” over at Redstate, ie, old school Murko-crewman and Palin hater?

too bad Palin is down for immigration reform and legal status for illegals.

It’s about her only fault, policy wise, and hopefully we can get her to back down from it.

If so, she’s a pretty good candidate and should run.

rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010 at 8:45 PM

is upinak the same person as “Achance” over at Redstate, ie, old school Murko-crewman and Palin hater?

Not likely. Upinak has been here a long time and is a trusted source on the dynamics of AK politics.

obladioblada on August 31, 2010 at 9:07 PM

No Humpbot at Hot Air, but Ace has his pudding cup — and Joe Miller is tweeting about it.

Terrie on August 31, 2010 at 9:10 PM

why is it necessary to placate murkowski?

alwaysfiredup on August 31, 2010 at 9:11 PM

Miller by 1469 currently:

http://www.elections.alaska.gov/results/10PRIM/data/results.htm

dtestard on August 31, 2010 at 9:13 PM

You have real competition now Ed. Well maybe time will tell.

http://www.theblaze.com/ Glenn Beck owns.

Yes RINO’s did very poor indeed in 2006 and 2008 but even worse so far in 2010. Most are losing their primaries. Even Deleware is posed to kick the RINO out who supposedly was thinking of showing his true colors and changing parties after the election.

We are far better off without them.

I almost in fact do hope McCain loses. RINOS are the last thing this country needs these days. Sorry but we are better off losing than putting RINOS in to help the Democrats justify more Big Government. Just unfortunate there was not a better candidate to take out McCain in the primary. His daughter sure showed his true colors. Disgraceful.

RINOs do not stand for American Values.

Steveangell on August 31, 2010 at 9:14 PM

She’s got nothing to lose in contesting the results. Did some bigwig(s) in the GOP maybe let her know that if she’s interested in a lucrative lobbyist career after the election, she’ll go quietly after the absentee ballots are counted?

I think she go the message from Daddy. That family is to invested with the GOP and AK to mess it up. The upside for them is to actually concede if it looks bad for her and foster better feelings inthe long run. Oh yeah, the money that probably comes from fostering that good will is what I reallymean, just my take.

bluemarlin on August 31, 2010 at 9:18 PM

is upinak the same person as “Achance” over at Redstate, ie, old school Murko-crewman and Palin hater?

too bad Palin is down for immigration reform and legal status for illegals.

It’s about her only fault, policy wise, and hopefully we can get her to back down from it.

If so, she’s a pretty good candidate and should run.

rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010 at 8:45 PM

No SHE is not Art Chance (thank God)

And NO Sarah is NOT for amnesty. She’s for getting our act together. Secure the border FIRST, then look at what to do with those here.

The last time she really spoke to this was with O’Reilly. He pissed her off, and she basically said deport em!

Her idea of immigration reform and what is on the table now is light years apart.

She’s been right on everything else, she is right on this as well.

gary4205 on August 31, 2010 at 9:19 PM

No. Art Chance and Upinak are two different people.

Trust me on this.

Art Chance and Palin know each other and don’t care for each other. Near as I can tell it goes back to the Ricky Reudderich affair that got Palin in hot water with the Murkowskis in the first place.

Up is, near as I can tell, agnostic about Palin but was a Murk supporter during the campaign because Miller ran a negative ad that played, how shall we say, “fast and loose” with one of Murkowskis votes.

I mean, it’s not as if Rick Scott’s people were doing Miller’s commercials for him. THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A NEGATIVE AD!

But Alaskans do have some standards, apparently. Down here in Florida, it’s freakin’ cutthroat. We’re all waiting for the tactical nukes to go off in the Rick Scott/Alex Sink race.

Clue? A consultant friend of mine who knows Rick gave me a hint: she was a banker.

Er,…..”bankster”.

We Floridians are going to give you Alaskans a clinic on how ADULTS conduct politics.

We’ll need a few bodybags, and maybe some cold storage freezers, plus several numbered accounts in Grand Cayman, but we will teach you a thing or two!

We aren’t the Republican Party of Florida for Nothing! Step right up and join us!

victor82 on August 31, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Quitter :)

faraway on August 31, 2010 at 9:25 PM

I don’t claim to know a thing about the dynamics in Alaska or the clan wars. I know Murkowski is that worst curse of American politics — the 2nd generation Senator — and has absolutely nothing in common with Alaskans, having basically grown up in Washington, D.C.

She’s a liberal Republican. Not evil, not stupid, but left of conservative and out of touch with her constituency. I won’t miss her. But if she runs against Bigbitch in four years, I could live with her again, so to say.

Jaibones on August 31, 2010 at 9:28 PM

We’ll need a few bodybags, and maybe some cold storage freezers, plus several numbered accounts in Grand Cayman, but we will teach you a thing or two!

We aren’t the Republican Party of Florida for Nothing! Step right up and join us!

victor82 on August 31, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Yep.

And if the governor’s race doesn’t satisfy your blood lust, wait until Grayson starts in on Dan Webster.

Purple Fury on August 31, 2010 at 9:34 PM

Hey, maybe she could go Independent….or even Libertarian…?….oh wait..!

ted c on August 31, 2010 at 9:43 PM

Daddy? Can you appoint me to another Senate seat?
/@Lisa

ted c on August 31, 2010 at 9:43 PM

legal status for illegals is amnesty, it nullifies the penalty for illegal immigration which is return to your native country.

rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Holy Smoked Salmon Batman! Update!!!

pull start the humpbot or something AP…..do SOMETHING!

ted c on August 31, 2010 at 9:45 PM

hhhooohooo! now I’m cracking a beer! this is the first reason all night to do so…so here we are folks!!!

ted c on August 31, 2010 at 9:46 PM

T]he campaign spokesman said he foresees the Tea Party movement possibly doing long-term damage to the Republican party as it drives to root out so called “RINOS (“Republicans in Name Only”) in favor of more committed conservatives.

Dare we dream?

Tommy_G on August 31, 2010 at 8:07 PM

I Have A Dream!

Too bad Sarah had to endorse McCain and AZ could do no better than Haywire.

Grahamnasty, needs to go and maybe Collins, and Snow although they are in uber lib states as is Brown.
McConnell needs to be replaced with a conservative not so P.C.

dhunter on August 31, 2010 at 9:47 PM

It’s Miller Time!

CurtZHP on August 31, 2010 at 9:47 PM

what is it, like noon or something in Anchorage? that’s like halfway to Japan ….so, let’s have it Murk…a tweet..something…c’mon baby..let’s here it for Joe.

ted c on August 31, 2010 at 9:47 PM

curtzhp nails it. Tru dat!

Heh. prophetic. I’m sucking on a blue moon. It must be a blue moon because a fat cat daddy’s girl born with a senate seat glued to her ass is getting deep sixed.

cue the music!

ted c on August 31, 2010 at 9:49 PM

9:40pm: Being generous, let’s say there are 7000 valid GOP votes left to be counted. Murkowski would need 61% of them to win. She’s done.

Hawkdriver? get on the horn with some of your apache buddies up there at wainwright and let ‘em know if there’s a lincoln riding low and trailing a snowstorm of absentee ballots with a guy looking strangely similar to Stuart Smalley driving….then set the hellfires to “vaporize”….///

ted c on August 31, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Stache/Stubble 2012.

Terrie on August 31, 2010 at 9:51 PM

And NO Sarah is NOT for amnesty. She’s for getting our act together. Secure the border FIRST, then look at what to do with those here.

This is the money quote from the interview she did on Univision. Go read the whole interview and then tell me she’s not for amnesty. She is.

To clarify, so you support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants?
I do because I understand why people would want to be in America. To seek the safety and prosperity, the opportunities, the health that is here. It is so important that yes, people follow the rules so that people can be treated equally and fairly in this country.

TxAnn56 on August 31, 2010 at 9:52 PM

nothing like a nail biter to take Obama off the front page. the guy just can’t seem to catch a break.

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Miller, Joe REP 52360 50.71%
Murkowski, Lisa REP 50891 49.29%

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 9:53 PM

A question while the celebration’s momentarily on hold: Will Miller’s win embolden Delaware tea partiers to try to knock off Mike Castle in the primary? Because that will have grave consequences in a state that blue.

I’m glad you finally weighed in on this. There’s a certain sector on our side who thinks that Castle can be replaced by O’Donnell, who is vastly unqualified and would quickly lose the general. I hate Castle as much as the next guy, but two wrongs don’t make a right.

KingGold on August 31, 2010 at 9:53 PM

That Palin woman is irrelevant

faraway on August 31, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Another scalp for Sarahcudda.

Bruno Strozek on August 31, 2010 at 9:55 PM

I hope she calls it. More importantly, it’s beginning to look like Sarah Palin is the de facto leader of the Republican Party. Good, bad, or indifferent Sarah is building a lot clout in in the mid-terms.

Rode Werk on August 31, 2010 at 9:56 PM

TxAnn56 on August 31, 2010 at 9:52 PM

the univision interview? really? you going that low taking a VP candidates interview given during a national campaign as your choice?

there are many newer interviews where Palin talks about immigration. why not use one of those independent interviews to make your case? oh yeah because they refute your case…..

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 9:56 PM

[T]he campaign spokesman said he foresees the Tea Party movement possibly doing long-term damage to the Republican party as it drives to root out so called “RINOS (“Republicans in Name Only”) in favor of more committed conservatives.

I think the “spokesman” is overlooking the fact that this woman, this “dedicated conservative” was ready to jump to the Libertarian party …

That does more LONG TERM damage to the Republican party than anything the Tea Party could do.

Establishment candidates who compromise with socialists to spend my grandchildren’s money … HAVE TO GO!

Have a nice life Lisa.

HondaV65 on August 31, 2010 at 9:56 PM

I do hope Murkowski concedes. But Delaware? Castle would be better than the Dem.

changer1701 on August 31, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Another scalp for Sarahcudda.

Bruno Strozek on August 31, 2010 at 9:55 PM

todd will have Lisa’s hide stuffed and mounted next to Daddy’s on the Palin wall of skins….

ted c on August 31, 2010 at 9:57 PM

I do because I understand why people would want to be in America. To seek the safety and prosperity, the opportunities, the health that is here. It is so important that yes, people follow the rules so that people can be treated equally and fairly in this country.

TxAnn56 on August 31, 2010 at 9:52 PM

You construe that to be amnasty. I believe that is the opposite of amnasty it says get in the back of the line follow the rules and immigrate according to our laws!

dhunter on August 31, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Good – Joe Miller is better.

If Palin doesn’t run she certainly will have a big say on who the nominee is in 2012.

gophergirl on August 31, 2010 at 9:58 PM

I’m glad you finally weighed in on this. There’s a certain sector on our side who thinks that Castle can be replaced by O’Donnell, who is vastly unqualified and would quickly lose the general. I hate Castle as much as the next guy, but two wrongs don’t make a right.

KingGold on August 31, 2010 at 9:53 PM

and power for power’s sake leads to destruction. If the Gop simply wants to regain power with people like castle they will be voted out come 2012. see dems 2010 for what happens when you go for power for power’s sake or gop 2008….

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 9:58 PM

ok. momma says time for bed. catch up on this one in the am.

ted c on August 31, 2010 at 9:59 PM

Are you sure about Castle? Don’t get me wrong I really don’t know the State.

sandee on August 31, 2010 at 10:02 PM

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Speak o’the devil!

KingGold on August 31, 2010 at 10:02 PM

Sarah is building her army state by state!
These benefactors of Saracudas’ endorsements will owe her their help support and will have teams and voters/supporters in place. They will owe her like she owed Juan McCain. She is building a national facebook army of potential volunteers and contributors and beatin the socks off Pinnochio at every turn.

I will contribute and work for Sarah, the rest I will merely vote for, if I have to.

dhunter on August 31, 2010 at 10:03 PM

A question while the celebration’s momentarily on hold: Will Miller’s win embolden Delaware tea partiers to try to knock off Mike Castle in the primary? Because that will have grave consequences in a state that blue.

I’m glad you finally weighed in on this. There’s a certain sector on our side who thinks that Castle can be replaced by O’Donnell, who is vastly unqualified and would quickly lose the general. I hate Castle as much as the next guy, but two wrongs don’t make a right.

KingGold on August 31, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Your attitude is Chamberlain-esque. If you cant see that having Castle win the general is the same as a loss, you must be with Operation Cornyn.

Western_Civ on August 31, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Castle just better hope Palin doesn’t endorse in the race.

just saying….

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 10:03 PM

And here we are in the desert still stuck with McCain. Oh, the humanity.

exdeadhead on August 31, 2010 at 10:04 PM

KingGold on August 31, 2010 at 10:02 PM

how’s that view from vichy france?

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 10:05 PM

Sarah Palin said on OReilly that we (the US) would have to offer immigration reform at some point, which would allow those illegals who came forward to obtain work permits and legal status. Those who did not come forward, or were guilty of other crimes, would be deported.

Citizenship was not mentioned, but come on, it would be inevitable at some point. If you can’t toss illegals now, you sure as hell wont toss them in 5 years, or 10.

Sarah Palin needs to get real on immigration. Illegals must not be given legal status of any kind.

Then we can have a debate about how many legals we’d like to admit.

That said, all the other R candidates as of now, and as far as I know, are no better, or a good bit worse, than Palin on this issue.

rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010 at 10:06 PM

Western_Civ on August 31, 2010 at 10:03 PM

No, I’m not with Operation Cornyn. I did, however, support all the conservative challengers that could win the general. All of them can, with the possible exception of Chuck DeVore, because he had no money. Angle is a wash because her target is so big, but Delaware is exactly the kind of state the national party writes off if Castle gets bounced. Don’t complain to me, because John Cornyn can read a poll and a newspaper just as well as I can, and he knows O’Donnell’s poison.

KingGold on August 31, 2010 at 10:07 PM

And here we are in the desert still stuck with McCain. Oh, the humanity.

exdeadhead on August 31, 2010 at 10:04 PM

IMO if anyone other than JD ran McCain would have lost. I do feel for you. we got burr who is just about as bad as McCain. burr just does it behind the curtain…

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 10:07 PM

I’m praying we here in Ca. can get rid of Boxer.

sandee on August 31, 2010 at 10:08 PM

Anyway, Murk losing is almost like picking up a seat, same with Bennet losing, and it would have been almost like winning a seat had McCain been tossed.

Oh well.

O Donnell, I don’t know. Castle will be an awful senator, worse than Brown, probably, but O Donnell, I just dont know.

Alas.

Some reason to celebrate already this season, but plenty of alarm bells too.

I believe the country will be badly hurt by McCain winning his primary.

We will see.

rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010 at 10:10 PM

rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010 at 10:06 PM

I don’t remember that interview you have a link? I do remember her defending AZ SB1030 before any other candidate and I remember her having Jan Brewer’s back when the establishment wanted to give her to Obama….

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 10:11 PM

sandee on August 31, 2010 at 10:08 PM

So is the rest of the country.

milwife88 on August 31, 2010 at 10:13 PM

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 10:07 PM

You’re in North Carolina? That does it. You need to learn to count your blessings, man. I live in New York.

Every single one of our constitutionally-mandated statewide offices is up for election this year. Know how many the GOP can win right now? Zero. We have conservative candidates aplenty, but nobody with statewide appeal. Giuliani and Pataki both took a pass this year.

I’d kill for a Mike Castle here, because even though I’d hate him, he’d at least be a member of my own party. We have no moderates who can win here, and for that reason, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand will sail to re-election, and our governorship will be handed to King Cuomo II.

KingGold on August 31, 2010 at 10:13 PM

Don’t complain to me, because John Cornyn can read a poll and a newspaper just as well as I can, and he knows O’Donnell’s poison.

KingGold on August 31, 2010 at 10:07 PM

John cornyn read the polls in AK and the newspapers saying Lisa was going to win and miller was a loser…..just saying….If you make your decisions based on polls and articles made by left wing media you might have the wrong news and wrong facts….

I’m sure no lefty wants O’Donnel and will be thrilled with a Castle win. Not that the media would ever ever write articles and commissioned polls to throw an election a way they want….

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Congrats to Miller. It’s after 10:15pm still no word from Sen. Murkowski. Hope she’s gracious and concedes defeat tonight so that nominee Miller can concentrate on winning this November.

eaglewingz08 on August 31, 2010 at 10:15 PM

SamFeistCNN‎: CNN’s Shannon Travis in Anchorage has confirmed that Sen. Lisa Murkowski will concede tonight.

LurkerDood on August 31, 2010 at 10:16 PM

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 10:07 PM
You’re in North Carolina?
KingGold on August 31, 2010 at 10:13 PM

Best of luck with the storm, unseen !!

pambi on August 31, 2010 at 10:17 PM

The Miller-Murkowski election has broken Twitter. I am trying to follow Joe Miller, Ace, Stacy McCain, et al, and I keep getting the “over capacity” message.

Terrie on August 31, 2010 at 10:20 PM

yes, Palin is great on securing the border, but she is still messing with legal status for illegals.

And the words “immigration reform” are a big flashing red light.

O Reilly (interrupts) Yeah, the people watching this program have it. We have it. We assume that you – as president – would secure the border. I’ve confidence you would do that. But now you have to look into it. Alright and you’ve got 12 million people staring at you. What are you going to have them do?

Palin: You’re not going to give them a free pass.You’re not going to say – ok – you and, ah, anybody else who wants to scree across this porous border between now and when we do finally get it fenced in and physically secure – we’re going to give you a free pass. And just because you’ve broken laws in the past know we can trust you…

O Reilly: (interrupts) Alright , no amnesty.

Palin: No – no amnesty – which means

O Reilly: (interrupts) But what do you do with these folks? Do you make them register with the federal government? Do you tell them they have sixty days to get outta here before we put you in jail? What do we do with them?

Palin: Do we make them register with the Federal government? Yes, we do. We have to

O Reilly. (interrupts) Yes, so we know who they, where they are…

Palin: Yes, exactly. So in answer to that question, absolutely. We ‘re not giving them a free pass. We’re not going to reward the bad behavior.

O Reilly: (interrupts) Alright, So you don’t reward the bad behavior. You make them register with the federal government. Say you give them sixty days to register with the fed gov., there’s a form at the Post Office they have to send like a census form, alright. Say they don’t do it? Alright.

Palin: You deport them.

O Reilly: (interrupts) Ok so After a period of time, the ones that don’t cooperate then you catch them, they’re gone. Now you have these people that register. You are going to have millions of them. Then they register and they say – ok we obeyed what President Palin told us to do -then what? – do you give them green cards to work right away, what do you do with them?

Palin: You know there has to be that expectation that they will work and that they will contribute. Bill, It makes me uncomfortable that we’re even going down that path so far when …

O Reilly: (interrupts)You have to though.

Palin: No, no

O Reilly: (interrupts) You have to go down that path, it’s gonna come up.

Palin: No. American citizens who are – who are here lawfully – they need to be the ones with the first shot at getting these jobs. We cannot make it easy on those who have chosen to be illegal – illegally here, to disobey our laws. No!

O Reilly: No, we can’t make it easy, but they’re here and we can’t starve them to death. And If they can’t work, if they don’t have a green card to work, ah, they’re gonna be hosed. I mean they gotta pay rent, they gotta buy groceries, this, that and the other thing. I mean this is where it gets very complicated, Governor. You know it gets very, very complicated – because you are rewarding bad behavior. You let them stay in the United States because they came in illegally.

Palin: Then let’s keep it, then, then we won’t complicate it any more. Let’s keep it simple. And let’s say no that if you are here illegally, if you don’t follow the steps that at some point in immigration reform that we are going to be able to provide that will allow you somehow to be able to work – if you are not going to do that, then you will be deported. You will be gone.

http://www.examiner.com/political-buzz-in-dallas/illegal-immigration-o-reilly-batters-sarah-palin-on-amnesty-vs-solutions-video-transcript

rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010 at 10:21 PM

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