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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KingGold on August 31, 2010 at 10:13 PM

Nc is controlled by dems the house the senate the govenrorship most of the congressional seats and one seante seat. NC is a big democratic state. Taxes are the highest around the area. what the dems have done to this state in the last 15 years would bring tears to most people’s eyes. NC will usally vote GOP at the POTUS because of social and military issues and Senate level but dems control the state gov.

we might have a chance to win back one house this year but the dems will control the redistrubution next year so…it doesn’t look good.

Most blame the yankees for moving down and bringing their liberal politcs with them. UNC and Cary give Berkely a run for their money

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 10:21 PM

Greta is reporting that Murkowski conceded.

Terrie on August 31, 2010 at 10:22 PM

Yeeeeehaaaaa MILLER TIME!

dhunter on August 31, 2010 at 10:22 PM

It is done!

IrishEi on August 31, 2010 at 10:22 PM

Greta just confirmed, Miller wins. Lisa concedes.

clement on August 31, 2010 at 10:22 PM

Great Scott!

Immolate on August 31, 2010 at 10:22 PM

Greta is on it, it’s done!

Maquis on August 31, 2010 at 10:22 PM

Pretty exciting … getting rid of a corrupt Republican!

Let’s not forget – her DAD appointed her to this seat.

She also got caught taking a bribe in the form of real estate – when caught – she sold it back.

And she’s a PORK QUEEN.

HondaV65 on August 31, 2010 at 10:23 PM

w00t!

KSgop on August 31, 2010 at 10:23 PM

Greta says she concedes.

HondaV65 on August 31, 2010 at 10:23 PM

So there you have it, Sarah is for immigration reform, and for letting millions of illegals stay and work in this country, taking jobs from Americans and living off the state for benefits.

Awful.

Sarah, get real on this issue, and you can win the WH.

rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010 at 10:23 PM

Best of luck with the storm, unseen !!

pambi on August 31, 2010 at 10:17 PM

thanks about 200mi from coast but if it comes inland we usally lose power for a week or more not to mention all the trees we have to cut to get out of the driveway and to the store..

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 10:23 PM

Wow apparently she called Miller and conceded. XLNT!!!

JonPrichard on August 31, 2010 at 10:23 PM

Congrats to Joe Miller!

rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010 at 10:23 PM

Miller Time…

… Indeed!!!

Seven Percent Solution on August 31, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Greta just announced that Murkowski has conceded. Rove commenting as I type. Yahoo!

marybel on August 31, 2010 at 10:24 PM

HUMPBOT!!! HUMPBOT!!!! HUMPBOT!!!

peace tomorrow!

kringeesmom on August 31, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Whoa, is this wave larger than we thought?

Kini on August 31, 2010 at 10:24 PM

She’s out!

roy_batty on August 31, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Murkowski has conceded. Sarah wins again!

Willie on August 31, 2010 at 10:25 PM

The reality is this: there is a chance that the GOP might take the Senate.

If so, it won’t get there by much, and a Mike Castle might be that 51st seat.

At 51 you get the chairs, you get to do a lot of things you can’t do at 49.

Worth the risk?

JEM on August 31, 2010 at 10:25 PM

I almost feel bad for Murkowski. She had *no* idea this was coming.

almost

NoStoppingUs on August 31, 2010 at 10:26 PM

Screw peace. Bring on the humpy one.

Monica on August 31, 2010 at 10:26 PM

Ciao Lisa.

Republican on August 31, 2010 at 10:27 PM

Relief. Big sigh of.

Bob's Kid on August 31, 2010 at 10:28 PM

Oh come on, Allah. This is humpbot-worthy. A little somethin’ to tide us over until November, okay. What do you say?

DrStock on August 31, 2010 at 10:28 PM

See Ya, Lisa. Good Riddance!!

GO JOE GO!!!

Dan Pet on August 31, 2010 at 10:28 PM

FoxNews: she’s conceded !
Whew !

pambi on August 31, 2010 at 10:28 PM

Wait until she opens her mouth and spews venom in Palin’s direction… that’ll be rich.

Republican on August 31, 2010 at 10:28 PM

rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010 at 10:21 PM

and the problem? seems about the most detailed view I’ve seen so far. Palin is the first national candidate that has said deport them.

Hell of alot better then the immigration bill they tried to pass a couple years ago.

People that want to follow the law and assimalate into our culture and follow the american dream I have no problem with them in the country. Whatever their color, sex, religion etc.

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 10:30 PM

Is this big enough news for someone to PLEASE
explain the humpbot deal ? LOL
Guess I’ve been late to that party… I wanna know !
:-)

pambi on August 31, 2010 at 10:30 PM

She conceded. Show some grace until she does or says something to deserve scorn. If I write the script, she concedes and then endorses Miller, so she’s following the script for now. No need to provoke her.

Congratulations Chuck… err Scott Miller!

Immolate on August 31, 2010 at 10:30 PM

Utter nonsense.

victor82 on August 31, 2010 at 8:19 PM

Huh? I’m not from Alaska, but it seems reasonable enough that Murkowski could win the Senate seat from a Democrat in 2014, as opposed to taking the governorship from a popular incumbent Republican.

year_of_the_dingo on August 31, 2010 at 10:30 PM

Congratulations to Joe Miller!

Onward to the General election!

wren on August 31, 2010 at 10:31 PM

Not humpbot, but it is kind of robotic and will haunt your nightmares.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T09iknuzDlw

Hey hey hey

Asher on August 31, 2010 at 10:31 PM

Palin slayed Father & Daughter lol…

LurkerDood on August 31, 2010 at 10:31 PM

Thanks to Sarah Palin for this, and Joe, don’t let us down, please.

No Scott Brown RINO action up there in AK, PLEASE!….

rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010 at 10:31 PM

One Alaskan pollster once said, “Alaska’s landscape is littered with the bodies of politicians who have crossed Sarah Palin.” It appears Lisa is the most recent corpse (corps as Obama would say).

bw222 on August 31, 2010 at 10:32 PM

At 51 you get the chairs, you get to do a lot of things you can’t do at 49.

Worth the risk?

JEM on August 31, 2010 at 10:25 PM

considering that you need 66 to overturn the veto pen of Obama? I say no. better to be the spunky underdog saying No then the defecto head unable to do anything

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 10:32 PM

I almost feel bad for Murkowski. She had *no* idea this was coming.

almost

NoStoppingUs on August 31, 2010 at 10:26 PM

I’m surprised to find myself agreeing with this. Seriously, can anyone sober put this in perspective — most out-of-the-blue upset in this election season since Scott Brown?

LastRick on August 31, 2010 at 10:33 PM

Whoa, is this wave larger than we thought?

Kini on August 31, 2010 at 10:24 PM

This wave is shaping up to be really, really big. And Palin is going to ride it.

Missy on August 31, 2010 at 10:33 PM

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.

Ace broke out the pudding and the skull o’ flames. We need a second tier video for occasions such as these.

Any ideas?

Terrie on August 31, 2010 at 10:34 PM

upinak is not a happy camper tonight.

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 10:35 PM

Congrats to Joe Miller.

A major hurdle has been crossed. Lets us proceed to Nov.

hawkman on August 31, 2010 at 10:36 PM

I can wait until November for Humpbot.

Red Cloud on August 31, 2010 at 10:36 PM

Palin is laughing her sweet ass off!!!!

THE CHOSEN ONE on August 31, 2010 at 10:36 PM

This wave is shaping up to be really, really big. And Palin is going to ride it.

Missy on August 31, 2010 at 10:33 PM

Palin says its the miracle on ice…

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 10:36 PM

Worth the risk?

JEM on August 31, 2010 at 10:25 PM

Well the Majority Leader is able to control the agenda. And 51 gets us a Majority Leader.

BUT …

That majority leader would be MITCH MCCONNEL … sorry if I seem less than enthusiastic about that prospect.

I think a Tea Party “truce” could be called here if it were agreed that DeMint would be allowed to become speaker instead of McConnell.

If that deal happens – then Castle is my best friend!

But that’s not what the establishment wants. They want a liberal Republican because he’ll support them and they want control of all of the party reigns.

So I don’t give a damn about a Republican majority – if it’s led by Ayatollah McConnel and Ayatollah Cornyn.

HondaV65 on August 31, 2010 at 10:36 PM

and the problem? seems about the most detailed view I’ve seen so far. Palin is the first national candidate that has said deport them.

That’s right. But legal status for illegals has the potential to add millions of Dem voters to the rolls, and if you have checked lately, you know that we are not winning the electoral college by 15 states in Presidential elections lately. Very dangerous to be flirting with this policy.

Hell of alot better then the immigration bill they tried to pass a couple years ago.

Yes again. But better than crap is not good enough. The country is hanging by a thread. Birdies and Eagles are needed, not par..

People that want to follow the law and assimalate into our culture and follow the american dream I have no problem with them in the country. Whatever their color, sex, religion etc.

See above about Democrat voters. See the greater LA metro area for the assimilation part. And don’t forget, it not only destroys the country and locks the 2008 electoral college in place, it also slaps legal immigrants in the face for obeying the law.

No, sorry, no legal status for illegals at all, and Palin is wrong on this one, and its huge.

Other than that though, she is fantastic.

rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010 at 10:37 PM

Any ideas?

Terrie on August 31, 2010 at 10:34 PM

how about this one?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0W3ZXQqJWH8

milwife88 on August 31, 2010 at 10:37 PM

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

Some people just don’t want to accept the fact that she’s for amnesty in some shape form or fashion.

TxAnn56 on August 31, 2010 at 10:38 PM

HondaV65 on August 31, 2010 at 10:36 PM

I can agree with that. give us Demint and the RINO’s can have Castle. I see no problem with that truce at all.

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 10:39 PM

KingGold on August 31, 2010 at 10:07 PM

KingGold, how about dreaming a little? Not that Scott Brown is Jim DeMint, but I bet you thought the polls had him beat, too. We have a long slog to go, and we make headway every day, UNLESS DEFEATISTS LIKE YOU OPEN THE PARACHUTE TOO SOON. C’mon, get in the game. Open your checkbook to Christine2010. I went through Delaware on my way back from 8/28. Everyone I talked to is psyched to get rid of Castle. The Republican primary only takes 19,000 votes to win there. Then we can worry about winning the general. And we can win. Dontcha think? Screw Cornyn. Screw Steele. Screw the GOP country club. Unless you like caddying for RINOs.

Oh and what unseen says:

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

Western_Civ on August 31, 2010 at 10:40 PM

Update of the update of the update:
Murkowski has conceded.
Palin – 2
Murkowski – 0

lonestar1 on August 31, 2010 at 10:41 PM

Break it out, AP, this will drive the MSM crazy…and perhaps a few RINO unbelievers. Humpbot Now!

I am not a racist on August 31, 2010 at 10:41 PM

HondaV65 on August 31, 2010 at 10:36 PM

Funny thing, that – by my calculations, one of the conservative stalwarts would actually be able to launch a credible challenge to McConnell’s leadership. Think Mike Crapo or Tom Coburn. The conservatives would have about 20 senators after this new crop is elected, the libs would have about 23. That leaves up to ten fence sitters – neither conservatives nor ruling-class appropriators – who could swing the balance. They might not go for DeMint, but they might go for Coburn – get my drift?

KingGold on August 31, 2010 at 10:42 PM

RINOs are always a problem. Hunt them down, show no mercy, they don’t care about us, why should we care about them?

And they started it.

Down with Rinos.

We won’t get them all, nor even most, this year, but we will get most of them eventually.

tick tock, RINOs

rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010 at 10:42 PM

Rove called the loss the end of a dynasty!
If so good riddance.
Sarah pounded the nail in the coffin of a corrupt dynasty. Yet they live behind the scenes and it will be interesting to see if they try to sabatoge her.
Rove sounded less than enthusiastic as I can imagine he might. I get the impression he is more DC insider and center left repub than a conservative.

The beltway elites fear Sarah! It is there below the surface as they fear she will tear their good old boy, you scratch my back I’ll scratch yours, playhouse down. She will break their piggy bank filled with taxpayer dollars.

dhunter on August 31, 2010 at 10:43 PM

I do believe that WE ThE PEOPLE are back in charge.

pbatl on August 31, 2010 at 10:43 PM

Message to the White House

Re: Sarah Palin

Be afraid Barack. Be very very afraid. November 2012.

Republican on August 31, 2010 at 10:43 PM

Hmmm… I have to admit to smiling broadly when hearing the news. I’d rather see the peaceful expulsion of statists, RINOs, and ineffective fiscal conservatives from the ranks of Congress than to have to stage another American revolution in 20-30 years time.

Okay, assuming that 2010 works out well for the GOP, 2012 is going to be interesting to see who has the fire in the belly to restore the nation to its Constitutional roots. I already have my favorites, but no matter who wins during the primary, staying home is NOT an option during the presidential election cycle.

Meanwhile, back in 2010, I expect Murkowski to sit on her hands and not support Miller in the fall campaign. It would be really really sportsmanlike of her to do otherwise, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she just stays in D.C. and ride out her term padding the pocketbook for maximum effect.

itzWicks on August 31, 2010 at 10:43 PM

Woo Hoo!

csThor on August 31, 2010 at 10:44 PM

Saraaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!

SilentWatcher on August 31, 2010 at 10:45 PM

Other than that though, she is fantastic.

rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010 at 10:37 PM

I understand your concern about dem voters. It is a serious concern. However i think conservatives can make inroads on them if we adhere to the conservative messag eof pro-life ( most are catholic) pro-family, work ethic, low taxes smaller governmet, law and order.

and if done right it will be years maybe a decade before they can vote and by that time they will be absorbed in the american culture. hopefully.

Like I said Palin’s policy is better than all others as of now. holding out for the perfect is a good way to get nothing. it’s an issue that will not allow itself to be kicked down the road much longer. If not Palin’s way it will be McCain’s or Obama’s out of the three I’ll take Palin’s or a policy passed by a conservative house and Senate.

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 10:45 PM

Wow! This is great news! Keep picking ‘em, Sarah.

Mirimichi on August 31, 2010 at 10:45 PM

KingGold, how about dreaming a little?
Western_Civ on August 31, 2010 at 10:40 PM

I’ve been to Delaware. Delaware is where dreams go to die.

This is the Joe Biden state, where plagiarism gets you re-elected, and every Republican official kissed the feet of Pete du Pont. The last, best senator we had from there was Bill Roth, and Carper (who has his seat now) played the Old Card on him. It works for them, but not for us (see Byrd, Robert C).

KingGold on August 31, 2010 at 10:46 PM

Yippeeee! I was scarrrred, there fer a while.

petefrt on August 31, 2010 at 10:47 PM

Rove sounded less than enthusiastic as I can imagine he might. I get the impression he is more DC insider and center left repub than a conservative.

Whatever gave you that idea? lol.

Was it:

1 His love of amnesty for 20 million 2:1 Dem voters?
2 His massive entitlement expansion with Medicare D?
3 His loss of congress in 2006, with Bush going on Rush to beg for votes after he’d laughed at him for 5 years?
4 His failure to seriously address a budget that went from 2 trillion to 3.1 trillion in 8 years?

Yeah, I have no idea where you got that idea about Rove, heh. None at all.

rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010 at 10:48 PM

This is a big f***ing deal!

~ Joe Biden

gary4205 on August 31, 2010 at 10:48 PM

They might not go for DeMint, but they might go for Coburn – get my drift?

KingGold on August 31, 2010 at 10:42 PM

I don’t trust it – and I don’t really trust Coburn (though I really don’t know much about him).

All I know – is that a majority won’t matter aside from getting us a MAJORITY LEADER. We won’t have enough with a simple majority to overturn Obamacare – and we can cause gridlock with 49 – which is all we’ll do with 51.

So … If I have to choose between a MAJORITY with McConnell in charge – or a slight MINORITY with DeMINT in charge – I’ll take the Minority status because DeMINT gets the party SOOOOO much farther down the road as we glide into 2012.

I mean, come on – after all the energy the Tea Party put into this election we’re going to reward them with Mitch McConnell as Majority Leader? He’s the guy that’s going to keep them “enthused” through the 2012 elections? Please – that would be like throwing cold water on an amorous dog.

HondaV65 on August 31, 2010 at 10:48 PM

Congratulations Alaska!

Kenosha Kid on August 31, 2010 at 10:48 PM

Rove called the loss the end of a dynasty!

dhunter on August 31, 2010 at 10:43 PM

he got it half right. the end of one the beginning of another. Palin’s influence in AK will be around for decades. Esp if her policies and views continue to benefit AK like they have been since 2007. the oil companies will not be pleased and the corrupt GOP in AK are in fear right now. i would imagine sinc eLisa lost some of thos epeople that she was protecting will find investigations being started etc….

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 10:48 PM

This history stuff is pretty fun to watch. I hope it has a happy ending in 2012, for my kids sake.

petunia on August 31, 2010 at 10:50 PM

LOL … TEAM SARAH is already all over this …

A message to all members of Team Sarah

Team,

BREAKING NEWS:

Lisa Murkowski, the incumbent, has conceded to Joe Miller for the Alaska Senate seat!

HondaV65 on August 31, 2010 at 10:50 PM

They might not go for DeMint, but they might go for Coburn – get my drift?

KingGold on August 31, 2010 at 10:42 PM

I would even be happy with that. Coburn talks a good game his votes are another matter but at least he is more conservative that mitch.

Mitch has been repudiated by the voters. I would doubt if Lisa and beenett’;s loss does not hurt him. If he loses Castle his days are numbered…

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 10:50 PM

However i think conservatives can make inroads on them if we adhere to the conservative messag eof pro-life ( most are catholic) pro-family, work ethic, low taxes smaller governmet, law and order.

and if done right it will be years maybe a decade before they can vote and by that time they will be absorbed in the american culture. hopefully.

No, they have not voted less than 2:1 Dem since records on this began in the 60s.

What is this “hopefully”? We will need a lot more than “hopefully” to win elections and fix the country. Looat at 2000, and 2004, we won by 537 and 108,000 votes.

Not a lot of room to screw around will millions of illegals voting.

Enforce the laws that already exist, where the legal framework and authority is already in place.

Wake up amnesty supporters, Sarah, you too.

rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010 at 10:51 PM

HondaV65 on August 31, 2010 at 10:48 PM

agreed again

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 10:52 PM

RE: Humpbot Tier II -

I would LOVE to see that animated cartoon with the donkey and the elephant in the wood shed, then out pops their spawn. I have searched high and low for it but I CANNOT FIND IT IN THE ARCHIVES!!!
Anyone have a clue for someone without one???

Yellowdog12 on August 31, 2010 at 10:52 PM

Yeah, I have no idea where you got that idea about Rove, heh. None at all.

rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010 at 10:48 PM

ALL THAT plus the fact neither he nor W. would hit back would fight back against the horrible lies and the incredible damage that was done by the lefties to the warriors who put their lives on the line.
The harriet Myers, the drug plan that opened the door for Obamacare that too!

dhunter on August 31, 2010 at 10:52 PM

Havent been following this one. As for this:

“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.

I dont think it’s an either or. If it was I’d agree with you. Whoever you are.

Dash on August 31, 2010 at 10:53 PM

Anyway, thanks to Sarah Palin for this victory, and please Senator Miller, please don’t go RINO on us.

Life, Liberty, property, and equality before the law. Amen.

rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010 at 10:53 PM

Palin is keynote speaker at the Iowa State GOP’s annual Ronald Reagan Dinner September 17. Why’s Palin going to Iowa? Need corn to serve with Todd’s mooseburgers?

bw222 on August 31, 2010 at 10:53 PM

For all of you Eeyores fretting about Delaware, STOP IT.

If Scott Brown can win “Teddy’s seat” and Joe can win “Daddy’s Girl’s seat” You can bet your ass Christine O’Donnell can go RINO hunting and win “Joe Biden’s seat.”

Of course, you can win unless you have the guts to fight!

gary4205 on August 31, 2010 at 10:54 PM

dhunter on August 31, 2010 at 10:52 PM

yep, horrible.

rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010 at 10:55 PM

Dude.

El_Terrible on August 31, 2010 at 10:55 PM

No, they have not voted less than 2:1 Dem since records on this began in the 60s.
rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010 at 10:51 PM

what reason have they had to vote for the GOP since 1960? none. give them reasons and they vote for you.

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 10:55 PM

She’s out!

roy_batty on August 31, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Finally.

Zorro on August 31, 2010 at 10:56 PM

I think I need another dose of that Slate article… delicious.

El_Terrible on August 31, 2010 at 10:57 PM

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 10:50 PM

I suspect we’re coming to a middle ground on this. I don’t like Mitch McConnell (I think he’s an ineffective boob who’s more concerned with cronyism than conservatism) and I like Castle even less. The great thing is, my calculations (admittedly shoddy and full of guesswork) include Castle.

Here’s the idea: Win a majority, which includes Castle, and then Coburn (or someone else) challenges McConnell – and wins. We get a majority with conservative leadership, and the influence of Snowe, Collins, Brown, and Castle vanishes in an instant. No McConnell, no squish power! It’s a wonderful thing.

KingGold on August 31, 2010 at 10:58 PM

what happens if you give a national speech from the oval office and nobody cares. Instead they watch a senate primary race in AK?

Nothing else to me says how far Obama has fallen…

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 10:59 PM

Hi Barry,

Sarah Palin.

Your pal,
petefrt

petefrt on August 31, 2010 at 10:59 PM

People need to start thinking about what a Senate “majority” can do – and … it’s not much …

The only way we can fix the nation with a majority – is with 75 Senators – two thirds being required to overturn Obama’s veto’s.

Without that – you have a simple majority that will pass legislation – and it’ll be vetoed by Obama.

This doesn’t mean that a majority isn’t desirable – it can be – because it gets us a MAJORITY LEADER – and a guy who can control the agenda of the Senate.

But … if that guy is Mitch McConnell – who is the logical “heir” to this position – what does that get us?

It gets us a pretty good “parliamentarian” but doesn’t put a Conservative in charge of our caucus. It doesn’t give us an inspirational leader – it doesn’t even really get us a REAL Conservative – and it maintains the “establishment” status quo wrt Party leadership. Make no mistake – we are fighting the 2010 elections with one arm tied behind our backs because the establishment is screwing up – just look at the RNC and the NRSC.

THAT HAS TO CHANGE IF WE WANT TO TAKE BACK THE WHITE HOUSE IN 2012.

Soooo … you can elect Castle – and that might get us a majority, and he’s an extreme RINO and … he will vote for McConnel as Majority Leader – this will remove all the air from the enthusiasm balloon we’re riding now.

Or … without Castle’s vote for McConnell – we have a minority maybe but with DeMint in charge. This keeps the enthusiasm going – and it doesn’t kill our ability to cause gridlock one bit – and remember – that’s the best we can hope for unless we get 75 – and that is impossible.

HondaV65 on August 31, 2010 at 11:00 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.

We let RINOs run things for the last 15 to 20 years(with some good conservatives tucked in) and they took the country down the borrow and spend path(as opposed to the tax and spend of the demos) and we end up at our current depression recession recovery. They gave us the conditions that gave us BHO. Why would we let them continue to aid and abet in the destruction of our Constitution and country.

Corsair on August 31, 2010 at 11:00 PM

I’ve been to Delaware. Delaware is where dreams go to die.

This is the Joe Biden state, where plagiarism gets you re-elected, and every Republican official kissed the feet of Pete du Pont. The last, best senator we had from there was Bill Roth, and Carper (who has his seat now) played the Old Card on him. It works for them, but not for us (see Byrd, Robert C).

KingGold on August 31, 2010 at 10:46 PM

Then why did Beau Biden drop out of the senate race (Jan 2010)?

TN Mom on August 31, 2010 at 11:00 PM

petefrt on August 31, 2010 at 10:59 PM

OK, this is funny…it’s like knocking on the door and opening before anyone can answer it, poking your head inside and saying “boogie man”, close door, open door, “boogie man”, close door, open door…etc.

Yellowdog12 on August 31, 2010 at 11:04 PM

KingGold on August 31, 2010 at 10:58 PM

yeah i could go for that but the fact is a Castle victory strengths Mitch’s hand. we will have anywhere between 41 and 50 senators come Jan 2011. Meaning that Mitch will need around 21 to 26 votes to retain his leadership. Demint is gaining power but I doubt he has the votes.

Carly will vote for mitch so will Rossi as well as mike Lee We might get Paul, Angle, ,miller.

rubio will vote for Mitch since he is Jeb’s man. burr will vote for Mitch as well as cornyn, grasley, mccain chamblis snow, sollins, brown, portman, toomey etc.

Now if mitch losses face by losses of Lisa, Bennett, Castle he might be in bad shape come Jan….

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 11:05 PM

TN Mom on August 31, 2010 at 11:00 PM

I’ve actually heard three theories on this.

1) He’s not fit to serve. He had a mild stroke not long after he dropped out, remember.

2) He was deathly afraid of oppo. Erick Erickson caught wind of this one and I heard some confirming info. Biden’s AG office fumbled a child sex abuse case pretty spectacularly, and Delawareans would have definitely been informed.

3) He didn’t want the major political setback of losing the race – once Castle got involved.

KingGold on August 31, 2010 at 11:05 PM

The pudding cups have arrived at last.

Brian1972 on August 31, 2010 at 11:05 PM

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