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

rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010 at 10:53 PM

There are plenty of people skeptical of Sarah Palin who also voted for Miller. It is strange to attribute so much.

AshleyTKing on August 31, 2010 at 11:06 PM

HondaV65 on August 31, 2010 at 11:00 PM

2/3rds is 67 not 75 that’s 3/4ths but the rest I agree with.

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 11:06 PM

I agree with Honda on Castle.

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

What an alarming statement. You mean PANDER to them? Why can’t they vote GOP for the same reason everyone else does, (ideally at least) for small government and liberty?

Does it not suggest a problem, if that doesn’t work?

By the way, how did McCain’s pandering to the Hispanics work out?

Oh yeah: 2:1 Dem.

rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010 at 11:07 PM

Miller, Joe REP 52988 50.78%
Murkowski, Lisa REP 51358 49.22%

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 11:08 PM

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Senator Murkowski for conceding gracefully.

motionview on August 31, 2010 at 11:09 PM

unseen:

You’re a good man and I don’t want to fight with you. I’d ask that you consider that legal status for tens of millions of illegals, given what we know now and how thin our electoral margins were in 2000 and 2004, is literally playing with fire.

rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010 at 11:10 PM

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

What’s the possibility that Palin got an agreement from everyone she endorsed … including Fiorina – that they’d vote for a real Conservative for Majority Leader if they got elected in return for her endo?

With anyone else – I’d say the chances are ZERO … ZERO that they’d actually secure a commitment from the candidate like that.

But … knowing Sarah Palin – I wonder if maybe she doesn’t think several moves ahead and maybe … she got that kind of commitment.

HondaV65 on August 31, 2010 at 11:10 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

That’s becuase she gets it that demographics don’t work in our favour and only some seriously deluded people could believe that deporting the illegals currently in the country is the solution. Amnesty is. No one can realistically think that the US can deport 16 million illegals unless they are seriously divorced from reality. If she is for amnesty all the better, a lot of the Latinos actually sport conservative values, so it’s not a given that the next generations of Latinos will vote Dem en masse, especially if there will be no reason to perceive the Reps as ‘the enemy’…

jimver on August 31, 2010 at 11:10 PM

motionview on August 31, 2010 at 11:09 PM

Yes, very true. Thanks for not pulling a Crist.

rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010 at 11:10 PM

Sen. Jim DeMint gets it:

“I want to congratulate Joe Miller on his remarkable victory tonight and offer him my full support,” said Senator DeMint. “He pulled off the upset victory of the year because he ran on principles and because Alaskans, like all Americans, want to stop to the massive spending, bailouts, and debt that are bankrupting our country.”I applaud Senator Murkowski for gracefully conceding this race and for doing her part to help Republicans in Alaska move forward.

“Joe Miller’s victory should be a wake-up call to politicians who go to Washington to bring home the bacon. Voters are saying ‘We’re not willing to bankrupt the country to benefit ourselves.’”Now it’s time for Republicans to unite behind Joe Miller and help him win this important race in November. I’m proud to announce that the Senate Conservatives Fund will add Joe Miller to its list of endorsed candidates, and will immediately begin working to raise support for his campaign.”

Terrie on August 31, 2010 at 11:11 PM

2/3 of 100 = 67
3/4 or 100 = 75…

McConnell is worthless and weak. He struck a deal with Reid to go home for Christmas instead of staying put and fighting against obamacare. McConnell’s handpicked candidate LOST to RAND PAUL in the Ken tuck ee Senate primary…It’s time for new leadership in the Senate and that INCLUDES Cornyn as head of the NRSC!…

Gohawgs on August 31, 2010 at 11:11 PM

HondaV65 on August 31, 2010 at 11:00 PM

2/3rds is 67 not 75 that’s 3/4ths but the rest I agree with.

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 11:06 PM

CRAP! I always suxxored at fractions! :P

HondaV65 on August 31, 2010 at 11:12 PM

What an alarming statement. You mean PANDER to them? Why can’t they vote GOP for the same reason everyone else does, (ideally at least) for small government and liberty?
rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010 at 11:07 PM

No that is what the right has tried to do over the last 20 years. but as I said before when you offer someone $5 for their vote the dems will offer $10. you can not compete with them on a pandering level.

Offer them law and order, pro-life, pro-family policies, lower taxes, private property rights, attack the gangs, attack the human sumgglers, attack the lawless, the drug dealers, offer them a seat at the table……none of which is pandering..

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 11:12 PM

McConnell is worthless and weak. He struck a deal with Reid to go home for Christmas instead of staying put and fighting against obamacare. McConnell’s handpicked candidate LOST to RAND PAUL in the Ken tuck ee Senate primary…It’s time for new leadership in the Senate and that INCLUDES Cornyn as head of the NRSC!…

Gohawgs on August 31, 2010 at 11:11 PM

the deal he struck required him to make brown not claim his seat after the election so brown would not have to vote on the increase in the national debt ceiling. The 60-40 vote on the debt limit was all show. The GOP could have stopped the spending in Jan if they wanted but Mitch wanted to show they were tough on spending. so he gave reid the Christmas favor in exchange for nothing but show…..

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 11:15 PM

If she is for amnesty all the better, a lot of the Latinos actually sport conservative values, so it’s not a given that the next generations of Latinos will vote Dem en masse, especially if there will be no reason to perceive the Reps as ‘the enemy’…

Wow, you’re really out to lunch on this. Latinos have voted Dem by 2:1 margins, and sometimes up to 4:1 since records began in the 60s.

Dole got 21% of them, for example.

If you think that 20 million 2:1 Dem voters, plus families, are a good thing for America, well I take my leave of you. You are not an ally but an opponent.

And bro, the legals who obeyed the law to come here, wouldn’t care for your approach, either.

rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010 at 11:15 PM

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

milwife88 on August 31, 2010 at 10:37 PM

I’m not sure that should be our Humpbot backup video, but it gave me a much needed laugh. Thank you for sharing.

Terrie on August 31, 2010 at 11:15 PM

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Senator Murkowski for conceding gracefully.

motionview on August 31, 2010 at 11:09 PM

I second that.

Vashta.Nerada on August 31, 2010 at 11:16 PM

Here’s to January 20, 2013 The End of an Error!

fbcmusicman on August 31, 2010 at 11:16 PM

Terrie on August 31, 2010 at 11:11 PM

NICE!!!!

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 11:16 PM

Offer them law and order, pro-life, pro-family policies, lower taxes, private property rights, attack the gangs, attack the human sumgglers, attack the lawless, the drug dealers, offer them a seat at the table……none of which is pandering..

For the legal immigrants? They already have this, and they still vote Dem by large margins.

For the illegals? You want to offer voting rights to millions of illegals, who we know will vote at least 2:1 Dem, because they have for 40 years?

That is your plan?

I’ll pass. thanks though.

rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010 at 11:17 PM

Has she announced her support for Miller, pushing her voters his way? Anything about in indie run?

Bishop on August 31, 2010 at 11:18 PM

This is the problem with so many on the right. Our side has the survival insticts of the turnip when it comes to the immigration issue.

Kind of like the left and their naivete on the foreign policy and energy issue.

We simply cannot take much more of this and survive.

rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010 at 11:20 PM

well, congats to Miller and goodnight all.

rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010 at 11:20 PM

No one can realistically think that the US can deport 16 million illegals unless they are seriously divorced from reality

So you’re a divorcee, are you?

We don’t need to deport anyone, not a single soul, not one. Simply deny illegals the rights of American citizenship and everything that entails including the right to work or get social benefits. They will leave on their own.

Bishop on August 31, 2010 at 11:21 PM

agree, no humpbot until 02Nov….

cmsinaz on August 31, 2010 at 11:21 PM

Lisa, you’re f*cking out.

Ian on August 31, 2010 at 11:22 PM

If Sarah Palin were for amnesty what was she doing on stage with Governor Jan Brewer in May coming out four-square behind the Arizona immigration plan.

Think about it, Brewer could have had anybody of the GOP persuasion on stage with her and she chooses for the role of riding shotgun a private citizen not from the state instead of a prominent sitting GOP politician from Arizona to give her moral and political support in backing stringent measures against illegal immigrants.

technopeasant on August 31, 2010 at 11:22 PM

1. Sarah Palin
2. ???
3. Profit !!!

faraway on August 31, 2010 at 11:24 PM

It’s Miller Time!

Mojave Mark on August 31, 2010 at 11:25 PM

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.

Right genius. Speaker of Senate?

rightistliberal on August 31, 2010 at 11:26 PM

Murky is done…….ready to come back and run for Gov or Senator.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/08/31/sen-lisa-murkowski-concedes-alaska-primary-race-joe-miller/

PappyD61 on August 31, 2010 at 11:27 PM

A Republican who’s not interested in eating her own? Conceding for the good of the party?

Might have to take a look at that RINO tag. There may be hope for her yet. We have a Democrat in an Alaska Senate seat because Steven’s wouldn’t do what was best for the party. Not to speak ill of the dead, but that’s what happened.

If she’s not demanding a recount, gotta give her cool points for that. Perhaps she’ll learn from this and unseat the Democrat Senator next time around. And be more conservative on her next trip to DC.

She’s not the enemy.

Hog Wild on August 31, 2010 at 11:30 PM

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Senator Murkowski for conceding gracefully.

motionview on August 31, 2010 at 11:09 PM
I second that.

Vashta.Nerada on August 31, 2010 at 11:16 PM

I’ll third that,would much appreciate an endorsement now.

heshtesh on August 31, 2010 at 11:30 PM

We don’t need to deport anyone, not a single soul, not one. Simply deny illegals the rights of American citizenship and everything that entails including the right to work or get social benefits. They will leave on their own.

Bishop on August 31, 2010 at 11:21 PM

Starting with Social Security and ending with UNLIMITED emergency healthcare.
I am not talking about someone having a heart attack, I am talking about someone walking up with an ear ache. Put a band aid on it and ask if they want a free bus ride back to Mexico for their national health care.

barnone on August 31, 2010 at 11:30 PM

Be nice and thankful that Sen. Murkowski was gracious and timely.

Don’t celebrate until Nov. 2012 and beyond. These are serious times.

Now, to Delaware!

Schadenfreude on August 31, 2010 at 11:30 PM

No peace! Burn the bridge! Eat it up!

Mayhem on August 31, 2010 at 11:31 PM

rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010 at 11:15 PM

One of these days, someone is going to tell you the real reason why Republicans got votes in the past (and to a big extent, the present). Combine that with some of the comments you made on this thread, and your wife and kids will be ashamed at a “rightwingyahoo” who is incredibly naive.

BradSchwartze on August 31, 2010 at 11:33 PM

Alaska has a “sore loser” law. If you run as an independent, you must file before the state’s primary. So, Lisa cannot run as an independent. The Libertarians said no and Todd Palin’s buddies run the Alaska Independence Party. So, Lisa’a only hope is to run as a write-in.

bw222 on August 31, 2010 at 11:33 PM

Next RINO to oust in 2012 is Snowe! Scott D’Amboise is a Constitutionalist conservative running against her, and needs national support. After the November elections are over, please consider donating to his campaign. For obvious reasons, the Maine GOP will not support him.

ErinF on August 31, 2010 at 11:37 PM

barnone on August 31, 2010 at 11:30 PM

No drivers license, no legitimate job, no tuition, no food stamps, no voting, nothing.

In other words, enforce existing laws.

Bishop on August 31, 2010 at 11:39 PM

If Sarah Palin were for amnesty what was she doing on stage with Governor Jan Brewer in May coming out four-square behind the Arizona immigration plan.

Think about it, Brewer could have had anybody of the GOP persuasion on stage with her and she chooses for the role of riding shotgun

Yes but its not that simple. Look at the history of the debate.

First, McCain said we were bigots for not supporting SS payment to illegals.

Then Bush said see you at the bgill signing.

Then, they promised border security in exchange for amnesty.

Now, they are saying border security, and enforcement, and then a path to legal status for those who step forward.

The GOP and the Dems both, are dead set on offering some kind of legal status to illegals. They always throw it in at the end. And it wrecks the electoral college for us, when its already on a knife’s edge.

We are pushing them slowly to the right, Palin included, on the issue. Let’s keep pushing, and insist on no legal status for illegals. They must return home and get in line behind everyone already waiting.

Or we are electorally checkmated, plain and simple.

Push!

rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010 at 11:40 PM

BradSchwartze on August 31, 2010 at 11:33 PM

I will not debate with you, I’ve seen your posts. You are not conservative at all.

rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010 at 11:43 PM

via redstate:

This news is bigger than Lisa Murkowski. While Establishment Republicans will bristle at it, this is a near total kneecapping of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, not to mention another rejection of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Consider this inside baseball fact: McConnell has chosen as his loyal lieutenants at the leadership table Robert Bennett (R-UT), Judd Gregg (R-NH), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX).

Judd Gregg is retiring and McConnell sought to replace him with Trey Grayson of Kentucky. Grayson, however, lost to Rand Paul in the Kentucky GOP Primary.

Conservatives threw Bob Bennett out at the Utah GOP convention, replacing him with firebrand conservative Mike Lee.

Now Lisa Murkowski is defeated, like Bob Bennett, by conservative activists concerned by the fiscal drift of the Republican Party and the overall direction of the American republic.

Consider another fact: Conservatives, led by Jim DeMint and Sarah Palin, are potentially creating the most conservative Senate Republican Conference in the last thirty or so years: Sharron Angle, Ken Buck, Mike Lee, Joe Miller, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and Pat Toomey will be joining Jim DeMint, Tom Coburn, and David Vitter.

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 11:44 PM

Yes I will give Murkowski credit for not demanding a recount, but I still feel it’s a careerist move on her part. I respect her decision, but if it’s between her and Palin’s protege Parnell in 2014, I’m sure I wouldn’t be alone in cheering on Parnell.

Daemonocracy on August 31, 2010 at 11:47 PM

That’s becuase she gets it that demographics don’t work in our favour and only some seriously deluded people could believe that deporting the illegals currently in the country is the solution. Amnesty is. No one can realistically think that the US can deport 16 million illegals unless they are seriously divorced from reality. If she is for amnesty all the better, a lot of the Latinos actually sport conservative values, so it’s not a given that the next generations of Latinos will vote Dem en masse, especially if there will be no reason to perceive the Reps as ‘the enemy’…

jimver on August 31, 2010 at 11:10 PM

I’m a Mexican and you’re deluding yourself if you don’t think my community has not been radicalized by the same groups that have radicalized blacks. You are completely out of your mind.

To accept amnesty is to invite electoral disaster and seriously threaten even more so the liberty that we have enjoyed.

Before any thought of amnesty crosses anyone’s mind, there needs to be a serious commitment to reaching out to the legal hispanic community and sharing and teaching the fundamentals upon which this nation was founded. If you seriously consider just giving away the store you show your complete disregard and disrespect for the concept of equal justice for all.

Also, your false argument about anyone wanting to deport illegals is pure crap, you simply have to enforce existing law and the rest will take care of itself.

You obviously don’t understand the way Marxist’s play the game. They are counting on capitulation such as yours to further flood this nation with Marxist votes. Frankly, Marxists out-think and out-strategize people such as yourself, as well as most here.

True_King on August 31, 2010 at 11:57 PM

Whoever wins in Alaska is neither here nor there for me. Whoever wins the Presidency in 2012 is a lot more important from where I live.

Crux Australis on August 31, 2010 at 11:58 PM

Palin responds:

Do you believe in miracles?! http://u.nu/72z2f Congratulations, @JoeWMiller! Thank you for your service, Sen. Murkowski. On to November!

tea part express responds:

“Tonight Senator Lisa Murkowski conceded the race for U.S. Senate to Conservative Republican Joe Miller. We here at the Tea Party Express couldn’t be more excited,” said Amy Kremer, Chairman of the Tea Party Express.

“We congratulate Joe Miller on winning the political shocker of the year. Joe Miller’s campaign based on a constitutional conservative platform resonated with the state’s Republican primary voters and should serve as a wake up call to the political establishments of both parties.

“We also thank and congratulate Gov. Sarah Palin who first called our attention to this race. She was right in her proclamation that Joe Miller was a first-rate candidate who offered a vision for the future of this country and how to return America to the right track,” said Amy Kremer….

“Many in the press scoffed at our poll results at the time, believing they were skewed to favor Joe Miller, but they were not. We simply wanted to see if our efforts in the state were paying off or not,” Kremer said.

unseen on September 1, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Now that Sarahcuda has taken out the Murkowski family, could she go to my home state of Illinois and do the same to the daddy-daughter Madigan team?

NebCon on September 1, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Frankly, Marxists out-think and out-strategize people such as yourself, as well as most here.

People are catching on, however…at long last, people are catching on.

Bob's Kid on September 1, 2010 at 12:03 AM

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Senator Murkowski for conceding gracefully.

motionview on August 31, 2010 at 11:09 PM
I second that.

Vashta.Nerada on August 31, 2010 at 11:16 PM

I’ll third that,would much appreciate an endorsement now.

heshtesh on August 31, 2010 at 11:30 PM

Same, hear hear. Thank you Ms. Murkowski for doing the right honorable thing.

Now please please by all means assist your fellow Alaskans in removing the other Democrat parasite from your State.

SgtSVJones on September 1, 2010 at 12:04 AM

True_King on August 31, 2010 at 11:57 PM

Since “rightwingyahoo” is skeered to debate me, I’ll merely mention to you that what you suggest is too complicated. So much easier to play to the fears of appeal to disaffected whites, doncha know.

BradSchwartze on September 1, 2010 at 12:06 AM

So much easier to play to the fears of appeal to disaffected whites, doncha know.

BradSchwartze on September 1, 2010 at 12:06 AM

wow playing the race card that is soo…sooo orginal.

unseen on September 1, 2010 at 12:12 AM

Delaware is a very liberal state. Castle out means dem in the senate.

No enough time to do anything. The TP is wasting their funds and time in Delaware.

oldyeller on September 1, 2010 at 12:13 AM

Palin needs to come to Maine to support the ousting of Snowejob.

ErinF on September 1, 2010 at 12:16 AM

Frankly, Marxists out-think and out-strategize people such as yourself, as well as most here.

They do. But their job is much, much easier, because they promise free stuff in return for votes. It is a lot harder to sell fiscal sanity than it is to hand out walking around money.

Missy on September 1, 2010 at 12:18 AM

They do. But their job is much, much easier, because they promise free stuff in return for votes. It is a lot harder to sell fiscal sanity than it is to hand out walking around money.

Missy on September 1, 2010 at 12:18 AM

destruction is always easier than building….the dems are finding that out now. the marxists are concerned with destruction at this point. If they win they will find it impossible to rebuild anything…they always do. so yes they can outthink those when it comes to destruction not to buildign and that is where the GOP can win

unseen on September 1, 2010 at 12:22 AM

Whoever wins in Alaska is neither here nor there for me. Whoever wins the Presidency in 2012 is a lot more important from where I live.

Crux Australis on August 31, 2010 at 11:58 PM

There is a huge reason Miller’s victory is important:

Erick Erickson at RedState:

This news is bigger than Lisa Murkowski. While Establishment Republicans will bristle at it, this is a near total kneecapping of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, not to mention another rejection of the National Republican Senatorial Committee….

Now Lisa Murkowski is defeated, like Bob Bennett, by conservative activists concerned by the fiscal drift of the Republican Party and the overall direction of the American republic.

Consider another fact: Conservatives, led by Jim DeMint and Sarah Palin, are potentially creating the most conservative Senate Republican Conference in the last thirty or so years: Sharron Angle, Ken Buck, Mike Lee, Joe Miller, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and Pat Toomey will be joining Jim DeMint, Tom Coburn, and David Vitter.

INC on September 1, 2010 at 12:23 AM

I would love to see Jim DeMint be Senate Majority Leader.

INC on September 1, 2010 at 12:24 AM

oldyeller on September 1, 2010 at 12:13 AM

Actually, I think the Tea Party is smart to back O’Donnell in DE. An O’Donnell win/49-seat GOP caucus in January 2011 will do more to create continued buzz for the Tea Party than a Castle win/51-seat will.

unseen on September 1, 2010 at 12:12 AM

I am a conservative (despite what “rightwingyahoo” says), but that doesn’t mean I’m blind to the movements’ sins.

BradSchwartze on September 1, 2010 at 12:26 AM

so yes they can outthink those when it comes to destruction not to buildign and that is where the GOP can win

unseen on September 1, 2010 at 12:22 AM

I dearly hope you are right.

BTW Big Government is sticking to their story that Murkowski is still in talks with the Libertarian party. The other shoe may not yet have dropped on this one.

Missy on September 1, 2010 at 12:28 AM

Congratulations to Miller, and thank you Lisa Murkowski for bowing out so graciously. You could have been a destructive factor and you chose not to be.

BLOC on September 1, 2010 at 12:29 AM

Ace has a burning skull dipping into a pudding cup, so, yeah, game over, man!

Blake on September 1, 2010 at 12:32 AM

INC on September 1, 2010 at 12:23 AM

In my lifetime, I have seen GOP majorities in the Senate and House. Even under the Reagan Revolution, I don’t think we had as many genuine conservatives elected together in the same cycle. I hope they win and long remember their mandate.

With the projected wave of new Republican governors, there should be no shortage of good candidates for 2012.

Terrie on September 1, 2010 at 12:36 AM

True_King on August 31, 2010 at 11:57 PM

No one has said this better, not here, not yet.

Thank you.

Schadenfreude on September 1, 2010 at 12:41 AM

Apparently, Mike Huckabee has taken credit for Miller’s victory, too.

Huckabee tweeted:

A special thanks to Team Huck, @teamhuckAK and Amy Walker for their hard work to push Joe Miller into the lead! 6:56 AM Aug 26th via web Retweeted by 9 people

Terrie on September 1, 2010 at 12:52 AM

rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010

THIS:

If Sarah Palin were for amnesty what was she doing on stage with Governor Jan Brewer in May coming out four-square behind the Arizona immigration plan.

Think about it, Brewer could have had anybody of the GOP persuasion on stage with her and she chooses for the role of riding shotgun a private citizen not from the state instead of a prominent sitting GOP politician from Arizona to give her moral and political support in backing stringent measures against illegal immigrants.

technopeasant on August 31, 2010 at 11:22 PM

Can we give this nonsense and misinformation about Plain and illegals a rest now?

rightwingyahooo, When Sarah becomes President she will fix the problem. She will fix it in a way that works.

Remember, she even took Renaldus Magnus to task for allowing amnesty, and didn’t cut him any slack because the democrats lies and never secured the border, as promised.

gary4205 on September 1, 2010 at 1:29 AM

Apparently, Mike Huckabee has taken credit for Miller’s victory, too.

Huckabee tweeted:

A special thanks to Team Huck, @teamhuckAK and Amy Walker for their hard work to push Joe Miller into the lead! 6:56 AM Aug 26th via web Retweeted by 9 people

Terrie on September 1, 2010 at 12:52 AM

Yeah, that douchebag tried that last week as well. He really is an ass.

gary4205 on September 1, 2010 at 1:37 AM

adios, RINO.

rayra on September 1, 2010 at 1:52 AM

Cuda!

SurferDoc on September 1, 2010 at 2:16 AM

Count it!

carbon_footprint on September 1, 2010 at 3:02 AM

Over at Ace, he has the headline:

MURKOWSKI CONCEDES RACE “FOR THE GOOD OF THE STATE OF ALASKA”

Didn’t Palin kinda do the same thing?

PALIN QUITS GOVERNORSHIP “FOR THE GOOD OF THE STATE OF ALASKA”

Yeah, that’s something a loser would say. Sounds about right.

Now that Palin isn’t Governor, Murkowski is out as Senator, and Ted Stevens is building bridges to nowhere in heaven – I think we are pretty much done with Alaska. Now what?

Timothy S. Carlson on September 1, 2010 at 3:29 AM

PALIN QUITS GOVERNORSHIP “FOR THE GOOD OF THE STATE OF ALASKA”

Actually Palin quit for the good of her family and finances since she was getting hit with absurd ethics violations that she had to fight.

carbon_footprint on September 1, 2010 at 3:37 AM

agree, no humpbot until 02Nov….

cmsinaz on August 31, 2010 at 11:21 PM

Doesn’t someone on this site have connections to Honda? If we could get them to slip a subroutine into Asimo, and have it start doing the humpbot during the middle of one of those ‘fan dances’ the japanese always have it doing…

THEN we can save Asimo for the big victory on Nov2, and use the standard humpbot for these smaller (but still sweet) victories.

Timothy S. Carlson on September 1, 2010 at 3:41 AM

Apparently, Mike Huckabee has taken credit for Miller’s victory, too.

Huckabee tweeted:

A special thanks to Team Huck, @teamhuckAK and Amy Walker for their hard work to push Joe Miller into the lead! 6:56 AM Aug 26th via web Retweeted by 9 people

Terrie on September 1, 2010 at 12:52 AM

Sleaze, sleaze, sleaze. You know who we will never see taking credit for this? Sarah Palin. Though she had more to do with this than almost anyone, when she comments on Miller’s win, she will make it all about Miller and America. Huckabee either needs to go away or take some lessons from Palin that sometimes the best way to stay involved is to stay out of things as much as possible.

WesternActor on September 1, 2010 at 5:00 AM

Congratulations to Miller, and thank you Lisa Murkowski for bowing out so graciously. You could have been a destructive factor and you chose not to be.

BLOC on September 1, 2010 at 12:29 AM

Yes! This aspect is so important. I’m in no way a Murkowski fan, but she absolutely did the right thing by bowing out when she did and preserving both her dignity and the dignity of the office, and that’s something we really need to acknowledge. Whenever Democrats get in this situation, they think nothing of prolonging votes for weeks upon weeks, but Murkowski—however much she may want to stay in office—got out at the earliest possible opportunity because she knew that doing otherwise would only hurt, not help. That does take some class. I may not admire much else about Murkowski, but I do respect and thank her for doing this.

WesternActor on September 1, 2010 at 5:04 AM

Amnesty is. No one can realistically think that the US can deport 16 million illegals

Ignoring the fact that amnesty has been tried before and is a proven failure and an incentive to continue invading this sovereign nation. Giving in because the right thing is too difficult is the liberal answer to all things (think condoms to kiddies – “They’re going to do it anyway”)

Much of the destruction in today’s world is exactly the same failure on the part of wimpy parenting – they just give up when their kids challenge them. Perserverence is what’s missing. Do what’s right, not convenient It’s called sticking to your PRINCIPLES in this case it’s law. Break one openly and you’ve destroyed them all.
That is the real goal of the left – to disassemble the nation from within – read the communist party of America’s goals and you’ll realize that they’d like nothing more than to have the good guys give up principle and become like them.

Don L on September 1, 2010 at 5:53 AM

Deport 16 million?

YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!

IlikedAUH2O on September 1, 2010 at 6:46 AM

So, it is done. And I think some people got a little paranoid about the whole thing.

Terrye on September 1, 2010 at 6:47 AM

Don L on September 1, 2010 at 5:53 AM

This is where I think there will be trouble in the future. I have heard a lot of conservatives say that we need to secure the border first, that is a priority and then we can talk about normalization of some of these people. I have even heard Palin elude to this kind of thing, and pundits like Krauthammer.

I think the truth is there are people on the left who could care less about border security and there are people on the right who will never support anything they might think of as any kind of amnesty..even if we laid land mines at the southern border and stopped 99.9% of the illegal entries.

I don’t think these two sides are ever going to work out a compromise either of them can or will live with.

Terrye on September 1, 2010 at 6:50 AM

Where are all the people who declared it was a RINO/NSRC plot of some sort to deny the tea party their representative? Or the ones who insisted on criticizing her looks as if that is relevant?
Silence is not golden in this instance.

Bradky on September 1, 2010 at 7:33 AM

The best part is all those smug lib talking heads saying it was a failure for Palin and the Tea Party. I’d love to see their faces as they eat that sweet, sweet humble pie.

Big John on September 1, 2010 at 7:45 AM

Bradky on September 1, 2010 at 7:33 AM

Not a huge conspiracy theorist myself, but it is interesting that the NRSC lawyer’s jaunt to Alaska was very brief, and concurrent with a lot of voices saying “what are they doing?” You’ll notice the relatively quick assurance from Cornyn, et al that they’d support whoever won the recount.

Perhaps they would’ve anyway, but it at least looked somewhat reactionary.

Also, Murkowski allowed the “Libertarian” rumors to float around until that party said “NO!” pretty clearly.

It’s likely she, and the NRSC, would have done the “right thing” by conceding graciously anyway. However, I for one have just a smidge of suspicion the process would’ve been longer (and had a higher chance of shenanigans) if there weren’t many eyes watching and lots of voices asking questions about the process.

FWIW.

cs89 on September 1, 2010 at 7:47 AM

We don’t need to deport anyone, not a single soul, not one. Simply deny illegals the rights of American citizenship and everything that entails including the right to work or get social benefits.

Bishop, You mean just like every other civilized nation on the Planet?

oldleprechaun on September 1, 2010 at 8:01 AM

However, I for one have just a smidge of suspicion the process would’ve been longer (and had a higher chance of shenanigans) if there weren’t many eyes watching and lots of voices asking questions about the process.

FWIW.

cs89 on September 1, 2010 at 7:47 AM

We will probably never know the behind the scenes story. But if the GOP is to be viable it needs unity. Even if it does take the house and senate the margins will be slim, which means the party will have to get along.
Since there is bad blood between Palin and Murkowski it would have been better if Palin had made some gracious statement asking for Murkowski’s support. Would have had added benefit of showing Palin as a bigger figure.

Bradky on September 1, 2010 at 8:26 AM

“Deporting 16 million” is a red herring. Nobody argues that we can round up and deport 16 million illegals, or even that we should try.

Instead, we argue – and the facts prove us right – that if we actually enforece immigration laws, stop having sanctuary cities, stop providing social welfare to illegals, start prosecuting employers who hire illegals and enforce the border, then millions of illegals will self-deport. Once we take away the incentives for the illegals to come here and be here, many will leave, and fewer will attempt to come here.

then, once we have done that for a number of years and reduced the border crossings and the number of illegals here – we can start a path to legalization for those illegals who remain and who have long histories of employment and not being on any kind of entitlement program (why would we legalize anyone who came here to leach?).

Why is that so wrong or difficult?

Monkeytoe on September 1, 2010 at 8:31 AM

Not a huge conspiracy theorist myself, but it is interesting that the NRSC lawyer’s jaunt to Alaska was very brief, and concurrent with a lot of voices saying “what are they doing?” You’ll notice the relatively quick assurance from Cornyn, et al that they’d support whoever

cs89 on September 1, 2010 at 7:47 AM

I believe it’s called Abort…..Abort…..Abort!

roy_batty on September 1, 2010 at 8:36 AM

Delaware is a very liberal state. Castle out means dem in the senate.

No enough time to do anything. The TP is wasting their funds and time in Delaware.

oldyeller on September 1, 2010 at 12:13 AM

This bears repeating.

take your money time and effort up the road to Chester and Montgomery Counties, and help Pat Toomey get elected.

Do good where you can.

JohnGalt23 on September 1, 2010 at 8:47 AM

No one can realistically think that the US can deport 16 million illegals unless they are seriously divorced from reality.
jimver on August 31, 2010 at 11:10 PM

I love when people say this. it proves that ignorance is transitive. i.e. one ignoramus says it, and every other ignoramus repeats it.

If 16 million people can walk across a boarder, then the can walk their butts back. Period!

BierManVA on September 1, 2010 at 8:47 AM

Congrats to Miller..Now just beat the Democrat in November..:)

PS..I just hope some folks will keep their excitement for the cause when it is not a Palin endorsed candidate..:)

Dire Straits on September 1, 2010 at 8:49 AM

The best part is all those smug lib talking heads saying it was a failure for Palin and the Tea Party. I’d love to see their faces as they eat that sweet, sweet humble pie.

Big John on September 1, 2010 at 7:45 AM

Yes indeed….

………Americans want real change on Capitol Hill.
They want to feel like they are being represented….not talked down to.

Americans want a lot more “We the People” and a lot less “What have you done for me lately”.

Baxter Greene on September 1, 2010 at 8:56 AM

I’m happy for Joe Miller that this race didn’t tighten even in this phase, and I’m glad he spoke out about the interference from the RNC lawyers. That wasn’t right.

Anyway, I’ll always think that Lisa M. lost this race after Palin resigned. She went out of her way to make national remarks that were catty and, mostly, unnecessary. She was confident that people agreed with her.

That’s foolish. What most people see is someone who made disparaging remarks that weren’t needed or helpful. It’s just commonsense.

AnninCA on September 1, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Worse, she really poked a snake. I laughed when I saw the endorsement of Miller, who was a virtual unknown, by Palin. Statement made. Back atcha, Lisa.

And the rest is electoral history now.

Never go out of your way to poke people without a darn good reason, Lisa. Politics 101.

AnninCA on September 1, 2010 at 9:01 AM

She went out of her way to make national remarks that were catty and, mostly, unnecessary.

And made them in a state in which Palin is immensely popular, making her remarks just plain stupid.

scalleywag on September 1, 2010 at 9:06 AM

If 16 million people can walk across a boarder, then the can walk their butts back. Period!

BierManVA on September 1, 2010 at 8:47 AM

Like geology, it’s a question of time and pressure. Enough pressure over a long enough time, and you can move mountains. The problem wasn’t created in a day. We can afford to let the process occur in due course (given proper enforcement of existing laws…and building the damn fence!)

Extrafishy on September 1, 2010 at 9:10 AM

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Senator Murkowski for conceding gracefully.

motionview on August 31, 2010 at 11:09 PM

I’m glad she did, too. After Al Gore conceeded to GWB in 2000, then took it back and yada yada yada, it’s nice to see someone accept defeat with dignity. I just wish she refrained herself from some of her comments just before defeat, but she’s doing the right thing here.

DrAllecon on September 1, 2010 at 9:31 AM

You’re a good man and I don’t want to fight with you. I’d ask that you consider that legal status for tens of millions of illegals, given what we know now and how thin our electoral margins were in 2000 and 2004, is literally playing with fire.

rightwingyahooo on August 31, 2010 at 11:10 PM

oh I agree with that. what i would like to know is out of that 2:1 margin you mentioned how many of the 1 embraced the american dream and renounced their native culture. i would say probably close to 100% of them. so IMO the trick is to assimilate them. Learn English, teach history instead of class warfare, point out how their culture has led to poverty, lawlessness, how their socialist government destroyed their home country. etc.. i would not want a pathway to citizenship under the present rules of multiculturism. I like the AZ law that outlaws race based studies. i think that will do more in the long run than Az sb1030

unseen on September 1, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Bradky on September 1, 2010 at 8:26 AM

Do you mean something like this?

Congratulation, @JoeWMiller! Thank you for your service, Sen. Murkowski. On to November!

Palin’s twitter, last night.

Oh, and if you’re suggesting she be gracious during the recount process, while Murkowski was snarking about how Palin shouldn’t have gotten involved in the process, that it was selfish of her…

Palin’s silence was pretty gracious, IMO.

cs89 on September 1, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Giving in because the right thing is too difficult is the liberal answer to all things (think condoms to kiddies – “They’re going to do it anyway”)

I just wish they’d apply that logic to bank robbery and tax fraud.

I do it anyway, so why not make it legal?

BobMbx on September 1, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Cue the rock group Queen:

“Another one bites the dust!”

Bye bye, RINO…

Khun Joe on September 1, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Be nice and thankful that Sen. Murkowski was gracious and timely.

Don’t celebrate until Nov. 2012 and beyond. These are serious times.

Now, to Delaware!

Schadenfreude on August 31, 2010 at 11:30 PM

No, let’s leave Delaware alone!

Alaska is a decidedly conservative state, where an upstart conservative can take on an incumbent Republican Senator in a primary (or a Republican governor, as Sarah Palin did), and go on to win the general election. Same thing for Utah, where Bennett was “primaried out” but the Republican winner is way ahead in the polls.

But Delaware is a “blue” state that has elected Slow-Joe Gaffaday Biden for 36 years, yet Castle has been elected statewide to the House for many terms. He may be less conservative than Joe Miller or Jim DeMint, but he is MORE conservative than Coons, and about the best we can expect from Delaware. Taking out Castle in the primary is the best way to elect a Democrat from Delaware.

Republicans will probably pick up Democrat Senate seats in ND, AR, PA, and IN, and there are also close races in NV, CO, IL, WI, and WA. If Republicans won all of them, that would make 50 Senators for each side. There are lots of other possibilities, but control of the Senate MIGHT come down to tiny Delaware.

We could support Castle and have 51 Republicans elect Mitch McConnell as Senate Majority leader, with Republican chairmen and majorities on all Senate committees.

Or we could primary him out, have an evenly divided Senate, evenly divided Senate committees with bipartisan co-chairmen, with Joe Biden (of Delaware!) breaking ties.

Is it really worth sacrificing possible control of the Senate just because Mike Castle isn’t conservative enough for some out-of-state people? Think!!!

Steve Z on September 1, 2010 at 10:09 AM

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