Great news: Incumbent sore loser to launch desperate bid to keep power

posted at 4:49 pm on September 17, 2010 by Allahpundit

Hey now, ingrates. She’s doing this for you.

“Believe you me, the easier path would be to pack it all up and go do something different,” she said. “If I had not heard this call from Alaskans, I would not be deliberating as I am.”…

“It is people from all walks of life, every corner of the state, who are concerned about Alaska’s future and concerned enough to take action on it,” she said. “I’m a public servant. My job by definition is to listen to my constituents. And there was a process in place — a primary election — that’s certainly one way that you listen to your constituents.”

She added: “When you think about the outcome of that, in a closed Republican primary, how many Alaskans were actually able to weigh in? So what is the will of the constituency? When you hear this outpouring of support and concern — concern about the future of the state of Alaska and our representation here in the Senate — you do feel a responsibility.”

A “well-placed source” told NRO earlier that the official word will come tonight. Sure sounds like it: Apparently, her supporters are promising a “campaign kickoff” at 5 p.m. Alaska time, which means 9 p.m. ET, which means Murkowski’s team is really stupid. Who’s going to care at 9 p.m. on a Friday evening? This should have been done within a day or two of conceding to Miller. As it is, not only have they given him some time alone in the spotlight and risked annoying voters with the will-she-or-won’t-she drama, but by pulling this hot on the heels of O’Donnell’s win in Delaware, they look astoundingly tone-deaf. The big narrative this week has been tea-party upstarts slaying the entrenched establishment dragons. And now Lisa Murkowski’s going to cap that off with a big rally dedicated to … keeping the dragons entrenched? How tin-eared do you have to be to make Mike Castle look good to grassroots conservatives by comparison?

That’s not to say she can’t win — the Murkowski brand is well known in Alaska, and she can promise with some justification that she’ll bring home more pork than her rivals — but even so, looong odds. Presumably there’s not a single prominent Republican incumbent in America who’ll campaign for her, but if you see even a timid endorsement from Snowe or Collins or Scott Brown, well, then we’ll know that the fateful hour is close at hand. Exit question: Can we all agree that sore-loser Republicans who try write-in campaigns after flaming out in a primary should no longer be welcome in the party? Oh wait — whoops!


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Good Lt on September 17, 2010 at 10:34 PM

Was O’Donnell a sitting Senator refusing to relinquish her seat?

Oh, she wasn’t?

tetriskid on September 17, 2010 at 10:46 PM

Good Lt on September 17, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Look, I know you’re still a little chafed by the blowback over your stance on O’Donnell-Castle. But come on, you should be able to easily see the difference. To wit:

1. Christine O’Donnell was just starting out her journey to become US Senator, and was miffed that a clearly inferior candidate in ’06 was chosen over her to face Tom Carper.

2. Lisa Murkowski is a sitting US Senator who, apparently, thinks her constitutents can’t survive without her (and her family’s) constant political presence.

BradSchwartze on September 17, 2010 at 10:47 PM

Was O’Donnell a sitting Senator refusing to relinquish her seat?

Oh, she wasn’t?

BUT BUT BUT IT’S DIFFERENT WHEN CHRISTINE DOES IT!@!one1!

You’re criticizing “not respecting the voter’s decision.” Christine did just that in 2006. It doesn’t matter what she wasn’t an incumbent. She ran in a GOP primary and lost, and then she said F-YOU to the voters and ran anyway as a write-in. And you don’t seem to care that your candidate did the same thing. But it’s SO HORRIBLE when some other candidate does it.

That’s called hypocrisy.

Good Lt on September 17, 2010 at 10:49 PM

Who’s going to care at 9 p.m. on a Friday evening?

Sounds like one of those Friday embarrassing-data-dumps.

Count to 10 on September 17, 2010 at 10:51 PM

Money bob needed for Joe Miller ASAP.

Col.John Wm. Reed on September 17, 2010 at 10:21 PM

Has Joe or Sarah asked for contributions yet?

Don’t want to ruin his chances by giving the opposition talking points that outsiders are meddling in or buying his election although that may be just what the Chitown crowd or Repub Elites are doing with Murkowski!

The second I hear Joe ask or Sarah ask Im in, until then I hold fire and be patient!

dhunter on September 17, 2010 at 10:51 PM

1. Christine O’Donnell was just starting out her journey to become US Senator, and was miffed that a clearly inferior candidate in ’06 was chosen over her to face Tom Carper.

2. Lisa Murkowski is a sitting US Senator who, apparently, thinks her constituents can’t survive without her (and her family’s) constant political presence.

Both lost GOP primaries. Their position prior to the primaries is irrelevant.

Both lost those primaries.

Both disrespected the voters’ choice.

Both threw temper tantrums and ran as write-ins.

But Christine is, um, better or something, so we’ll give her a pass.

Good Lt on September 17, 2010 at 10:51 PM

Well, Joe Miller certainly had on his big-boy pants with Greta. He absolutely didn’t shy away from blasting Lisa M. on a very, very personal level.

This is going to be gruesome. The only thing worse is watching Rubio tear up Crist in the debate.

AnninCA on September 17, 2010 at 10:53 PM

Now Alaska now has no effective senior senator,ego doth cause a fall.
UPDATE:

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, NRSC chair, reacts:

“Republican primary voters spoke when they nominated Joe Miller in Alaska, and I am deeply disappointed in Senator Lisa Murkowski’s decision to ignore that clear message and wage a write-in candidacy. The NRSC stands firmly behind Joe Miller’s nomination, and we will ensure that he has all of the resources that he needs in order to win this November.”

Sen. Mitch McConnell, Senate GOP leader, weighs in:

“Senate Republicans informed Lisa Murkowski that we will respect the will of the voters in Alaska and support the Republican nominee, Joe Miller. I informed her that by choosing to run a campaign against the Republican nominee, she no longer has my support for serving in any leadership roles, and I have accepted her letter of resignation from Senate leadership. Lisa has served her state and our party with distinction, but Republicans acknowledge the decision Alaskans made and join them in support of the Republican nominee, Joe Miller—the next Senator for Alaska.”

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Col.John Wm. Reed on September 17, 2010 at 10:55 PM

That’s called hypocrisy.

Good Lt on September 17, 2010 at 10:49 PM

“a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,?
adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divine”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

You gotta get out of this “consistency or HYPOCRISY!!11!!” business. It’s blinding you to what real accomplishments look like.

BradSchwartze on September 17, 2010 at 10:56 PM

Do you believe in elections?

Or do you think that similar to the outcome in Iran a small elite should choose the outcome?

Cause your candidate Murkowski is ignoring the election results.

And Castle might do the same.

tetriskid on September 17, 2010 at 10:00 PM

How would that result in a small elite choosing the outcome? Pretty sure you need at least a third of the votes in a three-way race to win.

And until you stop attributing candidates to me that I’ve never spoken in support of, go f**k yourself. I’ve never said a word against Joe Miller, and the kindest word I’ve given to Castle was that he had a better resume and was therefore more electable in the general. Want to know who I support? Ask. Otherwise, eat s**t.

Do a Google Image search for Christine O’Donnell. You’ll see she’s already winning, regardless of her current position in the polls. Coons can bring up whatever he wants at this point, and it’s not going to make a dime’s worth of difference.

BradSchwartze on September 17, 2010 at 10:23 PM

Two months is an eternity in politics. In two months, Marco Rubios turned Crist out like a two-dollar whore. Coons has the Marxism to live up to, but seven million dollar lawsuits and foreclosure are sexy, as well.

MadisonConservative on September 17, 2010 at 11:00 PM

I guess she’s resigned from her committees. Good. I hope this is a painful process for her.

What a darn princess.

AnninCA on September 17, 2010 at 11:02 PM

I think that a money bomb will come but many of us have decided to by pass the DC groups and help fund candidates. Not so much outside meddling as by passing Cornan and Steel.
The other odd note today was the amount of money Cornan said the rnc had given to Miller but only 40 some odd K to O Donald was the max. The numbers sure did not match. Maybe John C speak with forked tongue or is as bad at math as the dems are.Just odd?

Col.John Wm. Reed on September 17, 2010 at 11:03 PM

Quite a pretzel you’re twisting into over this dud.

Good Lt on September 17, 2010 at 10:34 PM

I’m going to repost my analogy from above:

Think of this way:

1) Speeding is wrong.
2) Speeding along an empty road in the country is still wrong, but often not grossly so. You’ll get a fine if caught.
3) Speeding through a school zone at 8am when the kids are being dropped off by their parents is criminal and you’ll find yourself in the slammer right quick.

So is it your opinion that it’s hypocritical for someone to criticize the driver who speeds through the school zone because he or she might have been caught speeding once on a deserted country road?

There are degrees of offenses. In politics, a representative have to make deals to get certain bills passed, but if you make a deal to get a disasterous bill passed like ObamaCare or the Porkulus, that gets held to a different standard and you should be justly called a traitor to the principles of the party.

O’Donnell’s action had absolutely no impact on the race one way or the other and everyone knew it; but you can’t confidently says that about Murkowski’s.

PackerBronco on September 17, 2010 at 11:03 PM

The NRSC, and John Cornyn should come out immediately state that they will not allow Lisa Murkowski to caucus with the Republicans if she wins.

If she wins – she’s indie – she can caucus with the Dems or play with herself.

If the GOP accepts her into their caucus after she was defeated in a primary …

That is the equivalent of the GOP leadership subverting the primary process. Everyone knows little lisa is the establishment’s favored child.

HondaV65 on September 17, 2010 at 11:15 PM

Col.John Wm. Reed on September 17, 2010 at 11:03 PM

O’Donnell got a major money bomb on her web site the last couple of days. Just took a small hint from a couple of influential folks.

Still doesn’t change that NRSC are jerks.

Caststeel on September 17, 2010 at 11:18 PM

Maybe John C speak with forked tongue or is as bad at math as the dems are.Just odd?

Col.John Wm. Reed on September 17, 2010 at 11:03 PM

The answer is – John Cornyn is a liar.

I can prove it.

He says FOX news got it all wrong when they reported that the NRSC had stated they wouldn’t support O’Donnell.

LIAR …

The report came immediately after the race was called for O’Donnell.

Now … if you are the chairman of the NRSC – what are you doing on election night?

Election night is a WORK NIGHT for John Cornyn – he was watching the results and Fox news.

If Fox got the report wrong – why didn’t he pick up the phone and call them to correct it?

No – he didn’t do that – because FOX was absolutely correct.

He did reverse the decision in the morning – probably because a lot of DeMint types and Palin called him and said … “Hey John, you want a war?”

HondaV65 on September 17, 2010 at 11:20 PM

Good Lt on September 17, 2010 at 10:51 PM

False analogy but nice try.

tetriskid on September 17, 2010 at 11:20 PM

Still doesn’t change that NRSC are jerks.

Caststeel on September 17, 2010 at 11:18 PM

On the day that the Tea Party takes over the NRSC and gives the boot to Ayatollah John Cornyn …

I’m going to get very drunk and get my wife pregnant.

Yes – I’ll be that happy!

HondaV65 on September 17, 2010 at 11:22 PM

HondaV65,

I’ll help. But you’re on your own with wife.

Don’t forget Boehner needs a hit, too.

Caststeel on September 17, 2010 at 11:27 PM

Why, when I see the picture which graces this, am I seeing
this, or
this?

unclesmrgol on September 17, 2010 at 11:30 PM

False analogy but nice try.

tetriskid on September 17, 2010 at 11:20 PM

BZZT.

Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.

Both lost a GOP primary.

Both decided then to “defy the will of the voters” and write themselves in.

They are equally “ruling class” in this respect. You don’t ahve to be in power to be “ruling class.” Hell – some CO supporters accuse even the most modest inquisitors of her record as “ruling class.” It’s a state of mind, not a position. Their position prior to running is irrelevant – it’s the “ignoring the will of the voters” that’s the issue.

And if that’s the issue, then both are as guilty as sin.

Perfect analogy. You can pull your fingers out of your ears now. Knowing the facts won’t hurt you – I promise.

Good Lt on September 17, 2010 at 11:30 PM

MadisonConservative on September 17, 2010 at 11:00 PM

Ha. Whatever dude.

You could have fooled me with 3+ days of dumping on O’Donnell & posting misogynist crap.

Changing your tune now is pretty funny.

tetriskid on September 17, 2010 at 11:35 PM

Good Lt on September 17, 2010 at 11:30 PM

Come back when you find it.

tetriskid on September 17, 2010 at 11:36 PM

GOOD LT. I don’t have a dog in this fight but you are an asssshole.

CWforFreedom on September 17, 2010 at 11:36 PM

Hey all,

It’s still seven or so weeks to Nov. 2. Then the D’rats have ’til January to make even more trouble.

Even then, America is in an existential “situation.” (Just for you AP) It will be a long haul but this country makes folks capable of doing the job. Too late in life to change from an optimist.

Caststeel on September 17, 2010 at 11:39 PM

Ms. Murkowsi, you were fired.. The people of Alaska don’t want you anymore. Either run for dog catcher or gov. the choice is yours.
But you will NOT be going back to DC as a Senator, it’s time for you and all the other so called Rhino’s/Republicans to understand. We are mad as hell and we’re not going to vote for you anymore!!!

mmcnamer1 on September 17, 2010 at 11:43 PM

There are degrees of offenses. In politics, a representative have to make deals to get certain bills passed, but if you make a deal to get a disasterous bill passed like ObamaCare or the Porkulus, that gets held to a different standard and you should be justly called a traitor to the principles of the party.

Yeah, and Mike Castle, BTW, voted against both of these. Just a reminder.

O’Donnell’s action had absolutely no impact on the race one way or the other and everyone knew it; but you can’t confidently says that about Murkowski’s.

I’m illustrating that Team Christine has one standard for her and a totally different standard for the rest of the GOP or anybody else.

Christine has – for all intents and purposes and because of her supporters – lost the GOP a seat it was easily going to win. But it’s bad that Murkowski now does what CO did in 2006 to try again?

I’m no Murky lover – she sucks – but some of you really need to climb down the walls and listen to some of the ridiculous justifications you’re trying to make for putting an unelectable candidate in the DE race and then whining that a “RINO” will pull a Christine 2006 and possibly lose another seat that the “true cons” might have won.

Sauce for the goose, right?

Good Lt on September 17, 2010 at 11:43 PM

CWforFreedom on September 17, 2010 at 11:36 PM

I’m an a**hole for pointing out that CO supporter have a double standard when it comes to write-ins?

Huh.

Good Lt on September 17, 2010 at 11:49 PM

Sauce for the goose, right?

Good Lt on September 17, 2010 at 11:43 PM

Pardon me please, but my crystal ball is “murkey” on both races. Perhaps you have v. 3.12 or something. For me, I’ll do my small contributions and pass on actual news to friends. Gotta keep the flame burning.

Metaphor: Just cleaned and polished my hurricane lamp and replaced the wick. Fresh fuel. Good thru another “dark and stormy night.”

Real words: I remain optimistic for America.

Caststeel on September 17, 2010 at 11:55 PM

I would like to point out that the picture of Murky that Hot Air always uses does an amazing job of pointing out her striking resemblance to Voldemort casting the Cruciatus Curse.

northdallasthirty on September 17, 2010 at 11:57 PM

Good on ya Cornyn and McConnell! There has to be reppercussions to this kind of brazen usrption of the will of the people! Have Rove or Krathammer weighed in yet?
have they asked Castle toi concede. Didn’t think so!

Look for the Establishment/RINO wing of the party to push for open primaries next to stifle the “Little People and Conservatives”!

Of cousre if they keep it up the RINO/ESTABLISHENT wing won’t have enough mojo to push a paper clip across a desktop let alone demand anyone do something like opening up their primaries to more socialists!

dhunter on September 18, 2010 at 12:01 AM

She is was part of his inner circle.

a capella on September 17, 2010 at 6:22 PM

In light of recent events, FIFY.

unclesmrgol on September 18, 2010 at 1:02 AM

She added: “When you think about the outcome of that, in a closed Republican primary, how many Alaskans were actually able to weigh in?

Never heard her complain before about a “closed Republican primary” when they elected her to the Senate. Maybe she can start a Sore Loser Party.

TN Mom on September 18, 2010 at 1:11 AM

I’m an a**hole for pointing out that CO supporter have a double standard when it comes to write-ins?

Huh.

Good Lt on September 17, 2010 at 11:49 PM

Lets not forget the Establishment’s cry about the Tea Party running as a 3rd party….”oh you evil Tea Partys better not run as a 3rd party; you will sprit the vote and all you will accomplish is letting the democrat win”…..
Well how is this any different????

Talk about a double standard!

JeffVader on September 18, 2010 at 1:47 AM

My job by definition is to listen to my constituents.

You weren’t listening to them when they were speaking with their votes on primary day, did ya?

Midas on September 18, 2010 at 2:16 AM

My she’s a hard faced woman isn’t she. Hide like an elephant.

Sharke on September 18, 2010 at 2:52 AM

Word is that the Donks all showed up for her little announcement tonight. Could it be that the Democrat phones in a non-campaign and the establishment Democrats/Unions support Lisa M? And in return they get?…….

Inquiring minds want to know……

skeeter on September 18, 2010 at 3:18 AM

The ruling class are showing their true colors…Hold on to power at any cost.

“Well, perhaps it’s time they met one Republican woman who won’t quit on Alaska”

This just demonstrates how Palin was able to relinquish her position for the good of the people in AK.

gatorfanatic on September 18, 2010 at 7:22 AM

Bumper Sticker: Write in Liza Moosecowski

tmitsss on September 18, 2010 at 7:28 AM

Spoiled, self serving brat.

rplat on September 18, 2010 at 7:43 AM

Murkowski could be handing a Senate seat to a weak Democrat who would otherwise have no chance of winning. I can’t figure out why all the Mike Castle lovers aren’t quite so miffed about this one – especially since it’s one selfish traitor doing it instead of an actual vote that created the situation.

forest on September 18, 2010 at 8:47 AM

This is the ruling class’ diabolical plan to diminish the influence of the tea party. I can see them now huddled up with Lieberman getting the details of how to bypass a “fringe” insurgent group. And, if she splits the Republican vote and a Dem wins—that’ll teach those fringe groups and will make future insurgents think again before jumping in.

polmom on September 18, 2010 at 9:09 AM

MONEY BOMB IN THE MAIL THIS AM.

The political elitists continue to defy “We The People.”

Defeated Liberal RINO Sen. Lisa Murkowski has announced she will defy the will of Alaska’s voters and launch a write-in bid to split the vote and deny Joe Miller a victory in November’s General Election against the Democrat candidate.

These establishment politicians are once again demonstrating the utmost hubris and contempt towards the people they are supposed to serve.

But fear not, fellow patriots, because we here at the Tea Party Express will not stand for this. We have announced that we will fully back Conservative Republican Joe Miller and remind voters of Lisa Murkowski’s failed record, and ensure her plans to split the vote fail.

Once again, we will need your help to make this effort a success.
So, please, make a donation to our campaign for Joe Miller – HERE.

You can give as little as $5 and as much as $5,000 under FEC laws and regulations.

If you prefer you can mail in a contribution payable to “Tea Party Express” to our headquarters:
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Col.John Wm. Reed on September 18, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Lisa Murkowski is THE definition of an entrenched elite that simply refuses to listen to the voice of the people.She has been in power for so long that she cannot imagine not being Alaska’s senator till she dies.

Murkowski is also a good example of how the Republican establishment is a part of the problem too, even though the Donkeys hold all levers of power.

Rick Santelli – thank you for kick starting this – i happened to be working in the CBOT building and was watching the TV monitor when he made those comments about the loser mortgages and how no one should be forced to pay for it. I had no idea that this would trigger the greatest grass roots movement America has seen in its history.

nagee76 on September 18, 2010 at 11:29 AM

With a write in vote, I would say, ” i would rather vote for a dog than Lisa Murkowski” – at least dogs know loyalty.

nagee76 on September 18, 2010 at 11:39 AM

In my opinion, someone who desperately clings to power shows they cannot be trusted with it.

Desert Gardens on September 17, 2010 at 5:09 PM

+100%

EternalVigilance on September 18, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Christine has – for all intents and purposes and because of her supporters – lost the GOP a seat it was easily going to win.

It ain’t over until its over.

MSimon on September 18, 2010 at 3:59 PM

I challenge all to write Senator Murkowski. I just sent her this message via the U.S. Senate e-mail connection:

Dear Senator Murkowski,
I deeply respect that you have been an honorable Republican senator representing the great state of Alaska. I was fortunate this summer to take a cruise to your most beautiful and magnificent state. It was a memory that my family and myself will remember fondly throughout our lives. I’m writing today to respectfully request that you do not run as an independent against Joe Miller. I can understand why you would want to maintain your job. I can only dream of the honor it would be to be a United States Senator. However, I am a concerned citizen of our great country. My fear is that it would open a window for the Democrats to take your seat in the Senate. That is something that we cannot give up. When I say we, I mean all of us. Not one citizen that cares about our country can allow the opportunity for one more Democrat to be elected. Not in your state or any other state. The stakes are too grave. It should not be about you at this point but about all of us. Please put down your personal ambitions and think about the rest of the country. We need to maintain this seat. We cannot allow the Democrats to take us one more step down the path of overbearing government. I ask you to please stand down on your attempt to hold your seat. Do it for your country. Thank you for allowing me to say my peace.

Dog bites on September 19, 2010 at 1:48 AM

What a living example of being intoxicated with power and doing everything possible to maintain that addiction.

mixplix on September 19, 2010 at 4:43 AM

One word…A$$

foxone on September 19, 2010 at 6:29 PM

Friggin scrunt.

Coronagold on September 19, 2010 at 11:34 PM

When the public speaks as they did in the primary it’s quite clear they don’t want to hear anymore BS.

mixplix on September 20, 2010 at 2:36 AM

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