Unreal: Senate GOP decides not to strip Murkowski of seniority on Energy committee after all; Update: It’s a matter of “good taste,” says Hatch

posted at 3:17 pm on September 22, 2010 by Allahpundit

I’m baffled.

A GOP source in the room tells CNN, despite anger towards Murkowski, the conference decided not to even take up the question of the Senate Energy Committee post because “there was a sense that she’s resigned her leadership post, she lost her primary, she will probably lose her race, and she’ll be gone. She will not be ranking [Republican] because she will not be here.”

This, despite strong words from colleagues like Sen. John Cornyn a day earlier, who was among many Republicans who predicted they would remove her from the committee post.

Yeah, she’ll “probably” lose, but one way to help ensure that she loses is to send a message to Alaska voters that she won’t have any advantage over Miller next year in terms of pork-production for the state if she’s re-elected. All they had to do today to achieve that was vote to knock her down to the bottom of the totem pole. And they refused. And not only did they refuse, they’re refusing to say why. The best excuse anyone can come up with is that there aren’t many days left in the legislative session, as if that had anything to do with anything.

I want an explanation. Did they leave her in place out of simple personal affection? Even though … she didn’t even bother to fly in for the vote?

Update: Ace speculates that they’re afraid to push her too hard lest she vote with the Democrats in the lame-duck session. Isn’t she going to do that anyway if she loses to Miller? By definition, she’s a sore loser. Seniority won’t mean anything to her during the lame-duck if she knows she won’t be around next year to enjoy it.

Update: One other thing. If Murkowski somehow let them know that she’d vote Democratic in the lame-duck if they stripped her of Energy seniority — I’m not saying she did, but if — then the caucus should reveal that to the world so that fencesitting Republicans in Alaska know exactly what kind of snake they’re dealing with here. It’s amazing to me that they were promising to boot her yesterday and, 24 hours later, suddenly they’ve reversed themselves and don’t want to talk about it. Spill it.

Update: Hatch has been kissing a lot of tea-party butt lately in order to avoid a Bob Bennett scenario of his own in two years, but I’m not sure it’s going to save him. A new bon mot:

But with the committee unlikely to conduct any further business this year and the act seen as largely symbolic, Republicans decided not to add insult to her injury at the hands of Joe Miller, the tea party-backed candidate who beat her in the primary.

“We all respect the system, and she still is a Republican senator,’’ said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah.) after the closed party caucus. “It’s just a matter of good taste. We decided to keep the status quo as long as she’s a senator.’’


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No cojones.

davidk on September 22, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Cornyn & McConnell are not your friend.

end of story.

tetriskid on September 22, 2010 at 3:19 PM

I swear, sometimes I wonder if the GOP wants to p-ss off the Tea Partiers and conservatives so much that they splinter off into a third party.

Doughboy on September 22, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Wasn’t Joe Miller promised she’d at least lose seniority? Or was he just assuming this?

Wethal on September 22, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Crash and Burn
I bet they they let her self destruct on her own .
If she loses everything on her OWN , then she is damaged goods and not good to any of the BRIBE MAKERS in D.C.

ELMO Q on September 22, 2010 at 3:20 PM

ain’t nothing like enabling a loser. C’mon fellas, take a freakin’ stand for once would you….

ted c on September 22, 2010 at 3:20 PM

As per Ace Blog:

Maybe the thought is that if they push her too hard, she may end up voting with the Dems in the lame duck.

aquaviva on September 22, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Stupid party

Asher on September 22, 2010 at 3:20 PM

This is one of the reasons I think all people associated with this broken system leave, republican or democrat. If you lose, grow some balls (she looks like she might have) and move aside for new people. This is what politics should be. I swear if we put term limits on these morons of both parties, most of the problems would fade away…

momof2 on September 22, 2010 at 3:20 PM

When will the GOP in DC ever get the picture that we are taking over and not the elitists??! This ticks me off

ConservativePartyNow on September 22, 2010 at 3:21 PM

They are just providing more evidence that the only solution is to Vote them ALL out. There has to be a house cleaning, we have started with the dead weight trash in the GOP, but we will not stop until the party shines like new again.

We will remember in November.

Voidseeker on September 22, 2010 at 3:21 PM

She must have threatened to do something ugly. In the lame duck session, for example.

petefrt on September 22, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Daddy!? Please call those mean guys in DC and tell them to keep my seat warm for me.
@Lisa

ted c on September 22, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Cornyn & McConnell are not your friend.

end of story.

tetriskid on September 22, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Yup. What a disgrace.

The whole GOP leadership needs to go after the election. Then tarred and feathered.

Norwegian on September 22, 2010 at 3:21 PM

As per Ace Blog:

Maybe the thought is that if they push her too hard, she may end up voting with the Dems in the lame duck.

aquaviva on September 22, 2010 at 3:20 PM

She’ll probably do it anyway

ConservativePartyNow on September 22, 2010 at 3:21 PM

This will the story of 2011 and 2012, too. Ball-less republicans.

lorien1973 on September 22, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Wait..she resigned her leadership positions? Oh. Seniority…

Skandia Recluse on September 22, 2010 at 3:22 PM

I’m gonna preempt True_King here. The GOP betrayed us…

Firefly_76 on September 22, 2010 at 3:22 PM

If the senate GOP cannot take a stand on this, how can we expect them to stand when tough decisions need to be made? UGH. So disappointing.

MississippiMom on September 22, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Maybe she has dirt on them?

rbj on September 22, 2010 at 3:22 PM

We should have voted for Mike Castle so he could stand up to Lisa Murkowski.

Akzed on September 22, 2010 at 3:22 PM

The Establishment Porkers strike again! The kingdom must be saved for the elite RINOs.

And they wonder why Congress’s ratings are in the dumpster.

Ogabe on September 22, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Unreal: Senate GOP decides not to strip Murkowski Mokarshiki of seniority on Energy committee after all

Ahem.

Emily M. on September 22, 2010 at 3:22 PM

The Senate is as corrupt an institution as there is in politics. Crooks and cronies with actual power.

Should we be surprised that they hold the will of the electorate in disdain?

IronDioPriest on September 22, 2010 at 3:23 PM

As per Ace Blog:

Maybe the thought is that if they push her too hard, she may end up voting with the Dems in the lame duck.

aquaviva on September 22, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Good. Let her. It’ll expose her for the fraud we all know she is. It’ll vindicate the Tea Party Express and Sarah Palin for endorsing Joe Miller. And it’ll hopefully encourage every RINO and so-called moderate in the GOP to decide whose side they’re on so we can get the purge over with.

Doughboy on September 22, 2010 at 3:23 PM

And once again, the wimps step up to the plate.

And they wonder why we true conservatives are fed up with spineless Republicans just as much as lying Democrats.

fogw on September 22, 2010 at 3:23 PM

maybe it’s the better to keep her inside the tent pissing out than outside the tent pissing in.

It’s the Hillary as SECSTATE strategy redux?

ted c on September 22, 2010 at 3:23 PM

I don’t agree with the move but I could see a reason for it…

If’s she is going to lose, not a real threat to Miller, then why risk alienating her supporters that are voting for Miller by appearing to be spiteful of her now.

Like I said, if it were my decision, I would strip her too for thumbing her nose at the primary voters.

ChipDaddy on September 22, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Like Rush says: It’s Washington vs. the rest of America.

kingsjester on September 22, 2010 at 3:24 PM

I buy Russ’s (at Ace’s) best guess they don’t need a really pissed lame duck R going postal by voting with the D’s.

Dusty on September 22, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Maybe she has dirt on them?

rbj on September 22, 2010 at 3:22 PM

prolly right

ted c on September 22, 2010 at 3:25 PM

On the horizon it looks like a GOP landslide, but they are not diong everything in their power to assure this. The only thing keeping the landslide alive is the tanking of Odumbo. Now we are just trying to finish the race.

rjoco1 on September 22, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Proving once again if they can’t be trusted with the little things how are we supposed to trust them with the big things.

fourdeucer on September 22, 2010 at 3:25 PM

If she votes with the Dems in the lame duck session, we need to seriously consider bringing back tarring and feathering.

fossten on September 22, 2010 at 3:25 PM

If she has any hope of taking on Begich, she can’t really burn her bridges by voting with the Dems in lame duck.

Wethal on September 22, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Cornyn & McConnell are not your friend.

end of story.

tetriskid on September 22, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Excuse me… This, despite strong words from colleagues like Sen. John Cornyn a day earlier, who was among many Republicans who predicted they would remove her from the committee post.

Texas Gal on September 22, 2010 at 3:26 PM

It’s called hedging their bets.

ButterflyDragon on September 22, 2010 at 3:26 PM

The rino hunt can never rest.

the_nile on September 22, 2010 at 3:26 PM

We should have voted for Mike Castle so he could stand up to Lisa Murkowski.

Akzed on September 22, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Heh.

bitsy on September 22, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Ed really needs to create a GOPelitism posts like he creates Obamateurism posts.

The GOP is almost as tone deaf as the Democrats.

beatcanvas on September 22, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Pathetic.

Mr. Bingley on September 22, 2010 at 3:27 PM

maybe it’s the better to keep her inside the tent pissing out than outside the tent pissing in.

It’s the Hillary as SECSTATE strategy redux?

ted c on September 22, 2010

Yeah maybe its that. Don’t ya just hate Washington politics?!

JonPrichard on September 22, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Like Rush says: It’s Washington vs. the rest of America.

kingsjester on September 22, 2010 at 3:24 PM

The worst entitlement mentality gathers there.

the_nile on September 22, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Unreal: Senate GOP decides not to strip Murkowski Mokarshiki Musarhowbski of seniority on Energy committee after all

Ahem.

Emily M. on September 22, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Ahem.

fossten on September 22, 2010 at 3:29 PM

This represents EVERYTHING that’s wrong with the GOP “establishment”. Collectively, they can’t scrounge up the BALLS to do what is right – strip this POS of every single position/committee membership she possesses.

I am NOT impressed with the “argument” she’s likely to lose those positions anyway. You lousy GOP leadership turds in Washington! Next round is 2012. Next round we’re coming after you

alwyr on September 22, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Excuse me… This, despite strong words from colleagues like Sen. John Cornyn a day earlier, who was among many Republicans who predicted they would remove her from the committee post.

Texas Gal on September 22, 2010

Uh, but they didn’t pull the trigger, so are they ‘our friends’ or not?

JonPrichard on September 22, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Voters to Washington DC elitists:

The floggings will continue until morale improves.

bitsy on September 22, 2010 at 3:30 PM

What do RINOs and eunuchs have in common. They are running the “establishment” republican party. Even an incompetent lightweight like Obama makes them look shallow and pathetic.

volsense on September 22, 2010 at 3:30 PM

If she has any hope of taking on Begich, she can’t really burn her bridges by voting with the Dems in lame duck.

Wethal on September 22, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Uh, she nuked those bridges when she mounted a write-in campaign. Her political career is finished.

Doughboy on September 22, 2010 at 3:32 PM

I’ve become fatalistic about these things. Either people will decide that they’ve had enough of the Insider Show, or they won’t.

I get about 4 pieces of mail from the RNC weekly, even though I keep writing notes back that they’re wasting their money. Those IDIOTS.

disa on September 22, 2010 at 3:33 PM

They still don’t understand what’s going on. Pathetic.

Let Lubowski vote with the other sore losers in the lame duck session if she wants to. She isn’t respecting the results of the party primary and she’s jeopardizing the seat for the next 6 years.

forest on September 22, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Update: One other thing. If Murkowski somehow let them know that she’d vote Democratic in the lame-duck if they stripped her of Energy seniority — I’m not saying she did, but if — then the caucus should reveal that to the world so that fencesitting Republicans in Alaska know exactly what kind of snake they’re dealing with here. It’s amazing to me that they were promising to boot her yesterday and, 24 hours later, suddenly they’ve reversed themselves and don’t want to talk about it. Spill it.

They dont wont a Sarah victory. To much of a people thing.

the_nile on September 22, 2010 at 3:33 PM

alwyr on September 22, 2010 at 3:29 PM

I like your style, kid.

Akzed on September 22, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Update: Ace speculates that they’re afraid to push her too hard lest she vote with the Democrats in the lame-duck session. Isn’t she going to do that anyway if she loses to Miller? By definition, she’s a sore loser. Seniority won’t mean anything to her during the lame-duck if she knows she won’t be around next year to enjoy it.

..yeah; she’s all about the good of AK and the party all right. She was stumping in AK during the DREAM ACT vote yesterday.

The War Planner on September 22, 2010 at 3:33 PM

This is so F*cking typical on so many fronts that I am just sick to death of this.

Scoreboard44 on September 22, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Grand
Old
Puss!es

blatantblue on September 22, 2010 at 3:34 PM

In line with tokyo rove actions.

the_nile on September 22, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Hedging their bets. If she manages to win, they hope this will keep her in the caucus. Not worth having IMO.

Curmudgeon on September 22, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Gutless. Spineless. Weenie led GOP Senate. God. It’s quite unnerving. It’s like why even bother to vote with leadership like this.

Scoreboard44 on September 22, 2010 at 3:35 PM

It’s called hedging their bets.

ButterflyDragon on September 22, 2010 at 3:26 PM

That is exactly what the GOP is doing. The GOP has become a bloody mess. Except for a few steadfast Conservative Republicans, the GOP has become the RINO Party and I’m done with it for the time being. My votes will go to fiscally and socially conservatives only.

sinsing on September 22, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Finally, a RINO blacklist even Allahpundit can support.

We need to send these schmucks back to the private sector and let them try to find real jobs in this non-recession recession they helped to create.

Terrie on September 22, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Grand
Old
Puss!es

blatantblue on September 22, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Absolutely

Scoreboard44 on September 22, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Prelude to 2011 … Just think of the possibilities.

tarpon on September 22, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Jeezus H. Christ. Unbelievable. These people are beyond belief and hope. The gutlessness and tone deafness just defies belief. Their world simply must be pulled down around them. Nothing less will do.

rrpjr on September 22, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Excuse me… This, despite strong words from colleagues like Sen. John Cornyn a day earlier, who was among many Republicans who predicted they would remove her from the committee post.

Texas Gal on September 22, 2010

Exactly.

John Cornyn is a liar. He lied again.

tetriskid on September 22, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Ugh. What the hell? Miller is the GOP nominee…she should be dead to them, and seniority shouldn’t even be a question. The spineless losers are probably afraid of giving her ammo for her ‘it’s me against the world’ campaign, or whatever, but they need to do the right thing here. Good grief.

changer1701 on September 22, 2010 at 3:37 PM

I mean really

they are old

and very pusillanimous.

they are not grand, however.

unless you are speaking of how grand they are in their thickheadedness.

blatantblue on September 22, 2010 at 3:38 PM

If they can’t show any backbone on this, how on earth are they going to rally this country and push through a conservative agenda including repealing Obamacare and spending reductions?

The answer: They won’t.

WisRich on September 22, 2010 at 3:38 PM

I want an explanation.

They have ping pong balls for gonads or she is threatening them, or one of them, with something big.

Schadenfreude on September 22, 2010 at 3:38 PM

She is sooo ugly, from the inside.

Schadenfreude on September 22, 2010 at 3:38 PM

If it’s about her basing her votes on vindictiveness, then I’d think that is something that would need to be exposed. They’re handling this Lisa Minnelli fiasco with more fear and caution than Obama does with our foreign enemies, if that’s what this is about.

Unbelieveable that they would do this. Can’t think of 1 good reason to do it.

stldave on September 22, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Maybe she has dirt on them?

rbj on September 22, 2010 at 3:22 PM

It’s got to be something…this is just bizarre. The GOP did a total 180 on this. Must be a dang good reason.

JetBoy on September 22, 2010 at 3:39 PM

I think this is funny…

upinak on September 22, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Rove probably told them not to.

SirGawain on September 22, 2010 at 3:39 PM

I thought people from Texas were supposed to have backbone?

beatcanvas on September 22, 2010 at 3:39 PM

A GOP source in the room tells CNN, despite anger towards Murkowski, the conference decided not to even take up the question of the Senate Energy Committee post

That’s why we needed Mike Castle in the senate, to make sure the right people are heading these committees!

Right johngalt23?

Right Good Lt?

Right Jenfidel?

Right Vyce?

Right?!

Akzed on September 22, 2010 at 3:39 PM

The labels like republicans and demorats are obsolete. Let the RINOs in the establishment GOP splinter off and form a third party. The Tea Party will become the dominant party. Take the conservatives in the GOP and the Reagan democrats and the majority will rule as it should. The shallow pathetic incompetents left in either party don’t have the brains or guts to lead. Good riddance.

volsense on September 22, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Seriously, this sort of example-making isn’t worth the time and effort when Leeza Mircousky already has one foot in her political grave.

BradSchwartze on September 22, 2010 at 3:40 PM

You’re right, AP.
Ace is wrong on this one.

Y-not on September 22, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Politico reports;

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who has been sharply critical of Murkowski, said before the vote that he expected the conference to remove her from her committee post by an “overwhelming margin,” saying there was a “principle involved.”

After the vote, DeMint refused to comment.

“I’m not going to comment on that right now,” DeMint said.

… not “right now.”

Maybe later?

Terp Mole on September 22, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Stab the establishment.

carbon_footprint on September 22, 2010 at 3:42 PM

beatcanvas on September 22, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Why go through all this unnecessary “example-making” if Leeza already has the handicap of public opinion being against her? Sometimes, you get so wrapped up in the tactics and the next chess move that you can’t think of how the next move plays with the public.

BradSchwartze on September 22, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Burn the motherf^*#er down.

If she has any hope of taking on Begich, she can’t really burn her bridges by voting with the Dems in lame duck.

Wethal on September 22, 2010 at 3:26 PM

She has no hope of ever running as a Republican again.

I am hoping that Joe Miller and Sarah Palin will be teaming up to recruit the next candidate for Senate to take on Begich.

I fail to understand why anyone would give this woman another shot at a Republican Senate seat when the primary voters just booted her out of the one she already had.

Two possibilities.

1. AK AG Dan Sullivan. Military vet, Bush43 NSC experience.

2. Governor Sean Parnell, should he decide not to run for his second full term in 2014.

There are two great options. I’m sure that there are more I haven’t heard of yet, just like Miller.

Brian1972 on September 22, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Uh, she nuked those bridges when she mounted a write-in campaign. Her political career is finished.

Doughboy on September 22, 2010 at 3:32 PM

As a Republican. But she may be thinking of doing an Arlen and switching parties — in which case she could trade some of her lame duck session votes for a nice appointment to some czarina post or some other Dim sinecure. She’s going to be hunting for a new job after the November election, and it’s probably slim pickings out there for a middle-aged hack politician with no actual job skills.

AZCoyote on September 22, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Hey RNC, send me another letter asking for support.

tgillian on September 22, 2010 at 3:43 PM

As a Republican. But she may be thinking of doing an Arlen and switching parties — in which case she could trade some of her lame duck session votes for a nice appointment to some czarina post or some other Dim sinecure. She’s going to be hunting for a new job after the November election, and it’s probably slim pickings out there for a middle-aged hack politician with no actual job skills.

AZCoyote on September 22, 2010 at 3:43 PM

They should expose her.

the_nile on September 22, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Wow Charlie Crist has a twin sister..:)

Dire Straits on September 22, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Seriously, this sort of example-making isn’t worth the time and effort when Leeza Mircousky Lizard McKooky already has one foot in her political grave.

BradSchwartze on September 22, 2010 at 3:40 PM

FIFY

bitsy on September 22, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Akzed on September 22, 2010 at 3:39 PM

You like fish sticks?

ted c on September 22, 2010 at 3:45 PM

What is it going to take for the GOP to get a clue.

SERIOUSLY.

stenwin77 on September 22, 2010 at 3:45 PM

It’s pretty d@mned sad, when elected officials hold their vote hostage, when they don’t win a re-election bid. That says a lot about a person, and their character, and how much they lie in the first place, to attain, and keep power.

On the flip side, Republicans need to just man up, and take hher to the woodshed. If she’s going to go with the Dems in a lame duck session, if she loses, she’ll do it if she’s stripped of power too, so just go for it, and as you said Allah….let the people of Alaska know, just what a biatch this woman is.

capejasmine on September 22, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Let’s have names.

Which senator sits on the Senate Energy Committee?

Sir Napsalot on September 22, 2010 at 3:46 PM

GOP = Gonads OPtional

darwin on September 22, 2010 at 3:46 PM

WSJ blog reports;

“We all respect the system, and she still is a Republican senator,’’ said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah.) after the closed party caucus. “It’s just a matter of good taste. We decided to keep the status quo as long as she’s a senator.”

Talk about tone deaf.

Terp Mole on September 22, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Why go through all this unnecessary “example-making” if Leeza already has the handicap of public opinion being against her? Sometimes, you get so wrapped up in the tactics and the next chess move that you can’t think of how the next move plays with the public.

BradSchwartze on September 22, 2010 at 3:43 PM

This was in no way “unnecessary”.

The NRSC, and the GOP Senate Caucus had a chance to solidify themselves with their own grassroots.

Take a damn stand, you f^*#ing cowards.

They blew it. Big time.

Brian1972 on September 22, 2010 at 3:46 PM

I’m not saying she did, but if — then the caucus should reveal that to the world so that fencesitting Republicans in Alaska know exactly what kind of snake they’re dealing with here.

Agree 100%

darwin on September 22, 2010 at 3:46 PM

As a Republican. But she may be thinking of doing an Arlen and switching parties — in which case she could trade some of her lame duck session votes for a nice appointment to some czarina post or some other Dim sinecure. She’s going to be hunting for a new job after the November election, and it’s probably slim pickings out there for a middle-aged hack politician with no actual job skills.

AZCoyote on September 22, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Yeah, and how long will that last? If Obama gets run in 2012, that appointment is gone. And she can’t run as a Dem for Senate in Alaska in 2014 since Begich already has the seat(a primary challenge is futile).

She’s destroyed any future in politics. And if her shenanigans cost Miller and the GOP this Senate seat, she won’t be able to show her face in public again.

Doughboy on September 22, 2010 at 3:47 PM

“We all respect the system, and she still is a Republican senator,’’ said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah.) after the closed party caucus. “It’s just a matter of good taste. We decided to keep the status quo as long as she’s a senator.”

In other words, she knows where the bodies are buried….

ted c on September 22, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Enablers gonna enable.

LastRick on September 22, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Ahem, if they are only going to be in session for a week or 2 more with no legislative business before the election, then this has to be about seniority in the lameduck. I don’t get why this matters. She has the right to vote as a Senator until the term ends. What am I missing?

txmomof6 on September 22, 2010 at 3:47 PM

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