Palin rips Murkowski, says “hired guns threatened” talk show host

posted at 10:30 am on October 30, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Want to know how the world will look if Congress reinstates the Fairness Doctrine?  Take a long look at what happened in Alaska when a radio talk-show host ran afoul of the political Establishment.  After running a contest to get Alaskans to add themselves to a list of write-in candidates for the Senate race, Lisa Murkowski’s ad buyer threatened to get the FCC involved in Dan Fagan’s “electioneering” — and got him taken off the air.  Now Sarah Palin has launched a broadside from her Facebook site against Murkowski for attacking free speech and political discourse:

Yesterday, Lisa Murkowski’s hired guns threatened radio host Dan Fagan, and more importantly, the station that airs Fagan’s show, with legal action for allegedly illegal “electioneering.” The station, unlike Murkowski, who is flush with millions of dollars from vested corporate interests, does not have a budget for a legal defense. So it did what any small market station would do when threatened by Beltway lawyers charging $500 to $1000 an hour – they pulled Dan Fagan off the air.

Does all this sound heavy handed? It is. It is an interference with Dan Fagan’s constitutional right to free speech. It is also a shocking indictment against Lisa Murkowski. How low will she go to hold onto power? First, she gets the Division of Elections to change its write-in process – a process that Judge Pfiffner correctly determined had been in place without change for 50 years. She is accepting financial support from federal contractors, an act that is highly questionable and now pending before the FEC. And today, she played her last card. She made it clear that if you disagree with her and encourage others to exercise their civic rights, she’ll take you off the air.

The concept of “electioneering” involves several issues, but typically refers to campaigning at the polls, which is appropriately banned. Under federal law, it can also mean paying for advertising on broadcast media during a federal election cycle, and it requires disclosures if done by groups and corporations. Fagan used satire to mock Murkowski’s write-in efforts and encouraged Alaskans to run as write-in candidates. That is not illegal. That is free speech.

Would Fagan and the radio station eventually get cleared on this?  Yes, for the reasons given by Palin — but that’s not really the point. Murkowski didn’t need the FCC and the FEC to act in order to silence Fagan’s dissent; she only needed to use her power to threaten an intervention to succeed.

The real problem is that giving the powerful a tool like the Fairness Doctrine makes it even easier to shut down media criticism.  We know this from its track record.  The FD was so unworkable and vague that most radio and television stations simply refused to air political commentary of any kind.  Imagine what kind of power that will hand people like Murkowski once it gets re-enacted, or a similar restriction under a different name.

Of course, the first thing that people can do is to keep those who abuse their power from holding office in the first place.  Hopefully Alaskans take a lesson from Murkowski’s easy reach to government authority to silence her critics, and choose wisely at the ballot box on Tuesday.


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Pablo on October 30, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Lawfare.

the_nile on October 30, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Good piece Ed.. No wonder why the GOP establishment fears this lady so much; I believe she would actually clean house and restore dignity to our government. If she runs, she has vote and support locked up.

Keemo on October 30, 2010 at 10:34 AM

(my vote) jeez

Keemo on October 30, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Locked and ready to roll….Lisa will go down for her childish behavior…Rat Face Witch.

hawkman on October 30, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Murkowski – Her father would be so proud. One of the (hopefully) old-school politicians who believe that winning at any cost is okay.

She, and every other politician with these entitlement issues, needs to be purged over the next 4 years.

Yellowdog12 on October 30, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Sarah Palin is going to pound upon Lisa Murkowski. Joe Miller needs to make an end run around this mess as Sarah’s fire will fix Mukworski in position so he can capture the flag and win the seat for Alaska. Come November 5th, Lisa and Charlie Crist can start a reality show together about politicians that should be left for dead.

ted c on October 30, 2010 at 10:39 AM

I love Palin. She pulls no punches.

Liensa Mirshoeesko, daughter of Frink Mirshoeesko … is sent reeling from the blow Palin landed.

darwin on October 30, 2010 at 10:39 AM

And she does it all from Facebook. :)

Bob's Kid on October 30, 2010 at 10:39 AM

I personally am convinced that Lisa M. is running a close second to Crist for “creepy” factor.

I understand that Miller has made some bonehead mistakes, but Lisa’s power in AK is truly chilling.

I still can’t believe they can print lists of names to take in. That was a no-no clear back in corrupt So. Indiana when I was a precinct chair, way, way back in the 70′s!

Nevermind now. One thing, it’s quite clear that Sarah isn’t even going to pretend to be polite, anymore.

Nor should she be.

AnninCA on October 30, 2010 at 10:39 AM

And she does it all from Facebook. :)

Bob’s Kid on October 30, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Isn’t she in AK?

I’m hope she totally rips into Lisa publicly and out loud.

AnninCA on October 30, 2010 at 10:40 AM

The mentality of Lisa Murkagawa is the mentality of the GOP elitists.

The ugliness we see in her – the anti-democratic attitude – the noble sense of the “entitlement” of an “elitist” …

IS PRESENT in EVERY GOP ESTABLISHMENT POLITICIAN.

Put them under a little bit of stress – and it comes out every time for all the world to see. You saw it with Crist, with Specter, with Castle, with Bennett … you see it in the actions of John Cornyn and Mitch McConnell.

This is an attitude that we need to eliminate from the Republican party.

HondaV65 on October 30, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Meanwhile, over on Ricochet you too can, for only $3.47 (USD) per month, explain to a paid opinion writer who has no opinion on this matter why it is important to resist the inclination to give the power to silence political voices to wannabe tyrants.

Skandia Recluse on October 30, 2010 at 10:41 AM

This is the dumbest move ever. It plays right into the spoiled brat princess persona of this write in stunt of Sen. Murkawski. But by golly, you better not vote on an on-line poll from work computers, the republic might not survive.

Cindy Munford on October 30, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Time for internet radio?

unclesmrgol on October 30, 2010 at 10:41 AM

The ridiculous thing is she is passing out wristbands and buttons for people to wear to the polls to ‘remind’ them. How wearing apparel to the polls with a candidates name on it isn’t electioneering beats me.

clement on October 30, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Moocowsky had to drop her mask to do this. I hope everyone got a good look.

darwin on October 30, 2010 at 10:42 AM

I understand that Miller has made some bonehead mistakes, but Lisa’s power in AK is truly chilling.

AnninCA on October 30, 2010 at 10:39 AM

What’s scary is the reach of the powers that support her.
She’s a puppet.

Chicago on ice.

the_nile on October 30, 2010 at 10:43 AM

This is an attitude that we need to eliminate from the Republican party.

HondaV65 on October 30, 2010 at 10:40 AM

It’s why Obama’s message about the car being driven into the ditch sort of works, too. You’re right. They exhibit an appalling sense of entitlement, and a very obvious willingness to not play fair.

And that is precisely why they drove the car into the ditch.

He’s right about that one. If the GOP doesn’t shift, and I mean really shift, it’ll be a repeat.

AnninCA on October 30, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Host – Dan Fagan

http://www.kfqd.com/user/27

canopfor on October 30, 2010 at 10:44 AM

This is what our enemies can expect from President Palin. When you strike you can expect to be carpet bombed by her even if the target is one of Sarah’s detractors Yeah, that should be be repeated – Fagan is no friend of Sarah’s.

There is no bowing to enemies with Sarah at all.

turfmann on October 30, 2010 at 10:45 AM

What’s scary is the reach of the powers that support her.
She’s a puppet.

Chicago on ice.

the_nile on October 30, 2010 at 10:43 AM

I think those same powers devastated the state with Palin inquiries, myself.

I’ve read some convincing pieces about who is supporting the loose cannons up there, including the bloggers. It is creepy.

Nobody so far has agreed with me, but I think the bloggers are anarchists, essentially. They don’t care how they overturn the state processes, just so long as they discredit Palin.

It’s weird, to me. The ones behind it have no real power, frankly. They are being used. It’s more like mental illness.

I suppose that’s not out of the realm in AK.

AnninCA on October 30, 2010 at 10:46 AM

This is an attitude that we need to eliminate from the Republican party.

HondaV65 on October 30, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Amen….

Keemo on October 30, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Lisa is summed up in this little video ditty!!

How Liberals Argue

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGwtG8nVpUU

canopfor on October 30, 2010 at 10:47 AM

After running a contest to get Alaskans to add themselves to a list of write-in candidates for the Senate race

Ed, Fagan did not “run a contest.” That was Murkowski’s lawyer’s claim. The actual “contest” content was about 30 seconds’ worth (in a 3 hour show) of jokes about giving away station mugs or “a free trip to Hawaii!” to people who went down to register as write-in candidates. That was it.

Listen to the audio of the broadcast if you haven’t already.

Missy on October 30, 2010 at 10:48 AM

It will be a real shame if Murkowski wins. She’s exactly the type of arrogant, elitist politician we are so tired of. Apparently, she thinks she’s the queen and we’re the peasants. I pray Alaskans kick her out of office next Tuesday.

Lizzy on October 30, 2010 at 10:49 AM

This is an attitude that we need to eliminate from the Republican party.

HondaV65 on October 30, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Nail/Head! This is to the heart of our problems in DC.

bluemarlin on October 30, 2010 at 10:49 AM

I personally am convinced that Lisa M. is running a close second to Crist for “creepy” factor.

AnninCA on October 30, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Crist and Mur’s campaign motto: “A vote for me is a vote for me”.

Paul-Cincy on October 30, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Can you imagine the actions of this woman in an evenly split Senate? I bet she lulls herself to sleep at night thinking of the power of her single vote.

Cindy Munford on October 30, 2010 at 10:53 AM

I think those same powers devastated the state with Palin inquiries, myself.

Yes , the attacks were bipartisan from the establishment cabal , she was and is a threat to take away “free” pork.

I’ve read some convincing pieces about who is supporting the loose cannons up there, including the bloggers. It is creepy.

Nobody so far has agreed with me, but I think the bloggers are anarchists, essentially. They don’t care how they overturn the state processes, just so long as they discredit Palin.

It’s weird, to me. The ones behind it have no real power, frankly. They are being used. It’s more like mental illness.

I suppose that’s not out of the realm in AK.

AnninCA on October 30, 2010 at 10:46 AM

People with envy are useful idiots for the corrupt with power.

the_nile on October 30, 2010 at 10:53 AM

she only needed to use her power to threaten an intervention to succeed.

this is called extortion and is a crime. Someone needs to file charges against Lisa. threatening the use of force to obtain a favorable result is extortion. It is a crime that falls under the RICO act. @ such charges and RICO can be used. Politicans are not gods, they are not above the law. A threat of a use of force any force be it a knive, a gun, or a lawyer is a a crime. the american people have become immune to this type of action and until people start counter filing charges on the lawyers who use the threat of force to obtain a result the practice will only continue to grow because like all extortion it works.

unseen on October 30, 2010 at 10:54 AM

(I) Leasa Maserati is going to get chewed up by the ‘Cuda!
Obama will do the same thing this professional politician did, if we allow it. In a heartbeat.

kingsjester on October 30, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Talk radio host off the air after rallying listeners to run for Senate

Joshua Saul | Oct 29, 2010

http://www.alaskadispatch.com/blogs/political-animal/7331-talk-radio-host-off-the-air-after-rallying-listeners-to-run-for-senate

canopfor on October 30, 2010 at 10:55 AM

The pork in AK is key to many people who have wealth. That’s pretty clear.

And that’s Lisa’s base. That’s also clear.

And a lot of people live off of that pork.

It’s a tough enough argument Miller is making there, until you look at what he is saying. And then it’s not so tough. There’s not going to be anymore pork. We’re broke.

But, I have not seen him able to connect those dots. He’s been really damaged by the judicial system, which is obviously bought and paid for by the Murkowski clan.

AnninCA on October 30, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Isn’t she in AK?

I’m hope she totally rips into Lisa publicly and out loud.

AnninCA on October 30, 2010 at 10:40 AM

she is in WV today and DE tommorrow

unseen on October 30, 2010 at 10:57 AM

I’ll bet Karl Rove woke up this morning feeling more left behind than usual.

**********

I hear Harry Reid’s intended motto before Tuesday’s discovery was “A vote for anyone is a vote for me.”

viking01 on October 30, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Anyway, I’m really glad to see Sarah take off the gloves on this one.

It definitely crosses a line.

AnninCA on October 30, 2010 at 10:57 AM

unseen on October 30, 2010 at 10:57 AM

OK, so the Miller rally was Thursday only?

AnninCA on October 30, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Put them under a little bit of stress – and it comes out every time for all the world to see. You saw it with Crist, with Specter, with Castle, with Bennett … you see it in the actions of John Cornyn and Mitch McConnell.

This is an attitude that we need to eliminate from the Republican party.

HondaV65 on October 30, 2010 at 10:40 AM

I have never seen it come out of Gov Palin when she is under pressure which is one of the biggest reasons I support her. She is very different.

unseen on October 30, 2010 at 10:58 AM

It’s actually good for Sarah for people to see how the Court is playing along with Lisa.

That is what I always saw as happening after the election. I remain amazed that a guy, trooper, can get 3 warnings for drinking on the job, taser his kid, and actually end up looking like the good guy. LOL*

That sort of said it all to me. Heck, I watch Alaskan Police show. Those guys are straight arrows! :)

AnninCA on October 30, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Ugly, ugly, Ugly.

“But Daddy, they want to take my Senate seat away! You promised! Boo-hooooooo . . . “

BigAlSouth on October 30, 2010 at 11:00 AM

OK, so the Miller rally was Thursday only?

AnninCA on October 30, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Yes. she will be wrapping up cmapaigning for the close senate races and some conressional races this weekend. and Tues she will be in NY fox studios to cover the election results

unseen on October 30, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Dan Fagan, the conservative talk show host who lately spends much of his three-hour radio show slamming U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and extolling the virtues of Republican Joe Miller, has been yanked off the air.

About halfway through Fagan’s show Thursday afternoon a caller phoned in to say he had just registered as a write-in candidate in the Senate race, which includes Miller, Murkowski, and Democrat Scott McAdams. The caller’s provocation — and the reason Fagan liked the idea — was the Division of Elections’ decision to provide voters who ask with a list of the write-in candidates. The Alaska Supreme Court is currently looking at the legality of that decision. Flooding that list with 150 names ranging from Michael Ames to Kathy Jo Zurek, Fagan figured, would mean fewer votes for Murkowski.

Wow. Just wow. Murkowski uses her power like a bat. Threats—infringment upon the freedom of speech. She needs to be beaten politically …

ted c on October 30, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Holy Cow! I go to bed with a promise to myself to stay away from the computer and the election news and WHAM! Sarah really lays one on Murky! That was a thing of beauty. This woman fights and she should be treasured and supported. No one on either side of this battle of the Titans knows what to do except for Sarah fighting for truth, justice and the American Way.

BetseyRoss on October 30, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Oh, great. Another thread that cheesehead can go batshite crazy in. Last night was enough.

Blake on October 30, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Caption contest on that front picture is on:

Too easy

Beauty and the Beast

Schadenfreude on October 30, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Paging Madison Conservative….

You always bring a fresh new perspective to things little Maddy..

katy on October 30, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Holy Cow! I go to bed with a promise to myself to stay away from the computer and the election news and WHAM! Sarah really lays one on Murky! That was a thing of beauty. This woman fights and she should be treasured and supported. No one on either side of this battle of the Titans knows what to do except for Sarah fighting for truth, justice and the American Way.

BetseyRoss on October 30, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Oh shoot, let’s start our diet Wednesday. :)

AnninCA on October 30, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Miller, Buck, O’Donnell, etc., really have to be viewed as people who stepped up, unschooled as they might have been in dealing with the press and politics.

I think all of them are perfect fine people. It’s tough to put in outsiders, for just this reason.

AnninCA on October 30, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Fairness doctrine? Why is it always the opposite of what libtards call it.

Mojave Mark on October 30, 2010 at 11:05 AM

(I) Leasa Maserati is going to get chewed up by the ‘Cuda!

kingsjester on October 30, 2010 at 10:55 AM

kingsjester:Speaking of Maserati’s!:)
==========================================================
Sammy Hagar – I Can’t Drive 55

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvV3nn_de2k
********************************************

We will use Bullitt as an analogy,Cuda wull be the Mustang,
and Lisa will be the Charger,her Lawyer will be riding shot
gun,litterally!!!!!
=================

THE BEST MOVIE CAR CHASE – BULLITT 1968

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-y1VUdnQXo&feature=related

canopfor on October 30, 2010 at 11:06 AM

she is in WV today and DE tommorrow

unseen on October 30, 2010 at 10:57 AM

The DE thing tomorrow is an internet rumor. Get it? O’Donnell/witch/Halloween? Leftists are so funny! (in their own minds)

Palin did say she was willing to go to DE though so perhaps she’ll go on Monday.

powerpro on October 30, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Sounds to me like a perfect opportunity for Fagan to hit John Tracy and his company (he’s president of public advertising and public relations firm that makes commercials for the Murkcowski campaign, and one of the ones who made the complaint) and the Murkcowski campaign itself with a lawsuit for tortious interference (which I learned about from Mark Levin).

rmgraha on October 30, 2010 at 11:07 AM

AnninCA on October 30, 2010 at 11:05 AM

I noticed that the a new “concern” i.e. talking point is that these rubes will get to D.C. and ruin the place because they don’t know how all of this government stuff works. I don’t think anyone from inside the Beltway are giving credit to non-professionals, they are too stupid to realize that that professional politicians are the problem.

Cindy Munford on October 30, 2010 at 11:11 AM

I just think Alaska is looking very shabby again. Palin was part of a movement to clean up corruption.

Obviously, there’s more work that needs to be done.

AnninCA on October 30, 2010 at 11:12 AM

noticed that the a new “concern” i.e. talking point is that these rubes will get to D.C. and ruin the place because they don’t know how all of this government stuff works. I don’t think anyone from inside the Beltway are giving credit to non-professionals, they are too stupid to realize that that professional politicians are the problem.

Cindy Munford on October 30, 2010 at 11:11 AM

I don’t doubt there will be some raw moments. So what, I say.

AnninCA on October 30, 2010 at 11:13 AM

they are too stupid to realize that that professional politicians are the problem.

Cindy Munford on October 30, 2010 at 11:11 AM

It’s time to remove those blinders!

ladyingray on October 30, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Oh shoot, let’s start our diet Wednesday. :)

AnninCA on October 30, 2010 at 11:03 AM

OK, that sounds like a good plan especially after a night of drinking and popcorn!

BetseyRoss on October 30, 2010 at 11:16 AM

AnninCA on October 30, 2010 at 11:13 AM

I hope one of the first raw moments comes in guise of how bills are written to hide the intentions of the lawmakers.

Cindy Munford on October 30, 2010 at 11:16 AM

What needs to happen next, though, is someone who can clearly articulate in terms people can grasp easily just what is meant by smaller government.

How specifically does that work?

Do we go back to multiple applications state-by-state? That frankly puts the power into the Federal Courts. They start batting down nutty state laws that are politically popular but silly. (CA does that constantly with propositions. I suggest: Don’t go there.)

Someone needs to emerge with a true commensense applicative explanation. The next step is to truly articulate and outline what’s being discussed. It’s too vague right now.

AnninCA on October 30, 2010 at 11:16 AM

There was no “contest,” Ed. It all started at around 39 minutes into hour 1 here: http://www.kfqd.com/podcast_info

Extraneus on October 30, 2010 at 11:17 AM

I do love this tho!!!
========================

Lisa, are you going to shut down my Facebook page for writing this?

This whole episode confirms again why we need to elect Joe Miller. Lisa, you can sue me if you want (you won’t be the first). But I will not be intimidated from speaking my mind. Your intimidation just empowered us liberty-loving Alaskans. Are you really that out of touch?

- Sarah Palin
by Sarah Palin on Friday, October 29, 2010 at 9:20pm

http://www.facebook.com/notes/sarah-palin/lisa-are-you-going-to-shut-down-my-facebook-page-for-writing-this/448505023434

canopfor on October 30, 2010 at 11:17 AM

OK, that sounds like a good plan especially after a night of drinking and popcorn!

BetseyRoss on October 30, 2010 at 11:16 AM

BetseyRoss:LOL:)

canopfor on October 30, 2010 at 11:19 AM

That woman is scary. I wouldn’t want her as my representative. Sarah needs to keep telling voters who this woman really is before they go vote on Tuesday.

scalleywag on October 30, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Alaska, PLEASE don’t give us Lizard Murkswampy again, put that critter somewhere safe.

Eren on October 30, 2010 at 11:21 AM

The DE thing tomorrow is an internet rumor. Get it? O’Donnell/witch/Halloween? Leftists are so funny! (in their own minds)

Palin did say she was willing to go to DE though so perhaps she’ll go on Monday.

powerpro on October 30, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Texas4palin is reporting she will be in De tommorrow. She will be in WV today.

unseen on October 30, 2010 at 11:21 AM

I want to know from those anti-Palin people out there..not the trolls and shills for Mittens and Huckster, I mean from the real people who say that they disagree with her on issues. What exactly do you have a problem with with her position on this issue? What problem do you have with her position on the mosque at ground zero? on cap and tax? on smaller, smarter government? How can you read what she says and not realize that she is RIGHT. As establishment republicans plot her challenge and demise, lets look at her positions, how she really feels about things and see if you disagree with her or just have a knee jerk reaction AGAINST it.

Dan Pet on October 30, 2010 at 11:22 AM

ladyingray on October 30, 2010 at 11:15 AM

AMEN!

Cindy Munford on October 30, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Extraneus on October 30, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Thank you Extraneus! Ed, I hope you will have a chance to listen to the audio and correct the post. It was not a contest.

Missy on October 30, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Is anyone else reminded of Dorien Gray every time Lisa Murkowski’s picture appears???

landlines on October 30, 2010 at 11:24 AM

“Hired guns”?

If we include the unpaid advocates for each side who ACT like hired guns to various degrees, that comes out to a good portion of the population.

That said, there’s some pretty scary stuff going on here. FCC to shut up opposing radio? What’s next, pulling strings to have the IRS audit opponents directly?

Dark-Star on October 30, 2010 at 11:27 AM

Texas4palin is reporting she will be in De tommorrow. She will be in WV today.

unseen on October 30, 2010 at 11:21 AM

When I asked about it over at C4P last night, I was pointed to this article:

Trick or treat? That’s what GOP senatorial candidate Pat Toomey’s campaign is trying to figure out amid reports suggesting Sarah Palin will be making 11th-hour campaign swings through Pennsylvania and Delaware on Halloween.

Update: It turns out it’s a trick. Some state GOP people are being blamed for the mischief, spreading the world that Palin would fly in on Halloween to campaign for Toomey or Tea Party Republican Christine O’Donnell.

Not so, says a source close to Palin, who indicated to The Mouth that she has no plans to campaign in Pennsylvania or Delaware on Halloween.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dc/2010/10/palins-halloween-stops-a-curse.html#ixzz13rA19Ng4

powerpro on October 30, 2010 at 11:29 AM

I think the AK race is truly a micro-election that spells out the differences between the base and the GOP establishment.

AnninCA on October 30, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Pogo: “WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY AND HE IS US.”

I believe the Republican Party has crapped in its bed.

Fact: The GOP leadership has cowtowed to Murkowski.
Fact: The GOP leadership has failed O’Donnell
Fact: Rove has started his campaign to discredit Palin
Fact: Palin is now using the term, “Entitlement Party”
Fact: Palin is now using the term, “Cocktail Party”
Fact: Palin told Rove, “Buck up or stay in the truck”
Fact: Michael Steele supports the TP Movement

Palin has kept the Tea Party in the fold of the Republican Party, but the leadership (excluding Steele) just doesn’t get it. Things are going to change.

After Nov. 2, Palin will reload again and the party leaders will be in her gunsight. These guys are dead men walking and don’t even know it.

Within the next year, Palin and the TP Movement will capture 60% of the electorate. They won’t get the Libs and they won’t get the elitist RINO’s, but the rest is there for the taking.

She may not run for Prez, but she’ll be driving the agenda. As long as she and the TPers keep the emphasis on fiscal restraint, small government, immigration policy, low taxes, and cleaning out the D.C. cesspool, people will migrate to their cause.

The train is coming around the bend and whoever jumps aboard will have an exciting ride.

NoNails on October 30, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Is anyone else reminded of Dorien Gray every time Lisa Murkowski’s picture appears???

landlines on October 30, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Most often Pelosi and the Murk’s mugs remind me of Charlie Manson. Both could run on how much they’ve saved their office budgets on Halloween costumes.

viking01 on October 30, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Is anyone else reminded of Dorien Gray every time Lisa Murkowski’s picture appears???

landlines on October 30, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Dorian Grey maintained his youth and good looks by foisting the bile from his evil soul on the portrait. Are you suggesting that this is Lisa’s “good” look? Or are you suggesting that she’s someone else’s picture? ;)

powerpro on October 30, 2010 at 11:31 AM

powerpro on October 30, 2010 at 11:29 AM

ok thanks for the clearification. However the WV event for rease with Ted nuggent is happening.

unseen on October 30, 2010 at 11:33 AM

NoNails on October 30, 2010 at 11:30 AM

yup!

katy on October 30, 2010 at 11:33 AM

It’s too vague right now.

AnninCA on October 30, 2010 at 11:16 AM

What are you talking about? Talk about vague…

ladyingray on October 30, 2010 at 11:36 AM

More Moose Bell.

Sic’em Sarah.

fogw on October 30, 2010 at 11:39 AM

If sounds like Murkowski fell into a trap. Did she actually demand that Fagan be taken off the air or just object to his “electioneering?” Of course the practical effect (stifling his speech) is the same but this would not have been a big story had the station not done a little play acting like a downed soccer player trolling for a red flag.

Seth Halpern on October 30, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Better hold off on those diets one more day. You’ll need some mighty good comfort food on Wed. if all goes as hoped on Tues. and you get into overcelebrating.

either orr on October 30, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Palin has kept the Tea Party in the fold of the Republican Party, but the leadership (excluding Steele) just doesn’t get it. Things are going to change.

The train is coming around the bend and whoever jumps aboard will have an exciting ride.

NoNails on October 30, 2010 at 11:30 AM

NoNails: All,great points,and some how,would like to see the
Tea Party with the GOP,in some political fashion an
d form!!

canopfor on October 30, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Just a reminder …

If Lisa Murkagawa wins the election – the establishment republicans will welcome her back into their caucus with OPEN ARMS.

And – I wonder – what kind of revolution that’s gonna stir at the deckplate level with Republican voters?

Does anyone think the establishment has even thought that far ahead?

HondaV65 on October 30, 2010 at 11:51 AM

The cowski is a spoiled brat.

John the Libertarian on October 30, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Does anyone think the establishment has even thought that far ahead?

HondaV65 on October 30, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Well, no. And I think that’s the point of Obama’s campaign attack point about giving them back the keys.

It’s a legitimate argument, I say.

They are really bad at governing because they are so deeply corrupt, just like a lot of the Dems.

Seriously, we must keep pushing for a revolution. Missteps and all.

AnninCA on October 30, 2010 at 12:02 PM

I just think Alaska is looking very shabby again. Palin was part of a movement to clean up corruption.
AnninCA on October 30, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Don’t worry, plenty of other states to keep you company.
(I live in LA. BTW do you have space in your freezer?)

barnone on October 30, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Any judge who would act on such a complaint should be tarred and feathered.

bbhack on October 30, 2010 at 12:10 PM

You missed the point that Palin was defending a radio host who has routinely attacked her. The distinction should be meaningless, as all freedom-loving people should vigorously defend speech even and especially of those they disagree with. But in today’s world, Palin’s evocation of Voltaire’s spirit is somewhat miraculous. Our understanding of freedom has become so self-centered and debased, and this spirit so absent from our culture (e.g., college students expected to protest, villify and censor those who challenge their precious conceits rather than to encourage debate in the one place where debate is the very point of existence) that Palin’s statement takes on special importance.

LM is a kind of bellwether for this election. If she wins, it will be a chilling codicil to our victories, a reminder of unfinished business. How she is treated by the worms in the GOP establishment will matter, too. If she loses, it will be a huge statement about what is not tolerable anymore, and set back the putrid cause of power for power’s sake.

rrpjr on October 30, 2010 at 12:18 PM

I must strongly protest how deeply offensive I find the many postings insensitively parodying Leecha Moreshihtski’s name.

viking01 on October 30, 2010 at 12:20 PM

On twitter last night Sarah told Joe to hang in there. His response:

“I have only begun to fight! ~ John Paul Jones”

gary4205 on October 30, 2010 at 12:22 PM

(I live in LA. BTW do you have space in your freezer?)

barnone on October 30, 2010 at 12:05 PM

lol

hawkdriver on October 30, 2010 at 12:26 PM

LM is a kind of bellwether for this election. If she wins, it will be a chilling codicil to our victories, a reminder of unfinished business.

rrpjr on October 30, 2010 at 12:18 PM

Great comment. May I add to your sentiments a call for us to be dilligent all the way through 2012?

hawkdriver on October 30, 2010 at 12:31 PM

The schism between the electorate and the ‘establishment’ politicians is now a factor at play on both Team Red and Team Blue. Witness simply the tone of the comments on this very thread, along with the open letter to Rushbo posted at HillBuzz recently.

The “Party Unity My A$$” attitude is growing – as well it should, to sweep from the halls of power those more interested in their own success than that of this nation. They have forgotten, and continue to thrive based upon taking for granted that the electorate has, as well, that the ultimate power and authority in this here Federal Republic resides with “We the People”.

Time that was expalined to them. In blunt terms.

Wind Rider on October 30, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Any judge who would act on such a complaint should be tarred and feathered.

bbhack on October 30, 2010 at 12:10 PM

No judge did. Lisa’s attorneys just filed complaint with the FCC, and the thought of paying lawyers was enough for thee radio station. The station did say it would evaluating the situation before the Monday show.

Hope they decided to put him back on and tell Lisa to go pound sand.

Wethal on October 30, 2010 at 12:34 PM

This is the dumbest move ever. It plays right into the spoiled brat princess persona of this write in stunt of Sen. Murkawski. But by golly, you better not vote on an on-line poll from work computers, the republic might not survive.

Cindy Munford on October 30, 2010 at 10:41 AM

For bonus points, Lisa whatshername has also now alienated the AK radio media, so they will be stalking her for the next 6 years if she does win.

a capella on October 30, 2010 at 12:34 PM

After Nov. 2, Palin will reload again and the party leaders will be in her gunsight. These guys are dead men walking and don’t even know it….

NoNails on October 30, 2010 at 11:30 AM

What’s next? The Senate for 2012. Because of the randomness in who’s up for election and who’s not, this year was not really the greatest year to take the senate back from democratics. 2012 is a great year….

Tougher Road Ahead for Senate Dems

There’s lots of hard work ahead in finding good candidates to put in these seats. Those of you that complain about a lack of quality Republican candidates take note.

slickwillie2001 on October 30, 2010 at 12:35 PM

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