Miller v Murkowski: As the World Turns In Alaska

Sarah Palin Shoulda Been Someone
Sarah Palin Shoulda Been Someone

What goes on, Alaska? A nail biter as we await the final count in Miller V Murkowski!

My friend, my friend. Last night you went to bed and the world was semi-sane. This morning, you awoke to discover that the pundits are doubling down on their Sarah Palin as king-maker meme and you’re looking around you, wondering where the nearest permanent exit from this country is and just who you have to ….well, you’re desperate.

It seems Joe Miller rose up with his Mama Grizzly and stole a lead over incumbent Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski!


Richard Adams from the Guardian UK reports: “With 429 out of 438 electoral districts counted, the pair were separated by just 1,960 votes, with Miller on 45,909 votes (51%) to Murkowski’s 43,949 (49%). A maximum of 16,000 absentee ballots are outstanding, with Murkowski needing to win perhaps two-thirds to overcome Miller’s lead – not impossible but thought to be improbable.”

The pundits will be wild with glee for another reason to keep Sister Sarah in their sights this morning. That woman is gold. The Democratic National Committee will be happy, because after all, Sarah is their biggest fund-raiser and who is easier to run against than the fringy Tea Partiers she ensorses? The Brawny Boys, aka those white supremacist, radical Neo-Nazi, McCarthy-like billionaires funding the Tea Party, will be happy. But you? You will not be happy.

You know immediately that this means she isn’t going away. And that makes you very, very unhappy.

It’s not as we need proof of why, but here’s the robocall that caused some Alaskans to put it on speakerphone in order to begin an argument with the Worst Governor Ever:

Notice that she still refers to herself as “Governor”? Kinda weird for someone who quit to progress Alaska because she didn’t care about titles. Makes me wonder just where Sean Parnell stores his title. And she’s also wandering down that perilous for Palin path of attempting to interpret the Constitution. Danger, Will Robinson. Danger.

And then (please make it stop) a foray to SP’s FB page, the place where courage goes to die:

“Joe may be the underdog in this fight (because by using the power of a politician’s incumbency after being given her Senate seat by her father, Lisa Murkowski has outspent Joe six to one), but Alaskans see through this and are recognizing Joe’s ability to be a real leader.”

Translation, Sarah Palin is still seething mad that Lisa’s father gave Lisa the Senate seat that Palin felt entitled to, and it doesn’t matter who or what it costs, Palin will make Murkowski pay. Sprinkle some other petty feud dust on this one, courtesy of Sarah Palin, and call it a day. But, also, too, my question to Joe Miller would be, “Does a Sarah Palin endorsement mean that you, too, view this job as one you can abandon when the going gets tough?”

The truth is that the Tea Party funneled (or, rather, those white supremacist Neo-Nazi John Birching, scare mongering Neo-Cons – aka, Sarah Palin fans for short) over $500,000 into the Alaskan race.

Alaskans weren’t pleased with the negative TV commercials running every 8 minutes, but hey, these are the kind of hate and lies you can spread when you have the big dollars. And they won’t be pleased to lose Lisa Murkowski, who sits on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee – meaning, she can deliver for Alaska.

It isn’t because the Tea Party is strong in Alaska. It isn’t. Alaska pollster Ivan Moore told The Hill, “The Tea Party movement just isn’t very strong up here, which I guess is a bit ironic.”

It also isn’t because Sarah Palin is loved and adored in Alaska. She isn’t. She has a 41% favorable rating in Alaska according to a May Rasmussen poll. That’s quite a fall from the 80% she enjoyed while handing out her Socialist free money checks. Er, I mean, bein’ a “fiscal conservative”. Oh, it’s good to find humor in this. A wee bit of relief.

In fact, Ivan Moore suggested, “I’m sure Palin’s had an impact on Miller. And I’m sure it’s been a net negative for him. You shouldn’t even want the endorsement of someone with those ratings in this state. ” Ow. Evil operatives.

And it’s not because the Tea Party message resonates in Alaska. Alaska survives off of federal dollars, no matter what Sarah Palin told you as she mocked then candidate Obama for being a community organizer like Jesus. And Alaska has always rewarded those politicians who brought home the pork (as do most states; but just like people, they like to think of themselves as independent). Sarah Palin was the biggest pork-taking governor per capita. Alaska also depends upon federal government jobs. And no matter how Sarah Palin brands Alaska, Alaskans aren’t stupid.

But remember, this isn’t about reality.

It’s the money, honey. See Brawny above.

Oh, and the lack of voter turnout. If you take nothing else but an updated passport and a green card away from this, my friend, let us not forget to get out the vote. If you have to wake your neighbor up and drag her to the poll this November, you will…

Because you heard the robocall dog whistle. And you’re not going to sit at home and let the neo-Nazi Birchers take over just because they have money.

Nope. And the real story here, the one most pundits won’t bother with because it won’t sell, is that Palin never should have involved herself in a petty home fight like this. This isn’t good for her state, it’s not good for the Republican Party and it’s not good for her image. And if she couldn’t resist, she should have been able to pull off more than a nail-biter. In truth, the fact that Miller is winning by the slight margin he is (no matter how low he started against Murkowski, and he was low) doesn’t speak well of Sarah’s endorsement power in her home state. A beloved Governor would have been able to bring in better numbers than this, with the mere nod of her golden head in Miller’s direction. But this took serious cash from outside the state.

Yeah. This took the Brawny man.

19 Replies to “Miller v Murkowski: As the World Turns In Alaska”

  1. What is going on in Alaska? Here is what I don’t get. Can’t anyone poll Alaska? Or are all the political operatives up there as stupid as Palin.

  2. Well it looks like I lost out on my new job lol.

    I think we are talking about a state that only has around 600,000 people in and quite frankly it appears one side was more likely to vote than the other. This will definitely be a setback for us as human beings as Sarah will now go on a joyride with her voice. I guess the money the Koch brothers threw up there did not hurt. And now the worst part is we will have to wait a couple months to find out who won because of the write-in votes that can trickle in from now till forever. I don’t know what kind of system that is that if you vote on one day all of the write-in vote should be in by that date. I’m sure that’s not too hard to schedule.

    But you are right in the fact that Joe Miller winning by a very small margin is not much of a success for her given that she probably thinks her name should have given him a blowout. There is no doubt she was going to go after Lisa Murkowski as best she could.

    Do you remember when Mr. Kennedy died in Massachusetts? Mr. Brown would not go around saying that he was taking the Kennedy chair in the Senate. He said it’s the people’s chair. Would not the same be true of the governorship? The governor’s chair belongs to the people, and I won’t mention any names but someone has given a chair up. Do they have the right to use the name? On the other hand it’s commonly done. Former Pres. Dick Cheney is still called Mr. Pres.

  3. It’s tough to poll Alaska, but this race is not their fault (save what seemed yesterday to be a low voter turn-out). It’s the outsider money pouring in. We can expect to see a lot more of this now.

  4. “It’s not over with until the fat lady sings”. The votes that have not been counted could swing in favor of Murkowski.

    On her tracker map, it could ultimately give her another victory. So what? She is still a lightweight and never will be the brightest light on the Christmas tree. Her choice of Miller was to get even with Murkowski. Plain and simple.

    Light voter turn out makes a difference….and apparently so does outside money (Koch). It’s too bad there is so much voter apathy and really too bad that voters listen to the negative campaign ads..and believe them.

  5. Love your stuff Sarah.

    I think you hit it right on the head with voter turnout. Dem’s need to find some fire to stoke under their base and the vote totals (R’s vs. D’s) coming out of Alaska are not encouraging. We could be stuck with Palin as kingmaker meme for a while if Miller pulls it out. Although you know the state far better than I, it looks like an Alaskan Republican Senator is a shoo-in without an activated base.

    I understand how polling Alaska can be difiicult but I also have this fear that the politics of fear and divisiveness rampant this political season are bringing some of our darker souls out from beneath some here-to-fore unturned rocks. And there are a lot of rocks in Alaska. Is a groundswell of untapped and unpolled hate at play here?

    Keep ’em flying Sarah!

    P.S. The obvious thuggishness and pettiness of Palin’s family and tactics disturb me. Alaskans get to see it up close and personal. Am I imagining that or is she truly perfect to play the role of Stephen King’s small-town tyrant characters?


  6. Ooooww, Sarah, you truly are the “scalpel of snark”… I love it!!!! Thanks, you always saw just what I want to hear :D

  7. I heard that turn-out was actually very high(or so Marc Ambinder says). Re: outsider money. It’s the only way someone like Miller was able to stay viable. I have to laugh at Murkowski whining about The Quittah doing a robo-call for Miller.

  8. Ditto what crystalwolfakacaligrl says. Another great piece, Sarah. You continue to dominate all things Sarah Palin. I particularly enjoyed this bit:

    “It also isn’t because Sarah Palin is loved and adored in Alaska. She isn’t. She has a 41% favorable rating in Alaska according to a May Rasmussen poll. That’s quite a fall from the 80% she enjoyed while handing out her Socialist free money checks. Er, I mean, bein’ a “fiscal conservative”. Oh, it’s good to find humor in this. A wee bit of relief. ”

    You know when Rasmussen polls rate you that you’re at least a few points lower than they say, because they always give conservative candidates a little extra love. And the socialist free money checks…oh yes, that made me smile.

  9. This am and yesterday they were saying low voter turn out. Is something going on w AK elections? Inquiring minds want to know. Do they use diebold machines?

  10. “Former Pres. Dick Cheney is still called Mr. Pres.”

    He is? News to me… Maybe “shadow President”, but I really thought he’d been elected Vice President in 2000 and 2004.

  11. If Palin’s candidate, Miller, wins, it will be a win-win situation for the national Democrats.

    Murkowski is powerful GOP Senator with high standing in committees, as you pointed out, SJ. She would be harder for the Alaskan Dem to beat in November than Miller.

    Even if Miller wins the primary and in November, Alaska will have a junior Senator in D.C. Further, Murkowski has been a consistent obstructionist against PO, so it’s not like Miller could be much worse in saying “NO.”

    Bottom line: Palin is creating chaos in the GOP, and hurting her own state’s interests by pushing Miller. This is Bad for Alaska, but not bad for the lower 48 and national Dems. I really don’t see where Palin has much to crow about except for her own personal petty agenda of getting back at Murkowski. With Palin, everything is personal.

    In fact, Palin’s doing the Dems a favor with her divisiveness.

  12. I don’t know. Remember that a lot of Alaska is very rural. Plenty of places use paper ballots and count them by hand.

  13. Thanks Hraf:-) And yes, I hate to use Rasmussen, but that was all I could find. As you point out, they lean Republican. If they say her approvals are low, they are blood sugar alert low.

  14. Re. the robocall: Palin and McCain supported Bush’s TARP bailout, too — McCain, like Murkowski, voted for it.

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