Joe Miller Says He’ll Hold His Breath Until They Let Him Win

Joe Miller and Lisa Murkowski

Fairbanks attorney and would-be totalitarian strongman Joe Miller apparently will not try to perform a citizens arrest on Lisa Murkowski. He will, however, take her to federal court for having the audacity to defeat him in the general election after losing the August 24 primary in a write-in campaign.

Never mind that it was the Tea Party that originally came in to steal Murkowski’s seat out from under her.

We all remember Karl Rove’s judgment:

“Absolutely no she can’t win. Under the law, you have to carefully spell the name exactly correct, now everyone go to your pencil and paper and write the name ‘Murkowski’ and see if you got it right.”

“No, she’s going to lose,” he said.

And Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) used a Tea Party fundraiser to call her a “big-tent hypocrite” and said she had betrayed the conservative cause.

Republican cannibalism at its best – or worst.

But she didn’t lose. She outraged the Tea Party by actually winning.

And what neither Karl Rove nor Joe Miller (nor, most certainly, Sarah Palin) reckoned on was the innate fairness of the process. The state Division of Elections established guidelines before counting even began that the voter’s intent had to count when writing-in a vote.

God forbid fairness should enter into the democratic process. “We can’t have that!” the Tea Party says.

So Miller lost fair and square. That’s not just a liberal writer saying that, it’s the Alaska Supreme Court, the law of the land. But that is Joe Miler’s whining lament: she cheated! Egads, people misspelled her name. Has she no shame claiming the victory?

The Alaskan Supreme Court ruled against him. The message from the voters was “You lost, Joe.” The message from the highest court in the state was the same: “You lost, Joe.”

“There are no remaining issues raised by Miller that prevent this election from being certified.”

But Joe claims that the sanctity of the election process is at stake. Meaning, he can’t possibly have lost. Perhaps God promised him a victory or something. After all, he promised one to Sarah Palin too on the eve of the ’08 Election Day.

Apparently, those nasty feds aren’t so nasty when Joe’s victory is at stake. To hell with the State of Alaska. What do the feds say? Does the Tea Party have no shame, throwing the state under the bus and trying to trump with the federal courts?

Did the world just turn upside down?

I’m unclear as to how losing an election fair and square violates the sanctity of the democratic process but then, I’ve never performed a citizens arrest on somebody who asked me a question.

For the record, this is Joe’s reasoning:

“After careful consideration and seeking the counsel of people whose opinion I respect and trust, I have decided that the federal case must go forward. The integrity of the election is vital and ultimately the rule of law must be our standard. Nevertheless, I have also decided to withdraw our opposition to the certification of the election, ensuring that Alaska will have its full delegation seated when the 112th Congress convenes next month.”

What a guy. Such a gesture of magnanimity!

There really wasn’t much magnanimity evident in Joe’s official protest. As his spokesman Randy DeSota said on Wednesday,

“We are disappointed the Alaska Supreme Court has ignored the plain text of Alaska law and allowed the Division of Elections to effectively amend the state election code without even giving the public an opportunity for notice and comment.”

Of course, the Alaskan Supreme Court made just that ruling, that state law had not been violated. End of story.

Not so, says Joe.

Of course, none of this surprises Lisa Murkowski, who has already been exposed to the limitless, mindless hate and nihilism of Tea Party politics. Her campaign fully expected Joe Miller to be a big crybaby.

Perhaps the most amusing aspect of this whole situation is that with or without the contested votes, Joe Miller has lost. Lisa Murkowski ended up with a lead of 10,328 votes.  Joe says 8,159 of those votes can’t count. Even without them, however, Lisa Murkowski still has a 2,169 vote lead.

There is a great deal wrong with this picture. There is the Republican betrayal of Lisa Murkowski later reinterpreted as a betrayal by Lisa Murkowski, another Sarah Palin demagogue who like Christine O’Donnell showed himself completely unequal to the office to which he sought election (a real chip off the old block), and then, when the people had spoken, when the State of Alaska had spoken, these Tea Party tenthers turn around and appeal to the hated feds to overturn the state. We’ll leave aside for the moment the sheer childishness of Miller’s position on this. What does he do for an encore? Hold his breath?

No, take your medicine Joe. In Palin-speak, find your cojones and man up. Vox populi: The people have spoken. Isn’t that supposed to be what the Tea Party is all about? But it isn’t, is it Joe? It’s not about what the people want: it’s about what you want, what Sarah Palin wants, what Christine O’Donnell wants – a free lunch.

13 Replies to “Joe Miller Says He’ll Hold His Breath Until They Let Him Win”

  1. Ah, I love the taste of schadenfreude in the morning. Thanks for my eye-opener snicker.

    The only thing that could make this more amusing would be for Miller and his merry band of malcontents to block Senator Murkowski’s seating in the new Congress for months upon months, to Frankenize the fight, one might say, which would offer the added glory of witnessing an own goal.

  2. It’s hard to imagine a “party” more bereft of values than the Tea Party. They stand for the “people” but Joe Miller wanted to take away the people’s right to vote for their Senators. They stand against the federal government until they need the feds (as Joe proved with his own greedy insistence upon COBRA, UE benefits, subsidies, etc). They stand against “corruption” and for ethics reform, but the first thing they plan to do after they won the House is dismantle the Ethics Committee.

    And now Joe won’t back down. Even after the people spoke. Over. And Over. and Over again. I can’t imagine how disgusted the majority of Alaskans must be with this Palin crap. However, we have yet to hear about Joe submitting his grievance to God. I’m sure that’s coming.

  3. Joe Miller like all other Tea Partiers is an endless source of eye-opening snickers. They have to be good for something.

  4. It really is wrong to call them a political party, isn’t it? I mean, a political party has to stand for something and this one is just about personal gain and plundering the people they claim to represent. They have that in common with the Republican Party (along with some other things) but historically, the Republicans have actually stood for something. I guess it’s similar to one of those ministries that is all about money, not god – or maybe for both their god is money

  5. I’m still waiting to hear the term “activist judges who are legislating from the bench”

  6. LOL. So true. Miller wants the same government he was seeking to dismantle, if elected, to “do” something to help him now.

  7. After Joe Miller and Christine O’Donnell, Sharron Angle, Michele Bachmann, Glenn Beck and Palin, herself, I think their god has struck them all with a crazy stick. They must be broadcasting subliminal cuckoo messages on FOX that are bringing the flakes out full force.

    Koolaid bar at the end of the table folks. Hurry, hurry your spaceship is waiting.

  8. Joe Miller is nothing more than your average demonic Republican/TeaParty a**hole. To Hell with him and Sarah Palin too.

  9. I saw Keith Olbermann’s Countdown show last night, and the commentator who was substituting for Olbermann announced that a federal judge declined to intervene on Miller’s behalf. Both before and since November 2, Miller has demonstrated over and over, through his words and behavior, why he is unfit for political office. He continuously shot himself in the foot, while also continuing to stick that same foot in his ignorant mouth. Then, after it became clear that he would lose, he still would not accept the choice of the “people” he claimed to represent. Yesterday marked 56 days since the election, and it illustrates his stubborn refusal to accept reality. In any case, he will always be one of Palin’s legacies, and he is one of the reasons for Palin’s precipitous decline in terms of clout in Alaska.

  10. A legacy Sarah Palin will not try to pretend doesn’t exist if he becomes inconvenient, though I suppose she could market him as a martyr for her paycheck, er, I mean the cause. Seriously, his position from A-Z is indefensible and if I hadn’t already seen people like Angle, Palin, O’Donnell, etc, I’d be amazed. These people give pond scum a bad name.

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