So, writes our regular reader V the K, as Lisa Murkowski gives Democrats a bit of good news, “urging people to come out tonight for what’s being called a ‘campaign kick off,’” as she launches a write-in bid in vain attempt to keep her Senate seat despite losing the Republican primary last month to Joe Miller.
Murkowski’s decision will set up a 3-way battle between the incumbent, Miller and Sitka Mayor Scott McAdams (D), potentially turning the race on its head. Private 3-way polling has shown Miller leading, but by a narrow margin.
Why is it that certain politicians just can’t admit defeat, as if their seat is their sinecure. She claims she’s doing this because of the concerns of her constituents:
“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.”
Um, Lisa didn’t you hear that call of Alaskans in last month’s primary? They preferred Miller.
This seat doesn’t belong to you. It’s not yours by right, as perhaps you assumed when your father appointed you to serve.
What is it, I wonder, asking again and again and yet again, that gives a politician such a sense of entitlement?
UPDATE: R.S. McCain finds Murkowski’s counterpart on the silver screen and offers:
“Professional Republicans” whose partisanship is a function of career interest. Perhaps they’ve been in the game so long they can no longer distinguish between political principle and personal ambition, but they certainly never let the former get in the way of the latter.
UP-UPDATE: The downside for Republicans:
The primary effect of Murkowski’s temper tantrum will be to force Republicans to spend more resources in Alaska than would otherwise be necessary, and effectively end any chance she may have had for a political future.
Upside is that it’ll give establishment Republicans a test to see where their loyalties lie, with their colleague or with the voters of the Last Frontier. Methinks that most, having seen what’s going on across the country will make a show of their support of Miller. Guess, Lisa so loved her little Senate sinecure that she has blinded herself to the trends shaping the nation’s political landscape this year.
She is, as one pundit put it, “wrong side of history.”
UP-UP-UPDATE: She looks, Allahpundit writes, “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?