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The very bad start to Murkowski’s write-in campaign

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:27 am - September 20, 2010.
Filed under: Post 9-11 America

While away from blogging on Saturday, I was able to catch up on the news scanning Instapundit on Sunday and picked up this most interesting tidbit“Less than an hour before Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski planned to announce a write-in campaign to retain her seat, her top aide e-mailed scores of the most prominent lobbyists in Washington to ask them to join a Saturday conference call with the senator.”

Don’t think this will play too well in Alaska, particularly given the mood of the year.  With this action so close to Murkowski’s announcement, it makes it look like her real loyalty is to Washington lobbyists.

Not even forty-eight hours later, the outgoing Alaska Senator whined to CNN’s Candy Crowley:

What happened in my particular race, you had the Tea Party Express, this California-based group, come in at the last minute in a campaign, run a mudslinging, smear – just a terrible, terrible – campaign with lies and fabrications and mischaracterizations. . . . They came in, dumped $600,000 into a small market here in Alaska, and they absolutely clearly influenced the outcome.

Wonder how much non-Alaska money Murkowski was hoping those lobbyists were going to help her rake in.  Over at protein wisdom, Darleen Click wondered what the Senator was whining about, after all, she “spent $2 million dollars during her primary campaign.”  Is she just mad that someone would dare campaign against here?

Not a good way to start your campaign when we get a report of a conference call between the Senator and lobbyists followed by the her acting like a sore loser on national television.

If this race were about more than her own ego, she would be able to discuss the issues driving her decision instead of some pabulum about “listening to my constituents.”  Perhaps, if she said they want her to fight for this or that issue, say, opening up ANWR or repealing Obamacare, then maybe people might take her seriously.

My sense is that her write-in roll-out will hurt her among Alaska voters and her poll numbers will plunge even further.

You can donate to Joe Miller’s campaign here.



  1. If she were really “listening to her constituents,” she might figure out that they would rather have the other guy. And if she had been a better senator, they wouldn’t have picked the other guy.

    Comment by V the K — September 20, 2010 @ 4:35 am - September 20, 2010

  2. She wants a do over. Why? Because she didn’t win. No matter how many times you run for office,someone wins and someone loses.There are always going to be people who will try anything to get what they want. lisa is one of these. All her life she has wanted for nothing. I do not begrudge her any of that,I really don’t.We all try to get a piece of the pie.Most of us fall short no matter how hard we work at it.So….WE MAKE DUE. That is what lisa should be doing right now,not trying to convince the state of Alaska she’s the only one who can do the job. Ask yourself this….is lisa’s life over.Is this the only thing she can do?Could she not have dealt with the lost by turning her attention to oh I don’t MAYBE RUNNING AGAINST BEGICH IN THE NEXT ELECTION????Or how about getting back into state politics you know run for THE STATE HOUSE<SENATE OR EVEN GOVERNOR??? Here"s another option , she could become,dare I say it A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER!!. She said she looked into her heart and there was Alaska and that is why she doing this. Horse pukey!!! I believe Alaska is also all the afore mention as well. Apparently lisa heart can only see Alaska in the U.S. SENATE VEIN. WE all know why she's doing this ,and its not for Alaska ,it's for lisa. And maybe because of Palin. Could she be that petty??? I think so.

    Comment by pam — September 20, 2010 @ 9:15 am - September 20, 2010

  3. Next thing you know, she’ll be complaining that they talk about her like a dog.

    Comment by V the K — September 20, 2010 @ 9:23 am - September 20, 2010

  4. As I said elsewhere, Murky is doing her best President Obama whining impression. This demonstrates why people should not vote for Murky Lisa.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — September 20, 2010 @ 9:49 am - September 20, 2010

  5. Sen. Murkowski is the favorite out of the blocks… IMO … Our 2 votes went to Miller in the Primary … However… he has not been impressive (despite his resume) in the TV spot interviews I have seen…
    Best from Ninilchik, alaska

    Comment by Toes — September 20, 2010 @ 2:40 pm - September 20, 2010

  6. Taranto on Murky: “Well, listen up, Alaska voters: You didn’t put Miss Murkowski in the Senate, and she’ll be damned if she’s going to let you throw her out.”

    Comment by V the K — September 20, 2010 @ 6:44 pm - September 20, 2010

  7. Alaska needs Murkowski’s seniority in the US Senate. It’s a simple fact of life: after the loss of Ted Stevens, we can’t *afford* to fall any further down the totem pole. I believe that as the General Election approaches, all Alaskans, not just the GOP faithful, will take this into account and act accordingly.

    As politicians, Murkowski pere and fille can be rather tone-deaf, so campaigning in any election year would have been difficult for Lisa, let alone one such as 2010. She was complacent in the primary when she should have been making the case that if we were to continue the work that “Uncle Ted” began, she was the best choice.

    I would be interested in seeing the level of support for Miller in Anchorage. Regionalism is alive and well in Alaska, and knowing Anchorage’s tendency to look down on the rest of the state — Fairbanks (Miller’s home base) especially — I think he may find the going tough in the state’s largest city.

    Comment by AK X Pat — September 21, 2010 @ 3:06 am - September 21, 2010

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