Monday, September 20, 2010

The Republican comeuppance of Lisa Murkowski

Alaska Sen. (and, having been turfed out in the GOP primary, won by teabagger Joe Miller, write-in candidate for re-election) Lisa Murkowski, on CNN on Sunday:

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.

Boo... freakin'... hoo.

Look, it's not that I don't sympathize with her (a tiny bit). It's not that I approve of these crazy, meddling teabaggers. And it's not that I don't wish her well with her independent write-in campaign -- I certainly hope she wins just enough votes to split Republicans.

But while she may not herself have a long and extensive record of "mudslinging," her party certainly does, and it's always rather amusing when a Republican gets hit with the brunt of such a vicious smear campaign. It was okay to her, we can only assume, when "lies and fabrications and mischaracterizations" were being hurled at Democrats -- not just by right-wing groups but by her own party. Did Murkowski ever speak out against that? Please. It's only now, having faced them herself, and having lost, that she speaks up at all. (Yes, yes, this campaign was conducted by a Tea Party group, not by the Republican Party, strictly speaking, but this is how it's done on the right, whether formally sponsored by the GOP or not.)

Actually, I don't really sympathize with her at all, and she certainly doesn't deserve our pity. 

UPDATE: And Karl Rove, a Republican insider if ever there was one, is slamming Murkowski now, too, calling her write-in campaign "sad and sorry."

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  • Lisa, Castle in Delaware and most others crying and whining just don't get it!

    The Tea Party movement is not a fight for the heart and soul of the Republican party! A co-opted media led by a hard core left wing wanna be dictatorship government would want you to believe that it is in fact all about the Republicans. And they would be dead wrong! The Tea Party movement is a fight for the heart and soul of our country! It is a fight to return us to what made us the greatest country in the world! How sad that entrenched politicians on the right along with the garbage on the left cannot or refuse to understand such a basic tenet!

    By Blogger joetote, at 12:45 PM  

  • The Tea Party isn't a movement. A movement has a goal and leadership. The Tea Party doesn't seem to have either, and ten-word answers like "a fight for the heart and soul of our country!" don't mean shit unless you can come up with the next ten words -- such as what you'll do -- and the ten words after that. When you do, get back to us. Right now all you look like are a bunch of cranky white people who suddenly woke up one morning after an eight-year orgy of right-wing brain-erasing and found out that not only did the guy you wanted to have a beer with -- George W. Bush -- got drunk, trashed the place, puked on your shoes, and stuck you with the bill.

    By Blogger Mustang Bobby, at 3:48 PM  

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