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Have Republicans Given Up on Tea Party Fave Joe Miller?

Politics 2010/11/01 16:00:00
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With friends like these, Joe Miller, running for Alaska's Senate seat, doesn't need any enemies. As a matter of fact, he should tell the GOP that he especially doesn't need its friendship.

Miller, a Tea-Party backed candidate, beat incumbent Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski in the primary. Republican leadership fell head over heels for Miller, promising him campaign funds and telling Murkowski to fade. She didn't. And with Miller's campaign now faltering, the GOP may have made the wrong choice.

Now Murkowski has become a write-in candidate. According to the latest polls, she's leading the race. But instead of the GOP spending more money to back Miller and criticize Murkowski, it's spending money on criticizing the Democratic candidate Scott McAdams, according to ABC News.

The problem is that the Democrat had very little chance of winning. So here's the complicated, silly scenario: The write-in vote won't be counted unless there are more write-in votes than any candidate on the ballot. So Murkowski could split the vote and give it McAdams.

Republicans might be playing both sides of the fence because Murkowsi has already said she will caucus with the GOP. But they might just have egg on their face in the end.

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  • marylou5 2010/11/02 01:16:22
    Yes
    marylou5
    +7
    True Republicans will vote for Mr Miller and he will do us proud in Washington!

    Yes, I agree that the NRC and the RINOs are putting their support behind the Independent professional liberal spending loser candidate. Dirty tricks to keep the gang of big spenders together!
    What's with that?
    RINOs think they can still control the electorate. They have become the enemy!
    That's okay, the Tea Party will take care of their transgressions and deceit after the election!

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  • triggerman_1 2010/11/03 04:44:42
    No
    triggerman_1
    I am confident that Joe Miller will win in Alaska. Lisa Murkowski already has attorneys on standby if she doesn't win or the race is too close to call. Which is OK but when she told the reporters that she sounded very arrogant. I think Joe Miller is Great for Alaska.
  • sharon 2010/11/02 23:14:02
    Yes
    sharon
    Until the Republican Party gets it in their head that they need to change or there will be a new party. They will screw some of Tea Party winners. The old boys club has to go.
  • Charles R. Anderson 2010/11/02 22:34:39
    No
    Charles R. Anderson
    Joe Miller is going to win this. The only reason Murkowski is a candidate is because most of Alaska is owned by the federal government. As Senator, she was able to give people and companies special use of federal lands. In other words, the large federal land ownership makes the People of Alaska highly dependent upon the politician gatekeepers to the power of the federal government.

    It is very important to force the sale of most federal lands in all the western states so the people will be able to use it efficiently and productively, without selling their souls to the government and its politicians.
  • bob h. 2010/11/02 20:40:24
    Yes
    bob h.
    Repos have given up on everyone. This is not a forward looking, positive thinking, optimism filled party. If all they do is filibuster, which it is, who cares who gets in.
  • Randice 2010/11/02 16:50:36
    Undecided
    Randice
    People need to ask themselves 'why' Murkowski is doing this. The salary isn't all that much, so why is she fighting tooth and nail (and going back on a promise? Could it be because she thought she was a shoe-in?) This tells me the republicans haven't learned anything from the tea party. The Americans (many) are tired of the same 'ole/same 'ole. Time to get back to the roots - and damn Murkowski for choosing the bribes, special deals, and further selling of America to remain in power. She's a has been- and it's time for her to go.
  • sharon Randice 2010/11/02 23:15:48
    sharon
    +1
    You said it.
  • pj 2010/11/02 15:35:14
    Undecided
    pj
    Don't know if the "official" Republican party has given up on Joe Miller, but the people haven't.
  • Lanikai 2010/11/02 15:15:04
    No
    Lanikai
    No, they haven't. But since nurCOWski is a wealthy, well connected, entitled to that seat wench, SHE has come in and spent millions to convince people she shouldn't hvae been voted out in the first round, and she is impacting the race. If they disallowed her as a write in, since she validly lost the primary, Joe would have this sewn up. Add to that the smear efforts of the MSM dem machine and it is a harder race to win for him in such a large, diconnected, spread out state where many do not even own TV's or radios and get all their news on a rare trip into town.
  • PHS 2010/11/02 10:51:38
    Undecided
    PHS
    +2
    The Repubican powers that be never supported him. What he has done he did on his own. If they did support him they would have told Lisa Murkowski to back off and throw her lot in with Miller.
    Nobody likes a sore loser.
  • jimmy PHS 2010/11/02 16:30:08
    jimmy
    absolutely and it sucks
  • Bud 2010/11/02 04:33:36
    Undecided
    Bud
    +4
    The Republican "Establishment" would never get behind the people's choice of Miller over Murkowski. She's a perfect example of an established politician who thinks she is right despite popular public opinion. She thinks that somehow she is superior to the people and above the rules of the political system - the the national Republican Establishment is supporting this thinking. If the Republicans can't purge this old guard, the party will go the way of the Whig party. Right now, the Republicans are merely the lessor of two evils.
  • regdawg... Bud 2010/11/02 07:27:19
    regdawgformerusmc
    +1
    I ahve to agree. As a matter of fact, did one of the coccktail party elitest state that as soon as the Tea Patry winners aboard that they was going to try to co opt them. The old Party need to stand down and let some true blue blooded new school conservative thriough. By the way, did you hear that Newt was upset over Sarah going on TV is a reality TV Show??
  • Lanikai regdawg... 2010/11/02 15:17:06
    Lanikai
    +1
    Agreed, if they do not pick up the absolute lesson of the 2 summers of TEA, thye will cease to exist in any real sense. As a registered repub (no other choice in backwater alabama) even I want serious, deep, critcal changes to the party.
  • regdawg... Lanikai 2010/11/15 07:37:22
    regdawgformerusmc
    Yes I do agree. What even made me mad was the comment that Newt Grinwich about the new Sarah Palin TV show. As Republicans, we need to utilize the media to our advantage. Get into the main stream like these libs, but instead of selling out, stick to conservative principles. What a minute it has been already done by Regan. Maybe they neeed to go back to basics!
  • Liza Jane 2010/11/02 04:27:32
    Undecided
    Liza Jane
    +1
    I can't see the majority of Alaskans remembering how to spell "Murkowski" and I can't imagine that the majority of Alaskans are stupid enough to vote for Miller. McAdams wins in an upset... I've just decided.
  • PHS Liza Jane 2010/11/02 10:54:23
    PHS
    +2
    My my, how elitist of you.
  • Liza Jane PHS 2010/11/02 11:54:59
    Liza Jane
    +1
    As if being elitist were a bad thing... you Teabaggers are so funny. You take pride in being called a racist one minute and think that being elite is bad the next minute. :-P
  • PHS Liza Jane 2010/11/02 15:33:00
    PHS
    +1
    That made no sense. While I do support the TEA Party in principle I am an Independent Conservative. I did not need the TEA Party to tell me we need smaller government and less spending. I am not a racist. I am against free loading, blood sucking, liberal/progressive politicians and their socialist agenda no matter what their race, creed, religion, gender or color. I'm against any elected official who does not follow our Constitution no matter what their political affiliation.
  • Liza Jane PHS 2010/11/02 20:42:06
    Liza Jane
    You should probably learn exactly what "elite" means because it isn't a bad word.
  • jumpboots 187th PIR 2010/11/02 03:04:44
    No
    jumpboots 187th PIR
    +1
    Miller WINS......
  • Red Ruffansore 2010/11/02 02:09:49
    Undecided
    Red Ruffansore
    +2
    Well I don't know.....is the DNC ready to lose? Tell ya what, one is going to happen for damn sure. Don't you worry though Obots, we'll work on doing a more competent job than you which shouldn't be too terribly hard to do.
  • Lanikai Red Ruf... 2010/11/02 15:18:15
    Lanikai
    True, doing better wouldn't take much at all, and doing great won't even take too much. Shutting down obie's agenda needs to be on everyones docket.
  • Red Ruf... Lanikai 2010/11/03 03:15:05
    Red Ruffansore
    If we lose focus like we did before, we'll be gone again. It's up to us to treat them like diamonds, under a lot of heat and pressure.
  • Marek 2010/11/02 01:38:09
    No
    Marek
    +3
    The recent revelation of the media conspiracy to defame Mister Miller his chances will improve as many voters may decide to punish democrats and Lisa Murkowski for this underhanded tactic.
    As for Murkowski promising to caucus with GOP, it can't be trusted. Person who does not respect her party's decision and is ideologically closer to liberal democrats is very likely to switch sides.
  • Hawkeye Marek 2010/11/02 01:51:55
    Hawkeye
    +3
    I heard today that she plans to caucus with the Democrats.. No matter..

    It's worse then a mere matter of not respecting her party.. She's not respecting the Voters..
  • Marek Hawkeye 2010/11/02 01:54:30
    Marek
    +2
    That does not surprise me. Her candidacy is pushed for by democrats.
  • PHS Marek 2010/11/02 10:58:58
    PHS
    +2
    Probably paid for as well.
  • Marek PHS 2010/11/02 14:49:57
    Marek
    +1
    No doubt.
  • Marek PHS 2010/11/02 14:49:57
    Marek
    No doubt.
  • Lanikai Marek 2010/11/02 15:19:51
    Lanikai
    +2
    Anything to divide the repub vote, the dems will gladly pay for.

    Murkoswki is a whiny, sore loser, who needed to be told to sit down and shut the heck up. But she is ENTITLED to that seat as a "political child" I guess she feels like she deserves that seat,
  • Marek Lanikai 2010/11/02 15:31:11
    Marek
    +1
    And that sense of entitlement, be it Kennedy, Murkowski, Dingel or Jessie Jackson, is the problem.
  • Marek Lanikai 2010/11/02 15:31:11
    Marek
    +1
    And that sense of entitlement, be it Kennedy, Murkowski, Dingel or Jessie Jackson, is the problem.
  • PHS Hawkeye 2010/11/02 10:58:02
    PHS
    +3
    She sounds like a female Arlen Spector. She is nothing but an political opportunist and that is the lowest of life forms.
  • Hawkeye PHS 2010/11/02 13:41:07
    Hawkeye
    +2
    These candidates were PLANTED in the Republican Party years ago for JUST THIS sort of thing.. Remember.. CLINTON only won with 48% because of Perot who's candidacy was PUSHED for by the Democrats...

    McCain rose from a single digit distant fourth place position to become the Republican Nominee ONLY after he was endorsed by Bill and Hillary Clinton and the Left was INCENSED when McCain picked Palin as his VP instead of their DISCARDED but STILL Liberal Liberman...

    WHY do you think the DEMOCRAT Media is making such a sinister thing out of what THEY call,," Ideological Purity"??? NOBODY ever points at the DEMOCRAT party with these sorts of accusations when THEY toss someone like Liberman or Williams to the Wolves.. inDEED,, they PRAISE the Democrats for geting rid of TRAITORS....


    We've already gotten rid of quite a few of these R.I.N.O.s but our TASK has ONLY begun.... If we FAIL to continue our efforts,, THIS Republican Takeover will suffer the SAME fate as the LAST one and for the EXACT SAME REASONS......
  • marylou5 2010/11/02 01:16:22
    Yes
    marylou5
    +7
    True Republicans will vote for Mr Miller and he will do us proud in Washington!

    Yes, I agree that the NRC and the RINOs are putting their support behind the Independent professional liberal spending loser candidate. Dirty tricks to keep the gang of big spenders together!
    What's with that?
    RINOs think they can still control the electorate. They have become the enemy!
    That's okay, the Tea Party will take care of their transgressions and deceit after the election!
  • cocoa 2010/11/02 00:20:55
    Yes
    cocoa
    +4
    When you lose, pick up your marbles and go home.
  • chaoskitty123 2010/11/01 23:12:38
    No
    chaoskitty123
    +3
    Where did you get your info? According to the polls I've been seeing, Millers ahead in the election at 37% to Murkowski and McAdams being tied at 30% each meaning by your own account Miller has this thing won http://publicpolicypolling.bl... and numerous news sites, radio and news networks are reporting this... and the poll was just released so who contributed this story 7 hours ago for Sodahead News?

    Sodahead... please find contributors who are better informed.
  • dhana 2010/11/01 23:02:14
    Undecided
    dhana
    +1
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  • Ranga 2010/11/01 22:59:41
    No
    Ranga
  • Jeff~0109 2010/11/01 22:55:15 (edited)
    No
    Jeff~0109
    +2
    Not biten'. ABC news is not known for getting their facts straight in their reporting. See B.S.

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