Posts tagged Lisa Murkowski
(Ed. note: Alaska has since decided to ring the last call bell on Miller Time and has certified Lisa Murkowski as their Senator)
It’s hard to believe, but even after:
- The tallied votes show Lisa Murkowski ahead of Joe Miller by 10,328 votes,
- Throwing out all 8,159 contested Murkowski votes, she still leads by 2,169,
- The Alaska Supreme Court found against Miller’s claim that the contested votes should not count, and
- The Alaska Division of Elections has announced that they will certify Lisa Murkowski as the winner of November’s election…
Miller hasn’t given up. He intends to appeal in federal court. The grounds of his claim have yet to be disclosed.
I know I mentioned this before, but why is it that it seems to be only conservatives who want to go against the will of the people in elections?
- Miller won’t contest Murkowski certification; pursues federal suit (cnn.com)
- Miller Says He Won’t Block Murkowski Senate Win (huffingtonpost.com)
- Joe Miller Won’t Oppose Certification of Murkowski as Alaska Senator (politicsdaily.com)
- Miller won’t try to block Murkowski Senate win (msnbc.msn.com)
- Miller won’t block Murkowski Senate certification (msnbc.msn.com)
(Ed. Note. Update: Senate Repeals DADT)
This morning, the Senate voted for cloture on the bill repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Six Republicans voted in favor of cloture:
- Susan Collins (ME)
- Olympia Snowe (ME)
- Mark Kirk (IL)
- Lisa Murkowski (AK)
- George Voinovich (OH)
- Scott Brown (MA)
All of them, except for Brown and Kirk, have been in the Tea Party’s sights. Given how Brown has proven to be very moderate by Republican standards, I wonder how long it will be before he, too, is targeted.
Updated to add: The final Senate vote is expected to occur at about 3PM EST.
When is it time to give up? Joe Miller doesn’t think he’s hit that point. But the only path he has to becoming Senator representing Alaska is to have every ballot he’s challenging get thrown out, and then have a manual recount that might give him another couple thousand votes.
But what galls me is that this is no longer about winning the election. This is about disenfranchising voters. For Miller to “win,” he has to find a way for the state government to ignore votes cast by people who wanted Lisa Murkowski to represent them in the Senate. In other words, he is actively trying to undermine democracy.
I am perfectly happy to support recounts, manual or otherwise, as long as the goal is to divine the will of the people. And I’m happy to support efforts to ensure that the people who vote are the people who are legally entitled to do so. But when the goal becomes disenfranchising voters, it tears at the very fabric of our society. I cannot and will not support that.
I’m sure this must happen with Democrats as well, but the only instances of which I’m aware are Republicans. It happened in Florida in 2000, Washington in 2004, and Minnesota in 2008. In every case, there was a Republican effort to disenfranchise voters. I’d like to know if there have been any Democratic (aside from Dixiecrat) efforts to disenfranchise voters. Can any of you point to one?
- You: Alaska Senate vote: Miller continues legal effort to unseat Murkowski (latimes.com)
- AlaskaDispatch.com: What’s Joe Miller’s motivation? (huffingtonpost.com)
- Lisa Murkowski Declares Victory, Says “Alaskans Have Spoken” — CBS News (news.google.com)
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”
“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master, that’s all.”
Milbank was taken to task by a reader who claimed that Lisa Murkowski was “the most liberal … Republican Senator west of Maine and considerably to the left of most of her constituents” and invited him to check her lifetime American Conservative Union rating. So, he took the reader up on the offer. While he was at it, he checked the ratings of Murkowski L (70.2%) and Bennett (83.6%) vs Republican leadership of years past.
Failing the Bennett test at under 83.6% were, well, almost all of the Republican leaders of the past 40 years who served in Congress.
So, what is a conservative?