Alaska’s Senate Race – The Morning After

19 11 2008

Alaska has a Blue Senator. Mark Begich has won the election.

So where do we stand, and what does this mean?

Mark Begich – It means that Mayor Senator Begich gets to pack his bags and head to Washington DC, with his wife and son, to start giving progressive Alaskans and centrists, and people who don’t want a convicted felon representing them in our nation’s capitol, a voice. If he’s wise, and smart, he will take the Ted Stevens debacle as a cautionary tale. If he plays his cards right, he could be there for a long long time, but the Republican party will have him in their sights, and be watching for every little slip-up.

If the Democrats in the Senate are wise and smart, they’ll be really nice to Senator Begich and give him a couple nice feathers in his cap to wear home to Alaska. They know the kind of bombastic, blow hards Alaska is capable of sending to the capitol, and they probably don’t want it to happen again. And they sure don’t want Sarah Palin gunning for an open senate seat in 6 years. Mark Begich will be like salve on a wound for many who have had to endure Ted Stevens for decades.

Who will fill Mayor Begich’s seat after he leaves? Anchorage Assembly Chair Matt Claman. Matt just took over the chairmanship of the Assembly when a surprise progressive majority took over the paralyzingly conservative Anchorage Assembly that had previously been populated by junior versions of the aforementioned bombastic, blow hards. When the Assembly shifted to the left, Claman was chosen. I know Matt Claman and he’s a good guy. He lacks the extroversion and charisma of Begich, but his principles are sound, and he’s a concensus builder, and a rational thinker. He’ll probably do a pretty good job. He’ll be there until April, when the mayoral elections happen. He may decide to run for the position officially at that time. There are several others who have thrown their hat in the ring too. And this may cause some interesting wrangling, since one of those candidates is Assembly Vice Chair Sheila Selkregg. Today’s Anchorage Daily News has an interesting article on these behind the scenes goings on.

Sarah Palin – Well, God sent a message to Sarah. She said if God opened a door, even a crack, she’d “plow through it”. But tonight, when Begich won a clear victory, and the four decade era of Ted Stevens ended, the door firmly shut tight. She will undoubtedly be looking for another door. The three that may open up next are:

  • The Don Young Door – Congressman Don Young will be up for re-election in 2010, but may be out before then. He’s already spend a whopping 1.2 million dollars on legal fees in anticipation of his own coming indictment. Alaskans have been waiting for that shoe to drop for a while now….and it’s coming. It’s just a question of when. Look for headlines coming soon to a paper near you, now that Alaska politics has wormed its way into the national consciousness. But even if Young survives this, his 19th term in Congress, I don’t think Sarah Palin is gunning for his job. I just don’t think Congress is her style.
  • The Lisa Murkowski Door – Now we’re talking. Sarah unseated Lisa’s father Frank Murkowski when she became governor in 2006. This would be the second Murkowski trophy head on her wall. Murkowski hasn’t done a bad job in most Republican’s minds, but she hasn’t knocked their socks off either. It’s not a sure thing by any means that she’d be able to hold her seat against Palin. And the Senate, as we have just witnessed, can be an effective stepping stone to the Presidency, which is what Palin is gunning for in the long run. That’s the door she thinks God will open for her – the big fat door to the Oval Office. She’s “wired for the mission” and would be ready to run in 2012, or 2016.
  • The Direct Door to the Presidency – If Palin can hold on to office for another term, she may be banking on her national celebrity, and name recognition, and her Christian conservative buddies in high places to take her from the governorship to Pennsylvania Avenue…or so she hopes. She’s up for re-election in 2010. And who knows…she may feel fully qualified by that point to throw her hat in the ring anyway.

And what about Ted Stevens, and his suddenly awkward and very visible namesake – The Ted Stevens International Airport. Before we break out the chisels and hammers, the Anchorage Assembly and the Public Facilities Advisory Commission, and who knows who else, will have to do some political soul searching, and have lots of meetings.

Stevens’ legal appeal process moves forward, and he’ll fight tooth and nail, like he always does. And amazingly, he is still eligible, despite his seven felony convictions, for his senate pension of $122,000 a year, courtesy of taxpayers. Although there is a recently-passed federal law that prohibits felons from collecting on these pensions, Stevens’ particular felonies were not on the list, and they were committed before the law went into effect. Maybe next time.


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19 11 2008
InJuneau

Oh, so many doors, so many options!😉

19 11 2008
Martha Unalaska Yard Sign Toon

An election in 2010 w/ SP and Lisa Murkowski – that could get very personal and negative. It would be interesting to say the least – but I’d still rather have LM as she is, unimpressive but un-obnoxious (for now).

19 11 2008
Lil' Geese Whalebone Palin

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19 11 2008
Martha Unalaska Yard Sign Toon

Better yet – neither of them would win – since a great D will come along – but we’ll all have the national attention again during the campaign if folks are still looking for SP shenanigans. Great. Slam that door, too – hard.

19 11 2008
tristan57

Looks like another ethics investigation on Palin, this time ofr the FOX interview given in the Guv’s office. Seems like that wasn’t “state” business. Would you guys please keep her buried in investigations up there???

And when is House-Gate supposed to dial up? Who were those mysterious contractor buddies? FBI, sic ’em, sic ’em!

19 11 2008
TheraP

Perhaps SP is already being “shown the door”…. as in … OUT.

19 11 2008
antsy

I hope Alaska Mudflatters are beating the bushes for a few good democrats to run for these seats. No giving SP easy access, please.🙂

19 11 2008
marksmyword

Will someone close that damn door😉

19 11 2008
tristan57

Oh, Oh, Oh, yeah…wasn’t that Creamery in the news up there again as well??

19 11 2008
Grammy in PA

Martha

I would personally love to see the cat fight between SP & LM in the primary. Then after they dig up any and all dirt on each other, the Dem doesn’t have to play dirty.

I’d love to see Monegan run for Gov – but maybe that’s b’cuz I’m really spiteful!

19 11 2008
Just wondering...

with stevens’ ability to secure lots of money for alaska out the door, a jr senator taking his place – assume he’s less effective in securing dollars, and what seems to be a “loud” – if not likely complete – ban on earmarks, how will Alaska’s economy be impacted?

and did Begich miss new senator orientation? bummer for him.

19 11 2008
Hick Town in W PA

Isn’t Palin’s problem the fact that the religious right is a waning flavor? She may break down the door, but the door leads to a precipice. Her buddy Bill Kristol is in all probability going to lose his NYT column.

Maybe an ugly fight with Lisa Murkowski in the primary would open the way for 2 blue senators.

19 11 2008
Cassie Jeep Pike Palin (Wish I were Trout)

Matt Claman “He lacks the extroversion and charisma of Begich, but his principles are sound, and he’s a concensus builder, and a rational thinker.” AKM
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These are wonderful attributes for government service–I’ll take those anyday!

Grammy in PA (09:53:52) :
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You silly person! :mrgreen:
We’d all buy tickets to watch the primary, now, wouldn’t we?

19 11 2008
Grammy in PA

Cassie, I think we’re addicted to the next, at least four years of AK politics. I can’t wait to see what happens, sort of like a soap opera!!

19 11 2008
Goalie in NM

Good Lord…that Stevens would draw 122K a year off the backs of the people is just sad.

It’s pretty sweet to close the chapter on that guy though…too bad he’s not humbled enough to go quietly.

19 11 2008
Cynamen Winter

Sistah Sayrah is up for re-election in 2010…yeek!

Are there no qualified Dems to give her a run for the seat…?

And thanks AKM…for all that you do.

We appreciate cha!

19 11 2008
Grammy in PA

The Dems need to look NOW for a gubenatorial candidate – I think we could get a pretty good war chest built for someone right here on the ‘flats.

19 11 2008
BigPete

BUT WHAT ABOUT (OUR) SARAH?

Although the Stevens seat was the door which was cracked up, and primed for plowing, it might have been a ‘blessing’ for Palin not to have gone on to DC and the Senate. Yes, it was her next logical move, as was going off to college many years ago. But as shown by the Lieberman Affair, the Senate requires a degree of collegiality that would not have been easy for Palin to master (triple pun not intended) i.e. she doesn’t get along.
Although Palin understands (very well) that “out of sight is out of mind”, most of her future contenders are now (or were once) Governors-so she will not be at any great disadvantage.

Her best chance, assuming she is re elected as Governor, would be to get the gas pipeline underway, while at the same time getting her approval ratings back up to “wildly popular”.

Is she going to read a lot of books and learn how to speak English?
Probably not.

19 11 2008
Grammy in PA

Big Pete – you have big aspirations for someone w/ as little ability as SP!

19 11 2008
CRFlats

Unless LM makes a HUGE misstep in the next 2 years, she’s our Senator. We are still a Red state. And as Repugs go, she sure could be much worse. Personally, even though our politics can be opposite, I like Lisa. She is thoughtful, caring, and hardworking. I spoke with Begich months ago, and he said he will be able to work well with Lisa. When she was in the State legislature, she often worked across the aisle with the Dems. She has been supportive of Native causes and the plight of the Villages. I think she was being a good soldier, and a family friend, in her support of Uncle Ted, but She is no is longer the Junior Senator, and should be out from under his wing. I always thought she would have been a Dem if it weren’t for who raised her. She may surprise us; I’m all about hope! That said, I know also, that the politics of DC are a whole different ball game than back home. It will be interesting if either of them can keep their perspective on who sent them there.

19 11 2008
nswfm CA

I’m hoping the Republicans have a door at the edge of a cliff for Caribou Barbie, and she plows through that. She didn’t seem to do so well on her post-election-media-verbal-diarrhea-tour nor with the governors in Florida.

On a side note, last night, my mom said “Oh, good! We won another one. How many do we have now in the Senate?” when I told her Begich beat Stevens. Which is funny, because she’s still registered as R (for now). She’s still hoping for 60 in the Senate!

19 11 2008
Grammy in PA

CRFlats, thanks for that perspective – lots of interesting points –

19 11 2008
Deep Blue in VA

@ CRFlats:

“That said, I know also, that the politics of DC are a whole different ball game than back home. It will be interesting if either of them can keep their perspective on who sent them there.”

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I think the politics of DC might turn out to be a whole different ball game than they used to be with Obama leading the way. I think it’s going to be fascinating to watch how Capitol Hill functions, and how the midterm elections go.

19 11 2008
CRFlats

Deep Blue, So true! Thank goodness (or in the case of the felony charges – goodness had nothing to do with it) we will have at least one Dem on our side. I would imagine that will help in the new administration.

I once was on a short plane ride with Ben, Stevens Jr, when he was still in our legislature and needless to say, we got into a political discussion of some heat. he said one thing I continue to remember…That Alaskans don’t talk sports like other places do….we talk politics.

So true…when the leg. is in session, many of the committee meets and sessions are broadcast on a public access channel (like a AK cspan) and I find myself tuning in regularly. It is a bid like watching sausage being made, tho.

19 11 2008
CRFlats

typo–“bit”
must learn to re-read before submit button!

19 11 2008
zumpie

I suspect Mark Begich will receive a pretty warm welcome from his fellow blue senators—no doubt they’re as relieved and delighted as the rest of the country that A) No more Stevens/pissy drama queen/expulsion and B) No Palin possiblity for at least 2 years.

He’s also the real giant killer/goliath/reformer from Alaska (as opposed to replacing one corrupt Rethug with a different one), so there’s a lot of romance to go with his entire senate race. Ironically, HE’LL probably be able to do much more for his state than Murkowski has and definitely more than Palin would’ve.

19 11 2008
Mark Begich is DA MAN!!!!

marksmyword (09:53:12) :

Will someone close that damn door
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Not until Sarah and that sickly horse she rode in on turns around and gets on the inside part of that barn door. May it hit her square where the good lord split her as she rides back thru. …

not that I’m a mean, nasty person or anything :coffee:

19 11 2008
Jster

In the words of Monty Hall (and the voice of George Carlin), “Well, Sarah, will it be Door #1, Door #2 or Door #3?”.

Before she gets to pick, she’ll need to demonstrate she can produce a balanced budget in the game show of declining oil prices!

19 11 2008
Martha Unalaska Yard Sign Toon

I’ve long suspected that the final straw for SP to fire Monegan is that he was going off to meet Lisa Murkowski about funding for an anti-sexual violence program. This is another SP vendetta – one that won’t serve her well as governor. I don’t think she’ll run for gov re-election in 2010 because that ties her up during the time she would need to begin (again) campaigning for 2012. Unless she’s looking at 2016 – but that involves an awful lot of math for the likes of SP to grasp.

19 11 2008
austintx

Well – there is always porn,beer with Rosie,a show on Fox,and a book deal……..

19 11 2008
Grammy in PA

Jster – she’s going to have a heck of a time reviving her 80% approval rating when she has to start cutting programs and sacred cows . . . easy to be popular when there’s surplus money to play with!

19 11 2008
CO Almost Native

Jster (10:44:12) :
In the words of Monty Hall (and the voice of George Carlin), “Well, Sarah, will it be Door #1, Door #2 or Door #3?”

I pick door…#4! Out-of-office, out-of-politics, out-of-the-news. I know it’s wishful thinking, but I stand ready to help AKM make this a reality in 2010.

19 11 2008
Evelyn

I hope Sen-elect Begich will be well treated by his fellow Senators, but as far as sending goodies home, he may be limited. Last night I heard someone refer to Alaska as a “client state” (like Pakistan?) who will always receive far more in taxpayer money than it sends. But SP has volunteered to refuse it – no? Didn’t I hear her say if Alaskans want a bridge, they’ll build it? Also.

Congrats to the new Senator and to the people of Alaska who elected him.
Congrats & thanks to Mudflats too.

19 11 2008
jimstaro

Nope!!!

She’s “wired for the mission” and would be ready to run in 2012, or 2016.

That dunch has No Idea about America, i.e., the lower 49, let alone about the World!

She even has many of us down here wondering if she even understands her own state outside of the old politics and the grifting!!

pRes. Nope, and I’m Sure that Alaskans aren’t that irresponsible to Really send her National, she would need more years to just Read and Understand before she’d be ready for even Congress!!

Just know, Now, you’ve All got Us Watching and Willin to Help!!

19 11 2008
CO Almost Native

BigPete (10:21:23) :
Is she going to read a lot of books and learn how to speak English?
Probably not.

LOL!
I think SP is going to have a difficult time: low gas prices doing damage to tax revenues/budget, the Canadian First Natives (? I don’t think that is quite the right term for Native Americans in Canada) not willing to let SP blithely run her pipe line across their lands, the gas/oil companies dragging their collective feet on using the pipe line, a crisis in education/graduation rates, severe problem of hunger (I think Alaska had the biggest percentage increase), and all of her “gates”.

Handling these issues and more for the next few years will be a true measure of SP’s political savvy; I plan on watching the show, with the help of AKM and the Alaskan ‘flatters.

19 11 2008
Suchanut_AK

The Don Young Door is going to be filled by Ethan Berkowitz in 2010. We owe it to ourselves and to Ethan to make it happen. Yes we can!

…stepping off soap box…..

19 11 2008
UK Lady

Wos! Fox just announced that convicTed is about to concede!!

19 11 2008
Let'sGetReal for "ThatOne"

Maybe she will just settle for the 4 million or so dollar book deal, and go away quietly! I really don’t understand who would give her a book deal when she can’t even write a complete a sentence.

19 11 2008
CO Almost Native

CRFlats (10:25:59) :

Thank you for your perspective on LM; I have read of her, but am not familiar with her record. She is one to keep an eye on, given the importance of Alaskan politics on the national scene.

I am glad your state now has one blue beacon of light…

19 11 2008
halcrow

@ BigPete (10:21:23) :

Her best chance, assuming she is re elected as Governor, would be to get the gas pipeline underway, while at the same time getting her approval ratings back up to “wildly popular”.

Hasn’t Governor Palin sort of added to that particular pipeline mess by awarding that $500-nod/licence to Canada’s TransCanada Corp (TSX-TRP)?

TRP has a heck of a lot on its plate these days, and its ability to do much in Alaska might be handcuffed by other projects in N Dakota, Colorado and Wyoming (among other places).

TRP is trying to raise $1-billion to repay corporate debt and get capital for various projects (including the Alberta tar sands Keystone Project, which proposes to start and build a completed pipeline from Alberta to the US Gulf Coast by an overly optimistic 2012), but organized environmental opposition in the United States and Canada, low oil prices and large increases in capital costs are making TRP’s plans look very dubious.

And the Russians are also interested in Alaska’s gas pipeline, if not Alaska’s gas…and they’ve got the money.

2008-10-15 07:41 ET – In the News
Shares issued 579,971,503
TRP Close 2008-10-14 C$ 33.90

The Globe and Mail reports in an Associated Press dispatch Wednesday that Russian state-controlled energy company Gazprom says a group of executives visited Alaska to discuss energy projects as the gas export monopoly seeks to expand its presence abroad. The unbylined item says leading the delegation was chief executive officer Alexei Miller. He and his managers met with local officials and the CEO of ConocoPhillips Co. James Mulva. “Gazprom has accumulated vast experience in exploring hydrocarbon deposits, building and operating gas pipelines … in the Far North. Gazprom’s experience will be relevant in realizing similar projects in Alaska,” Gazprom said in a statement. Gazprom has earlier expressed interest in an Alaskan pipeline project alongside BP PLC and ConocoPhillips. Alaskan governor Sarah Palin recently signed a bill authorizing the state to award a licence to TransCanada.

19 11 2008
halcrow

@ UK Lady (11:22:16) :

Wos! Fox just announced that convicTed is about to concede!!

Dang. That’ll have Diebold and the Republican National Party sleeping better tonight.

19 11 2008
Let'sGetReal for "ThatOne"

And what is up with Housegate? I really hope the truth comes out!

19 11 2008
say no to palin in politics

Is anything happening with Monagan’s lawyer rebuttal on troopergate personnel board findings, about the discrepancies between the two reports? and the non addressed issues?

It was in the paper last week.

Now that she’s back home maybe she can “openly” speak to those she serves. Personally I’d be interested in knowing how much that fiasco cost the taxpayers.

Is she unethical or not, what say ye Alaska.

Open and transparent, HA, I hope you Alaskans remember her broken promises and what platform she ran on for winning your votes.

And what about that matter of all those refusing to initially obey the subpoenas? did they break the law in doing that or what.

Also, where are those missing emails? And how is Palin going to conduct state business from now on? I’d ask her to commit to something, make that clear! Don’t let this stuff go without being addressed.

Her job is to serve the people of her state! She works for you! She should answer to you.

She shouldn’t be acting like an almighty dictator, pulling strings, privately scheming and manipulating your state politics behind closed doors.

And then there’s the issue of NON public employee Todd Dude sitting in on government business when other citizens don’t get that same privilege. That’s just plain weird and wrong. You should put a stop to that crap. She’s a big girl (adult eh), she’s the one who ran for gov and won, she should be able to do the job without hubby’s assistance. You voted her in, to represent you, not the DUDE. He has no business participating in private meetings.

And that crap about needing to have the first family travel or be with to do her job, ah no, not at the taxpayer’s expense. Move to the dam governors mansion and do the job you ran for. Quit misusing and abusing the taxpayers money and trust.

19 11 2008
InJuneau

@CO Almost Native (11:19:23) :

They are referred to as First Nations…

19 11 2008
Grammy in PA

Here’s a great headline for SP to think about:

Alaska crude dips below $50 a barrel; July peak was $144

(ADN)

19 11 2008
Montana Born

CO I plan on watching the show, with the help of AKM and the Alaskan ‘flatters.

ME TOO!

19 11 2008
CO Almost Native

InJuneau (11:29:39)

Thank you; I knew I didn’t have it right, and unlike SP, I like using the correct titles, names, nouns, verbs, prepositional phrases…

Slightly OT:
In Politico, a sad commentary on John McCain:

“The man who would have been president returned to his old job in the Senate on Tuesday.

Hardly anyone noticed.

As reporters flocked to 85-year-old convicted felon Ted Stevens on one side of the chamber and Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman on the other, John McCain — once again Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) — weaved through the corridors of power and barely got a second glance.”

19 11 2008
GJ in ID

I’m still doing a happy dance and watching to see how this all plays out with the other 2 Senate races.

In the meantime, I received this slightly OT email from my daughter this morning and it gave me a chuckleStunning Break with Last Eight Years

In the first two weeks since the election, President-elect Barack Obama has broken with a tradition established over the past eight years through his controversial use of complete sentences, political observers say.
Millions of Americans who watched Mr. Obama’s appearance on CBS’ “Sixty Minutes” on Sunday witnessed the president-elect’s unorthodox verbal tick, which had Mr. Obama employing grammatically correct sentences virtually every time he opened his mouth. But Mr. Obama’s decision to use complete sentences in his public pronouncements carries with it certain risks, since after the last eight years many Americans may find his odd speaking style jarring.

According to presidential historian Davis Logsdon of the University of Minnesota, some Americans might find it “alienating” to have a President who speaks English as if it were his first language. “Every time Obama opens his mouth, his subjects and verbs are in agreement,” says Mr. Logsdon. “If he keeps it up, he is running the risk of sounding like an elitist.”

The historian said that if Mr. Obama insists on using complete sentences in his speeches, the public may find itself saying, “Okay, subject, predicate, subject predicate – we get it, stop showing off.”

The President-elect’s stubborn insistence on using complete sentences has already attracted a rebuke from one of his harshest critics, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska. “Talking with complete sentences there and also too talking in a way that ordinary Americans like Joe the Plumber and Tito the Builder can’t really do there, I think needing to do that isn’t tapping into what Americans are needing also,” she said.

http://www.borowitzreport.com/

19 11 2008
Whabs, Seattle, WA.

I think we should add a 4th door.
Since I envisioned this post sort of “Let’s Make a Deal” style, we should add door #4: The Mystery Door, and it should have a big fat donkey behind it.
Now, if anyone can find a mini micra tool in their purse before the credits roll, I’ll pay you $25.00.

19 11 2008
CO Almost Native

halcrow (11:25:00) :
And the Russians are also interested in Alaska’s gas pipeline, if not Alaska’s gas…and they’ve got the money.

I think SP should sign a deal with Russia; that way, she can keep an eye on them from her window. Although, she may have to come up with a new slogan to replace the one about Alaska as the Lone Ranger riding to the rescue of the Lower 48 with gas (which she is full of).

19 11 2008
Whabs, Seattle, WA.

*credits*
This blog was brought to you by AKM @ wordpress
The end

19 11 2008
Diane

Wed. Afternoon
Kathleen Parker just wrote a great article about the keeping GOD out of the Republican party. No, it wasn’t God himself/herself but the lunatic fringe that is dragging the party down. She meant Sara Palin. She talked about her God door.
I don’t want to take away anyone’s religion, but her’s(Palin’s) scares me.
I don’t think that God is necessarily on one side or the other. (What happens to all those repubs who thought McCain/Palin would be elected because God was on their side?).
I want my religion to be my refuge, not my battleground. When it gets mixed up in politics and they start talking about witches, I get real nervous.
So…. I’m hoping that the Repubs come to their senses and decide that they need to take care of politics and let the churches take care of GOD.
And if the good people of Alaska would keep Sarah busy and expose her for the person she is( inadequate) I will count my blessings and continue to vote with the Democrats and pay my homage at my church.

19 11 2008
CO Almost Native

On CNN!

Stevens has just conceded! Sanchez is talking to Begich on the phone- what a classy guy. Congrats to Alaska, again!

Gracious answer to why the vote was so close: Stevens has served for decades and has done a lot for the state, but the voters felt it was time to move on.

19 11 2008
halcrow

CO Almost Native (11:47:07) :

I think SP should sign a deal with Russia; that way, she can keep an eye on them from her window.

Lol…but that’s only if housegate allows her to keep the house and the window.

19 11 2008
CO Almost Native

Diane (11:50:02) :

I want my religion to be my refuge, not my battleground. When it gets mixed up in politics and they start talking about witches, I get real nervous.

Perhaps you need to add the Mormon monetary meddling in CA Prop 8, and some priests/bishops in the Catholic Church wanting to deny communion to those who voted for Obama.

I agree with you- God is sorrowful over the need of some to impose their religious rules on the rest of us.

19 11 2008
Grammy in PA

Sources: Obama picks Daschle to head HHS

Breaking on CNN.com

19 11 2008
CO Almost Native

halcrow (11:55:35) :

(snicker)

If SP and First Dud lose that one, maybe they can magically build a newer and better one, with the (voluntary) help of their friends. Hmm…that has the potential to be a hit song-

19 11 2008
CRFlats

@ CO Native & All,
It’s a good idea to track all of the votes in Congress. A good source is Washington Post:
http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/110/states/

Checking LM’s record; she voted with GOP 80% (Less than Stevens and Young), and missed fewer votes (2.3% total) than the other two of our esteemed delegation (Young missed a wopping 17%). I’m gonna look at it as voting 20% against her party, and keep watching to see if her percents go up.

19 11 2008
UK Lady

Obama announces David Axelrod to be Senior Advisor in White House

19 11 2008
CO Almost Native

CRFlats (12:04:01) :

Thanks; I will be doing that, for CO legislators also-

19 11 2008
BigSlick YES WE CAN! Clamp Noodle Palin

I really do hope La Sarah goes after La Lisa. Godzilla vs. Gidra. Alien vs Predator. Me like.

I also like the way the comments are becoming more focused on AKM’s blog-topics.

I hope everyone is having a good time at the Forum as well, there’s a lot more going on over there for free-associators who take the time to get used to it. Once accustomed, its a better place to let your thoughts meander.

19 11 2008
A Brit Abroad

Oh, I’m so glad Srevens conceded… yay… a recount would have been horrid.

19 11 2008
CRFlats

“CO Almost Native (11:59:43)

I want my religion to be my refuge, not my battleground.”

Beautifully put! It does make one wonder if in fact those who wear their Religion on there sleeves really have taken it into their hearts. I have always respected how Jimmy Carter treated his obvious devotion to his beliefs: he acknowledged them, but kept his religious beliefs out of his politics.

SP falls into the category of those who use their Religion as a soap box—standing On it, not With it.

19 11 2008
SoCal Bob

With Stevens loss and with the chance of Palin not slipping in behind him, the momentum that Palin enjoyed has come to a halt. She may slip into a federal position, but she will lack the push necessary to put her back in the spotlight. There will be some other RepubLOLican candidate by 2012 ready to step up and strike out against Obama. In my opinion, Sarah has reached her peak.

19 11 2008
CO Almost Native

CRFlats (12:33:51) :

I must give credit for the eloquent phrase to Diane
Diane (11:50:02) :

I added the other meddlers, whose efforts increase fear and hatred, not the love Jesus preached.

19 11 2008
HopeMoBlue

Stevens concedes Alaska Senate race – I am happy about this but I am not happy about Missouri going to McCain.

19 11 2008
HopeMoBlue

McCain wins Missouri; State’s streak over!

BOOOOOO!!!

19 11 2008
UK Lady

Ugh!!

Apparently Huckabee envies Palin in 2012 competition!!

You couln’t make this sh*t up.

19 11 2008
UK Lady
19 11 2008
Marnie

Before I start with the other comments.
Since I left the site yesterday before the vote results were official –
Contrat’s to Mark Begich, to Alaska, to AKM and all the and truth tellers involved in keeping the truth seekers informed about the candidates and races or 2004.

The Republicans and MSM are already spreading lies about Obama, and talking about impeachement (just like they did with Clinton) and as you point out will start in on Begich tut suite. I, we, count on the political bloggers to keep the record straight.

19 11 2008
MC

When is Bristol’s due date, and why haven’t we seen any photos of her in the last two months. She should be due in the next month or so, correct?

Anyone from Wasilla want to snap a picture of her outside the 7-11 and post it?

19 11 2008
Mark Begich is DA MAN!!!!

Please no, MC.

Leave the kids alone. When she births, it will be in all the papers.

19 11 2008
InJuneau

NEW THREAD ALERT.

Oh, and Bristol’s due date is supposedly 18 Dec., so just a month away.

19 11 2008
morelightthanheat

@ SoCal Bob,
Is peak Sarah sort of like peak oil??? 😆

Such delicious irony that Begich was declared winner on ConvicTED’s b-day… I imagine Stevens was fuming at his present. Begich showed himself to have class by being gracious in victory.

19 11 2008
NY Dem

No Republican is going to have a snowball’s chance in hell against Obama in 2012.

They might as well all set their sights on 2016.

19 11 2008
Nisperos

Well, the prophets were always saying things which people didn’t want to hear. As my Jewish friends are won’t to quip, “Chosen doesn’t necessarily mean that things will be easy.” and “Chosen yes, but for what?” If there’s any praying to be done (or for those of a non-religious persuasion, hearts or values to be lifted up), then I think what is required of our leaders and required of us is to do justice and to love kindness. Yes we can! and ¡Si se puede!

19 11 2008
Marnie

Mark Begich is DA MAN!!!! (10:43:22) :
Not until Sarah and that sickly horse she rode in on turns around

Time to get your specks checked. That’s a moose she’s riding. And we heard what Brian though of her doings yesterday. Patooie!

19 11 2008
Marnie

Let’sGetReal for “ThatOne” (11:22:51) :
I really don’t understand who would give her a book deal when she can’t even write a complete a sentence.

As Dick Cavett said, in one of the links you guys put up the other night, Palin doesn’t have a first language. The book will be ghost written.

I’m taking bets on how long it will take each successive ghost to run into the street screaming, “I can’t take it any more.” And hopping the first flight to the lower 48.

Seriously, all of you can write and express yourselves clearly and sometimes eloquently. Can you imagine yourself or anyone who takes word smithing seriously, interviewing her for days on end, watching and reading news clips, talking to her friends an enemies, going over every iota of the recent campaign and being able to come out with anything worth publishing???

I don’t think it can be done, at least not accurately and not as a biography written for adult reading.

19 11 2008
yellowdoggranny

ya’ll need to find some good looking smart funny democrat to run for sarah’s job..i think he/she would win in a landside..oh hell, just toss her high heeled ass out of office..

19 11 2008
InJuneau

@yellowdoggranny (15:25:26) :

I think we may have a few of those around!

19 11 2008
Sparky

CO Almost Native (11:42:13) :
InJuneau (11:29:39) Slightly OT:

In Politico, a sad commentary on John McCain:
“The man who would have been president returned to his old job in the Senate on Tuesday.

Hardly anyone noticed.
================================
I agree that this is sad to read.

19 11 2008
CRFlats

Mike Doogan for Governor 2010. Pass it around! Doogan is our answer to Franken. Funny and Smart.

19 11 2008
Alaska Pi

Suchanut_ak-

We DO owe it to ourselves and Mr Berkowitz the next time around…keep that soapbox warm.

I am glad Mr Stevens conceded the race and that is over…A little bit of class a lot too late…

For now – we have to keep our eyes on our UNtrustworthy gov… and move her on out as soon as a door opens!!!!!!!!!!!!
New game- “Find That Door” !
RULES-
1-Real doors and made-up doors allowed.
2- NO doors to NATIONAL POLITICAL scene allowed.
3- ALL doors must have a lock on OUR side so we can keep her from coming back!

Ready, Set…
Go!

heeheeeheee… a bit giddy , I am a bit giddy …We did it. whew! Mr Begich- please Don’t.Screw.Up.

(hmmm. I think there should be some kind of rule about not letting her loose on rubes like we were and defenseless wild critters…but not sure how to word it…)

20 11 2008
Democrat G (formerly "G")

Stupid Stalin must be pissed that she did not go from Mayor to Senator….that may have helped her become VP. SUCKS TO BE HER!

I mean, as of now she has gotten away with Travelgate and Housegate….a house and tens of thousands of dollars of travel for her REDNECK (not the good kind) HICK (not the good kind) HYPOCRITCAL and SOMEWHAT SKANKY Family, not too shabby.

When she goes to jail for the above and is hopefully impeached can we send her letters saying that the Devil held her hand for all those years and God shat on her later on?

CONGRATS TO SENATOR BEGICH!!




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