Palin vs. Murkowski….Another Epic Battle?

2 12 2008

athenaToday an article in Huffington Post has picked up on what could be, in Alaska, an epic battle come next year. In a tale worthy of Greek Mythology, Sarah Palin could be preparing to take on Senator Lisa Murkowski for her seat which becomes available in 2010.

Our story begins In 2002, when Frank Murkowski decided he’d had enough time in the Senate, and came home to Alaska to run for Governor. Murkowski, who had held the senate seat since 1981, won the gubernatorial bid. But who was to take his now vacant place in the senate? In his first wildly unpopular decision as governor, Murkowski appointed his daughter Lisa to the seat. It also became increasingly obvious over time that Frank was not cutting the mustard. Gas pipeline debacles and battles with the Legislature caused his popularity to plummet like a lead balloon. Adding insult to arrogance, he purchased a private jet to fly himself around the state and elsewhere. There was a radio contest to name the jet, and the winning entry was “The Bald Ego”.

Here’s where you picture Frank in a toga, being fed grapes, and fanned by his staff. Every once in a while, he’d make some bombastic proclamation that made the villagers angry, but other than that he had a pretty good life up on Mt. Olympus. Now and then, he’d wave over to the next mountain top where his daughter Lisa was actually not doing such a bad job being a senator according to the villagers. She wasn’t quite so conservative, appeared to be more ethical, worked harder, and actually seemed to care. Go figure.

Then came a young upstart from one of those outlying provinces from whence heroes always come. She was young, ferocious, and beautiful, and she had her eye on that throne. It was promising to be an epic battle. Troops on both sides rallied. Murkowski’s minions dropped their wine jugs and their platters of figs, and grabbed up weapons. They looked at the rag-tag team of outlanders, and decided that maybe this wouldn’t be so bad. All they had to do was keep the power they already had. They had the advantage. How hard could it be? But then the primary battle came, and in David vs. Goliath fashion, with one well-placed stone flung by her sling, Murkowski was struck smack between the eyes by the young woman from the village, and went down like a bag of dirt with a 19% approval rating.

After the stunned silence, the rejoicing began. We did it! One of US beat the grape-eating guy who was making everyone miserable! Sa-rah! Sa-rah! Sa-rah! And the Bald Ego went up for sale in the public marketplace, and Sarah reassigned the grape-peeler to another job, and the villagers loved her. They loved the idea of her. It was perfect. We needed a hero and we got one. Of course, over the months, many of the villagers began to see things they didn’t like. The new Queen started to pull people in from the obscure outlying province and put them in positions of power that they weren’t qualified for. People from the village started disappearing, banished to the hinterlands. She got rid of her humble toga, and started dressing more and more like a grape eater. She started visiting other kingdoms far away where people cheered for her, and attending parties far and wide, while her own kingdom suffered. Some of the villagers who were paying attention started to get a little nervous, and then a little disgruntled, and then downright mad.

But others remembered that humble young girl who flattened Murkowski, and refused to give up their dream. Heroes don’t come easy, and heroic tales must stay as they are written, otherwise it would just be too depressing. Alaskans have lost other heroes lately to greed and corruption and hubris, and this one would be just plain heartbreaking.

And now our Queen is looking around. She’s scanning the horizon, looking at other mountain tops, and new thrones, and new lands to conquer. She remembers Lisa, daughter of Frank the vanquished. Lisa rules the mountaintop over there, closer to all those parties, and cheering crowds. That throne might be nice…

But Lisa feels the gaze of the restless Queen, the one who flattened her father with a stone. She has been holding a white-hot hatred for the Queen who is now known as “Murkowski slayer.” It’s uncomfortable to live one mountain away from someone with that nickname when your own name is Murkowski. She’s been stifling her desire for vengeance, but this frontal assault on her own mountain would be just too much.

Murkowski says a run against her would be fraught with risk. If Palin lost, her stock would drop just ahead of a potential 2012 presidential run. And if she won, she’d be a backbencher in a chamber that is dominated by seniority — and would have to begin her presidential campaign as soon as she took office.

“If she wants to be president, I don’t think the way to the presidency is a short stop in the United States Senate,” Murkowski said.

Asked Monday to respond to Murkowski’s comments, Palin’s communications coordinator, Kate Morgan, said only, “The governor has never stated her intention or desire to run for that office.”

True, she has not stated her intention or desire to run for that office. But there’s an awful lot of activity on Mt. Olympus these days. The blacksmiths are busy, the horses are being counted, and the royal court has a strange glint in their eyes. And one thing we do know is that Queen Sarah’s restless nature is no longer content on her own mountain. Her destiny lies elsewhere. She likes the thrill of the battle, and the villagers know that Queen Lisa’s mountain is the most advantageous to conquer.

So what will the villagers do when 2010 comes? Whose side will they choose? The discontented villagers who’ve been paying attention to Queen Sarah and seeing the same arrogance and hubris that took down her predecessor will rally behind Lisa who has been doing better than her father. Others, who love their heroes, will remember how Lisa got to be Queen of her mountain, and they will remember her father the grape-eater with the jet, and the epic saga of the battle won for the people by that unlikely girl with the sling.

And others of us are still waiting for a brand new, and as yet unknown hero to arrive, and slay them both.


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2 12 2008
SMR

I am so glad that CNN does not edit out her crap grammar. Check out the quotes in this one:

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/12/02/palin-campaign-is-over-%e2%80%98appreciated%e2%80%99-nga-meeting/

2 12 2008
ashkee Colorado

Queen of the word salad.

2 12 2008
phoebe

That Lisa Murkowski looks like one tough customer….saw her on the news a few minutes ago…think Sarah has met her match with that one. Thought it was interesting the Palin is asking for all sorts of earmarks now.

2 12 2008
InJuneau

Given that Ted said, upon Lisa’ appointment to the Senate, that she was the smartest colleague he’d ever had in the AK delegation, I think SWWNBN would be a fool to challenge her, but then again we know how much of a fool she is!

2 12 2008
Scott Palin

Maybe if she isn’t governor in 2010…..the senate race might look different.

2 12 2008
InJuneau

oops, Lisa’s…

2 12 2008
SMR

Bring it on!!!!!!!!!!!! The Murkowskis can break out the big guns & shovels! Unearth all of the dirt, prod some legislators to do their jobs re: censure &/or impeachment, the lovely list could go on & on…

I just luuuuurrrrrvvvve the thought of this, and I have been saying that to friends & family for — literally — months, as Alaskans have been mumbling about the possibility of this for some time.

There are a lot of Republicans in this state, but not enough religious conservative Republicans for SP to win over the majority of them given that some of the Repubs here (say the ones in my household!) will vote for anyone BUT her. And by the time you add in the shambles that is our local economic outlook it’s looking pretty grim for SP’s popularity with constituents. The religious nutters will support her regardless, but they will be all that she has left.

2 12 2008
Lil' Geese Whalebone Palin

Anybody wanna buy a slingshot?????

2 12 2008
AKMama

“The governor has never stated her intention or desire to run for that office.”

How many times have we heard things worded like this from the gov’s office and then she turns around and does just what she had “not stated any interest in?”

I hope she does run against Murkowski, I’d like to see Lisa beat her!

2 12 2008
whabs

Jeez AKM, I fluffing love how you write.

2 12 2008
MonaLisa (in CT)

Can’t talk now, I’m working on a new invention. It’s a variation on a manually operated hottie-seeking missile launcher….

2 12 2008
shoeho

I’m still hoping Roger Ailes will make the gov an offer she can’t refuse. I mean, the President only makes $400K, which would barely keep her brood in NM and SFA duds.

Some of those Fox News nutjobs, on the other hand, make BIG bucks. The liberals at MSNBC aren’t paid as well as the wingers, although their salaries aren’t anything to sneeze at either.

I’m betting Sarah, Todd and their new found good taste is going to be living Chez Murdoch come 2010. She’ll find a way to adjust from Wasilla Main Street to Madison Avenue, I’ll betcha.

2 12 2008
MWthatone...

Need some help, Mona? I have a few ideas, and may be able to
get a sighting if the hottie ever stays in her own (loosely stated) state!

2 12 2008
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2 12 2008
Pacificnwgal

How perfect….. Sarah running against Lisa based on the old premise from her first campaign to be governor. And we were worried about her getting Steven’s seat. But, this is more…. what shall I say if I can find the words….. hummmmm?……… oh, yeah! PALINESQUE! It takes this woman a looooooooong time to change her ideas and tactics, if ever. She doesn’t learn to do better from experience apparently.

2 12 2008
Denise sansMSgaAZca

Imagine how ugly the Palin/Murkowski race would be.

Is there a term limit in Alaska for governor?

2 12 2008
BigPete

Palin would have to be an idiot to take on Murkowski!
But then again…Palin is an idiot.
So…who knows?

When are we going to get some new polls?
Blitzer on CNN today, still clinging to the 80% approval ratings for Palin.

2 12 2008
InJuneau

@Denise sansMSgaAZca (14:48:06) :

Two consecutive 4-year terms, then you have to take at least a term off before running again, hence Tony Knowles’s run in 2006 after he’d been gov. from 1994-2002 (two terms) with Frank the Bank’s one term in between Tony’s terms and his latest run.

2 12 2008
InJuneau

@BigPete (14:54:57) :

Dude, that man needs to read some more recent poll results; she was down to 61% or something like that in the middle of the campaign.

2 12 2008
austintx

The “hero” will be the feds……..housegate baby !!! They will slay the “Nimrod from the North” Sarah is promising protection to her minions/fawning sycophants……once the feds turn just 1 of these chums…..it will be done !!!

2 12 2008
Moose Pucky

Would this be a win-win situation or a lose-lose situation?

2 12 2008
ozmud

ok quick question: When a Senator/Congressman dies in office, has it not been customary for the widow to take up the seat? Isn’t Hillary’s now vacant seat in the senate being offered to Bill Clinton under the same premise?

I don’t quite understand why it was so ill-perceived that Murkowski offered up his seat to his daughter. What am I missing?

2 12 2008
Moose Pucky

Wouldn’t she be more likely to take on Don Young again–either she or Parnell? And then the other one is left for governor?? Bleak, from all viewpoints. Come on Halcro!!

2 12 2008
Trini

Great story AKM.

Reminds me of “The Lord of the Rings”. Our dear hero is yet to be found. But SWWNBN is of course “Gollum”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gollum

She was once a nice Smeagol who became Gollum in her ravenous obsession with her “precious” and her murder of Deagol (Murkowski) Actually, she kind of talks like Gollum! hehehe

2 12 2008
MonaLisa (in CT)

MWthat one: You betcha! I’d decided to program it to detect traces of couture and to lock its crosshairs on botox… but what if Ivana comes to town again? Curses! Back to the drawing board!

2 12 2008
0whole1

IMO, Palin *has* to spend most of her time campaigning — although it doesn’t really matter what for. County Commisioner, Grand Vizier, it doesn’t matter. If she spends most of her time campaigning, then she has an easy out re: why things aren’t getting done in her current job. The moment she stops campaigning is the moment when people start evaluating her on her current job performance, when people actually start expecting results. She also loses support staff and proxies when she stops campaigning — those people that can take the heat for her.

In fact, she need not have to *win* at most of her political appointments. She only needs to win one relatively long term appointment at a time, and then spend the majority of the time in that appoingtment campaigning for other appointments.

2 12 2008
seachele99

I would love to see SWWNBN run against Lisa Murkowski – I am sure all the dirt against SWWNBN will start to be shoveled over her precious couture’d head. Despite all the fun and excitement her presence lent to the recent election, I am REALLY tired of her “too also though” speak, and would love to see her sent off to never-never-land.

2 12 2008
CO Almost Native

Great posts, mud pups!

Between the hottie-seeking missile launcher (keep working, Mona Lisa) and the Lord of the Rings analogy (lol Trini), I have to leave the hot tea on the coaster, otherwise I would have spewed it all over the keyboard:)

And OMG, SMR- her language ought to be C2 rated (Can’t understand this Crap); my high school students knew they were in deep dog-do-do if they saw that on an essay (although I would never give SP a chance to rewrite- yech).

2 12 2008
Jackie Lee

the epic saga of the battle won for the people by that unlikely girl with the sling.

Don’t you mean — unlikely girl with the sling-backs?

2 12 2008
yellowdoggranny

Ok, so when’s the dragon going to show up..and where the hell is George?(no not that George..the dragon slayer, not the bullshitter.)

2 12 2008
MizKay

@ Trini (15:34:59)
Best laugh I had today!

2 12 2008
Women who run with the Wolves

I am throwing my hat in the ring for Lisa! I know for a fact that the region I live in will be 100 % in favor of Lisa Murkowski. As a matter of fact, since so many of us are throughly sick and tired of our gov. Lisa will strongly pull in a lot of female voters from this region. Also from a very reliable source….both sides of the Senate in D.C. cannot stand Palin, this is not someone we want in D.C., let alone governing our State.

2 12 2008
InJuneau

@ozmud (15:07:01) :

Well, there’s that difference of a slot being offered to a widow/widower of a Rep. or Senator who has died and the surviving spouse choosing to accept it (or not) and appointing your own child to fill the seat you just resigned to become governor; it’s that nepotism issue and all…

2 12 2008
NoCalGal

OzMud

No- not necessarily. Often when a Senator or Congressman passes, the seat MIGHT go to the spouse, but it is an appt at the discretion of the governor of the state, where such appts are allowed. Some states (Like AK) require an election; some have the legislature make an appt for the duration of the term, and then an election.

Bill is NOT going to get Hillary’s seat necessarily, and I actually think it is most unlikely. In New York, the governor will appt. Other names are being suggested including Cuomo’s son, a Kennedy Congressman etc. It could also go to the Attorney General or someone completely off the radar liek a judge or professor etc.

It is not a done deal.

2 12 2008
smartandfemale

I just said this today to a coworker. I wondered if Sarah would go after another incumbant Republican. Well…all I can say is let them duke it out in a primary fight. Spend some capital and money…then hopefully we can turn Alaska blue! Probably too much to wish for, but I wouldn’t count Lisa Murkowski out. My dimes on her, Palin is washed up.

2 12 2008
Proud Community OrganizerWA

Ok Dems pay attention! While the Tundra Amazons duke it out, it is the perfect time to sneak in and steal the vote!

DIVIDE AND CONQUER!

2 12 2008
SMR

@Big Pete —

There really HAVE been new ratings numbers for SP here in AK. The last I heard it was at 61%, and that is nothing to brag about, as far as I can tell, quite a dive from the ALLEGED 80%. I know that not 80% of the people I know were asked, and not even 80% of them would have approved of her, so, really, I have no idea where that 80% actually came from!

2 12 2008
Sparkleball Lady

I’ve said this about 100 times but I’ll say it again. I know infinitely more about AK politics than I do about CA or San Diego, which is where I live. And that’s because of mudflats and AKM. My husband laughs when I catch him up on what’s happening in Alaska. But this blog not only makes it all somewhat comprehendable (because the behavior up there is pretty wacky)– but entertaining, to boot. Alaskans, you’re a lucky bunch to have this moose-loving pamphleteer keeping you up to speed. I don’t have a clue about Boxer, Feinstein and Schwartzenegger, but try me on Murkowski, Begich, and Palin.

2 12 2008
yukonbushgrma

SMR (16:45:35) :
“so, really, I have no idea where that 80% actually came from!”

……a GOP poll, perhaps?

2 12 2008
Wasilla women

I’m not crazy about Lisa. but she’s a heck of allot better than crazy wacko SP..

2 12 2008
smartandfemale

I know it’s off topic, but we’ve lost hope for a 60 seat majority. Saxby Chambliss has been declared the winner in the Georgia Senate runoff. Damn.

2 12 2008
wilsonrofishing

I think Chambliss had this race won anyway, but Governor Palin’s campaigning in GA certainly didn’t hurt him; the big loser in the GA runoff today though: Ludacris!

2 12 2008
Aeroentropy

Oh Man –

Murkowski vs Palin — Nothing would make me happier. Just the thought of that battle warms my heart.

Dibs on front row seats for AKM!!

2 12 2008
Aeroentropy

Bummer about Chambliss, but hey, we still have a good solid majority, and that doesn’t even take into account some of the truly Mavericky repubs like our pair of ladies here, Snowe and Collins.

2 12 2008
AZ Mom

is it too crazy to keep throughing Monegan’s name out there for some of these public offices? it seems he has bipartisan appeal. he has a great deal of respect. he’s been very active in many issues that Palin seems ignorant on or downright neglectful in managing. he seems solid, likeable, honorable. and Alaskan.

2 12 2008
AZ Mom

okay. i meant to write “throwing” not “throughing”…good grief. the holidays are making my brain all whackadoodle.

2 12 2008
the problem child (a jerk, also)

Sad that Martin lost. But it is not the end of the world, as Aeroentropy says. Majority is there. In all branches but the judiciary. That will take some time, but you betcha, Snowe and Collins would resist any fillibuster on judicial appointments.

2 12 2008
Val

I would vote for Lisa.

Heck, I’d even volunteer on her campaign! Maybe I’d even give her my PFD!

2 12 2008
berit

I lived in Alaska from 1982 to 2005 and I was involved in Organized Labor/workforce development politics. I have the greatest repect for Senator Lisa. Those Alaskans that remember her role in the AK legislature will recall that she is a skilled polititian and actually rather moderate in her political outlook. We should be supportive of her as I seriously doubt a dem will be able to take her out and she is light years beyond the Palin monster when it comes to actual political competence (in the best sense of the word political). Under an Obama administration and a democratic majority she may have room to be the moderate I believe she is. Alaskans, please support and help her.

2 12 2008
girldujour

I don’t think it’s ever going to end. Not in our adult life time…

http://girldujour.wordpress.com/2008/11/23/further-proof-that-republicans-are-full-of-shit/

2 12 2008
girldujour

Clarification… by “it” I meant SP. I shudder to even utter her name. I find her so loathesome and disgusting. And that anyone would support her…

2 12 2008
strangelet

ozmud (15:07:01) :
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Sorry for such a late answer, but no, it is not common practice for the surviving spouse to succeed to the seat of a deceased Congressman or Senator.

You may be remembering the rather famous 2000 case in Missouri where Mel Carnahan (Gov, running for Senate), was killed in a plane crash three weeks before the election. His name stayed on the ballot because of MO election law, and the LT Gov who succeeded him as Gov stated that if the late Mel won, he would appoint his widow (Jean Carnahan) to fill the seat. It happened like that.
I’m sure there have been other cases as well, but it is very uncommon. Not a tradition.

Weirdly, the defeated incumbent Republican in the Carnahan race was John Ashcroft. His loss may have had something to do with his appointment as AG.

2 12 2008
mhrt oregon

new post

2 12 2008
strangelet

Also (also), in the HuffPo article, or the cite it came from, it was mentioned that there are “right-wing talk-shows” who have taken to referring to Murkowski as “Liberal Lisa”.

“Liberal Lisa”????

Okay, I know about the Mat-Su valley weed, and I’ve heard about the meth, but is somebody up there growing magic mushrooms?

2 12 2008
wired differently

“If she wants to be president, I don’t think the way to the presidency is a short stop in the United States Senate,” Murkowski said.

Ummm, forgive me for pointing this out, but I believe that’s how PE Obama did it. But that’s a whole ‘nother kettle of fish.

2 12 2008
vena45

Voting Palin as president for 2012 will be like voting Paris Hilton as our president. Soon this country will become like Europe where airheads exist everywhere, fashion is the main focus and prositution/guns are legal everywhere you go. May God help us all!

2 12 2008
Steve

Looks like Sarah imagines herself to be another Obama: Make a national splash, go to the Senate, launch an upstart bid for the presidency. A few small differences exist, like her party’s fracturing and her corruption and stupidity, but Sarah will of course overcome them with her strong will and God’s help.

2 12 2008
Lee323

Epic battles…..Mt Olympus….worship of Dionysus….togas….

Young David? with slingshot? from the provinces?

Might I suggest…Medusa….with head of writhing snakes, each speaking with forked tongue and in a Fargo-accented gibberish?

The villagers cry out for a Perseus…..

Haha…good post, AKM….got me thinking.

2 12 2008
InJuneau

@strangelet (20:33:04) :

Well, after Reps. Hale Boggs and Nick Begich (yes, the father of our newly elected Senator Mark Begich) disappeared in a plane crash shortly before the 1972 election but then still won (both of them, actually), his widow, Lindy Boggs was elected in 1973 to fill the seat in a special election. She held the seat till 1991. Slightly OT, they are also known as the parents of NPR’s Cokie Roberts.

2 12 2008
Curious
2 12 2008
JK Copper Catfish Hussein

vena45 (21:08:23) :

Voting Palin as president for 2012 will be like voting Paris Hilton as our president. Soon this country will become like Europe where airheads exist everywhere, fashion is the main focus and prositution/guns are legal everywhere you go. May God help us all!
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Just a few points that occur to me on reading this post:

1) Guns are NOT legal in much of Europe , UNLIKE the US. Gun ownership is much lower than in the US.
2) Fashion is certainly NOT the main focus, at least in the parts of Europe that I have lived in (UK, Germany and France)
3) I would humbly submit that the airheads/non-airheads ratio is no higher in Europe than in the US.

Where have you been in Europe that has given you such a negative view of an entire continent?

3 12 2008
wilsonrofishing

Vena,

Have you ever even been to Europe?? I don’t know where the snobby airhead comment comes from, but what about the guns? There are more restrictions on gun ownership and conceal/carry laws in most European countries than in the U.S.

What’s going on with legalizing prostitution, where did that come from??

Are you sure that when write “Europe” you didn’t really mean Nevada??

3 12 2008
Grammy in PA

Curious (23:09:11) :

New information –

http://www.palindeception.com/blog/

* * *

When I click on that, I get page cannot be found – did someone delete it already?

3 12 2008
Grammy in PA

I am ready for a Lisa-Sarah showdown; Lisa is smarter on the issues and more savvy about politics (what does Sarah know about playing w/ the big dogs in D.C.?). However, it should be noted that both Knowles and Halcro who ran against her for Governor were smarter and more savvy and she beat them – I watched one of the debates and Knowles and Halcro both had answers and “fixes” – she gave her usual bubble head answers and still won – she does this by changing the subject to her “turf” and then people forget what the question was and get tired of trying to figure out her answer (or non-answer).

3 12 2008
katiebegood

Aeroentropy (17:46:34) :
Bummer about Chambliss, but hey, we still have a good solid majority, and that doesn’t even take into account some of the truly Mavericky repubs like our pair of ladies here, Snowe and Collins.

We also will have the support of the non-southern Senators who will be up for re-election in 2010. If Obama stays popular and is doing a good job, any Republican senator in a non-southern state who opposes him will end up losing their jobs. They saw how many of their brethren were thrown out in this election. That’s going to be on their mind every time they consider opposing Obama, especially on the economy.

3 12 2008
Deuce2 AL Renegade

And others of us are still waiting for a brand new, and as yet unknown hero to arrive, and slay them both.:mrgreen:
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One never knows does one. Again AKM hits it out of the Kingdom. If I could
write like that, a millionaire I would be. AKM, an angel from Alaska.😉

3 12 2008
girldujour

I just clicked on http://www.palindeception.com/blog/ and got the blog.

Today’s post starts as:

“Welcome… Again
I have posted something like this a couple times before… but I need to do it again. I have had a very large increase in traffic today, thanks to a few good folks on the Internet posting to me. I’ve seen a ton of traffic come in from Mudflats, as well as Jack Bog, Reddit.com, Cajun Boy, The Token Hippie, and Daily Kos. (Wait! Hold it! Those WIENERS at Daily Kos pulled the story. – More on this later, I promise!) For all of you new readers, welcome! Whether you’re here because you’re just curious, because you think I’m right, you think I’m crazy, or you accidentally clicked the wrong link, it doesn’t matter. All are welcome. We hope you’ll stay and read for a while.”

This person is obsessed with determining who Trig’s mother is.




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