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Archive for August 25th, 2010

Palin Endorsement Betters Miller, Bitters Murkowski

Posted by Adrienne Ross on August 25, 2010

By Adrienne Ross –

The votes are still being tallied in the last of yesterday’s Primary Day races involving candidates Governor Palin endorsed. Governor Palin’s other endorsees, Pam Bondi, Allen West, Paul Gosar, and John McCain, emerged victorious. However, the eyes of the nation followed the Joe Miller-Lisa Murkowski show-down in Alaska, as Palin’s endorsement put a relatively unknown Miller on the map. A day later, we’re yet looking toward the North as votes are still being counted in a very close race that Miller is leading. He gives credit to Governor Palin for the good shape he’s in.

The ADN reports today:

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is battling for her political life this morning against Republican primary challenger Joe Miller, the tea party-backed candidate who has a slim lead as ballots continue to be counted.

Miller, a Fairbanks attorney, led from when the first returns came in Tuesday night and was on the verge of pulling off one of the biggest election upsets ever in Alaska.

With 429 of 438 precincts counted this morning,, Miller had 45,909 votes (51 percent) to 43,949 (49 percent) for Murkowski.

Miller credited the support of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for his lead.

“I’m absolutely certain that was pivotal,” he said.

Lisa Murkowski is not quite as happy with the Governor. Though just recently she said she harbored no hard feelings because Palin endorsed Joe Miller, she certainly seemed a bit bitter last night:

Murkowski on Tuesday night took a shot at Palin, saying that when Palin resigned as governor last summer she said she would use her new national role to help out Alaska.

“I think she’s out for her own self-interest. I don’t think she’s out for Alaska’s interest,” Murkowski said as she waited at her campaign headquarters for results to come in.

I wonder if Murkowski would have had a different perspective had Governor Palin managed to throw her a bone with an endorsement. What exactly is Murkowski’s beef anyway? Governor Palin backed a conservative candidate who has a desire to serve the state of Alaska in the way voters expect. Murkowski’s voting record does not serve the interests of her constituents, she functions too much like the other side of the aisle, and it’s time for her to go. Governor Palin has done her part to help make that happen by backing a true conservative named Joe Miller. Sounds to me like a great benefit to both the state of Alaska and the United States of America.

And the Governor’s influence has made all the difference in the world:

Palin and the Tea Party Express made a big push to convince Alaskans to dump Murkowski for Miller. Polls had shown Murkowski with a big lead just three weeks ago. But Miller supporters had thought it was narrowing and were expressing confidence earlier in the day Tuesday that they would be pulling off an upset.

This was the first test of Palin’s influence on Alaska politics since she resigned as governor last summer, and the first sign of how influential the Tea Party movement can be in shaping political races in this state. The race was being closely watched nationally as a sign of Palin and the Tea Party’s strength, but also because Murkowski is one of the leading Republicans in the Senate.

There may be a long way to go on this one, but Joe Miller has already done what no one thought he could, no one except Governor Palin, of course, who obviously saw his great potential. We await, with her, the “miracle on ice”.

Read the full ADN article here.

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Sarah Palin Most Influential Republican in America

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 25, 2010

After Governor Palin’s winning streak yesterday, with 4 of her 5 endorsees winning and the 5th likely to win, the Internet was abuzz today about Governor Palin’s clout as a GOP kingmaker.

David A. Patten at NewsMax had this to say:

Incumbent GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s stunning setback in Alaska sends a powerful message to political insiders in both parties: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is now the GOP’s clear No. 1 kingmaker.

Upstart candidate Joe Miller, who made a lightning-fast rise in the polls following Palin’s endorsement and robo calls, credited Palin for his primary shocker.

“I’m absolutely certain that was pivotal,” he told The Anchorage Daily News.

With an estimated 98 percent of the vote tallied — and with thousands of absentee ballots yet to be counted — Miller leads Murkowski by 1,960 votes.

Political pundits suggest the outcome elevates Palin to unique status within the Republican Party.

“Clearly Sarah Palin is the most influential Republican in America,” Democratic pollster and Fox News commentator Douglas Schoen tells Newsmax. “That much is clear as the primary season winds down. And Palin clearly is the candidate who will generate the most enthusiasm if she runs in 2012.”

Miller appeared to come out of nowhere in the campaign’s closing days. A poll that RT Nielsen released Friday showed Murkowski still leading Miller by a strong margin, 47 percent to 35 percent.


Nor is her influence seen as limited to her home state — her endorsement was considered a key factor in shoring up Sen. John McCain’s right flank in his primary victory Tuesday over former Congressman J.D. Hayworth in Arizona.

“Looks like Miller won,” political analyst and Fox News commentator Dick Morris tells Newsmax. “Palin’s victory in Alaska is very impressive.

“She had defeated Murkowski’s father for governor in a Republican primary, and just defeated the daughter in a Senate primary,” Morris says. “I think she also played a key role in helping build but sentiment about McCain moving to the right, and tying him in with the tea party movement. She made him look like less of a RINO. Both wins demonstrate her power.”

Commentator and syndicated columnist Patrick J. Buchanan called the result “astonishing” on MSNBC Wednesday morning.

“Lisa Murkowski is a fairly popular senator from Alaska who settled in,” he said. “And after the death of Ted Stevens, it looked like she was a winner.
And Sarah Palin steps in, and this fella who’s relatively unknown nationally, is known in Alaska, can put him not only in the competition but maybe into the Senate race itself — this is very, very dramatic.”

Jason Horowitz at the Washington Post wrote:

Palin may have withdrawn from official life in Alaska, but the surprisingly strong showing in Tuesday’s GOP Senate primary by Joe Miller, the long-shot candidate she backed over Lisa Murkowski, made it clear to the entire country that she still exercises great influence in her home state.


This matters for Palin’s aspirations outside of Alaska, too.

Alaska is central to the political imagery, folksy charm and outsider credentials of Palin. In her introductory speech to national politics during the Republican National Convention she referred to herself as a “gal who knows the North Slope of Alaska.” The bus she rode across the country on her book tour featured Palin beaming in front of Alaska’s snowcapped mountains and spruce-spotted hills. More recently, she coined the term “mama grizzlies” to describe women who want to protect the nation from “fundamental transformation,” because there are grizzly bears “in Alaska.” Her upcoming TV show is called “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.”

By endorsing Miller on Facebook, boosting him on Twitter and making robo-calls for him against the heavily favored establishment candidate, Palin risked sacrificing the founding pillar of her political creation myth. Instead, preliminary results from Tuesday’s election showed Miller ahead, 45,909 votes to 43,949 votes. According to the Alaska Division of Elections, more than 16,000 absentee ballots were requested and fewer than half had been returned. Whether he ultimately prevailed or not was beside the point. Palin, whose presidential and political aspirations are still undetermined, had demonstrated that the strength of her base is not.

“Within conservative politics in Alaska she is still a very formidable force,” Miller said in a recent interview. “She’s certainly a net positive to any candidate running for office.”


Murkowski, who was vexed by Palin’s endorsement of Miller, which was widely seen as motivated not just by Todd Palin’s friendship with Miller but by Palin’s dislike of the Murkowski family, had sought to put it more diplomatically.

“If you ask Alaskans, they will talk about all of the politicians that represent them,” Murkowski said during a July campaign swing to North Pole, outside of Fairbanks. Her father, Frank Murkowski, lost the governor’s mansion to Palin in 2006. “This is the first election since Governor Palin has stepped down from office, and it’s her first series of elections across the country where she has weighed in, and it remains to be seen how that will play out in the state.”

Not anymore.

From governor to kingmaker?

Last July, Palin announced that she would be abandoning the governor’s mansion to protect the state from the costs of politically motivated lawsuits against her. Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, she said, would be inaugurated at the Governor’s Picnic at Pioneer Park in Fairbanks on July 25. Next, she signed on with Fox, launched the book tour, raised PAC money and bestowed endorsements on like-minded candidates.


“It’s clear that there are a lot of people in the state that support and respect Sarah Palin since the presidential race,” Miller said. “It is equally clear that there are folk that no longer support her.”

“There is a ruling family and that has been reflected in the generational politics of the Murkowski family. Lisa’s appointment by her father reflects that. It’s power perpetuated not just by family but by special interests,” he said. “Palin is absolutely outside of that. She certainly came from outside of that mold when she ran for governor. In fact it was her campaign that cracked the establishment.”


Palin made an appearance with other Alaskan dignitaries at the funeral of Ted Stevens this month, but for the most part, the former governor lays low. Her house is hidden by a tall brown fence Palin erected for privacy after a reporter rented the home next door. An impressive white satellite dish rises above the studio where Palin can do her live television hits. And at the foot of the gravel road leading to Palin’s house, there is a large Joe Miller campaign billboard.

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Palin’s Winning Touch

Posted by Ron Devito on August 25, 2010

Palin’s Winning Touch retrieved from Fox Business. H/T PalinTV and Sheya, Conservatives4Palin.

Governor Palin discusses the success of the candidates she has backed in prior elections with special emphasis on the Miller-Murkowski race.

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Governor Palin Awaiting “Miracle on Ice”

Posted by Adrienne Ross on August 25, 2010

By Adrienne Ross –

It was a huge night for Governor Palin’s endorsees. Results are in for four out of five of these particular elections, which I covered here, here, here, and here. The Governor is batting 1,000.

Alaskan Joe Miller, taking on incumbent Lisa Murkowski for U.S. Senate, is leading in a very tight race. Not many people expected him to have a shot at first. He was out-spent and not as well-known, but he is definitely the true conservative in the race. Governor Palin brought attention to Miller with her endorsement, allowing him to surge.

Carl M. Cannon reports:

Meanwhile in Alaska, Sen. Lisa Murkowski was leading Miller going into the day, but partial results show her trailing. Miller, a Fairbanks lawyer, war hero and West Point graduate, mainly attracted national attention because of his endorsement by Palin, a longtime Murkowski rival.

Ian Lazaran writes:

Nobody in Alaska knew who Joe Miller was prior to her endorsement. Prior to her endorsement, Miller had no chance. Keep in mind too that Murkowski outspent him by a 10-to-1 margin.

No other Republican would have taken a chance on an underdog like Miller except for Palin. That she has been able to push him to get so close to an incumbent with a 10-to-1 fundraising advantage speaks volumes about the power she wields.

The end result could go either way, and it could take quite some time before this one is decided, but as Lazaran explained in his article, Governor Palin has already won. Now we just need to keep pulling for a Joe Miller victory. Lisa Murkowski’s record shows she’s no conservative, and her pro-abortion stand doesn’t help her any. Here’s to Joe!

Governor Palin’s tweet:

@HeyTammyBruce @JoeWMiller g’night!May Alaska’s opportunity to export our pioneering, independent spirit come to fruition w/a miracle on ice

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