“I’m not much of a poker player, but the analogy I’ve been using is that I’m sitting there and I’ve been dealt a six and an eight,” Murkowski told the paper. “I’m not much of a poker player, but the analogy I’ve been using is that I’m sitting there and I’ve been dealt a six and an eight. But it is possible.”
Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, NRSC:
“Republican primary voters spoke when they nominated Joe Miller in Alaska, and I am deeply disappointed in Senator Lisa Murkowski’s decision to ignore that clear message and wage a write-in candidacy. The NRSC stands firmly behind Joe Miller’s nomination, and we will ensure that he has all of the resources that he needs in order to win this November.”
Sen. Mitch McConnell, Senate GOP leader:
“Senate Republicans informed Lisa Murkowski that we will respect the will of the voters in Alaska and support the Republican nominee, Joe Miller. I informed her that by choosing to run a campaign against the Republican nominee, she no longer has my support for serving in any leadership roles, and I have accepted her letter of resignation from Senate leadership. Lisa has served her state and our party with distinction, but Republicans acknowledge the decision Alaskans made and join them in support of the Republican nominee, Joe Miller—the next Senator for Alaska.”
Primary voters spoke. Listen to the people, respect their will; w/a 40-pt incumbent lead & $2.8 million war chest, voters chose Joe instead
The Alaska Standard – By Dan Fagan Publisher
Just as Frank and Lisa Murkowski put their own interests ahead of the nation’s eight years ago with nepotism, Lisa will once again put political ambition ahead of love for country.
Your television screen will reveal to you something very important today. At five today Sen. Lisa Murkowski will announce live that she is running as a write-in candidate after losing her Republican Primary bid for senate.
The thing to look for is those who will be standing behind her. The Murkowski camp has been sending out invitations to legislators and other key supporters requesting they come down to the Anchorage Convention Center this evening at five and stand behind Murkowski to show support.
Take a close look at those standing behind Murkowski. You will be looking into the eyes of establishment Republicans desperately trying to hold onto our country’s big government, special interest ways. The Murkowski live news conference will reveal to us those in the party who probably never were conservatives.
It will reveal to us those in the party who don’t quite get the fact that we are broke. We are out of money and the pork they so desperately want Murkowski to bring to Alaska will be paid for by our kids since every dollar the feds spend now is either borrowed or printed.
The folks standing behind Murkowski cannot seem to grasp the immorality of leaving our children with a debt so heavy, big, and overwhelming it will surely mean a quality of life much inferior to the one we live today.
The folks standing behind Murkowski today on your TV screen at five don’t understand there is a movement rising up made up of folks who say enough is enough when it comes to big government. This movement is sweeping the nation and Alaska and will prevail in November.
Most Alaskans and Americans understand our country is spending itself into oblivion and unless we begin to show fiscal discipline, our nation is heading toward a cliff.
Watch closely tonight at five on your TV screen and you will see folks standing behind Lisa Murkowski who are on the wrong side of history.
Though he didn’t name her specifically, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) blasted Senate colleague Lisa Murkowski (R-Ala.) Friday morning during a speech to the Values Voters Summit.
“Even in Alaska, the home of bacon, they threw out that senator,” DeMint told an applauding crowd as he discussed the Tea Party movement.
He also took the opportunity to praise Murkowski’s challenger, local Alaska attorney Joe Miller, to whom she conceded the Republican Senate primary on Sept. 1, and to express his fondness for the Tea Party movement.
“Tea parties? I’ve been to a lot of them,” he said to more applause.
He went on to criticize “senior Republicans in the Senate” for not supporting insurgents.
“Some of our establishment friends are not really happy with me, or you,” he said.
With comments like these, DeMint has increasingly found himself at the center of tensions between establishment Republicans and rising Tea Party challengers.
On Friday, he acknowledged his role in encouraging Republicans who “understand the importance of having a culture based on values.”
“I’ve been working to stir up primaries between establishment Republicans and those that stand for the principles of freedom,” he allowed, listing GOP Senate nominees Sharron Angle (Nev.), Pat Toomey (Pa.), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Rand Paul (Ky.), and Christine O’Donnell (Del.) as “candidates we can be proud of.”
“This is no longer you voting for the least-worst on the ballot,” he told the audience. “Washington has treated Americans like they were stupid for too long. On November 2, you’re going to see who is stupid. They’re going to be out of Washington, and you’re going to be in.”
The Atlantic – Nicole Allan
In the most anticipated speech at today’s Values Voter Summit in Washington, Delaware’s new GOP Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell ignited the Omni Shoreham ballroom with a tangible buzz. She strode onto the stage to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” with orange spotlights sweeping the room. (None of the other afternoon speakers got a light show.) The packed crowd gave her an enthusiastic standing ovation, continuing to applaud long after she took the podium.
She wore a black suit and pearls and seemed nervous at first, ticking off the perilous resume of Obama’s Washington: health care reform, the stimulus, bailouts, terrorist trials in Manhattan. “The conservative movement was told to curl up in a fetal position and just stay there for the next eight years, thank you very much,” she said, then pausing as a big grin spread across her face. “Well, how things have changed.” The audience broke into applause, and from that point forward, O’Donnell seemed to relax. Her speech featured quotable bits about American patriots throughout history and overstepping liberals, and even featured a few self-deprecating cracks.
“The small elite don’t get us,” O’Donnell said. “They call us wacky. They call us wingnuts. We call us ‘we the people.'” Addressing the GOP infighting her nomination has come to symbolize, she admitted, “We don’t always agree. … We don’t always endorse the same candidates or speak off the same talking points. We’re loud, we’re ratty” — when the crowd laughed, she corrected the word to “rowdy,” fumbling a bit. “We’re that too,” she said. “We’re passionate.”
Further proving her penchant for fantasy epic fanhood, she told a story from C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. When one of the children asks whether Aslan, the lion who symbolizes Christ, is safe, another answers, “‘Course he’s not safe! But he’s good.”
“That’s what’s happening in America today with this grassroots groundswelll,” O’Donnell said, “with this love affair with liberty. It isn’t tame, but boy, it sure is good.”
O’Donnell settled into a bit of a folksy rhythm not too dissimilar from Sarah Palin’s speaking style, acknowledging the left’s criticisms and giving as good as she got:
Will they atttack us? Yes. Will they smear our backgrounds and destroy our records? Undoubtedly. They will. There’s nothing safe about it. But is it worth it? … I say yes, yes, a thousand times yes. This is no moment for the faint of heart. Some have accused us of being just an aging crowd of Reagan staffers and home-schoolers. They’re trying to marginalize us and put is in a box. … They don’t get it. We’re not trying to take back our country. We ARE our country.
C-SPAN Video: Christine O’Donnell (Listed to the speech for yourself and decide…)(1:30-1:50)
Can’t all us grizzlies get along?
TWS – BY Mary Katharine Ham
…But the O’Donnell race was different. She is seen as a Palin-esque figure. Any criticism of her was deemed akin to the brutally unfair media treatment Palin got in 2008, and the retaliation for such treatment was correspondingly passionate. And, thus those who worked in the Reagan administration, wrote the book on Obama’s Chicago past that the media wouldn’t, profiled Marco Rubio as a credible candidate in May 2009, cheered the defeat of RINO Dede Scozzafava, energetically defended the Tea Party against accusations of racism and violence, and dogged Martha Coakley as she gaffed and shoved her way to a stunning loss in Massachusetts became sexist RINOs (or were personally attacked on Facebook) because they addressed legitimate shortcomings of one female candidate. There’s a real struggle going on between some of the establishment, which is skeptical of Tea Partiers, and the grassroots. But skepticism in one race over one candidate does not an “establishment sell-out” make.
The thing is O’Donnell is not Palin, whose substantial record was often ignored in favor of a reporter pile-on unmatched in its intensity and focus on petty, often unfair and untrue, personal psychoanalysis and questionable narrative-fitting anecdotes. Criticism of O’Donnell from conservatives was not akin to the treatment Palin got and deploying the same type of attack on longtime conservative allies as one would on the New York Times or Nancy Pelosi is not productive. It’s the Meghan McCain strategy for winning friends and influencing people. We hate it when she paints conservatives and Republicans with a broad brush, reinforces our adversaries’ stereotypes of us, marshals little proof in defense of either, and then asks us to merrily join hands with her as she fights for our cause. Why are we pulling a Meggie Mac on each other?
The people of Delaware spoke, O’Donnell is the nominee, and she’s done very well in her debut interviews in the national spotlight. She is certainly conservative on policy, and a skilled campaigner. I am not here to defend the disrespectful treatment of her by the NRSC, which announced it would not back her immediately after her win before back-pedaling, or the Castle camp’s decision to stealthily campaign against her. I’m not deeming legitimate every mainstream media and liberal attack on her religious beliefs or sexual mores, which have already become as nasty as the ones on Palin.
What I’m genuinely interested in is that, for conservatives, the trauma of Sarah Palin’s genuinely horrible treatment by the media does not lead us to reflexively deem assessing a candidate’s record or character an act of beytrayal. This political process happened in primaries all over the country, with genuine conservatives often lining up on different sides of the fight. The newfound enthusiasm for excommunication arose in the O’Donnell race because O’Donnell reminded everyone of Palin and her critics consequently reminded O’Donnell backers of Palin critics, fairly or unfairly…
I bet the derby and I won by a nose
I bet Vegas and they took my clothes
I bet Monte Carlo, I was showin’ my stuff
I bet on you baby, now ain’t that enough?
You got to give it up
Give it up baby
Give it up