Gee, I can’t imagine why Republican primary voters in Alaska rejected Senator Lisa Murkowski. She pretty much makes the case for those of us who care more about principle than we do about party. Murkowski accused Senator Jim DeMint of costing the Republicans the majority in the Senate.
After ripping Sarah Palin, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski isn’t mincing words about another one of her high-profile GOP critics: South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint.
“I think some of the Republicans in the Congress feel pretty strongly that he and his actions potentially cost us the majority by encouraging candidates that ended up not being electable,” Murkowski told POLITICO outside her Senate office. “And I think Delaware is a pretty good example of that, and I think there’re some folks that feel that DeMint’s actions didn’t necessarily help the Republican majority.”
Murkowski suggested the South Carolina conservative and favorite of the tea party seemed more interested in bolstering his own political standing rather than that of the Republican Party.
“So the real question is, what’s his desire?” she said. “Does he want to help the Republican majority, or is he on his own agenda, his own initiative?”
Asked what she believed the answer was, Murkowksi said: “I think he’s out for his own initiative.”
What a horrid woman. Talk about someone out for her own initiative. Had she abided by the primary voters, Joe Miller would definitely be the next US Senator from Alaska. Jim DeMint, on the other hand, has consistently acted on principle.That’s why he’s so unpopular amongst his fellow senators.
Speaking of principle, Murkowski was one of only two Republican senators to refuse the ban on earmarks.
“We have a Republican House, the Democratic president and now the Republican senators saying, ‘Let’s clean up the earmarks for the next two years.’ We’re challenging our colleagues — the Democratic senators – to do the same thing,” Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), a long-time earmarker himself, said after the meeting.
The earmarks ban, however, is non-binding, meaning senators could still choose to funnel federal dollars to pet projects in their home states. Those in the meeting said only Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) voiced his opposition to the moratorium.
Inhofe has signaled he’ll continue to earmark, and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski may too.
“I’m going to find the best path forward to make sure my state’s interests are represented,” Murkowski, who is poised to win her reelection, said when asked if she’d stop earmarking. “I do not believe that an earmark moratoria does anything more than send a message. It does not reduce the level of spending, it doesn’t reduce our deficit. I think this is an effort to make people feel better about the Congress.”
But Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who offered the earmark proposal along with Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), said colleagues who choose to ignore the ban would defy the will of the conference.
What happened to working for the good of the party?
As far as Inhofe, Maggie has more on that story.
Let me just add this: If the Republicans won the Senate with the likes of Mike Castle and Lisa Murkowski, all of this will have been for nothing. There would be enough RINOs to go along with Obama’s failed agenda. The Democrats would wail that the Republicans are in control and making everything worse. The American people would decide that there’s no difference between the two parties and any chance of stopping these progressives would be lost.
Update: After speaking to someone in Senator Inhofe’s office, Maggie has an updated post regarding his position on earmarks.