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Murkowski the Jerk
Pajamas Media ^ | September 18, 2010 | Roger L Simon

Posted on 09/18/2010 5:35:16 PM PDT by jazusamo

Few Americans outside the beltway and Alaska knew much, if anything, about Lisa Murkowski , but we all do now.  In her decision to mount a write-in campaign for her apparently lost Senate seat, she  has become the poster girl for that great politician’s personality disorder — pathological narcissism. In plain English, back in the pre-psychiatric age, she is what we used to call a jerk.

Glenn Reynolds puts it in a more uptown manner: “The Murkowski story embodies what’s wrong with the traditional GOP: Self-centered, dynastic, and looking to lobbyists as primary allies.”

In other words, a jerk.

Meanwhile, Ed Morrissey has a good roundup of some of the usual suspects thumb-sucking on whether  the Alaska senator could possibly win this write-in candidacy, but I think they all miss the point. In this year of extreme populism, voters are ultimately going to gag on someone like Murkowski arrogantly trying to tell them it is business as usual, as if she has some form of droit de seigneur for her allegedly magnificent service in the US Senate.

Yes, I know some polls are showing her with a decent percentage and, yes, she has money in the bank, but it’s hard to imagine a significant number of those people finally making the effort, and it is an effort, to write in the name of such a person. Unlike Joe Lieberman, who ran successfully as an independent in Connecticut, she has no cause, other than herself. (And Lieberman was actually on the ballot.)

Oh, okay, she has the cause of a tired Republican Party that no one seems to want anymore.

And that’s the point. We live in an exciting time when the possibility of change (real change — not rhetorical change) is in the air. Murkowski comes along like Mrs. Scrooge  and tries to squelch it.  How pathetic.

One last word to the lobbyists (Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Marath0n Oil, etc)  who apparently received email from Murkowski’s chief of staff, alerting them an hour early to her imminent campaign. We live in a New Media Age where your behavior is being watched as never before.  And, as you know, you have already been outed in this instance.  Karen Knutson, Murkowski’s chief of staff, showed herself to be a trigger-happy dolt by sending that premature email.  One of you probably leaked it. Signing on for the Murkowski campaign is now bad news for your company.  Stay away.



TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: alaska; jerk; murkowski; narcissist
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To: jazusamo
The fact is that, before the Tea Partiers upset things, there was only one major political party with two divisions, Team Red and Team Blue. The Tea Partiers are attempting to upset the Team Blue division of the major political party. Murkowski is faithful to her party, which is bigger than than either the Red or the Blue, and therefore wants Team Red to win. A write-in campaign serves that objective.

That's my theory ... but it could be that she's just a narcissistic b*tch. She sure looks like one.

41 posted on 09/18/2010 7:57:19 PM PDT by Skepolitic
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To: aimhigh

That is a good point.


42 posted on 09/18/2010 7:59:58 PM PDT by apocalypto
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To: jazusamo

Will she be allowed to be in the debates?


43 posted on 09/18/2010 8:11:25 PM PDT by Atlantan
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To: jazusamo

Yup!


44 posted on 09/18/2010 8:14:54 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: ClarenceThomasfan
I think I may know the real reason Murkowski is doing this. Her loss was a real shock to her. She still has over a million in campaign funds. She has no chance to win as a write-in. I think the real reason she is doing this is so she can pay her campaign staff another two months and use up all those campaign funds. She isn’t going to turn over her money to Joe Miller. Maybe she wants to reward those who have been loyal to her.

I hope this is the reason and hopefully she will “mail it in” (not try very hard) the next couple of months, while her staff continues to collect a salary.


Believe it or not, when a politician either loses an election, or retires, they are legally allowed to use the funds for personal expenses. Its basically a nice retirement nest egg, along with the pension.
45 posted on 09/18/2010 10:00:14 PM PDT by krogers58
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To: jazusamo

Does her name have to be spelled correctly when written on the ballot by the voter or will they accept any spelling that is close? Murkowski is not an easy name to spell and a lot of Americans are terrible spellers. Any answers, Alaskans?


46 posted on 09/19/2010 3:03:28 AM PDT by josette c.
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