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Murkowski: DeMint cost us majority
Politico ^ | 11/16/2010 | Manu Raju

Posted on 11/16/2010 3:32:14 PM PST by Qbert

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.”

With ballots still being counted in Alaska, Murkowksi’s assessment comes on the cusp of an improbable victory following her write-in campaign, which appears to have knocked off Republican Joe Miller, the tea party darling who defeated her in the party’s primary. After Miller won his primary, DeMint backed his candidacy – and sharply attacked Murkowski.

DeMint’s political action committee paid for a TV and radio campaign in Alaska that attacked Murkowski for maintaining an “extreme … pro-abortion” position, saying she backed using federal tax dollars to pay for abortion. DeMint stepped up his attacks against Murkowski, calling her “a party switcher” and saying that the Republican establishment had effectively protected her by not stripping her from her leadership spot on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Asked about his attacks on Murkowski, DeMint said it was all part of the campaign season and that he was ready to move on.

“That’s behind us,” DeMint told POLITICO. “If she wins, which it appears she will, I’m going to congratulate her and welcome her back. But I didn’t like the idea of a member losing the primary and then running against our nominee. But that’s all done now.”

On CNN last week, Murkowski said that DeMint had “some making up to do,” saying that she would “let him make that first move.”

Asked if he’d apologize for his attacks, DeMint said: “I think that’s what we do against opponents of nominees,” referring to the attack ads. “But that’s part of the battle, and she’ll come back and hopefully caucus with Republicans. And I look forward to working with her.”

A DeMint spokesman declined to weigh in further on Murkowski’s comments. The back-and-forth speaks to the lingering tension between the purist conservative wing of the Republican Party and the Washington establishment over whether the party’s vicious primary season ended any chance of the party to win Senate seats in Delaware, Nevada and Colorado.

Moreover, critics say by nominating tea party favorites in states like Kentucky, the party was forced to spend precious resources that they could have spent in other closely contested races – and now Democrats will maintain a 53-47 majority in the Senate.

DeMint, who saw his national profile grow by taking on GOP leaders’ preferred candidates, had mixed results this election season, seeing his primary endorsements win in states like Florida, but fall short in Delaware and Colorado.

As she’s returned to the Capitol this week, Murkowski began the process of soothing tensions with her party’s leadership.

Before lunching with her colleagues, she met with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has assured her she would keep her ranking position on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, she told reporters. And she withheld her fire against the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which pumped big bucks into TV ads to help Miller and sent out fundraising solicitations to help Miller’s legal efforts in Alaska.

But she didn’t pull her punches about her long-time rival Palin, the former Alaska governor, who attacked Murkowski during the campaign.

Asked about Palin’s presidential prospects, Murkowski told CBS’ Katie Couric on Monday: “I just do not think that she has those leadership qualities, that intellectual curiosity that allows for building good and great policies.”


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Alaska; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: ak; backstabbers; demint; establishment; jimdemint; moocowski; murkowski; palin; rino; rinos; scf; senate
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Princess Lisa really needs her daily fill of attention now, doesn't she?
1 posted on 11/16/2010 3:32:15 PM PST by Qbert
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To: Qbert

Yes, Demint did cost her true party control of the House. The Senate is still in the hands of the party who holds her true allegiance.


2 posted on 11/16/2010 3:34:50 PM PST by Ingtar (If Washington and his peers had been RINOs, we would still be a British colony.)
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To: Qbert

What is this “us” crap, Murkowski? You got a mouse in your pocket?


3 posted on 11/16/2010 3:34:52 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Qbert

Lisa needs to be reminded of the old saying, “better to be silent and thought a fool, than to speak an erase all doubt”. Actually, all elected officials should remember that. In the age of Youtube, idiotic utterances don’t disappear.


4 posted on 11/16/2010 3:35:06 PM PST by TheConservativeBanker
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To: Qbert

I daresay that DeMint gives conservatives and other rational beings hope, some thing the RNC and other CINOs do not.


5 posted on 11/16/2010 3:35:10 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: Qbert

And she belongs to what party? What a crock. I couldn’t win, but I deserve the seat anyway.........


6 posted on 11/16/2010 3:35:22 PM PST by animal172 (Where are you America?)
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To: Qbert

“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...”

I pray the balance of the votes don’t go her way ...


7 posted on 11/16/2010 3:35:50 PM PST by jessduntno (In the news: Arab assassins. Wind mills. Pirates. Dengue. Cholera. Typhoid. Hookworm. Cripes ...)
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To: Qbert

Screw off Lisa.


8 posted on 11/16/2010 3:36:31 PM PST by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: Qbert

The Arrogant Ugly RINO Witch is awful close to loosing after all of her Rotten Tricks and Voter Fraud! Let’s keep Praying she will be kicked out on her ugly Butt!


9 posted on 11/16/2010 3:36:31 PM PST by True Republican Patriot (May GOD Continue to BLESS Our Greatest President :George W. Bush!!)
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To: Qbert

This obnoxious wench botched her primary, then refused to accept the fact that she lost. She is a prime example of the ruling class Republican that Rush has castigated.


10 posted on 11/16/2010 3:36:31 PM PST by kittymyrib
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To: Qbert

Ten years ago, who would have thought that the war between the old guard and the reformers in the Republican party would be led by two Alaskan women?


11 posted on 11/16/2010 3:36:44 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: Qbert

If the GOP is going to be represented by people like Murkowski, it doesn’t deserve a majority.


12 posted on 11/16/2010 3:37:12 PM PST by Moonman62 (Half of all Americans are above average.)
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To: Qbert

I am getting the impression that she must think she is the Democrats last and ultimate weapon against the Tea Party and Sarah Palin.

I think the Senate will make a decision regarding her future, she is creating a National Security issue far beyond just the state of Alaska.


13 posted on 11/16/2010 3:37:26 PM PST by Eye of Unk (If your enemy is quick to anger, seek to irritate him. Sun Tzu, The Art of War.)
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To: Qbert
Lying Ratette nothing more,Ugly Evil nasty hag there.
14 posted on 11/16/2010 3:37:38 PM PST by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: jessduntno

She is despicable, no doubt about it. Without her obviously Joe Miller would have won easily. She’s wrong about Buck in Colorado and Angle in Nevada; both could have won if not for stupid, self-inflicted wounds.

She’s probably right about Delaware though.


15 posted on 11/16/2010 3:38:26 PM PST by Aetius
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To: Qbert

Is there a fund started yet to remove her from office if she wins?


16 posted on 11/16/2010 3:39:20 PM PST by listenhillary (A very simple fix to our dilemma - We need to reward the makers instead of the takers)
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To: Qbert

What does she mean “us?”

Unless she’s talking about Independents...


17 posted on 11/16/2010 3:39:49 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: TheConservativeBanker

Translatiom. DeMent cost me my Pork.


18 posted on 11/16/2010 3:40:28 PM PST by screaminsunshine (Americanism vs Communism)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

What do you mean by ‘we’, Kemosabe?


19 posted on 11/16/2010 3:41:08 PM PST by BenKenobi (Don’t worry about being effective. Just concentrate on being faithful to the truth.)
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To: listenhillary

https://senateconservatives.com/savejoemiller

just this for now...and later.


20 posted on 11/16/2010 3:41:08 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: Qbert

Ever seen the talking bass? I hear by claim a patent on the talking fish mouth Murkowski.


21 posted on 11/16/2010 3:41:56 PM PST by listenhillary (A very simple fix to our dilemma - We need to reward the makers instead of the takers)
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To: Brilliant

If Demint "makes up" with this turd , he will forever be a gutless man girl in my book.


22 posted on 11/16/2010 3:42:06 PM PST by RED SOUTH
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To: Aetius

Just had to get that little dig in on COD?

You do know that she’s done as well as any senate Republican since Roth?


23 posted on 11/16/2010 3:42:32 PM PST by BenKenobi (Don’t worry about being effective. Just concentrate on being faithful to the truth.)
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To: Qbert

Leftwing Republican “leaders.” They back liberals in primaries with all the party’s resources, and when someone who more closely fits the rank and file’s political tastes wins said primary anyway, they pull their support. Then if the conservative loses, mainly because they’ve been betrayed by their own party, it’s because conservatives aren’t “electable.”

Same old story, different year.

When will conservatives finally tire of this charade? Will it be in time to still save the country?


24 posted on 11/16/2010 3:44:05 PM PST by EternalVigilance (Without checks and balances, why are you surprised that the courts are capsizing the ship of state?)
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To: Qbert

How easily she forgets about all the RINO senate candidates who also lost. Perhpas it was they who cost the GOP majority. I wonder what’s going to happen to her when all the people who voted for her thinking the pork spigot would be turned off if she didn’t win only to have it shut off anyway.


25 posted on 11/16/2010 3:44:40 PM PST by dajeeps
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To: kittymyrib

“This obnoxious wench botched her primary, then refused to accept the fact that she lost. She is a prime example of the ruling class Republican that Rush has castigated.”

Where in the h-ll are the other Republican senators defending DeMint here? Miller won the primary fair and square for cripessakes.


26 posted on 11/16/2010 3:45:21 PM PST by Qbert
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To: Qbert


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

27 posted on 11/16/2010 3:45:42 PM PST by The Comedian (I enjoy progressives, especially in a light cream sauce.)
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To: Qbert

she’s going to be the next Meghan mccain for the next 2 years...


28 posted on 11/16/2010 3:45:47 PM PST by ari-freedom (Islam is at war against America, while America is at the mall.)
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To: Qbert
Murkowksi said: “I think he’s out for his own initiative.”

Now THAT is rich, coming from the wretch who rejected the voice of her party in a primary and mounted a whine-in, uh, write-in campaign.

I wonder if Lisa and Nasty Pelosi use the same botox guy?
29 posted on 11/16/2010 3:45:53 PM PST by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: Qbert

That woman does not exist for me, therefore anything she says falls on deaf ears.


30 posted on 11/16/2010 3:47:03 PM PST by gidget7 ("When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: RED SOUTH

Murkowski is the Alvin Greene of the GOP. I’ve really heard too much from her.


31 posted on 11/16/2010 3:47:12 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Qbert

The RNSC called me today. I almost told them to f.......

I held my tongue.

Cornyn, you back the Murk for money or what?

WE KNOW. Even here in the hinterland, WE KNOW.

You want us to believe you? To think the RNSC has the interests of its constituents at heart and does not support cheating?

hahahahahahahahahahahaha!


32 posted on 11/16/2010 3:47:12 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: ari-freedom

“she’s going to be the next Meghan mccain for the next 2 years...”

Yep. Only worse: Cow has more power.


33 posted on 11/16/2010 3:48:13 PM PST by Qbert
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To: LostInBayport

I just noticed in the quote I made that even the writer of this article couldn’t spell Princess Lisa’s last name right!


34 posted on 11/16/2010 3:48:56 PM PST by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: Qbert

Just go switch parties, ya bitch, and put a sock in it!


35 posted on 11/16/2010 3:50:04 PM PST by bigbob
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To: Qbert

Thus woman is an idiot. But for the sake of argument, what benefit would it be for the Repubs to have the majority, if they are made up of limp-wristed RINOs? We have had that before and the majority position was wasted.


36 posted on 11/16/2010 3:52:40 PM PST by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: Qbert
This women has shown herself to be so politically ugly in the last 2 days she makes Nancy Pelosi look like Marilyn Monroe.

Note to the the RNC...

Get you proverbial S&!+ together and grow a pair to tell someone like this it is over and to go home in the primaries.

But no, they are 15 million in debt, and couldn't even crank up GOTV-72, and are too impotent to tell loosing members to exit stage right...

37 posted on 11/16/2010 3:53:29 PM PST by taildragger ((Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Dr. Sivana

Harmonic convergence.


38 posted on 11/16/2010 3:54:42 PM PST by sodpoodle (Despair; man's surrender. Laughter; God 's redemption.)
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Don't count on the Republicans in the Senate shunning her. I saw John Thune on Cavuto today singing her praises and claiming he was sure she would stick with them when Cavuto questioned her allegiance.

The stupid party lives....

39 posted on 11/16/2010 3:56:53 PM PST by Shethink13
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To: Qbert

If that hag wins Alaska should be nuked.


40 posted on 11/16/2010 3:57:49 PM PST by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: rrrod

A nuke won’t effect Alaska in the slightest.


41 posted on 11/16/2010 3:59:19 PM PST by Chunga (The Democratic Party Is A Criminal Enterprise)
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To: Qbert

“Murkowski: DeMint cost us majority”

RINOs cost us the majority when they vote with Democrats.


42 posted on 11/16/2010 4:00:00 PM PST by Spok ( "Woe to them who call the day, night and the night, day." -Isaiah)
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To: Qbert

Has Lisa Murky blamed Michael Steele?

Just curious;)


43 posted on 11/16/2010 4:01:58 PM PST by sodpoodle (Despair; man's surrender. Laughter; God 's redemption.)
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To: Dr. Sivana; Fiddlstix; Syncro; Clyde5445; Sarah Barracuda; hosepipe; Eye of Unk; Eska
Ten years ago, who would have thought that the war between the old guard and the reformers in the Republican party would be led by two Alaskan women?

Interesting!

Lisa's 15 minutes are just about up. She might be in the US Senate for another 6 years, but she's no Sarah Palin!

44 posted on 11/16/2010 4:04:52 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: Qbert

Are you saying....more cow bell?


45 posted on 11/16/2010 4:06:34 PM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-09-18/alaska-senator-murkowski-seeks-re-election-in-write-in-campaign.html

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele issued a statement saying he is “confident” that Miller will win and “work to restore conservative, principled and fiscally responsible leadership to Washington”.


46 posted on 11/16/2010 4:07:54 PM PST by sodpoodle (Despair; man's surrender. Laughter; God 's redemption.)
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To: Qbert

Murkowski has quickly become the GOP’s very own Pelosi.

She is such a vile bitch.


47 posted on 11/16/2010 4:08:11 PM PST by Gator113 ("Don't touch my junk......")
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To: gidget7

The difference betwee Lisa and a pigmy is: The pigmy is a cunning runt.


48 posted on 11/16/2010 4:08:19 PM PST by DaiHuy (One Big Assed Mistake America)
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To: Chunga

More truth than fiction there, the only real strategic strike point would be either the Alaskan Pipeline terminal, Anchorage because of the Air Force and Army bases there.

After that would be some military assets out in the bush.

Might raise the temps a little bit temporarily.

And give us a little bit more daylight.

And maybe a decent tan!


49 posted on 11/16/2010 4:08:50 PM PST by Eye of Unk (If your enemy is quick to anger, seek to irritate him. Sun Tzu, The Art of War.)
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To: Qbert

Stupid witch. It’s people like DeMint who brought life back to a dead party.


50 posted on 11/16/2010 4:09:08 PM PST by jersey117
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