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Mark Begich to Sarah Palin: John McCain's your senator
Politico ^ | 2011-06-08 | Darius Dixon

Posted on 06/08/2011 5:18:32 AM PDT by rabscuttle385

Sen. Mark Begich is turning a deaf ear to Sarah Palin's demand that he make drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge a condition for his vote to approve raising the nation's debt ceiling.

"She's not really on my radar screen to take advice from," the Alaska Democrat told reporters Tuesday.

"Let me put it this way. It's always interesting to read what she has to say," Begich said. But, he added, "Someone who quit Alaska is not someone I look for to get Alaska policy decisions on."

In discussing the debt ceiling vote on "Fox News Sunday," Palin said: "How about people like Sen. Begich, a Democrat from Alaska. He better get ANWR in this bill, opening another domestic source of energy up there in Alaska when he votes yes for increasing the debt ceiling."

Begich, a supporter of drilling in ANWR and the Chukchi Sea, suggested that Palin look to persuade her fellow running mate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to open ANWR to drilling.

"I would encourage her to talk to her senator because our senators, me and [Lisa] Murkowski, already aligned on this," he said. "I know she's talked to McCain, who is her new senator where she lives. He hasn't supported [drilling in] ANWR in the past, hope he will."


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Alaska; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: 112th; anwr; begich; democrats; drillbabydrill; energy; fujm; mccain; mccain4himself; mccain4mccain; mccainantigop; mccainanwr; mccaindrilling; mccainenergy

1 posted on 06/08/2011 5:18:34 AM PDT by rabscuttle385
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To: rabscuttle385

So, Rabs, in your zeal to bash Palin, do you overlook that she has a valid point here? Or, once again, do you uncritically lap up what the critics say about Palin?


2 posted on 06/08/2011 5:22:57 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: rabscuttle385

What? They (Palins) move down there already?
Good choice though. She will live in the two most free states in the former union.


3 posted on 06/08/2011 5:23:45 AM PDT by crz
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To: rabscuttle385

Uh Mark! Sarah doesn’t live in Arizona, apparently her LLC bought the house, which probably will be used to launch a lower 48 campaign but she is no new legal resident


4 posted on 06/08/2011 5:24:19 AM PDT by Bigtigermike
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To: rabscuttle385

Uh Mark! Sarah doesn’t live in Arizona, apparently her LLC bought the house, which probably will be used to launch a lower 48 campaign but she is no new legal resident


5 posted on 06/08/2011 5:24:51 AM PDT by Bigtigermike
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To: dirtboy
If Senator A$$hat isn't lobbying hard to have ANWAR opened up, perhaps he should take the former governor's advice.

"Signing on" is quite the same thing as "going to the mat".

6 posted on 06/08/2011 5:25:50 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (JMO but I reserve the right to be wrong...)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Oops. “Signing on” ISN’T...


7 posted on 06/08/2011 5:26:45 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (JMO but I reserve the right to be wrong...)
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To: rabscuttle385

So you are now to be bashed because you posted an article of a very real exchange and didn’t even comment on it yourself.

Life is so good when you pretend that none of this happens.


9 posted on 06/08/2011 5:27:41 AM PDT by dforest
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To: rabscuttle385

This might just be why Begich is snippy towards Palin:

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0409/20833.html

Palin calls for Begich’s resignation

Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) called on Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska ) Thursday to step down from his seat and run in a special election in the wake of the Justice Department’s decision to drop corruption charges against former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska). Begich narrowly defeated Stevens in 2008, a contest overshadowed by Stevens’ October conviction.

Palin’s call came after a reporter at the Fairbanks News Miner emailed her a copy of a statement by Alaska Republican Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich calling for Begich to step down.

Asked for her response, Palin simply wrote back: “I absolutely agree.”

When the reporter wrote back to confirm that Palin meant she’d like to see Begich resign in order to hold a special election, the governor responded: “Yes.”

In an email to POLITICO, Palin spokeswoman Meg Stapleton confirmed the governor’s position. “She absolutely agrees that there should be a special election,” Stapleton wrote. “Stepping down to hold the special election would be the right thing to do.”

In the statement Palin was provided, Ruedrich said that “the only reason Mark Begich won the election in November is because a few thousand Alaskans thought that Sen. Ted Stevens was guilty of seven felonies.”

“A special election will allow Alaskans to have a real, non-biased, credible process where the most qualified person could win, without the manipulation of the Department of Justice,” he added.


10 posted on 06/08/2011 5:29:49 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: indylindy
So you are now to be bashed because you posted an article of a very real exchange and didn’t even comment on it yourself.

See post 10 as to Begich's conservative cred, or lack thereof.

11 posted on 06/08/2011 5:30:35 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: All
"...McCain...hasn't supported [drilling in] ANWR in the past..."

FUJM!!!

12 posted on 06/08/2011 5:33:33 AM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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To: rabscuttle385

Hey, the guy YOU wanted for Arizona Senator, Rabs, likened the border fence to the Berlin Wall.


13 posted on 06/08/2011 5:36:19 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: dirtboy
Hey, the guy YOU wanted for Arizona Senator, Rabs, likened the border fence to the Berlin Wall.

Really? I didn't know that J.D. Hayworth was against the border fence!

14 posted on 06/08/2011 5:38:13 AM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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To: rabscuttle385

She should become an AZ resident and run against Mac next go round.....


15 posted on 06/08/2011 5:40:48 AM PDT by G Larry (I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his character)
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To: G Larry
She should become an AZ resident and run against Mac next go round.....

If she did that, I would have to endorse her campaign and send her the maximum contribution allowed by law!

16 posted on 06/08/2011 5:42:32 AM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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To: rabscuttle385

You were pushing for the libertarian, Rabs.


17 posted on 06/08/2011 5:42:46 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: G Larry

McCain says he will not run again.


18 posted on 06/08/2011 5:47:44 AM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: rabscuttle385

I hold Begich responsible for Ted Stevens death. If Alaska voters hadn’t been so mainpulated by lies, Stevens would have stayed Senator and he likely wouldn’t have been on that plane.


19 posted on 06/08/2011 5:49:03 AM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: dirtboy
You were pushing for the libertarian, Rabs.

Then why did I send campaign contributions to J.D.?

I pushed for anyone (except the actual Democrat) who could potentially defeat McCain...and believe me, that's no different than pushing for anyone who could potentially defeat Obama!

20 posted on 06/08/2011 5:51:08 AM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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To: rabscuttle385

Um, yeah. You know what, Mark, I’m pretty sure that unless the Palins sold the place in Wasilla, or made the other place their primary residence, you and Daddy’s Little Girl are both still their senators. So I think you should either be more respectful to your constituents or shut the hell up.


21 posted on 06/08/2011 6:05:11 AM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Excellent point. Palin’s endorsement of McCain in the primary was the last straw for me. that act confirmed my suspicion that she is much more of a populist than a true conservative.


22 posted on 06/08/2011 6:05:27 AM PDT by pgkdan ( Time for a Cain Mutiny!)
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To: rabscuttle385
But, [Begich] added, "Someone who quit Alaska is not someone I look for to get Alaska policy decisions on."

Oh, yeah, says the former mayor of Anchorage after he lied to the Municipal Assembly in order to commit the Municipality to a 5-year deal with the Unions leaving Anchorage in a financial mess.

Compared to Governor Palin who left office with the State in decent fiscal condition.

And lots of Alaskans have summer homes in the lower 48. That complaint is a stupid as the person who complained Governor Palin took an afternoon off to go fishing.

23 posted on 06/08/2011 6:22:21 AM PDT by Victoria_R (Believers in VERY small government: Count Mountjoy/Benter in 2012!!!)
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To: pgkdan

So her endorsing a candidate that was already a lock to win and who brought her to the forefront of politics to where she has become one of the most influential politicians in the country overshadows a stellar record of executive leadership and experience? It over shadows the fact that her endorsements of lesser known candidates, which did make a difference, doesn’t matter?

You do know that McCain would have won whether or not Palin endorsed him, don’t you? It was simply done as a courtesy and out of loyalty, which judging by Michelle Bachmann’s latest actions, Palin does not get back in return.

You might want to watch this discussion about her accomplishments. Maybe you’ll see the light again.

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/15227455


24 posted on 06/08/2011 6:22:47 AM PDT by curth (Organize4Palin.com - NOW IS THE TIME)
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To: rabscuttle385

Begich needs to go post-haste.


25 posted on 06/08/2011 6:22:53 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus ("Armed forces abroad are of little value unless there is prudent counsel at home." - Cicero)
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To: dirtboy
"Let me put it this way. It's always interesting to read what she has to say," Begich said. But, he added, "Someone who quit Alaska is not someone I look for to get Alaska policy decisions on."

They edited out the rest of his comments...

"And the fact that she was immensely popular and achieved numerous policy successes while in office is irrelevant. I'm proud that my party, in collusion with the mainstream media, succeeded in driving her from the governor's office once and for all. We continue to do our best to marginalize her, and even though it backfires most of the time, we're gonna keep at it!"

26 posted on 06/08/2011 6:25:52 AM PDT by floozy22
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To: originalbuckeye
McCain says he will not run again.

That's scary in itself. His last term, he'll do as much damage as possible. John McCain is an evil POS - don't want to rehash the same old "she owed him" arguments - but she put her political loyalties over the good of the people on that endorsement. I'll vote for Palin if she is the candidate - but she made a serious error there.

27 posted on 06/08/2011 6:26:50 AM PDT by alicewonders
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To: alicewonders

any bets he is a one termer?


28 posted on 06/08/2011 6:28:57 AM PDT by scooby321
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To: scooby321

Begich knows he’s toast. That was as “fluky” a win as they come.


29 posted on 06/08/2011 7:01:59 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: pgkdan

The 2008 ticket turning on itself would have destroyed the 2010 election.


30 posted on 06/08/2011 9:13:51 AM PDT by ansel12 ( Palin is a one woman "third party".)
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To: ansel12; pgkdan
The 2008 ticket turning on itself would have destroyed the 2010 election.

For McCain, yes.

31 posted on 06/08/2011 4:25:27 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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To: rabscuttle385

It would have destroyed the Republican brand for 2010.

Old post, but true.

If the vice presidential candidate for John McCain and the the biggest GOP superstar since Reagan had not supported McCain for reelection for his Senate seat, then it would have meant the destruction of her image, and of the GOP image and it would have been the non stop political story of 2009 and 2010, the division between the ticket of the previous year would have made the Republicans appear broken and shattered and would even have led to a widespread reevaluation of the importance of a Democrat victory in 2008, because it would make the GOP ticket look like it had been a sham, it would have damaged and have prevented this incredible change in public opinion towards the entire republican brand that Palin has helped reshape during the last 17 months.

Palin would have looked cheap and shallow to the general public for turning on the man that 59,000,000 of them voted for, she would easily be painted as a radical and unstable person and a bitter, small timer to the general public.

There is a lot more going on with the national image of the republican/conservative movement here than what we McCain haters see in the Arizona Senate race, the general public does not share all of our perceptions and in depth view of the race between McCain and Hayworth. They would see the Presidential and the vice Presidential candidates of the Republican party at each others throats, clearly signaling that Obama and the Democrats represented stability and calm.

Palin’s image would have never survived, and the entire national, conservative movement would be weaker in reality and in the public’s eye.


32 posted on 06/08/2011 4:32:33 PM PDT by ansel12 (Bachmann/Rollins/Romney=destruction for Bachmann, but it sure helps Romney. WHY?)
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To: ansel12
It would have destroyed the Republican brand for 2010.

The Republican brand has already been destroyed for years, and the party can thank George "I Love Big Government" W. Bush (and others like him) for that.

They would see the Presidential and the vice Presidential candidates of the Republican party at each others throats

McCain spent years attacking the Republican Party, something that improved his image in front of the liberal half of the American electorate.

Oh, wait, that wasn't what you meant...

Palin’s image would have never survived, and the entire national, conservative movement would be weaker in reality and in the public’s eye.

That excuse is as pathetic as Bush's excuse for the bailouts: he had to "destroy capitalism to save it."

If you keep endorsing Socialism to save conservatism, in the end, all you will have is Socialism.

33 posted on 06/08/2011 4:42:46 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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To: rabscuttle385

Only a Ron Paul goofball like you that seems to know very little about politics, could ignore one of the most successful elections in American history by either party, that was the Republican sweep in 2010. The “destroyed party”.


34 posted on 06/08/2011 4:46:38 PM PDT by ansel12 (Bachmann/Rollins/Romney=destruction for Bachmann, but it sure helps Romney. WHY?)
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To: ansel12
Only a Ron Paul goofball like you that seems to know very little about politics

Breaking out the ad hominem so early smells like desperation on your part.

35 posted on 06/08/2011 4:50:08 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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To: rabscuttle385

I knew you would ignore the facts about the 2010 election.


36 posted on 06/08/2011 4:57:09 PM PDT by ansel12 (Bachmann/Rollins/Romney=destruction for Bachmann, but it sure helps Romney. WHY?)
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To: ansel12
I knew you would ignore the facts about the 2010 election.

The "facts" about the 2010 election are that McCain's win over J.D. showed that conservative advances against the RINO establishment can in fact be stopped.

37 posted on 06/08/2011 5:01:00 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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To: rabscuttle385

LOL, one of the most, if not the most successful elections for conservatives in our history, and you seemed to miss it, way to keep on top of things.


38 posted on 06/08/2011 5:32:49 PM PDT by ansel12 (Bachmann/Rollins/Romney=destruction for Bachmann, but it sure helps Romney. WHY?)
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To: curth
So her endorsing a candidate that was already a lock to win and who brought her to the forefront of politics to where she has become one of the most influential politicians in the country overshadows a stellar record of executive leadership and experience? It over shadows the fact that her endorsements of lesser known candidates, which did make a difference, doesn’t matter?

When that candidate is John McCain...yes it overshadows EVERYTHING. That is unforgivable///especially in that she did it during the primaries, when he was being challenged by a conservative. It would have been different during the general vs a democrat but she rescued his nasty rotten backstabbing ass when he was vulnerable. Unforgivable.

39 posted on 06/08/2011 5:51:43 PM PDT by pgkdan ( Time for a Cain Mutiny!)
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To: dirtboy

Better yet Stevens should be allowed to finish out Begich’s term. I think Stevens’s subsequent service would be a great improvement over his past performance.

Yes, I know Stevens is dead.


40 posted on 06/08/2011 5:59:58 PM PDT by BufordP ("Drink me if you can't take a joke." -- Kool-aid)
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To: ansel12

It’s a damn shame it takes a RINO (Bush, McCain, et al) to wreck the party and a to-the-bone Socialist to bring it back.


41 posted on 06/08/2011 6:10:23 PM PDT by BufordP ("Drink me if you can't take a joke." -- Kool-aid)
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To: pgkdan

You are insane if you think that McCain was being challenged. It was a walkover. Palins endorsement was nothing but a courtesy and if you allow something like that to cloud your thinking , shame on you.


42 posted on 06/08/2011 7:56:21 PM PDT by curth (Organize4Palin.com - NOW IS THE TIME)
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To: rabscuttle385

Unfortunately, she’s stuck with McCain and his stupid daughter.


43 posted on 06/08/2011 8:46:46 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: curth; pgkdan; stephenjohnbanker
You are insane if you think that McCain was being challenged. It was a walkover.

Poll: John McCain, 47 percent; J.D. Hayworth, 42 percent

44 posted on 06/08/2011 9:46:51 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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To: rabscuttle385

if you believe that then I have some swampland in Florida...................


45 posted on 06/09/2011 5:29:07 AM PDT by curth (Organize4Palin.com - NOW IS THE TIME)
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