Lisa Murkowski

The Wild Alaska Senate Race
September 29, 2010

According to CNN, a new poll shows Miller 38, Murkowski 36, McAdams 22. Daniel Foster, referring to the fact that Murkowski requires write-in votes to spell her name correctly, asks, "have they polled how well Murkowsky does against Miller?" It's an important issue. I'm not normally in the business of advising politicians, but if I'm Murkowski, I use this slogan and beat it to death: Murkowski with an I. The I is for "independent." Update: In fact, voters don't need to spell her name correctly, or even close to correctly.

Lisa Murkowski, Republican Renegade
September 28, 2010

Lisa Murkowski's write-in campaign for Senate in Alaska is one of the more interesting races out there. Like Arlen Specter and Charlie Crist, Murkowski lost (or, in the cases of the others, faced the prospect of losing) a primary and decided not to go gently into that good night. I actually have a procedural problem with a candidate going through a primary, where both candidates are putatively bound to support the winner in the general election, and then breaking that implicit pledge when it doesn't go her way.

Understanding a Mad, Mad Primary Season
September 15, 2010

Christine O’Donnell is not someone you’d expect to be a Republican nominee for a competitive U.S. Senate contest, particularly in the staid state of Delaware, and particularly as the choice of primary voters over Congressman Mike Castle, who up until yesterday had won twelve consecutive statewide races. O’Donnell is a recent newcomer to Delaware and, since arriving, has managed to get into trouble with her student loans, her taxes, her mortgage, and her job. She also unsuccessfully sued a conservative organization for gender discrimination.

High Noon For Climate Skepticism
September 14, 2010

It's been a good year for climate skeptics. Not, mind you, because they've been vindicated at all on the merits. Quite the opposite: 2010 is shaping up to be the hottest year on record, Arctic sea ice continues to thin out, heat waves have been torching Russia, and nearly one-fifth of Pakistan has been submerged underwater. The science on global warming is still overwhelming. But politically, skepticism is at its zenith. Consider: During the sweatiest U.S.

EPA Showdown Coming This Week
September 13, 2010

Congress is in session this week and it's not likely that any energy legislation will come up, much less pass.

Sarah Palin is So... Predictable
September 02, 2010

[Guest post by Noam Scheiber:] Per this excellent Times story, it appears that Palin's opposition to just-defeated Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski stems not from ideological differences or even tactical disagreements but ... a personal slight: Many people expected Ms. Palin to run against Ms. Murkowski herself once 2010 arrived, but Ms. Palin made a point of saying she would not. Fresh off the newfound fame created by the 2008 presidential campaign, she created a political action committee and made a show of donating to Ms. Murkowski’s campaign in early 2009. A few months later, Ms.

Joe Miller's Neanderthal Comparison
August 27, 2010

Alaska Republican Joe Miller used a pretty shocking analogy to describe Lisa Murkowski: So he's saying she's... a hunter-gatherer?

The Primary Differences
August 26, 2010

Washington—Republicans are in the midst of an insurrection. Democrats are not. This vast gulf between the situations of the two parties—not some grand revolt against "the establishment" or "incumbents"—explains the year's primary results, including Tuesday's jarring outcomes in Florida and Alaska. The agitation among Republicans is not surprising, given the trauma of the final years of George W. Bush's presidency.

August 25, 2010

[Guest post by Jonathan Bernstein:] Jonathan Bernstein is a political scientist. He blogs at A plain blog about politics. First, give the Sage of Wasilla credit. Right now, I don’t know whether or not Joe Miller will actually knock off Senator Lisa Murkowski in the Alaska primary, but even if he ultimately falls just short (and he’s leading now, so it’s at least just as likely that he’ll prevail), Sarah Palin’s reputation will surely be enhanced by her endorsement of an unknown insurgent against a sitting Senator.

Has The Tea Party Put Another Senate Seat In Play?
August 25, 2010

Last month I touted the possibility that Tea Party candidate Joe Miller could upset Lisa Murkowski in the Alaska Republican Senate primary, possibly turning another safe GOP seat into a race. I think I subsequently concluded that it wasn't going to happen. But now it looks like it's happening. "Edward Teller" at Open Left has been very excited about the candidacy of Democratic nominee Scott McAdams. Any chance of an upset here? If so, it's just incredible to me that the GOP establishment keeps letting its base put safe seats in play.