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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-27-08 02:16 PM
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Thank you all so much - I need a hug.
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Edited on Wed Aug-27-08 02:27 PM by Blue_In_AK
Alaskans have got to be the stupidest people in the world, hands down. Ted Stevens took the Republican nomination for Senator in a walk, 59,000+ votes to his nearest competitor at 25,000+. Never mind that the old bastard is going to trial next month on seven felony counts, which is just the tip of the iceberg to his real corruption. Never mind that he's 84 fucking years old (actually 85 come November) and would be 91 YEARS OLD if he makes it to the end of his term. He's already stammering and stuttering and searching for words. It's just crazy.

Soon-to-be-indicted Don Young is virtually tied (42,000+ votes a piece) with Lite Guv Sean Parnell, whose campaign was almost totally financed by the uber-conservative Club for Growth, and who is a smarmy little Christian wingnut, who believes that all taxes are evil and government social programs are a waste of money. Life begins at conception, and abortion is murder.

On the Democratic side Mark Begich defeated his nearest opponent by 56,000 to 5,000. While on the surface this would seem like a good thing, rumor on the street is that Mark may be facing his own indictment within the next couple of years because of shady real estate deals and alleged kickbacks (the corruption issue his opponent was running on). And of course, there's the obvious -- the 61,000 vote total of the Democrats doesn't come anywhere near the Republicans' total of 84,000. No way are those Republicans going to vote for Mark Begich in the general.

And, sadly, Diane was only able to win 24,000 votes to Ethan's 35,000. Again, a total of 59,000 votes to the Republicans' 84,000. Even the media people were rather stunned, knowing the history of this race. Steve MacDonald, who is the head of the news department at our local NBC affiliate (which almost everyone watches), gave Diane a big hug before he interviewed her during the election coverage and was visibly almost in tears. It's so obvious what's going on here. This state's representation is for sale to the highest bidder, and once again the real people are left out in the cold. It just makes me sick.

I can't vote for Ethan Berkowitz after the campaign he ran. Besides the fact that he never should have been crammed down our throats by the DCCC in the first place, he was rude and arrogant all through the race and his campaign was continually engaging in dirty tricks, misrepresenting Diane's positions and supporters when they knew they were telling lies. For instance, somehow they managed to represent contributions from "tribes" as money from the gaming industry and casinos, even though none of the tribes who sent their small contributions to Diane (because she is Native, after all) even have casinos. I just can't vote for a person who lies. It doesn't matter that he has a D after his name. He will lose and lose big. The Bush voters will stay home or vote for Don, like they always have. Some of Diane's people may make the switch, but many are considering writing her in or marking "none of the above."

Not only that, but all three of the progressive initiatives were soundly defeated. If the Republicans can turn their people out like this, Obama will never stand a chance here. He may as well take all the young people he's got up here and put them in a state where they'll do some good. Alaskans are just too damn stupid.

I am so proud of Diane for running the ONLY clean race in this primary, accepting no lobbyist or PAC money, and being supported 100 percent by small individual contributions. It's sad that people care more about flashy TV commercials and a lot of empty rhetoric than they do honesty and ethics, but I guess that's the way it is in America these days. At least we can hold our heads up, and Diane's not done fighting.
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