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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-08-10 01:58 AM
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5. You'll be interested in what's going on in Alaska
with Joe Miller's continued fight. Everyone, including Democrat Mark Begich, is practically begging him to concede, but in this article at The Mudflats, AKMuckraker explains why we should be encouraging Joe to continue this fight. (I never thought I'd say such a thing, but decide for yourself.) /

Alaskas Democratic Senator Mark Begich made a statement yesterday that was covered in Politico and the Anchorage Daily News, calling for Joe Miller to abandon his legal challenges to the U.S. Senate election that has Lisa Murkowski unofficially declared by herself and the Associated Press as the winner of the race.

It is time for Joe Miller to put Alaska interests ahead of personal ambition and allow the state of Alaska to certify Lisa Murkowski as the winner, Begich said. Without both senators, Alaskas interests will be at risk on critical issues from energy development to job creation and reducing the national debt in a way thats fair to Alaskans.

Theres nothing in the statement that should surprise the casual observer, assuming of course that the casual observer looks no farther than the obvious ideological political differences between Begich, Murkowski and Miller. Tally up the total votes cast for Scott McAdams (D), Murkowski (R-write in) and Miller (R Tea Party) and its obvious that the majority of Alaskans lie somewhere to the left of Miller and doubtless disagree with his political agenda.

And it seems likely to our jaded minds that Miller wouldnt be pursuing his current course if he really truly believed there was no way he could actually win, no matter how much he may protest that this is not the case.

But even if Miller is only out to win, and using these legal challenges to do it - it doesnt matter.

If Millers legal challenges result in a hand count reconciliation of Alaskas election, this is a good thing, regardless of Millers motives. And its not potentially a good thing just for Miller, or just for Murkowski, whichever one of them emerges victorious. Its good for all Alaskans, including Senator Begich.


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