Top Leaderboard, Site wide
Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines
January 18, 2017 Disclaimer: Please read.

Statements and opinions expressed in articles are those of the authors, not Truthdig. Truthdig takes no responsibility for such statements or opinions.

Truthdig Bazaar
Daphne’s Lot

Daphne’s Lot

By Chris Abani

more items

Ear to the Ground
Email this item Print this item

Underdog Rides Tea Party Express in Alaska Primary

Posted on Aug 25, 2010

Bound for the U.S. Senate?: Alaska’s Joe Miller could unseat incumbent Lisa Murkowski.

In a twist of primary fate on Tuesday, Alaskan Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s future standing was thrown into question by one Joe Miller, who built up steam for his anti-big-government cause, even in a state known for scoring major federal funding, with a little help from some high-profile conservatives and tea party boosters.  —KA

The Washington Post:

Results on Wednesday showed Joe Miller holding a slim lead of about 1,900 votes over Murkowski, but a winner might not be declared until election officials count as many as 10,000 absentee ballots, which could take several days.

Nevertheless, early returns suggested a stunning upset, as Miller carried the anti-spending furor of the “tea party” movement to the most unlikely frontier: a state that has benefited far more from pork-barrel spending over the years than any state in the Lower 48.

Whereas Murkowski continued a long tradition of Alaska politicians touting their ability to steer an outsize proportion of Washington dollars back home, Miller campaigned on his belief that the federal investment there had made Alaska a sort of “federal fiefdom.” Miller argued, apparently with some success, that with the government effectively bankrupt, Alaska should assume responsibility for its own destiny.

Read more

More Below the Ad


Square, Site wide

New and Improved Comments

If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page. Still having problems? Let us know. If you find yourself moderated, take a moment to review our comment policy.

Join the conversation

Load Comments
Queenie's avatar

By Queenie, August 26, 2010 at 4:01 pm Link to this comment

C Quil -“That is the WORST excuse for a beard I have ever seen. Is he trying to hide something with that?”

Crib notes.

Report this

By C Quil, August 26, 2010 at 12:42 pm Link to this comment

That is the WORST excuse for a beard I have ever seen.

Is he trying to hide something with that?

Report this

By felicity, August 26, 2010 at 10:48 am Link to this comment

The visual medium has about 3 minutes to cover and wrap
an event. But out here in the real world, since we’re
not limited to 3 minutes (yet), we might consider that
Murkowski’s defeat by Miller was not an endorsement of
Miller, it was a defeat of Murkowski.

Report this

By ofersince72, August 25, 2010 at 2:28 pm Link to this comment

I didn’t read all this but it looks as though

Alaska does get it,  get rid of all incumbents.

Why is it that the republicans are taking the lead at this

Report this
Right 1, Site wide - BlogAds Premium
Right 2, Site wide - Blogads
Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
Right Internal Skyscraper, Site wide
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network

Like Truthdig on Facebook