Of course, the National Journal was not referring to Murkowski's entire voting record; instead, they were zeroing in on her voting since December 15th. Here's the money shot:
Murkowski supported the president's position on the Senate's four biggest votes since last Wednesday [Dec. 15]. She and fellow Alaska Sen. Mark Begich (D) voted in favor of the tax cut compromise and to invoke cloture on New START treaty, the Dream Act and the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Both senators also voted in favor of the final repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell on Saturday [Dec. 18].
No Senate Republican voted for all four bills other than Murkowski. And the senior senator from Alaska, who became a national figure this year when she defeated attorney Joe Miller (R) with her write-in campaign, has actually been a more reliable vote for the president than 18 members of the Senate Democratic caucus since Dec. 15.
Although originally published on December 20th, National Journal has obviously since updated it to include the Senate's December 21st vote by a 67-28 margin to invoke cloture and proceed with debate on the proposed new START treaty. Murkowski was one of 11 Republicans to vote with the majority. She explains her support of START HERE, while Sarah Palin explains her opposition HERE.
Reaction to the National Journal story was strongly against Murkowski. One typical comment:
cut2cure | December 20, 2010 3:37 PM:
With her successful write-in campaign, Lisa Murkowski has founded her own political party: Incumbent. The thread which will connect every one of her votes is preservation of position and maintenance of power. She'll move with reptilian skill to continue the net influx of federal money to her favored Alaskan constituencies, even at the cost of the state's necessary industrial development. Please don't credit her with anything more principled.
And Murkowski's favored Alaskan constituencies are the Native corporations and people like Bob Gillam who funneled over $1.7 million into her campaign coffers.