Tuesday, December 21, 2010

National Journal Says Alaska "Republican" Senator Lisa Murkowski A More Reliable Ally Of Obama Than 18 Democratic Senators

Those who question the Republican credentials of Alaska U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski got a powerful boost on December 20th, 2010 when the National Journal described her as being a more reliable ally of President Barack Obama than 18 members of the Senate Democratic caucus. They did not specifically identify the 18 Democrats.

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.

Update 4:37 P.M: Damage control in progress. Senator Murkowski is now cautioning people against reading too much into her recent outburst of support for major pieces of the Democrats' agenda. Murkowski said it was time the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy was repealed and Alaskans expressed "a great deal of support" for doing away with it. She cited a strong, growing Hispanic population in the state in her support of the failed DREAM Act. And she said her vote for the arms treaty, known as New START, was secured because of support of military leaders and assurance that ratification would not affect the United States' national defense system.

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.

1 comment:

  1. A long time colleague recently died. He taught the "holocaust" in a large school but believed very little of what he taught. He needed the job to support his family and keep the debt collector from his door. I certainly would not ask him to jeopardize his job by not doing as he was told -- teaching horseshit as fact. Most of society is like this -- locked in by necessity. So, it's only when people feel they have nothing to lose is when they will fight and when leaders are born. This is why ZOG is frantically trying to keep its dying empire alive. It FEARS the people with very good reason. It was justly earned! As ZOG gets more and more frantic, expect it to lock up more and more of its citizens on false, or greatly exaggerated and skewed charges. Congress is little other than a machine mass producing laws and all tyrannies can be measured by the number of its laws. No law is any better than those who support it. The Constitution appears to have lost people who wish to defend it. History will record it as another failed experiment. MLK fought against what he considered "unjust laws" and it behooves White people to reflect upon that for their time "in the barrel" is coming.