Saturday, November 13, 2010

Really too weird

Of all the strange outcomes of the 2010 election, if someone had told me two years ago that I would be sitting here today cheering for Lisa Murkowski to win in Alaska -- well -- you know...

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Blogger mw said...

This seems to be the consensus on the left. Not that it matters, since she almost certainly won, but I am curious about why she is considered preferable.

She is a run-of-the-mill Republican corporatist, solidly in the pockets of the oil companies and a reliable vote for them.

As he comes from a more libertarian perspective, Miller would have been more supportive of traditionally liberal issues like cutting defense spending, less military adventurism, less likely to support corporate bailouts and privileges, and a more live-and-let-live attitude on social issues like drug laws and sexual preference.

Like I said, it doesn't really matter, since the Alaska vote is a done deal. I just don't get it.

11:35:00 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

mw, your analysis with respect to Lisa Murkowski is right on the money. She is certainly her father's daughter.

That said, I too am bitchy enough to hope that she wins the recount, if only to provide a mild slap down to the Tea Partiers.

I'm not so sure we can count on the "libertarian" streak of Mr. Miller to promote less defense spending, less war mongering, or less corporate bailouts. I suspect he would fall in line with the GOP on all three of these issues.

Moreover, I have yet to see a libertarian in the last ten years promote more rational drug laws or more civilized stands on sexual preference for anyone but themselves.

The theory is there; the practice is not.

1:01:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

What Diane said. That's why it's so weird to be rooting for Lisa. She's everything I loathe in a politician but Miller is creepy, dishonest and I don't think he's a libertarian. More an authoritian in my view.

6:10:00 PM  

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