Who will pay?

While shocked Alaska Republicans mull their response to Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s break with her party in opposing Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, other Alaskans may start wondering what it may mean for the state.

Alaska GOP chief Tuckerman Babcock says he intends to convene the party’s entire state central committee to decide what to do about her voting “present” during the confirmation. The party can huff and puff, but its options are limited. Reprimand. Pull party support. Write a report or letter. None of that is likely to ruffle her skirt. The reality is that she is not up for re-election for four more years – an eternity in politics.

While a steaming GOP sorts out what it wants to do, the rest of us – including Republicans – should be very concerned about her decision. The federal government, after all, spends billions in Alaska and controls almost 62 percent – 224 million acres – of Alaska’s 375 million acres.

It also has its fingers in almost every aspect of Alaska life: Crucial land management and resource extraction decisions that will affect the state for decades to come; access issues; military bases and regulatory controls. Then, there areas such as fish and wildlife management and trust relationships with Alaska Natives. The list seems endless.

Will President Donald Trump – who fumed Murkowski would never recover after her vote – choose to spend some of the federal government’s money elsewhere? It is anybody’s guess. He may just go after her politically if she decides to run again in 2022, or he may opt to reduce spending in Alaska to get her attention, or he may choose to do nothing, an option we see as unlikely.

We suspect the senator largely voted to derail Kavanaugh’s confirmation to stand with Alaska’s Native community, which adamantly objected to Kavanaugh’s confirmation and largely re-elected her in an historic write-in vote after she lost the GOP primary to Joe Miller in 2010. Then, there is her support of pro-abortion rights advocates, who feared he would overturn Roe v. Wade.

We are absolutely sure she had her reasons, but the question that remains? Who will get to pay for her decision.




7 Responses to Who will pay?

  1. John London October 9, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    One trick development pony fooling Natives and Wiberals.

    Classic politicians like this are why Trump got elected!

  2. Marlin Savage October 9, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Not just the Native Community, but the overwhelming number of demo rats that voted for her. If the republican party threw her out, she would run as a demo rat as she did when she pretended to run as an independent. Lies a is anything but independent.

    She was dependent on nepotism to squirm in the front door and she has been dependent on the murderous deaths of millions of innocent babies to get re-elected.

  3. Vince Mee October 9, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    The Write-in was 2010. the year Ted died in plane crash.
    And no the Natives did not back her they were firmly in Baggage’s camp!!!
    I’m as dismayed as all republicans.
    , But get you facts straight!!
    I don’t think she will run in 2022

    • Editor October 9, 2018 at 4:18 pm

      Typo. Thanks. Murkowski won a full term in 2004. She ran for her second in 2010. After losing the Republican Party primary to Tea Party candidate Joe Miller, she mounted a write-in campaign largely supported by Native interests and defeated both Miller and Democrat Scott McAdams in the general election. Stevens died Aug. 9, 2009, and, yes, rural Alaska abandoned Stevens and supported Begich the year before. Except for the occasional typo, we usually get our facts straight. Thanks for your interest. Cheers.

  4. Randall Frank October 10, 2018 at 9:05 am

    Lisa claims to be a Republican, but more like a RINO. I thought all along that she would not support Justice Kavanaugh. Lisa threw all the good work she did for Alaska fighting against the federal government under the bus with her NO & PRESENT votes against Justice Kavanaugh. At least with Mark Begich we knew that he was a Democrat and he proved it pretty strongly with his support of President Obama’s objectives.

  5. R-Dubya October 10, 2018 at 11:44 am

    – Who is Lisa Murkowski?
    – What does she stand for and why?
    – Why does she choose to align herself with the Republicans?
    – Does she believe in the Constitution of the United States? The Bill of Rights? The Justice System? The Presumption of of Due Process (innocent until proven guilty)?
    – What was so compelling about Dr. Ford’s testimony that was of greater credibility than Judge Kavanaugh?
    – If Lisa is so concerned about listening to the voices of those abused and mistreated, i.e. – allowing their voices to be heard, what about the ‘MILLIONS’ of aborted children, do they not deserve to be heard from as well?
    – What specific litmus test should voters apply when considering her as a potential Senator for AK in 2022?
    – In 2022, when considering a vote for the AK Senate candidate, should we merely vote ‘present’ rather than yes or no?
    – Has Lisa considered apologizing and/or repenting (asking for forgiveness) for her reckless actions?
    – What specific qualities qualify Lisa as a Republican?
    – Specifically, how does her values and character align with those of Republicans?
    – Tuckerman B. expressed shock and awe by her decision. Really? Given her past record and liberal tendencies, even ‪Ray Charles‬ could see this coming!!! What were his actions as well as the Executive Committee Members, Dan-S and Don-Y, leading up to the final vote to ensure – compel – coach Lisa to make a responsible ‘YES’ vote?
    – Given Lisa’s reckless actions last week (as well as others in the past), does she expect to retain her current committee assignments (Chairman – Energy & Nat Resources, Appropriations, Interior-Environment, Healt-Education-Labor Relations, Indian Affairs)? If so, why? ….. Also, is her assignment to these Committees important to AK (I’m guessing maybe so)?
    – Why does Lisa deserve the support and/or votes of the Republican Party?
    – Can the Republican Party find a better candidate to replace Lisa or, are we just stuck with her and her recklessness for eternity?

  6. Marlin Savage October 10, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    We knew Lies A was a quisling because she also voted with obummer the majority of the time.


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