From where we sit, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski would be hard-pressed to survive a GOP primary election in Alaska if she were to run for office again next year. Luckily for her, she may not have to face a primary battle.

The anger in Republican ranks is almost palpable after her vote to convict former President Donald Trump during his recent Senate impeachment trial. She says she knows, “but I can’t be afraid of that.”

Murkowski was one of seven Republican senators who sided with Democrats in a failed attempt to convict Trump, who was acquitted of incitement of insurrection related to the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Other Republicans who joined Democrats, including Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, have faced censure by party officials in their states.

Murkowski always has gone her own way in the Senate. In opposition to most Republicans, she helped in 2017 to sink the effort to repeal Obamacare, infuriating Republicans. Later, instead of supporting Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, she found a way to vote “present,” again stirring the flames. She was the first Republican to call on Trump to resign after the Jan. 6 riot. She did not support a confirmation vote to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the November election. And on and on.

She has prided herself on being an “independent” thinker, no matter what her party wants. For many, “independent” is a nice way of saying “undeclared Democrat.” That could have consequences – or not.

A voter-approved initiative fueled almost entirely by Outside money has shaken Alaska’s electoral system to its core, establishing ranked-choice voting and doing away with primary elections as we have known them, and, for all intents and purposes, political parties. The top four vote-getters in the non-partisan primary will advance to the general election.

The new system may serve to shield Murkowski from angry Republicans. There is, however, a lawsuit pending against the new system challenging its constitutionality.

What Murkowski will choose to do remains to be seen, but it is unlikely she will get much support from Republicans looking for someone a little less “independent” and more attuned to core Republican values.

8 Responses to Murkowski

  1. Greg in Homer February 19, 2021 at 9:12 am

    Although she claims to be a lawyer, Senator Murkowski wasn’t able to recognize that the US Constitution forbids impeachment of a private citizen. (Article 1, Section 9, Clause 3). We shouldn’t hate her, but we should have contempt for her ignorance of the law and willingness to abandon the wishes of the Alaskan voters. She doesn’t represent the majority in this state and must be defeated in next years primary. Lisa must Go!

  2. Marlin Savage February 19, 2021 at 6:29 am

    Ballot Measure 2 s principal author, a former Lies A Lot Murkowski campaigner, has denied that the measure was intended to benefit her. He also said everyone should believe in Unicorns……….

  3. Elizabeth February 18, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    Lisa didn’t survive the last Republican primary yet still managed to get elected. There has been some, actually plenty of, question over that election and speculation of fraudulent meddling going on, assisting her success. Perhaps she is counting on such help again. As for prop 2, that definitely was not an honest win. Aided and abetted by mysterious mail in ballots and Dominion wizardry. Now is the time to clean up our elections, rally Lisa replacements, and battle the prop 2 debacle.

  4. Marge February 18, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    George Washington University Professor and many others indicated that it is unconstitutional to try a President who is no longer in office. As a Lawyer, Lisa doesn’t appear to know the constitution, ( or she doesn’t care) Everyone knew that President Trump would not be impeached except Lisa and her friends.
    Hope she never runs as a Republican again.

  5. R-Dubya February 18, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    “What Murkowski will choose to do remains to be seen’ … ??? I’m guessing that Daddy’s Little Princess will most likely continue to serve her selfish wants and desires, fueling that insatiable and ever wanting ego of hers, at the expense of Alaskan Republicans.

  6. Angry Viking February 18, 2021 at 11:02 am

    Ms. Murkowski forgot a long time ago that her job is to serve the wishes of We, the People. We are her employers. When we say “Go to Washington and represent us thusly” her only response should be “Okay”, not “Let me take that in advisement and see how it lines up with what I think”.

    In any job in the private sector, she would have been shown the door a long time ago. It’s time.

  7. Myrna S Wade February 18, 2021 at 10:09 am

    There won’t be a Republican primary because a complicated change advertised to improve elections has wormed its way around have a primary.

    Guess who really like Prop.2?????????

  8. Marlin Savage February 18, 2021 at 9:59 am

    As I remember, Lies A Lot voted over 90% with obama and the democrats. She is a known nepostitic quantity.


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