Wednesday, October 27, 2010
It has been with great distress that I have watched Sen. Lisa Murkowski serve, far too often, as the Statists' useful idiot - on the Law of the Sea Treaty and more recently trying to bargain on cap-and-trade. The latter came to fend off a growing, logical chorus seeking to simply and cleanly kill EPA's current Power Grab. […]
Enough dealing. Enough people who convince themselves that compromise - not on details but on matters of core principle - is a sign of leadership.
But the senator then managed to ice her cake, with me, with the recent depths to which she stooped in smearing a man who voiced the outrageous notion that her record represents Washington interests and a niche Republican establishment more than it does the people and interests of Alaska.
Dan Riehl notes the contrast emerging since her outburst at the candidates' most recent debate, and the Murkowski campaign's subsequent line of attack, here. I want to add to this by noting a critical distinction raised at the same event. This came when Joe Miller suggested Murkowski might more rationally support trading her vote on the matter of earmarks in return for liberating ANWR energy production, as an alternative to her troubling efforts to trade cap-and-trade for vague assurances about ANWR's future. […]
But, with this election being largely a referendum on Barack Obama this contrast also reminded us, unfavorably, of how Sen. Murkowski in this respect resembles Obama, a man who has no problem describing American citizens opposing his political agenda as "enemies" while coddling our real enemies as rational people who should be dealt with with respect and deference.
The more some politicians get to show you who they really are, the clearer the choice gets. Let's hope the public really are looking for change.
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