Just when you thought Sarah Palin had lost it . . .

By “it” I mean the ability to help candidates win races through her endorsements, and by “you” I mean anyone who jumped off the Mama Grizzlies bandwagon after Karen Handel’s defeat in the GOP runoff here. From an Associated Press report from Palin’s home state of Alaska:

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski trailed her lesser-known conservative opponent Tuesday in a surprisingly tight race that was seen as a test of the political power of Sarah Palin and the tea party movement.

Joe Miller held a nearly 2,900-vote lead with two-thirds of precincts reporting as he looked to pull off one of the biggest political upsets of the year. Miller had 51.7 percent of the vote, compared with 48.2 percent for Murkowski. [From Kyle: Updated results show Miller with a lead of 1,960 votes with 98 percent of precincts reporting; it's now Miller 51.1, Murkowski 48.9.]

Miller is a decorated Gulf War veteran backed by Palin and the Tea Party Express who sought to cast Murkowski as being too liberal and part of the problem in an out-of-control Washington. It is a campaign strategy that has helped oust other incumbents this year.

Murkowski has proudly touted her seniority after eight years in office, and said her roles on the appropriations and energy committees put her in a strong position to ensure Alaskans’ voices are heard. She denounced Miller for making what she considered deceptive statements about her votes and statements. He stood behind everything he’d said.

That’s a big turnaround from just Monday, when national publications were printing Miller’s political obituary — and, in a big leap, that of Palin and the tea party.

I consider the Alaska race a much better sign of tea-party strength than the results in Arizona. There, John McCain easily won a primary against J.D. Hayworth, who was farther to the right than McCain but who had served six terms in the U.S. House and was hardly the kind of fresh voice that tea-party folks tend to favor.

It was also a good night for the tea party in, of all places, the Florida Democratic primary for a U.S. Senate seat. The lopsided victory for Kendrick Meek is seen as helpful for Republican nominee and conservative-movement darling Marco Rubio, because Meek will drain votes from GOP Gov.-turned-independent Charlie Crist, who runs closer to Rubio in opinion polls.

Of course, someone like Murkowski might attest to the unreliability of opinion polls this far ahead of the election. But it looks as if the tea party will have a pretty significant faction in the 112th Congress.

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Sally

August 25th, 2010
10:41 am

Since Alaska is basically a welfare state (they receive more federal dollars per capita than virtually anyone else) and they pay no taxes, it seems that the Tea Party goals are at odds here. Either you take federal help or you don’t. Alaska cannot survive without federal dollars, which come from the lower 48. They cannot survive without taxing the oil and gas industries heavily, then spreading the wealth via the Permanent Fund payouts. So unless Miller intends to impose an income tax or a property tax, or something on his residents to generate some income, they will continue to rely on the rest of us to survive. And yet, they call themselves “small government.” Right.

Rightwing Troll

August 25th, 2010
10:47 am

One single new, original, and helpful idea that has come out the whole hate baggers movement? Anything?

interested observer

August 25th, 2010
10:55 am

How can Alaska, where Palin lives and was elected, be considered a test of her influence? So she can influence the voters in the nation’s largest welfare state, is that relevant to the rest of the country?

Consider her a barometer of the health of the nutcase movement.

Funny

August 25th, 2010
11:00 am

Sarah P is responsible for nominating the most extreme and hateful demaguoges possible. This will work for this election cycle but in the long run the country will reject this type of non substantive, emotionally driven “leadership.” Thanks, Sarah, you just reelected Barak Obama!

Rafe Hollister

August 25th, 2010
11:20 am

Kyle: There you go bringing the libs out from under their rocks. They can’t read Sarah’s name and stay hidden. They have to come out with their teeth showing looking for someone to attack. They should be attacking Obama, the man who has created more conservative momentum than anyone in history. I hear he is in the running for Gun salesman of the year in the USA. These people who present themselves as the elite of society, will never admit that ole Sarah is outfoxing them at every turn. She sure brings momentum to any candidate she endorses. Not all win, but she puts some heretofor unknowns into the spotlight. If they can’t flourish in the spotlight it is not her fault, i.e, Karen Handel. She has had more success that failures and is doing a good job ridding the country of the entrenched political crooks and elites.

TjAtl

August 25th, 2010
11:21 am

No, Sarah will always be a tad “touched”.

Richard

August 25th, 2010
11:23 am

Kyle, this about as impressive for Palin as if someone won an election in Miami because Dan Marino said to vote for him. Wake me when she can get a republican elected in a blue state.

barking frog

August 25th, 2010
11:24 am

Mama Grizzlies can change anything, with enough money.

Fergie

August 25th, 2010
11:32 am

There’s got to be something wrong with her to allow herself to be used the way she has. I mean this woman is a complete “air head” and should be banned from the political scene. She has been egged on and used by a bunch of republicans and others and now this woman actually thinks she has some level of intelligence. She ain’t got a dam clue and those who are using her knows that.

Exactmerob

August 25th, 2010
11:35 am

How can Alaska be a better barometer than Arizona? There are about 12.3 voters in the entire state of Alaska, and if one of them has a migrane and stays home during an election the course of electorial history in the state can reverse itself. The variance of an election with a low population and low voter turnout in out-of-season elections means any extrapolation based on electorial results is statistically insignificant. The only potential impact is a purely psychological one – “whoo hoo, Palin’s choice won by three votes, she’s a national power broker again!!”

CJ

August 25th, 2010
11:36 am

It can be accurately stated that anybody who looks to Sarah Palin for advice about who to vote for has lost it. In fact, some Palin-endorsed candidates win (usually candidates endorsed after they’re either already ahead or already surging in the polls) and some lose. The ethically-challenged, former half-term Governor of a state with the population of Louisville is a corporate funded, media driven, Bush -2.0 whose political opinions should be about as newsworthy as that of Miss Teen USA beauty contestant.

And with Kyle’s support of the influence of Palin and the Tea Party Express, I assume that he also supports Tea Party favorite, Republican Sharon Angle in Nevada—thereby, endorsing her position that if the election outcome is not to their satisfaction or that if they don’t like the direction that the Congress (selected in free and fair elections) is taking us, that they should explore exercising their Second Amendment Rights. Sounds like treason to me.

I’m wondering, does our favorite AJC columnist support the campaigns of traitor, Sharon Angle? If so, then is it fair to say that he’s a traitor too?

Kyle Wingfield

August 25th, 2010
11:49 am

Speaking of people who make big leaps: Good morning, CJ. I’d love to know where you see “support” in this post.

As for those questioning the importance of this race given that it was in Palin’s back yard: That’s a fair point, but you also have to consider that Murkowski had big advantages over Miller in political pedigree (not just her own tenure, but that of her father) and money (almost 20 times as much cash on hand as Miller as of the last reporting period). This was a big-time upset, and it shows a lot more imo than if Palin had endorsed one candidate there in an otherwise close race.

Joe the Pimpernel

August 25th, 2010
11:51 am

We know Obama will not be running in 2012. Never intended to. The Soros/Cloward-Piven plan was to inflict the maximum amount of damage in the minimum amount of time.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

It is going to be so much fun seeing the Left’s collective heads explode when Sarah is inaugurated in January, 2013.

Rafe Hollister

August 25th, 2010
11:55 am

Exact: BTW, Sarah endorsed McCain in AZ.

CJ: Angle maybe a loon, but they have one now. “this war is lost” reminds me that he is not much of a visionary either.

It is amazing how you libs get so worked up over Sarah. If she is as dumb as you say, all you intelligent elites can’t be too worried. You would think that with all the money Obama has raised from his rich friends, Soros, Huffington, and a party dominated by lawyers, you guys could get something on ole Sarah and expose her.

Mr. Dithers

August 25th, 2010
11:56 am

Perhaps Alaskans just liked Joe Miller better, and Sarah’s endorsement didn’t make any difference. That is just as possible. “As Alaska goes, so goes the nation” is not likely to be heard anytime soon.

rant and roll

August 25th, 2010
11:58 am

Why do you think Crist will take votes from Meeks and not Rubio? Crist vetoing a stupid bill does not mean he is a democrat. Crist has a lot of roots in the GOP and Florida.

No Deal!

August 25th, 2010
11:59 am

Linda

August 25th, 2010
12:00 pm

Alaskans pay no state income tax, no property taxes & no state sales taxes. Residents receive money from the state.

Point #9 in the Tea Party’s Contract for America is to: “Stop the pork.” The deceased former Alaskan senator was notorious for his pork spending & congress kept approving his requests.

Alaska is the 7th wealthiest state based on household income. It’s the wealthiest state based on natural resources. Alaskans are laughing all the way to bank (along with Canadians, Mexicans & Arabs) because they know something that most Americans don’t know.

The US is rich in natural resources. We have enough oil to last forever, but we have a self-imposed ban on using it! If we stopped the ban, we could lower our taxes & could pay off the national debt.

Kyle Wingfield

August 25th, 2010
12:10 pm

rant and roll: I personally don’t have an opinion about whether Meek takes votes from Rubio or Crist, but the opinion of most people I read who are following that race closely is that he hurts Crist the most — because Crist needs a fair number of Democrats’ votes to win, and Meek holds those votes better than his opponent would have.

I do have the impression that Crist has pretty much dug up, roasted and thrown to the dogs his GOP roots.

Keepurheadinthesad

August 25th, 2010
12:10 pm

You people amaze me. Palin is a ’symbol’ of what is good and great about America. What makes her so polarizing is that she subscribes to a set of beliefs that are, sad to say, eroding in our country. Look at the great leaders that we have had throughout our history and try to identify the candidates that most resemble them in their characteristics and moral compass. Washington, Adams, Lincoln, Henry Ford, Einstein, Gandhi, Thatcher, Edison, Mother Teresa. These people weren’t brilliant minds but brilliant spirits that overcame cynics and naysayers like many of you. Lincoln was often considered a buffoon, Adams a quack, Washington a novice. I included some non-Americans to show that it’s a universally common trait they all share. Our leaders need to inspire goodness AND greatness. Palin does both as much as it hurts the stone thrower to admit.

DW

August 25th, 2010
12:13 pm

Whether you agree or disagree with Sarah’s politics, there is no changing the fact that she is a complete idiot. Period.

CJ

August 25th, 2010
12:14 pm

Joe the Pimp is correct. My head probably would explode if Palin is inaugurated in 2013 or, for that matter, ever.

Of course, this post itself indicates Kyle’s support of corporate media darling Palin and the Tea Party Express. Of course, it isn’t as if this post stands by itself. Kyle has made multiple posts expressing his support for the Tea Party movement.

So, is it a leap from this post, and his many others supporting the media driven, corporate funded Tea Party movement to infer that he supports traitorous Tea Party/Republican Party candidate Sharon Angle? If not, is it a leap to infer that support for this candidate indicates support for her advocacy of armed rebellion against the legislative, administrative, and/or judicial acts of a freely elected government?

The answer to both questions is no. Of course, nobody supports every utterance or position of every candidate they support, but if one position is so extreme, treasonous, that would be a show stopper for most.

Perhaps Kyle would like to clarify, but otherwise, it’s reasonable to wonder whether the AJC doles out precious column space to traitors.

Mr. Dithers

August 25th, 2010
12:20 pm

How appropriately named you are, Keepurheadinthesad. It is sad that you try to equate Sarah Palin with the founding fathers and Lincoln. She is a quitter, no. 1, which separates her from the founders and Abe right off the bat. She can’t put together a coherent thought. Just supporting women and tea party candidates as “mama grizzlies” or “conservative reformers” is not espousing a political philosophy. She is, and always will be, an idiot, as DW says. It is sadder still that people think she is capable of being anything other than what she is now, a talking head for Fox and the tea party.

MrAttitude

August 25th, 2010
12:21 pm

I see guys like Kyle love calling on Palin as if she is the savior of the G(n)OP. Palin is a snake oil salesperson who hails from the biggest welfare state in the union. I love how conservatives like to talk about socialism, but when the government brings in money, the neocons are the first in line to get a handout.

If Palin’s star is so bright, why won’t she put her name in the hat for 2012. It wont’ happen because she is the most polarizing figure in politics today and her endorsing a has been like Miller is only because she does not like Frank nor Lisa.

Mr. Dithers

August 25th, 2010
12:25 pm

And just to be clear, ‘Sad, you don’t think Einstein was a brilliant mind? or Ghandi? Or Lincoln?

Matti

August 25th, 2010
12:26 pm

Does my effectiveness as a mother go up, or down, because I refrain from choosing an animal metaphor to describe myself in public? Just curious.

Jim Ragan

August 25th, 2010
12:27 pm

Great to see Marco Rubio win his state’s Republican Primary in FL-he, in my view, is one of the GOP’s shining stars right now and would be a great Republican Senator for Florida.

cg

August 25th, 2010
12:34 pm

The reason Sara Palin gets votes is because she is honest and everyone knows it. She doesn’t claim to be a college professor and it doesn’t matter. The advisors will get all the intel and let you know what the best move is. We want someone we can trust. You can trust Sara. Just like you could trust George Bush. I am not saying he didn’t make mistakes. Just that when you heard him talk you know he was telloing the truth. When Obama talks you feel like your beign sold a used car.

CJ

August 25th, 2010
12:37 pm

You can trust Sara. Just like you could trust George Bush.

I like it. That’s a slogan that Palin should run on.

clax

August 25th, 2010
12:40 pm

Despite Kyle’s protestations to the contrary and thin skin, his commentary is definitely skewed “Pro-Palin”. Kyle, chill….Don’t re-Post every time somebody is critical of your blog. Journalism is a contact sport baby!

Matti

August 25th, 2010
12:41 pm

….. because feelings and hunches are SOOOO much more reliable than facts and evidence when determining whether somebody is “telling the truth.” Got it! :roll:

ATLBadger

August 25th, 2010
12:41 pm

Kyle – It is no surprise really. You have to do some research into Murkowski’s story. The family name has been tainted in AK for some time due to unpopular decisions by her father and negative reaction to how she was appointed in 2002 by her father (obvious nepotism). She won reelection in 2004 over a Democratic candidate who wasn’t particularly popular, in a Republican state, yet she needed strong support from Ted Stevens at the time to win. I think the Murkowski’s have done themselves in for the most part.

Have you been to AK? It’s by FAR the least mainstream state in the Union. People in that state are anti-establishment almost by definition, whether on the right or left. Selling the Tea Party to people in AK is about as hard as selling weed to hippies. Don’t get me wrong, I love Alaska and have traveled all over it, but to call it any kind of realistic barometer is just laughable. I guess the crazies there are part of its charm…

Richard

August 25th, 2010
12:43 pm

I am not saying he didn’t make mistakes. Just that when you heard him talk you know he was telloing the truth.

Like “Mission Accomplished” in Iraq? WMD’s? With all due respect, you’re making a claim that a politician was telling the truth. That’s never happened in my lifetime save one example: John McCain saying he didn’t know anything about the economy.

Mr. Dithers

August 25th, 2010
12:45 pm

“You can trust Sara. Just like you could trust George Bush.”
Words that America should remember if Mama Grizzly One decides to run for office. And Sarah couldn’t claim to be a college professor on any level. She can barely claim to be a college student.
And I have to say, I never felt as if GWB was telling the truth. I felt he was trying to sell me his truth, at least on those occasions where he actually understood what he was saying. I often had the feeling he hadn’t read the speech he was making until he got up there to make it, and sometimes didn’t understand what he was saying.

DW

August 25th, 2010
12:46 pm

keep telling yourself that Richard…

CJ

August 25th, 2010
12:47 pm

A couple of additional factors to consider in the Alaska primary– The Tea Party Express spent approximately half a million dollars on Miller’s behalf (a relatively large amount in that state), and a parental consent ballot initiative brought out pro-life voters who, it seems, have never really trusted Murkowski on that issue.

Keepurheadinthesand

August 25th, 2010
12:48 pm

Old Mr. dithers, farthest thing from a quitter. The fact you are still slandering her is case and point. Who said anything about ‘espousing a political philosophy’. As I stated, she is a ’symbol’ of what is good and great about our country. Career ‘political philosophy’ types are one of the core reasons our country is sputtering. Both sides are losing their way. Whether you want to admit it or not, Palin is not the establishment. That was my point. Outside of the ‘accepted norm’ of politicians and leaders are where we see greatness. The majority of our founding fathers were cut from that cloth, the great world leaders, business minds, and humanitarians were great partly because they were not what you would consider coherent or mainstream. Many in our country are stuck in a deepening rut that is keeping us from greatness. Your juvenile name calling and lack of open mindedness is epidemic to our troubles. I know some really dumb University of Penn graduates and some brilliant people that have never gone to college? How’s that possible? Just because someone can ’sound’ a certain way doesn’t make that person a genius or an idiot. Some of the dumbest people I know are also some of the most ‘educated’. Also know many powerful people that have just bought their way to power. Without the resources behind them they would be nothing. There are few among us that can become influential but just their own presence. At the end of the day, despite what you will say, that is who Palin has become and only grows more in significance.

Horrible Horace

August 25th, 2010
12:48 pm

So hilarious watching the democrappers quaking in their boots as just the mention of Palin. What a group of spineless turds.

Kyle Wingfield

August 25th, 2010
12:54 pm

clax: No thin skin here, just an aversion to having people spin what I’ve done to draw brainless conclusions…such as the idea that if I post an analysis of the tea party’s effects on yesterday’s primaries, I must somehow support the violent overthrow of the U.S. government.

Matti

August 25th, 2010
12:56 pm

Wrong. The FLAG is a symbol. The BALD EAGLE is a symbol. A governor who quits in the middle of his or her term to do a book/speaking tour for big cash is an “opportunist,” much like the snake oil salesperson targeting the infirmed by telling them what they want to hear.

David

August 25th, 2010
1:01 pm

cg is an idiot. George Bush telling the truth. Hysterical. Does cg not remember how his lies led our country to invade another country. Some people are certifiable.

Linda

August 25th, 2010
1:04 pm

David 1:01, What did Bush say that Hillary Clinton did not say?

Dearie

August 25th, 2010
1:08 pm

Keepurheadinthesad –

Thank you for your post. Sarah Palin will have my vote because as you say “she subscribes to a set of beliefs that are eroding in our country” – ones that I believe make our country great and ones that we have strayed too far from.

Aside from her values, she has proven herself to be a successful business woman. While some people talk, she acts. Many of us are tired of all the current leaders words, that say one thing, and actions that say another. Perhaps she is not as articulate as some, but I have always believed that actions speak louder than words.

moo

August 25th, 2010
1:08 pm

With all due respect to Reagan:

The nine scariest words in the English language:

This is President Palin. Where are the launch codes?

Dave

August 25th, 2010
1:10 pm

By last count, that’s 11 candidates (some underdogs) endorsed by Palin that won their primaries compared to one (the incumbant senator in Colorado…who immediately tried to distance himself from him) who was endorsed/campained for by Obama….

Keepurheadinthesand

August 25th, 2010
1:10 pm

Matti, your wrong. People can absolutely be symbols. Good or bad. Mother Theresa symbolized the power of giving to those less fortunate. Hitler was the symbol of pure evil. Lincoln symbolized perseverance (amongst other things).
Your either BS’ing yourself or others by thinking that Palin ‘quit’. Palin stepping down was the right thing to do for everyone’s sake. If she was a quitter than you wouldn’t be hearing from her and we wouldn’t be having this discussion. Snake oil salesperson is classic. That’s who we have running the country currently. John McCain is somewhat close to a snake oil salesperson, Arlen Spector, Harry Reid, Lindsey Graham, the late Ted Kennedy, Obama. Those are snake oil peeps. Palin the type that will tell people what they don’t want to hear. Also a big reason many people like yourself are so vocal against her.

CJ

August 25th, 2010
1:10 pm

Kyle,

You can pretend that this is an isolated post that is simply objective reporting, but your regular readers know otherwise. I’ve walked you through my analysis, and of course, you’re welcome to punch holes in my logic or simply clarify whether your Tea Party advocacy extends to support for traitor/Republic Sharon Angle.

Also, I know that this is off topic, but since you tend to ignore objective and credible analysis that contradicts your ideology, I thought there might be somebody out there who would like to see even more evidence that the stimulus both increased economic growth and reduced unemployment (albeit not as much as originally projected). This report comes from the CBO.

http://cbo.gov/ftpdocs/117xx/doc11706/08-24-ARRA.pdf

Saying that the stimulus didn’t work over and over doesn’t make it true, no matter how many people believe you.

Dave

August 25th, 2010
1:11 pm

And McCain actually had to make a mad dash to the right of Hayworth to beat him…. of course it shouldn’t take him too long to make it back to the “center” like the good RINO he is….

Not So Casual Observer

August 25th, 2010
1:15 pm

Left Loons are sooooo predictable. As an example:

“…supporting the media driven, corporate funded Tea Party movement to infer that he supports traitorous Tea Party/Republican Party candidate Sharon Angle”. Any facts offered to support all of the loose adjectives in this derisive drivel? No, the Left “feels” (the reason for their existence) that simply repeating their lies often enough produces a “fact”.

Blathering buffoons, such as John Kerry, the POTUS, Al Gore, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Maxine Watters, Charles Rangel et al – have reached the point of no return. Their corrupt lives have now launched a political tidal wave of rejection and November 2 will only be the beginning.

A full 20% of voters identify themselves as Liberal in most recent polls and you have to believe the anonymity of polls allows for a number that large. What intelligent individual could experience the last 19 months of the BO administration and the Dem Congress and still openly admit support?