Well, that’s another fine mess the tea party “patriots” managed to get the GOP into. Wonder how much this one cost the state of Alaska.
Oh, wait, it doesn’t matter.
They are Tea Party Patriots.
They are good, pure, and want to stop the big bad spoiled RINO brat.
Good job there.
I wonder if Jim DeMint is going to do as Lisa M – U – R – K – O – W – S – K – I suggested and “play nice“. I also wonder if she has not shown how these lying bullies just might be defeated? It is something Olympia Snow might want to consider.
Doug Mataconis at Outside the Beltway has the numbers:
“… 2012 would be a good year for Snowe to try to retain her seat in a three-way race. She won her last bid for re-election a 300,000 vote margin, it’s likely the case that she would face a better chance running against a conservative Republican in a General Election than in a primary, much like Lisa Murkowski this year. Moreover, Snowe’s bid would likely be helped by the fact that she would be running in a Presidential election year. President Obama won Maine by 126,000 votes in 2008, while Snowe’s Republican colleague Susan Collins won her re-election bid that same year by more than 230,000 votes. Snowe would likely benefit from the increased turnout in a Presidential year, and the fact that Maine has not gone Republican in a Presidential election since 1988.
There’s no guarantee that an independent bid by Snowe would succeed, of course, but she’d clearly have a better chance or retaining her seat taking that route than if she were to try to fight her way through what would clearly be a hostile GOP primary in a state where the Tea Party movement has become a powerful force in the state party….”
According to the Political Animal:
“…DEMINT MAY NOT CARE ABOUT ‘MAKING UP’…. In recent years, various traditions, niceties, and norms in the U.S. Senate have largely disappeared. Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), for example, likes to tell the story of when she arrived in the chamber as a new member, and then-Sen. John Chafee (R-R.I.) gave her some advice: never campaign against a colleague, even from the other party. Doing so damages the collegiality of the institution, and makes cooperation too difficult.
Needless to say, senators don’t think that way anymore. But even under the new norms, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) pushed the envelope this year, not only campaigning against Democrats, but also seeking to defeat one of his own Republican colleagues, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, whom DeMint considered insufficiently right-wing.
After Murkowski lost to Joe Miller in a GOP primary, DeMint’s move looked like a good move. Now that Murkowski appears poised to win as a write-in candidate, DeMint’s move appears less wise, and more likely to cause intra-party tension….”