Murkowski & Palin – Rock 'em Sock 'em Republicans
Well, any bets about whose head is going to pop off their shoulders and bobble around on that little springy thing? After years of back and forth, which started in denial, moved up to subtle comments, and then not-so-subtle jabs, and now no-holds-barred rock ‘em sock ‘em robot action… my money is on Sarah Palin. To be the one with the head popping off.
Back when Palin returned home with her tail tucked between her legs after the 2008 election, rumors ran wild that she’d go up against Murkowski in 2010 for the senate seat. She decided not to, and even gave the very first $5000 donation from SarahPAC to Murkowski to quell the rumors.
But since that time, relations were strained, and Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Joe Miller, and her last minute panicked attack on Murkowski in the hopes of rallying the Tea Party troops pretty much laid it all out there.
Palin appeared at a rally for Joe Miller, introduced by Janine Turner who played Maggie on the “Alaskan” TV series Northern Exposure. Turner is now a bleach blonde, conservative mouthpiece from Texas who comes awfully close to out-screeching Palin, and I don’t say that lightly. This was her first trip to Alaska.
I attended that little whoop-de-do, and now seems like as good a time as any to post the transcript of the event. I have deleted a few paragraphs about Abraham Lincoln, and William Seward and Alaska’s God-given resources, just to spare you. But I’ve left in the references to Lisa Murkowski – whom you’ll notice was never once referenced by her actual name. I put the Lisa parts in blue so you can skip ahead if you feel your brain starting to bleed.
Janine Turner: (ready the Maalox and insert wads of cotton batting in ears!)
To me, Governor Palin is like the Aurora Borealis. She is a light. She is electric. She is brilliant. Sarah Palin is a fascination to our country’s citizens. Why? Because she is fresh, honest, forthright and self-made. Yes, because she has the chutzpah to not be politically correct. She has the guts to not compromise. We honor her daring. We marvel at her convictions – truth, righteousness and fairness carve her path. She’s the person you’d want by your side on a deserted island. Even a Democrat would admit to this fact. I mean who would they rather pick – Harry Reid? Nancy Pelosi would take the first boat to save herself! Sarah would give the first boat to us. She has true grit, determination, skill and vision. When she’s knocked down, she gets back up. People may scoff and people may taunt, but it’s because her light cannot be hidden under a bushel. And it scares her critics. Even her enemies are drawn to her because they secretly want to be what she is – an American who is fearless, worthy, trailblazing, resilient. She is wife, mother, woman, patriot, leader, child of God. She stands by her convictions, she stands by her country, she stands by her God. Lady Liberty and Sarah Palin are lit by the same torch. She epitomizes what makes America great. Ladies and Gentlemen, Governor Sarah Palin!
Sarah Palin: (all gussied up in jeans and a hoodie)
Helloooo Alaska! How are you Anchorage? It’s so good to see you, so wonderful to see you, let me ask you first, Alaska don’t you just looove your freedom?! We’re here to elect somebody who will fight for our freedoms and fight for your rights, are you gonna be there for him – Joe Miller – our next United States Senator. We do love our freedom here in Alaska, I tell you it is just precious to us. And when we say that we love our freedom then we know who it is that we thank for protecting our Constitution and our rights. We thank our United States military – our veterans. Those who have served, raise your hand, we want to thank you! God bless you. We salute you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts. So good to get to be here, here Todd and I, driving in from Wasilla tonight, our first big snowfall, and you know… I know! Only in Alaska would everybody be celebrating the first big snowfall. We were happy to get to drive through it, and I’m thinking about traveling around the U.S. the past couple of months, especially.
(Kathleen and Joe Miller listen with rapt attention to Sarah Palin. Bernadette Wilson (aka the Party Planner), who introduced herself as the Chair of Miller’s campaign is visible in the background. It is unclear if Mrs. Miller has eyes in the back of her head.)
Well, last week I was in Florida and we got to talk a lot about how wonderful Alaska is, of course, and our wonderful resources, so Todd was telling these Floridians about how wonderful Alaska is and talking about the Discovery Channel, the Learning Channel, filming eight episodes about what there is to do in Alaska, and the uniqueness of Alaska. These folks, they named the show Sarah Palin’s Alaska, but of course it’s not my Alaska, it’s your Alaska, but we get to show it off, so…. I’m telling these folks about this wonderful show coming up and what it is that we have up here to help secure our union with our natural resources and with that name of Sarah Palin’s Alaska I was joking around saying, “Well, the producers now are looking at a sequel and they’re looking at a place that’s near and dear to our President’s heart where he spends all his time and all his effort like in Alaska my efforts, only his show is going to be called Barack Obama’s Golf Courses. So, I hear that joke and I think it’s funnier than heck, you know…and the White House didn’t think it was so funny though, and they made a comment about it. So then on Twitter, here come some new suggestions for a Barack Obama show. Ok, here’s some ideas that these people came up with on Twitter. They say, well first, in honor of Miss Turner’s classic television show Northern Exposure.. remember that? That was so great. We have the Obama sequel, Northern Foreclosure. Or how about Dancing with the Czars, in honor of Bristol. Yeah. Vote for Bristol! OK, here’s one… Extreme Takeover. America’s Got Taxes, Project Runaway Spending, and two more… The Wonder What the Heck is Going on Years, and then finally Honey I Bankrupt the Kids. And we can laugh about it but really folks, you know that it is no laughing matter what is going on in our state of the union, in fact finally there is something I discovered that I can actually agree with the White House, speaking the spokesperson for our President, Robert Gibbs, this week, he says that the nation’s car that had been driven into the ditch has an Obama bumper sticker on it. I’m like yeah! Finally! Finally something we can agree on.
Well, here’s the deal Joe Miller knows that the only way that we can get this car out of the ditch, moving on the right track, gettin’ this economy back roarin’ again, getting our country back on the right track is to change the way that business is done in Washington. No more business as usual! We gotta get there and shake it up! We gotta send Joe Miller to the United States Senate! He will not just embrace the status quo. Ronald Reagan used to say “Status quo? That’s Latin for ‘the mess that we’re in.’” And Joe Miller will not vote for the status quo once we send him. He knows that the Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and the RINOs just goin along for the ride think at the wheel they are running the nation’s car into a ditch, and beyond that, you know, once we get out of the ditch according to they, thinking that they have some solutions to grow government to get us out of the ditch, they’re going to drive us off of the cliff with the solutions that they have. Lookit, we are headed for a European-style debt crisis if we don’t turn this car around. Our nation is headed towards insolvency, just crunch the numbers you can see what is out in front of us if we do not turn things around in Washington D.C. The only way we’re going to turn it around, folks, is tochange the leadership in Washington D.C. and that’s what Joe Miller’s campaign is all about and that’s why they cannot stand to hear what he stands for.
(~Yes, I know this one is blurry… but I always like to capture the “scary knuckle” and this is the best I got!)
See, our time for choosing is on November 2nd, isn’t it. This is the time for choosing. And big over-spending, over-reaching, over-regulated, over-taxing government is not the answer to all the problems that America is facing today. And that big government, that mentality of those in D.C., that is the issue in this campaign. In Alaska and all across America, and believe me as I travel across the U.S., it’s not just Alaskans with their pioneering independent spirit that we have here, but its permeating all throughout the rest of the U.S. too and so many Americans, so many Tea Party Americans are standing up and saying, “Enough is enough!” and we’re going to take this government back and put it back on the side of We the People.
It’s a pretty simple message, but Joe – bless his heart – is running against two candidates who are in complete denial of the problems that big growing government causes for you all. One of them is an out-of-touch liberal, and the other happens to be the Mayor of Sitka. (cheers) So here’s what’s going on…. Yeah, that was a good one… yes… so instead of debating the issues, you guys all know what’s going on around here in Alaska instead of debating the issue, what they’re trying to do, throwing everything at him and the kitchen sink at our Joe Miller, questioning his honor, questioning his record, questioning his intentions and it’s not just asking the questions, but it’s throwing lies at Joe Miller, and questioning that honor, that we’re going to talk a little bit about instead of debating the issues. These supporters of big government and the status quo, one in particular, the opponent would rather waste your time, the voters’ time by throwing this mud at Joe, and this campaign has thrown this mud, it’s being run by a lot of beltway lobbyists and yet this campaign, supporters of big government, dare dare try to shame Tea Party Americans and independent Alaskans for having dared contribute to Joe’s campaign, saying that WE have engaged in negative campaigning. It… it’s, you know, it’s kind of Orwellian. What’s up is down, what’s right is wrong. No, it’s not negative campaigning for Joe to be calling this candidate, this politician, on her voting record, what she did in Washington D.C. It’s been the truth that he’s been revealing, and it’s driving them crazy and they don’t want to talk about the issues.
And I find it shameful that this same person, let’s call her the candidate for the Entitlement Party, OK? She can’t really find a party – independent, Republican. This Establishment Party politician, shamefully used Joe Miller’s honorable military service as a means to attack him in a debate just recently. (boos) Let me be clear about who Joe Miller really is because you’re not getting the truth from the left, and you’re not getting the truth from the lamestream media about the real Joe Miller, OK? So we’re going to talk about the real Joe Miller.
(Kathleen and Joe Miller with his parents)
Joe is a West Point graduate, he’s a decorated combat veteran, a Gulf War veteran. Joe was awarded the Bronze Star for honorable service to our country. You know, I… I read his resume, I read his accomplishments and I see his passion for America and I think, “Are we even fit to tie his combat boots?” The things that he has done for America already, and his oath that he has taken and that he will continue to abide by that oath to protect our Constitution. Who is any politician in Washington D.C. to question his commitment to that oath. But listen, he being awarded that Bronze Star for honorable service to our country, his commanding officer described him as a true warrior leader tested under fire, and I say tested under fire then as he is now in this campaign is going to make him stronger – it’s gonna make him work harder for you Alaska. Tested under fire! And his commanding officer too says he has an unlimited potential for great responsibility and great leadership that was Providential, those words spoken about him then, that will be made manifest as we elect him to represent us in Washington D.C. and help lead the United States of America in the United States Senate.
Now, those parts of Joe’s resume that this establishment candidate forgets to mention when she questions his honor is it any wonder in the last debate that the audience booed her, when she said such a thing. You know why? Because here in Alaska, well, we know what military honor means. And for a sitting politician – a beltway United States Senator to question the honor and the character of a decorated combat vet is beyond shameful. Joe Miller has taken that oath to support and defend our Constitution. He’s kept that oath. He’s been willing to sacrifice his very life to defend that oath.
Now, this candidate – this supporter of big government accusing Joe of negative campaigning as ads are run and debate points are being made accusing Joe of things that are totally false that you complicit media people, you just don’t get it. Alaskans are smarter than that. We (inaudible) and you dig into the facts and you find the truth! You just don’t get it. As I said, talking about a politician’s voting record in Washington D.C. is not negative campaigning, it is revealing truth. But the left, the left does not want us to talk about that, or talk about issues like Washington’s voting records and support for the left’s big government over-reach. They want us to talk about things that are out there on the periphery that are things that are trivial so that you will be distracted, and I don’t have to tell you that. You already know what’s going on.
We’re going to talk though a little bit quickly about some of those issues anyway. We’re going to talk about the fact that our kids are being bankrupt by an out of control White House and congress and there are too many RINOs that are going along to get along in D.C. being part of the problem. That’s why we’re here. We’re going to shake that up, we’re gonna change that when Joe Miller heads to D.C. OK?
So, folks, instead of importing pork, the time is now to export our resources and Alaska’s optimistic pioneering spirit. That’s what we need to do under new leadership, and every day I see this everywhere we go. Every day I see that more and more Americans, they’re being convinced they do know that there in the Lower 48, they look up at Alaska and they see the potential of her resources, her spirit and that certainly is one of my life’s missions is to make sure people understand what it is that we have to offer. We can’t offer that though unless we have someone in D.C. casting those votes to 1) stop the Pelosi Obama Reid agenda and to allow the private sector, the small businesses, those that are based here in Alaska to allow them to grow and prosper. I promised you as governor that I would never stop pushing for our rights, our freedom, our opportunity to work. Joe Miller will take that fight to Washington like never before.
Now the Entitlement Party, the Establishment Candidate represents the status quo in this fight. When Joe said it had to be done, she replied, “It can’t be done.” Now, Alaska deserves better than that and it is time that things change. We can’t afford someone who will barter with the Obama administration over things like Obamacare, the mother of all unfounded mandates, government takeover of healthcare system, and someone who would barter with the Obama administration over a job killing legislation called Cap and Trade that I call Cap and Tax. We can’t afford to have someone who will make those kinds of compromises and back room deals in order to get something in favor of or favor for or favor by something else. We need someone with a backbone, strong, uncompromising when it comes to principle, uncompromising when it comes to principle. We need Joe. We need someone with Joe’s never say die attitude to keep the pressure on and tell Washington loud and clear we don’t want big government, we want opportunity to work.
My fellow Alaskans will you fulfill our state motto when Alaska is looked at by the rest of America and Americans say yes, north to the future! Are you ready to lead?
Well, Joe Miller is willing to fight for us in Washington D.C. Are you going to be there for him? He is going to be there for us and we need to be there for him. Let’s do it Alaska, let’s lead. We can help lead this nation. Let’s send Joe Miller to the United States Senate. Let’s shake it up. No more business as usual. Let’s change D.C. Let’s restore America with honor. That is what Joe Miller will bring to the United States Senate. Ladies and Gentlemen I want to tell you how proud I am, how honored I am to be here for Joe Miller.
God bless you and God bless Alaska and God Bless the United States of America!
(Joe Miller and Sarah Palin embrace. Palin’s friend, Christian singer Adele Morgan looks on.)
Gloves? Off. If there was any pretense of mutual respect at one point, those days are long gone. And as the days tick by and it appears more likely that Lisa Murkowski will retain her senate seat, despite the desperate pleas of Palin for her chosen one, Joe Miller, Murkowski has selected a retaliatory tool from her political toolbox that Palin will find particularly heinous. I speak of (dum da dum dum….) Katie Couric.
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowki told CBS News’ Katie Couric today that she would not support Sarah Palin for president because Palin lacks the “leadership qualities” and “intellectual curiosity” to craft great policy.
“You know, she was my governor for two years, for just about two years there, and I don’t think that she enjoyed governing,” Murkowski said. “I don’t think she liked to get down into the policy.” The Alaska senator added that she prefers a candidate who “goes to bed at night and wakes up in the morning thinking about how we’re going to deal with” important issues.
In the interview, Murkowski said she did not have much of a relationship with Palin, though she said their interactions were “always professional.”
“We just don’t really have much in common – I mean, we don’t talk to one another,” she said.
“We have common interests in a shared love for our state, and I would like to think that if there were an opportunity to help do something good for Alaska, she would call me, or I could call her… but in fairness, she is not really that keyed into the state anymore. She is looking, obviously, at a bigger pond, and so we don’t see her up north as much.”
Sproingggggg! (Yes, that was Palin’s red robo-head popping off as she contimplates not being able to get someone who won the Republican primary in her beloved Alassska elected to office)
For those interested in seeing more of the event, you can check out my Flickr album HERE.
The Joeberman Pinscher says, “This bone don’t taste to (sic) good.”