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September 24, 2017

The 2010 Muddies – Vote Now!

It’s that time of the year again – the beginning of it. And it wouldn’t feel right, hanging up that new calendar without our yearly round up of the ne’er-do-wells, miscreants, and rogues of Alaska politics. Yes boys and girls, it’s time for the Muddy Awards. Now that our heads are clear after the holidays, it’s time to reflect.

In past years, the first place award winner frankly hasn’t been much of a shock. I’m sure you won’t be surprised in the least when I tell you that the First Place Muddy for 2008, and 2009 went to Sarah Palin. It’s possible she’ll get a threefer this year, and few would argue that she at least deserves a nomination. But, there are certainly other strong candidates in the field this year who may give the two-time recipient a ‘run for her muddy,’ as it were.

Sarah Palin – Screechin’ and finger pointin’ her way across the nation on not one, but two book tours, and a new TV show, Sarah Palin has become the Queen of her own brand. A Fox News correspondent, a presidential wannabe, mom of an abstinent dancing star, there’s nobody who wants us to believe the Sarah mystique more than Sarah herself. She’ll shoot moss eating ungulates, she’ll club flatfish, she’ll cling to a mountainside for hours because she … wait for it … doesn’t want to be a ‘quitter.’ She taps wingnuts on their little crazy noggins with her magic endorsement wand, which sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t. Will she be the first woman president, or has she become a marginalized sideshow, riding the coattails of the Tea Party movement and waving to the crowd with her wrist as she careens toward the political cliff? Whatever her future, she provides endless entertainment, head-splitting hypocrisy, and an objet d’art for the altar of the semi-educated rural white male voter. Will she make it a hat trick this year and win her third Muddy, or is she destined for the thing she fears most – irrelevance?

Joe Miller – The Bearded One – It Came from Fairbanks.  Tea Party voters came out in droves and handed Joe a chance at the Senate seat. He ran a senate campaign based on fiscal responsibility while carrying huge personal credit card debt; on government staying out of our lives while decrying civil rights for the GLBT community and a woman’s right to choose; and waggling a finger at recipients of “entitlements” while raking in money from farm subsidies, unemployment, military benefits, state perks for homeschooling his massive brood of children and government sponsored health care. A Yale Law School grad, Miller even saved a penny or two by applying for and receiving and indigent hunting and fishing permit.

And that was just his personal life – which we were told by Mr. Miller was strictly off limits to you, me and the press. When he was pressed, Miller’s Rent-a-Goons from Drop Zone Security actually had journalist Tony Hopfinger arrested and detained in handcuffs at a campaign event. Hey, it worked in East Germany, people!

Will Miller’s last minute push for a much-needed hand count in the Alaska senate election be enough to soften all those blows and actually leave him with a legacy of election reform? Or will Miller perhaps be the one to unseat the ex-half-gov and his personal mentor, Sarah Palin to win this year’s Muddy. Maybe, just maybe… it’s Miller Time.

Lisa Murkowski - A conundrum wrapped in a riddle wrapped in two million dollars from Alaska Native Corporations. The Republican “moderate” voice, Lisa Murkowski launched a write-in campaign for senate with skids greased by a whole lot of cold hard cash from corporations. So desperate were Alaskans to keep Joe Miller out of the Senate, that even Democrats voted for her out of fear.

Murkowski will forever be tied to various emotional traumas to voters across the political spectrum – She was handed the Senate seat from her father Frank ‘the bank’ Murkowski; she kept the seat from the Democrat who would have won in a two way race; she went back on her word after conceding in the primary and ran an independent campaign; she became the darling of the SuperPAC leaving Alaskans worried that she’ll have to pay back her victory with votes; a series of yes votes with Dems have moderates and liberals thrilled and Republicans horrified.

But Dems can’t forget her vote to place a paltry $500 million cap on oil spill damages to help the “Mom & Pop” oil companies who might not be able to afford to clean up a spill, her desire to have congress rather than the EPA regulate air quality, nor her recent votes against firefighters, and first responders on 9/11. What will Lisa’s legacy be? Will the love from the middle continue to be enough to counteract the lack of it from both ends? Will her ability to irritate everyone evenly leave her vulnerable, or will the fact that she “made history” entrench her in the Hart Senate Office Building for another couple Murkowski decades?

Dan Sullivan - We’ve been Sullied. No ifs ands or buts. It began when too many progressive candidates crowded the field in the Anchorage mayoral race. Then the dark days began. The son of former mayor George Sullivan seems to be trying his best to get back at everyone who was mean to him in high school and grind the city to rubble under the heel of his cheap made-in-China pleather boot from Payless Shoes. He’s vetoed a city ordinance that would provide equal access to housing, education, employment and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation. He’s pink slipped municipal employees, cut police, the fire department, and a host of other critical city services that make our lives better – all because of supposed “lack of funds.”  His budget cut pools, libraries, bus service, the arts, Anchor rides for the old and infirm, money for the Boys & Girls Club… Yet, he refuses to tax to the voter approved cap, and seemed to somehow find money left over to pay his (ahem) “party planner.” (raises one eyebrow at you in a knowing way)

But, of course, none of this is Dan’s fault. It’s that big bad mean former Mayor (now Senator) Mark Begich. So what that an audit found he did nothing wrong. He’s a Democrat in the Senate for cripes sake. That’s reason enough  to blame him for the entire national economy. And besides, if everyone is busy throwing stones at Mark, maybe nobody will notice everything else.

Discovery Communications – Last year we nominated the publishing house Harper Collins for taking on the job of promoting and publishing the epic work of fiction “Going Rogue – An American Life” so it seemed only fitting that the other media giant taking on the other epic work of fiction “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” should get equal treatment. Yes, The “Learning” Channel has welcomed our ex-half-gov under its wing. They’ve received a fair amount of grief over it, so we thought it would be fun to pile on. They’re probably not regretting the decision to shell out a cool quarter million per episode to the growing Palin empire, because whether for genuine interest or simple curiosity, the show has had millions of viewers.  We’ve gotten to see mother/daughter fish clubbing, some of the worst hacked-up looking salmon fillets ever, teenage boys sneaking upstairs in the Palin home, grubby fingers stuck in cake batter, sittin’ on the concrete slab spying on the neighbor, watching as Sarah learns why waterproof footwear is a good idea in the outdoors, and how to shoot a gun. “Does it kick?” she asks… “It doesn’t matter. You shoot it the same way,” we answer.

Governor Sean Parnell – Don Young nicknamed him Captain Zero when he ran for congress against the then 18 term Young. It’s really one of the only times I’ve liked Don Young. Alaskans are grateful to Sean Parnell for the most part. Why? One simple reason – he is not, nor has he ever been Sarah Palin. He has children whose names we do not know but are probably in a Baby Name book. He does not have a bumpit. He does not have paparazzi. His wife is not a thug. His memoir would be short and unreadable. And it makes the people happy. The anti-charisma candidate might not have stood a chance in the old days, but now Captain Zero sounds almost swoon-worthy. Caribou Ken is much more palatable, and much less maintenance than Caribou Barbie.

So, why is he even a candidate? Why do we not let him govern his days away in obscurity, while boring the National Enquirer to death, and keeping his family out of the spotlight? Because of other people’s kids, and pregnant women.

Governor Sean Parnell, who has framed himself as an advocate for women and children, vetoed a bipartisan bill passed by the Alaska Legislature that would have provided health care for 1300 Alaskan children and prenatal care to more than 200 pregnant Alaskan women. His strange form of “advocacy” extended to funding programs to deal with domestic violence to a whopping 10%. Now that’s dedication. And it’s enough to get our Conoco lobbyist turned governor a nomination.

Tom Wagoner – Who can forget the good gentleman from Kenai?  He wasn’t in the news much this year, but what he lacked in quantity he made up for in sheer WTF-ness.  You may recall that the Anti-Animal cruelty bill sponsored by Senator Bill Wielechowski was passed in the Senate. The bill included issues that there’s really no way to put delicately, but I shall try. Part of the bill made it a crime to be in more than a strictly platonic relationship with your dog, earning the bill the nickname of “The Ididadog Bill.”  I know what you’re thinking.  No, this was not illegal in the state of Alaska until the bill passed. (Raises hand with palm to you and looks away)  I know! Believe me. I know.

But now we get to Mr. Wagoner. The Ididadog bill passed.  However, it did not pass unanimously. No, my friends, the bill passed 18-1. Eighteen to ONE. And that one, as you may have surmised by now, is none other than Tom Wagoner himself.

Yes, this issue inspired him so much, he chose the anti-bestiality bill as the matter of principle with which to stick his flag in the sand and say – “No. At this, I draw the line. I know I may be the ONLY no vote, and that my vote will have no political repercussions whatsoever, but I’m out there all on my own to take a stand. Let it not be said that I stood in the way of man and his best friend. Not I.”  And with that, anyone who runs against Mr. Wagoner can now run with full justification as “The Anti-Bestiality Candidate.” That’s not a gift you get every day. One can only imagine the signs. “Waggin for Wagoner” perhaps. Or you know those signs where you see a silhouette of a dog pooping with a big red circle and a line through it? With a slight modification…. it could work.

So, for this one act of complete bizarre idiocy, we nominate Tom Wagoner for a Muddy. Take a bow, Mr. Wagoner.  Heck, take a bow-wow.

Al Barrette – Mudflatters may remember Al, who is fortunately now a simple footnote in the year with no actual power. The owner of a commercial tannery and the company that makes the Alaska Wolf Trap was appointed by governor Parnell to the Board of Game.  Barrette stood to gain from the increased trapping of Denali wolves he would be voting for as a board member. There were all sorts of red flags about Barrette’s nomination, but none quite so red and flag-like as this little gem from an on film interview.

“…it specifically puts out in the first book of the bible, in Genesis, that we should, uh, subdue nature and control it.  We should be the managers of the animals and through the…the sin of Adam and Eve is what brought it on, and, uh, in fact, the first, uh…the first clothes that were made for Adam and Eve were skins of animals…by God.”

That’s right. He’s not just skinning a wolf during the filmed interview, he’s doing God’s work.  Who knew God was up there in his heavenly garage tanning hides for Adam and Eve after they had to go and disobey orders. And not to complain, but just a little teensy suggestion to our divine clothier. Next time you decide to rain down the practical wardrobe ideas, maybe think about Gore-Tex and Polar Fleece. They’re actually very efficient. I’m just saying.

After a Herculean effort and outcry by the sane community, his appointment was voted down but the memories linger.

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There could be dozens more nominees. One thing you can say about Alaska is that there’s never a shortage of miscreants, rogues or wingnuts. Vote wisely. The winners will take home proportionate amounts of your ignominy and scorn, suitable for metaphorical framing or placing on the mantle in a giant urn.

There are dozens of worthy honorable mentions, as always – Eddie Burke, Tammy Wilson, Dan Fagan, Jerry Prevo, Jim Minnery, Bert Stedman, Joe Thomas, Levi Johnston, Chris Birch, Roger Purcell, Corey Rossi, Todd Palin, Ted Stevens, Al Kookesh… Feel free to vent about them in the comments, or mention others who particularly got under your skin.

The unlucky winners will be announced on January 5. You can vote for three.

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90 Responses to “The 2010 Muddies – Vote Now!”
  1. iheartart says:

    Don’t feel too weird about that nodoglaw. Down here in Washington we were also inter-species-dating ignorant until fairly recently, when there was an incident with a man and a horse. Happily, the horse lived.

  2. Wallflower says:

    I didn’t read closely and voted for only one. Drat! It was the Anchorage mayor, though, so I feel good about that. Just disappointed that I didn’t get to vote for the Beastie Boy as well. Woof.

  3. A Fan From Chicago says:

    Voting for Mrs.Todd Palin is too easy. My first goes to the Discovery Channel. Shame on you. And may the FCC investigate your illegal political contribution. Don’t believe for a minute that they were setting her up for a fall/fail with their editing. They saw a buck and hoped to make some. And not the kind you shoot at.

    I hope all other Republican Presidential candidates demand equal time. Can’t wait for “TLC Brings You “Mitt Romney’s Thanks to Dad Club'” and “TLC Brings You “Mike Huckaby and His Family Marry Their Cousins.'”

    Close second is Joe Miller. How can we miss you if you won’t go away?

  4. Marnie says:

    Not being Alaskan, and Alaska offering so many choice choices, I abstain.

    But since Sarah is the reason I came to the flats, you know where my heart is.

  5. Moose Pucky says:

    I keep thinking–cookies to school to protest a healthy diet program for school kids, and I just had to vote for whatzername!

    • Moose Pucky says:

      And if I’d been paying attention to “vote for three”, I would have added Lisa for making the election be all about money, spelling, and new election rules especially for her–and nothing about the issues that matter.

      And then Sean Parnell for setting the tone for some really sorry policies in Alaska. Bad Fish and Game policies and appointments. Promoting government overreach legislation that limits a young woman and her doctor from making their own best decisions. And not able to choose between whether the earth is 6,000 years old or 6 million years old.

  6. Joe Miller says:

    I think this vote is rigged.

    Has anyone checked the paper ballots? I’m sure if we look at voter intent on this poll we’ll see that I, Joe Miller, am the clear winner.

    Al Barrette needs to man up and concede.

  7. Robert Hagedorn says:

    Do a search: The First Scandal Adam and Eve.

  8. JUST A THOUGHT says:

    NEED TO PULL THE PLUG ON THE TALLY. WORD IS OUT, $ARAH IS
    DOING A SECOND SEASON OF SARAH’S ALASKA. GOOD FOR ALASKA –
    TOURISM. (???????????)

    • Moose Pucky says:

      Discovery is now the counterpoint to Playboy fans saying “i really like the articles” with Discovery fans saying “I really like the photography.”

  9. Chowder says:

    These people should all be put into a one room reality show!

  10. susanthe says:

    Some guys look sexy with a stubbly beard – Joe Miller just looks pervy.

    • Sarafina says:

      As I’ve said before: Miller wears it in homage to Yassir Afafat, the long-standing (until he died) obstacle to peace in the Middle East.

      • leenie17 says:

        I think his real hero is ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’.

        He and Chuckie have the same political leanings…clinging precariously to the edge of the far, far right by the tips of their fingers!

  11. PollyinAK says:

    Sarah is becoming so irrelevant for me! That’s a good sign. My choices were between Dan Sullivan and Joe Miller. I chose Sully because he is in an elected office, and I live in Anchorage… although Parnell not showing up at President Obama’s event was highly offensive. All three of these people are cowards (we already know Sarah is). Barette is ignorant and Murkowski isn’t a coward.

  12. I had to admit,I did a dog really struck me as funny,coming from Iowa where nearly every guy and girl has been accusesof dating or marrying-first class pork. Matter of fact, I didn’t think I could manage a chuckle over the inference again. Is Alaska home to a specific brand of farm machinery I should know about? I voted for three,as a first-vote mudpup, and anyone complains,I’ll vote for three more.
    More fun like this and I am gonna homestead 40 acres of NW Iowa for my new home state of Alaska. Insert Howard Dean shriek here.

  13. BJA says:

    It’s not often I sit at my computer with my jaw hanging down in absolute shock, but the description on Tom Wagoner did it for me. Sheer WTF-ness is right. Unbelievable.

  14. Enjay in E MT says:

    Bit O/T – my home page posts different quotes & idea’s everday – Today I got this & couldn’t help but pass it along. Something to remember about those who aren’t committed to the “job” – who don’t give it their “all” …..

    Who would have ever heard of Theodore Roosevelt outside of his immediate community if he had only half committed himself to what he had undertaken, if he had brought only a part of himself to his task? The great secret of his career has been that he has flung his whole life, not a part of it, with all the determination and energy and power he could muster, into everything he has undertaken. No dillydallying, no faint-hearted efforts, no lukewarm purpose for him!
    – Orison Sweet Marden

    • Enjay in E MT says:

      And my votes for Sully – Miller & Palin

      Sully – for his harm to Anchorage
      Miller – for just being a lousy human being
      Palin – for believing HER world view – is the ONLY view

  15. overthemoon says:

    Can we add Saul Bellow’s son to the list??? Editor??? You’ve got to be kidding!

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/palin-edit

  16. Martha Unalaska Yard Sign says:

    Having your very own roll of Palin toilet paper changes one’s perspective. So much in fact, that I didn’t even consider voting for her. She’s headed right down the toilet, why bother?

  17. slipstream says:

    Ahhh, but you have been far too easy on Parnell.

    After not being able to find time in his schedule to drive all the way from downtown Anchorage to Elmendorf Air Force Base to welcome the President of the United States to Alaska, Parnell somehow found time in his busy schedule to make the pilgrimage to Colorado Springs to sit at the feet of James Dobson. And he charged that trip to the state as official state business. He never explained what was state business about seeing a right-wing religious whacko.
    Parnell has fought the federal government to keep polar bears and other Alaska animals from being listed as endangered.

    Parnell has continued the two-year stall on releasing the Palin emails. Under state law, these are official records and must be released within ten days of a request. What are you hiding for Palin?

    I voted for Parnell, Sullivan, and Miller . . . .

    • Carol says:

      This is my order of things also. I am still offended that the governor of my state couldn’t/wouldn’t take the time to honor the President of this country. No excuse is acceptable, short of serious illnes or death. And WHERE was the LtGov? He is a military personnel and yet, he wouldn’t/ couldn’t honor the Commander in Chief? Bah, unforgivable snubs to this country. Obama was VOTED into his office, Parnell and his LtGov were not.

  18. dreamgirl says:

    Why is my comment in moderation? Just because I voted for SHMNBN? ruh roh… was it cause I mentioned “quittypants? Miscreants? I dunno.

  19. dreamgirl says:

    Well slap my hand (slap)… an involuntary lurch-swat-fit and I found I had voted for quittypants. Didn’t read carefully to vote for 2 other miscreants. As others have mentioned all the “nominees” are more than deserving of a Muddy.

    Of course if I were a c4peer I would have naturally voted Bristol ftw, 300 or 400 times. (ah what morals)

  20. Molly says:

    I really, really wanted to vote for Bristol Palin, because I’m pretty sure she’s a pregnant again, which makes her kinda a hypocrite, IMHO.

  21. Baker's Dozen says:

    I voted for Joe, Discovery, and Sean. I didn’t vote for Sarah because she actually doesn’t DO anything.

    I know that some of Sarah’s endorsed candidates won. Some lost. Many people think that Sarah helped those that won by endorsing them, but we all know that just because there seems to be a correlation between events doesn’t mean there is.
    Now, I’ll tell you what Sarah is.

    The Parable of the Beanie

    The new-to-the-school kids (about a third) in a first grade class each get a propeller beanie and wore it at school every day. As the year goes on, the teacher is engaged in teaching the whole class to read. Some pay attention; some don’t. Some seem to whiz through; others are accompanying parents on book signing tours and not at school. At the end of the year, the tests are given. A polling agent shows up, all excited. Lots of the kids with propeller beanies learned to read! Some learned really well and read above grade level. True, some of them didn’t reach grade level, and some, (ironically, including the one on the book signing tours) barely learned at all. But she’s sure the propeller beanie is super important in boosting kids’ reading ability to grade level and beyond, though it seems that the propeller beanie didn’t help others at all and, indeed, may have been detrimental, seeing as it sometimes fell over kids faces, obscuring the books, or they played with it instead of attending. The researcher anxiously hopes that more kids can have propeller beanies so they can zoom ahead, completely oblivious to the beanies’ lack of positive correlation to reading achievement, and its somewhat negative correlation.

    Sarah is a propeller beanie.

  22. seattlefan says:

    Sarah should be installed into the Muddy Hall of Fame with a standing Muddy every year until she exits the scene. That gives many deserving newcomers a chance at the honor. I hope Joe Miller and Al Baretta earn a place in this year’s Muddy miscreant spotlight.

    • Baker's Dozen says:

      Sarah. Muddyies Emeritus.
      Translated into English: Sarah. Extraordinary Muddy winner, quitting so others have a chance to win.
      Translated into Palinese: Sarah. Youbetcha best also grown’ the Mud progressivizing too Alaska by earnin’ money

      • dreamgirl says:

        Muddyies Emertius is kinda brilliant. Maybe too brilliant for the dimwit she continues to shine those hollywood and Faux Noise lights on. I kindly suggest a perpetual Honorable Mention, as we all know how she enjoys not being placed in the winner’s circle. Or perpetual Participant on a cheap ribbon would really make her twitter away.

  23. AKjah says:

    I only voted once. I think Sully need be sided to history. We learn from our mistakes? Can i add two more votes for Sully?

  24. GA Peach says:

    Well, I voted for

    Lisa – muddy
    Joe – muddier
    and
    sarah – muddiest

    although I do think in honor of Dan, they should be called the “Sullied’s” this year.

  25. Ripley in CT says:

    Oh rats! I only voted for ONE! I didn’t see the option! Oh well. They all deserve it.

  26. A 3-way between Discovery- Miller- Palin is how I voted….Miller & Palin are just scary, and Discovery gave her a means by which to spread her vile-bile… Maybe it’s not her irrelevance she fears, but her rear-elevance.—-(the things you think you hear- when you can’t hear- are kind of amusing…! For instance….when my husband said – ‘she can keep on’….I heard- ‘chicken coupon’. This does not make sense…and neither did: ‘your income..’–I heard: ‘urine pump’….I’ve gotten use to the weird things I think I hear…! Close-captioning is wonderful and I read a lot (Mudflats, of course)…and smile….a lot!

  27. John says:

    My first and only vote for Sully

  28. the problem child says:

    Joe, Discovery and Tom.

    Joe will not quietly fade away. He is a danger to himself and others.

    Discovery is profiting from the Palin meltdown, but at the same time is tarnishing a beautiful state. They could have done something to rehabilitate their image (by showing 80% AK, 20% $P), but instead they continue down the trashy path of family drama.

    Tom is just a despicable human. If people don’t have basic respect for animal rights en famille (so to speak), they will never get rid of pieces of evil like Al Barrett who are making a living off the misery of animals that live wild.

  29. Sarafina says:

    I voted for Parnell, Sullivan and Lisa, just because they are in office and may pay attention to an unfavorable view. The last two on the list are stinkers, but I see them as local problems. Parnell and Sullivan are real losers, but elected by the people. Lisa, on the other hand, can continue to enable the mean, petty, evil, hateful, greedy, selfish Rs for years on the national level. Altho she wasn’t awful in the lame duck session.

    Perhaps you all, as her consitituents, can keep her scared enough to avoid Bachmann-like Bat Shit Craziness until 2016?

  30. I voted for Sarah, TLC and Joe – mainly because they all should be gone and forgotten but they are still there. Sarah just won’t shut up. TLC keeps running her reality farse – when I flip through the channels I seem to see it all the time. And Joe, well. He says he is not going to keep fighting, but when he was on MSNBC (gotta give him credit for doing that interview), it sounds like he is just regrouping for another run at something. Ugh – everyone on the list makes me sick. Is there some sort of muddy award for the also-rans? They’ve all earned a spot on that list.

  31. lovemydogs says:

    I haven’t voted yet. I won’t vote for TLC because I think that show is going to ultimately do SP in. It is showing her true colors and may be the best thing to happen in the long run.

  32. Lee323 says:

    While all the candidates are worthy in their unworthiness, only Mrs. Palin has had such a negative impact nationally. From interjecting her bigotry into the NYC Muslim Center controversy to spewing out vindictive, petty jabs to Michelle Obama’s Obesity Awareness campaign to elbowing her way into the Arizona “Papers Please” controversy to endorsing such divisive, unfit senatorial candidates such as Angle, O’Donnell, Miller to the block-headed recrudescence of her “Death Panel” lies……ad nauseam. These issues affect everybody whether or not you live in Alaska.

    Palin’s every petty, sarcastic and mind-numbingly stupid comment in 2010 has been dispersed by the media like a toxic fog throughout our country. Our country is more polarized than ever thanks in good measure to this narcissistic idiot. On the positive side, our country will emerge even stronger when she and her ilk are finally pushed back into the sewer from which they erupted when a black Democratic candidate won the presidency. Although signs of her irrelevancy are discernable in the latter days of 2010, she still deserves a “2010 Muddy” award for her Herculean efforts in stirring the sh*t throughout the previous year as enumerated in my first paragraph.

    • dreamgirl says:

      That’s what I thought but can’t express quite as well. My vote just flew to the sh*t-stirring cauldron-stirrer who probably microwaves that cast iron steel cauldron (out of sheer laziness or what she’s just used to doing). Then when, to her supreme surprise, said microwave e-x-p-l-o-d-e-s… she sees what sticks on the walls than twats/twits about it. She’s a LooneyTunes cartoon personified. Poor thing.

    • leenie17 says:

      I concur and cringe for the destruction this pea-brained, narcissistic, egomaniacal twit has perpetuated upon this country. I also voted for Miller because…well, he’s batsh!t crazy and was very nearly given the opportunity to cause some major damage himself on a national scale.

      On the statewide side of things, I chose Sullivan just because every story about him makes me feel downright icky. The flat-out theft of funds for his father’s questionable life insurance policy put the stamp of slime on him and he has done nothing to clean up the stink ever since. It’s truly sad that a man with no conscience can be elected to an office where he can affect the lives of so many people. Then again, we have the examples of Palin, Bush I and II and most of the Republicans in Congress, so I suppose it’s just political business as usual.

      While you poor Anchorage-ites have to put up with Sullivan for some time to come, we can all hope that the new year will grace us with other two slowly but surely sliding into obscurity.

  33. rollingingraves says:

    Joe Miller…because he never wins anything – BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

  34. I went for Parnell as he’s the one who nominated Barrette. And he is continuing the anti-science theme that Palin pursued as gov. Add in his dominionism and the fact he “leads” the State and it was an easy choice for me. Everyone else gets the headlines whilst he stays in the background, still in control.

    • Millie says:

      Parnell was one of my choices too….I fear he and others (both in Palin’s and his administrations) are slowing the release of the emails for, and to protect, Palin. I just hope there is a LOT of pressure from outside sources to keep them honest about when they will FINALLY be released.

      • Bretta says:

        He’s definitely slow-rolling the emails which makes me wonder what HE has to hide. I don’t want to think that of him, but surely he cannot be that ensconced to the $Palin that he is hiding her crap.

        • Madeline says:

          I really doubt, it, I don’t think he was allowed to do ANYTHING while what’s-her-face was in charge. 2011 is definitely the year to ingnore both Fox News and that purveyor of Alaskan themed snuff films/political ads. Time to turn the tide!

  35. did not see that I could vote for 3 – so sad – sniffers..

  36. curiouser says:

    What a fun but scary read! How did this strange and twisted bunch ever attain the prominence to make any kind of list or poll?

    Happy New Year Mudflats and mudpuppies!

    • Bretta says:

      It must be the vacuum left by the incarceration of the Corrupt Bastards Club.

      I may be sorry they were taken down, now.

  37. MonaLisa (inCT) says:

    I voted Joe, Dan and Discovery. They, I think, most fully embody ‘misrepresentation’.

    Ain’t no lotuses poppin’ outta da’ mud THEY wallow in.

    • Waay Out West says:

      Ditto but Dan, Joe and Discovery, not that it makes any difference. The solution to Discovery which is turning into another sensationalist Court/Tru channel, is of course, not to go there.

  38. jimzmum says:

    I had to think about this. Seems to me that I needed to think statewide, so I felt it had to be the Seanster. After all, he appointed Barrett among other things.

    • Bretta says:

      Yup, Parnell’s silence on the MilLiar was scary to me.

      Parnell supported Miller all the way to the end, IMHO.

      I continue to be worried that Parnell is trying to find a place for the unethical admitted liar and cheat – I’m hoping he has the good sense to stay far, far away from Joe Miller – Sean is not that popular so it wouldn’t take much to piss people off.

  39. AKPetMom says:

    I do have another suggestion for Muddy of the Year. I’d like to propose that all of those independent and undeclared voters that voted for Joe Miller in the Primary election so that Scott McAdams would be a “sure thing” be awarded the Muddy for 2010. Those are truly the folks that I find deserve the Muddy for trying to “arrange” an election process to work out in their candidates favor.

    Now we have Lisa M for another 6 years. I have to look at her write in candidacy as “having saved our bacon”. I’m certain that Lisa M is very appreciative of all of your efforts to get Joe Miller elected as the Republican Senate Candidate for Alaska in 2010. If I hear a single progressive that voted for Miller in the Primary complain about any of Lisa Murkowski’s Senate votes I will make certain that I remind them of what they could have had, based on their Primary vote for Miller.

    I hope that this is a lesson learned for anyone and everyone involved in this manipulation of voter intent.

    • Janet says:

      Couldn’t agree more.

    • Yes, and I hope people remember this in 2012 when it’s time for presidential primaries. We should never vote for someone if we don’t want them in office. It tends to backfire.

    • Cammie says:

      I’m not really clear on this. I didn’t vote obviously, as I’m not in Alaska. But what you’re saying seems to be that this prevented a race between just McAdams and Murkowski…and that in such a race, McAdams would have won? Not seeing how.

      • Bretta says:

        McAdams and Miller.

        Miller was tanking so bad the thought was, without Murkowski, McAdams would have taken the majority of votes.

        It was a possibility but there was a lot of fear of the unknown.

  40. kiksadi50 says:

    I don’t think anyone or anything has dammaged Alaska like palin has.Her mis-representation of Ak. & Ak.to America & the rest of the world is almost irreparable.Her celebrity power to promote people like joe miller,meg whitman,sharon angle & the Tea Party as a viable 3rd party in this country is truely terrifying.I don’t think she will ever be POTUS,but like cheney has shown us,she doesn’t have to be in order to have the potential to wreak havoc & undermine the constitutional rights of Americans citizens.

    • Martha Unalaska Yard Sign says:

      Nah, with all the buckets of water being thrown at her, she’s melting.

      • Former Alaskan says:

        … but please don’t disrespect witches that way. Call her what she is….a woman believing her own good press…. at a huge detriment to the rest of us.

  41. akbatwoman says:

    I had no desire to vote for Palin or Discovery. Does this mean she’s becoming irrelevant?

    One can only hope.

  42. karen marie says:

    I encourage people to vote for Dan Sullivan — he’s the one who’s done the most direct damage to Alaskans.

    • Millie says:

      I voted for Sully, but could not bring myself to mark “Palin” – I want her to go away!

      A highlight yesterday included a phone conversation w/a male friend in Yuma, AZ who was a huge supporter of Palin. No longer though – he has seen the light FINALLY! Yea! One step at a time with our influence from the north!

  43. AKPetMom says:

    I personally would like to vote for “all of them” and “any of them” that have been put in front of me for all of these last 12 months; a rogues’ gallery of idiots and thieves. Since that’s not an option, I guess I’ll vote for none.

  44. thatcrowwoman says:

    Had to cast my vote for “Discovery.” Just refuse to vote for whatzername for ANYthing!

    • thatcrowwoman says:

      with Sully my second choice *shudder*

    • Alaska Pi says:

      yeah- same here!!!
      no voting for whatzername… for anything!
      Mr Miller deserved one vote from me however…
      only vote you’ll ever get outta me , Joe!

      • Martha Unalaska Yard Sign says:

        Ditto sis – he took the whack job cake this year! I think his future is full of used cars to sell, but only if he can find a government subsidy or grant to get him going. Maybe he’ll become the Twit’s full time motor home chauffeur, or a spokesgreasman for Dapper Dan!

    • LibertyLover says:

      I concur. I vote for irrelevance for that … er…. what was her name again? And my choice is for The Learning Channel for subject us to…dang… what IS her name? Oh well. Whoever she is, I guess it’s irrelevant. ;-)

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