Begich on a Palin Senate Run
Remember that line from Brokeback Mountain, “I wish I knew how to quit you?”
Well if Sarah Palin were Jake Gyllenhaal and Alaska were Heath Ledger, she’d have been all, “I’m outta here!”
And now that she’s considering a run for the Senate in the very state she quit, the Senator whose seat she’s looking to fill had a few things to say about that.
“I don’t know if she’s a resident. She’s been away from Alaska a lot and has probably lost touch with what’s going on… “Most Alaskans I see on a pretty regular basis, but I haven’t seen her for a long time,” Begich told Politico on Wednesday.
As a matter of fact, he questioned her residency status FOUR times in the interview. He also questioned her ability to win a primary.
The primary including Palin is an interesting scenario. The far-right base will be represented more heavily by those who vote in the primary. It’s just the nature of the beast that the most impassioned voters on the right and the left tend to be the ones to show up in August while everyone else is off fishing, or gardening, and waiting to see who wins.
So, in a Miller vs. Treadwell primary, Miller has the advantage.
In a Miller/Treadwell/Sullivan primary, Miller has a double advantage because Treadwell and Sullivan (DNR commissioner, not Mayor) split the non-Tea Party vote, leaving Miller with the big slice of the pie.
BUT, if you throw Sarah Palin in the mix, it’s totally different.
With Miller/Treadwell/Palin, the base splits between Miller and Palin possibly leaving Treadwell a shot.
With Miller/Treadwell/Palin/Sullivan, who knows what would happen, but it wouldn’t take much to put one of them over the top.
“A Republican primary in Alaska? She may not survive,” Begich said.
“I take every candidate seriously — that is, if she’s still a resident, but you know she quit on Alaska when she was governor,” Begich said. “She’s been somewhat vacant from the state and quit on the state, so I wish her the best on her potential run.”
In other words, “Quitters never win, and winners never quit! Quit, quit, quit. Quitter! You’re fulla quit! Quitty McQuitquit! Quitasaurus! Quitalotacus! Holy Quit! The Quitster.”
That’s pretty much all anyone who runs against Sarah Palin will have to say.
But as much as Begich dismissed Palin, there was someone else he was busy inflating.
“He’s a new-and-improved Joe Miller, people have not seen his press releases,” Begich said. “It’s a much different Joe Miller than two years ago. More professional — he has people around him, very focused.”
Rut-roh. He has “people,” and they are “focused.” HE’s the one you’ve got to watch. Now THAT’s a candidate right there.
Why the love for Joe Miller? Probably because he’s Begich’s dream opponent. Recent polling suggests the Begich vs. Miller scenario works out best for the incumbent, to the tune of 56% to 29%. The same poll shows Begich leading Palin by only 7 points. And if Palin doesn’t get in the race, Miller is more likely to walk away with the Republican nomination. He’s done it before and he can most certainly do it again.
But, Palin will have some ‘splainin to do in another area, said Begich in a rather awkward soundbite.
She will have to “explain why when she was governor she talked about getting a gas line, never happened. I’ll be able to talk about how I talked about getting the Arctic open for exploration: We did it. So she’ll have work to do.”
That’s right Ms. Quittypants, Mr. Democrat is drillier than you. Pththhthththhthhh!
And also, too, though… you QUIT.