Senator’s Murkowski’s win over Joe Miller did more than many are reporting. It brought to light a few items which I believe could teach all of us a great lesson.
“Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s stunning write-in victory was a political poke in the eye to Alaska’s other favorite daughter, Sarah Palin .” “The former governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate backed scores of congressional and gubernatorial candidates this election, a sought-after endorsement that helped lift several Republicans to victory.” “But she and her husband, Todd, invested far more time and money for Joe Miller, a tea party-backed challenger who shocked Murkowski, the incumbent, by capturing the GOP Senate nomination .” “Murkowski’s write-in win over Miller in Wednesday’s count was a rebuke for Palin on her home turf by voters who know her best, the latest chapter in a bitter family feud that at times seemed more personal than political.” “Trying to downplay Palin’s influence, Murkowski said the former governor was credited for Miller’s primary win but also pointed to the California-based Tea Party Express , which sent millions to the state.” “She gave the endorsement, but she wasn’t up in the state, going around and doing events for him,” Murkowski said.” (Elliott, Philip, 11/18/2010, Associated Press, Murkowski win a blow to Palin’s influence, Retrieved from firstname.lastname@example.org ).
What we should have learned is a state does have the power to say “no” to outside interests and big money when it comes to choosing who they want to represent them. It should teach us that if Palin does run in 2012, she may not win her home state. It should teach us that Alaska knows better than we how far her influence really stretches and even though she was governor for a short time, her quitting may have had more of an affect than is being reported. What we should have learned is that her influence is only as potent as the media makes it out to be and even if it can control the outcome of “Dancing with the Stars” or cable news coverage, it can not overcome the will of Alaskans. She may have influence in different places but it seems to be non-existent in the one place she calls home.