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  •  Did Murkowski lose because of ideology? (0+ / 0-)

    Or just because people roundly regarded his appointment of his own daughter as way over the line?

    Murkowski and Brinkley seemed pretty much identical to me, not sure about Palin.

    "Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth." -- JFK

    by Tryptophan on Wed Aug 23, 2006 at 09:21:08 AM PDT

    •  He was just a terrible governor (2+ / 0-)
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      realalaskan, Rumour95

      The "skills" he supposedly honed in the Senate (lots of bluster, bullying and getting accustomed to deference) and the big issues and causes that consumed him (huge mega-projects that sap state money from more important things, for example) just did not translate to the office of governor.
      The appointment of Lisa was his first misstep, but it was probably the least bad. There are far too many to name, involving diverse subjects ranging from the (mis)management of the state ferry system to the cancellation of no-leasing protections in the Beaufort Sea for bowhead whales to the infamous jet. But his biggest problem was his negotiation of a gas pipeline contract that most citizens, conservatives, moderates and liberals, saw as an appalling giveaway to the big three oil companies. It would not only give away billions of dollars in state subsidies but also surrender important state powers that are enshrined in the constitution to protect the public interest. It was just a no-way thing. Almost all members of the Republican-controlled legislature hate it, for example.
      I do have to give Murkowski credit for losing gracefully, unlike some.  

      •  There is a whole host of reasons... (0+ / 0-)

        Also during his term they (Gov. and Repub. legislature) overturned the Campaign Finance rules changes that had previously been implemented...without taking it to the public...

        Initiative 1 on the ballot yesterday returned the Campaign Finance rules, By a STRONG lead...Last time I looked it was something like 75%(for) to 25...I think Alaskans are READY for a change...sick of being treated like this is some playground for big oil to do with as they wish...

        The Gas Pipeline deal they negotiated was like something you would see in a politically unstable part of the world...locked in rates for something like 40 years.

        And of course we have also had our own Diebold problems up here too!

        •  Alaskan's ready for a change? (0+ / 0-)

          "sick of being treated like this is some playground for big oil to do with as they wish..."

          I wouldn't go quite that far. BIG OIL owns this place. If it weren't for them we would be paying income tax. As the bumper sticker says, "Dear god, give us another pipeline, we promise not to piss this on away".

          Palin won't be a change. She will be more of the same should she get elected. And she will push to move the capital from Juneau to the Interior. Big issue here.

          The great tragedy of Science, the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact. T. H. Huxley

          by realalaskan on Wed Aug 23, 2006 at 01:12:04 PM PDT

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    •  Murkowski was Just a Poor Governor (0+ / 0-)

      Ideology had little to do with the loss. Murkowski tried run the Governor's office like he handled his Senate seat. No consensus building. Lisa's appointment, the jet, longiveity bonus, community revenue sharing, corruption and good old boy politics turned people off. He is totally arrogant and not afraid to show it.

      We worked hard on the Knowles compaign for Senate and Ulmer's bid for Governor. Palin sparked a real sense of outrage built up in her party over politics as usual. Her fight with Murkowski while on the Oil and Gas Commission played well with people. I think Knowles has his work cut out for him in this race. Especially with the former Governor's track record on the gasline.

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