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  •  on the bright side. . . (2+ / 0-)
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    because, akskye

    The legislature changed significantly. There was a pickup of 3 Democrats in the House (of 40 total seats) and 1 in the Senate (of 20 total seats). Some of the worst legislators -- Seekins and Ben Stevens -- are out, with indictments probably looming for Ben.
    In most cases, incumbent Democrats who were targeted by Republicans won big. That's heartening.
    But basically, Alaska is always at least 2 years behind the Lower 48 in pretty much everything, except maybe coffee-drinking habits, so we'll have to wait for 2008 for the wave to reach here. We're still into grunge, after all. (OK, maybe that's just the natural Alaska look.)
    As for Tony Knowles -- love the guy, voted for him enthusiastically, but his campaign made many, many mistakes. For better or for worse, Sarah Palin was regarded as the anti-establishment agent of change, a mantle that Knowles could have assumed but did not. Palin, though a very conserative Republican, is also pretty much of a populist and not at all the standard Republican. Also, she is beautiful. Much of the electorate just fell in love with her, for better or for worse, and Tony, though generally popular, suffered from a sort of been-there-done-that fatigue with the public.

    •  but what about Fran? (2+ / 0-)
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      because, akskye

      I agree with most of what you said, but

      Palin, though a very conserative Republican, is also pretty much of a populist and not at all the standard Republican. Also, she is beautiful. Much of the electorate just fell in love with her, for better or for worse,

      doesn't wash.

      Palin is most certainly very conservative. She's populist only in her attempts to garner votes. And if beauty is an issue, how the heck do you account for Frank Murkowski's win over Fran Ulmer in the last election?

      Do you think that Ben Stevens declined to run because he's afraid of future legal entanglements--or perhaps that by leaving public office, he was able to create a lower profile for himself, again to delay or possibly avoid charges?

      •  I don't know why Fran didn't win (2+ / 0-)
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        because, akskye

        Except that Alaska voters are idiots. Sorry. It was a bitter, bitter disappopintment for me when Fran lost, and I am still grieving over that. The only comfort is that many Murkowski voters have since come to their senses about the 2002 election.
        Looking back, when I say that Palin is not the typical Republican, I mean that mainly in a marketing sense. She was perceived as a populist, anti-establishment figure -- her fights with the GOP establishment and all. I'm not saying she's acceptable to me. I'm not really talking about the substance of what she represents.
        But a clearheaded, objective analysis must concede that Palin -- whatever her shortcomings -- has a powerful appeal that fits in with the current anti-incumbent, anti-establishment, throw-the-bums-out mood. Failure to acknowledge and effectively counter her appeal is what, in part, cost Knowles, a far more qualified candidate, the election.
        I think Ben Stevens declined to run because 1. He knew he'd lose the primary, and 2. He needs to focus his energies on his criminal defense. He is also trying, desperately, to keep a low profile.

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