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I repeat and expand upon my prior premise: All Republican candidates anywhere running for anything are batshit insane. Republican and current Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan is running to become the lootenant governor of Alaska, and apparently there's some quota where you have to say a certain amount of batshit crazy things to even be considered for the job.
And as a fourth-generation Alaskan, Sullivan said he'd be an enthusiastic ambassador for the state. Part of that would be fighting for Alaska's state rights. He said that includes getting the 20 million acres that's still owed to the state from the federal government, and controlling the state's resources.

"One of the things I've suggested, too, is that if I was governor today, I'd probably invade ANWR," he said. "What are they going to do, shoot you? Well, they might. But martyrdom goes a long way sometimes."

It's not clear if he means he'd be invading the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge personally, or if he means he'd be sending other people to be martyrs on his behalf. How many troops does the Alaskan governor control, anyway? Presuming the rag-tag remnants of Cliven Bundy's cow pie rebellion all were to flock there to help "liberate" federal lands, and presuming the tens of millions of invisible American Spring revolutionaries continue to not actually exist—oh, and presuming the Cliven Bundy group doesn't just immediately get eaten by bears, which is probably the most likely outcome.

Leaving aside the obvious awkwardness of proposing that Alaska invade America to liberate it from the Americans, Sullivan is certainly a bona fide Republican. Not only is he itching to invade things, but he's up front about wanting to do it because they've got oil.

Originally posted to Hunter on Tue May 20, 2014 at 12:39 PM PDT.

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