Joe Miller · Lisa Murkowski · Sarah Palin

Miller’s Lawyers Call It Quits

Oh this is sweet! 

I’m not a Lisa Murkowski fan, not in the least.  However, if it comes down to the lesser of two evils, Murkowski is my choice.

Buh Bye, Joe Miller!

Daily Beast

As Alaska’s write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski’s lead grows—98 percent of written ballots are clearly for the incumbent—Tea Party challenger Joe Miller’s legal staff is departing. Shushannah Walshe says Miller needs to give up now.

It’s not looking good for Joe Miller, Sarah Palin’s protégé and GOP Senate nominee in Alaska. The vote count continues, but he trails “write-in” by 10,000 votes and the state division of elections has examined write-in ballots for close to 60 percent of the precincts and nearly 98 percent have been counted for Lisa Murkowski.

In August, Miller pulled the biggest stunner of the election cycle when he upset eight-year incumbent Murkowski in the Senate GOP primary, prompting her to wage a risky write-in bid.

Despite the near-impossible deficit in numbers, Miller is not giving up without a fierce fight, stressing that victory is still possible. The Murkowski team says they are just desperate. When it comes to a future in Last Frontier politics, some Alaska political observers say it is better for him to bow out gracefully now then to hang on until the bitter end.

“I think he risks alienating his base,” says Brian O’Donohue, chairman of the journalism department at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. “He’s an individual that’s been very critical of activist judges and yet he seems to be very tenaciously exploiting any argument that can be made legally to overturn what appears to be straightforward voter intent.”

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Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin’s *Unfavorability* Numbers Hit New High, Survey Finds

This should come as no surprise to many from either party as well as independents…

Politics Daily

The number of Americans viewing Sarah Palin unfavorably has hit the highest point since she burst onto the national stage over two years ago, according to a poll out Friday.

The Gallup survey conducted in the days after the Nov. 2 election found more than half of Americans — 52 percent — hold a negative opinion of the former Alaska governor. Only 40 percent viewed her favorably, which ties her lowest score from about a year ago.

Palin, the GOP’s vice presidential candidate in 2008, is among Republican names being floated as a possible presidential pick in two years time. The poll found she might have a good chance of capturing the nomination: fully 80 percent of Republicans have a positive opinion of her.

She might have a harder time in the general election. Gallup found 81 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of independents viewed her unfavorably — while fewer than four in 10 view her favorably.

Read the full Gallup report here.

Politico · Politico Top 10 Quotes of the Week

The Week In One-Liners – POLITICO’s top 10 quotes in politics this week



“The thing I love about you is you’re quite provocative.” – Former President George W. Bush to Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly.   

“That guy’s an animal. He’s a beast.” – Attorney General Eric Holder’s brother, describing Rahm Emanuel.   

“We’ve come up empty with any explanation.” – A Pentagon spokesperson, trying to describe the “mystery missile” off California.  

“Would you like to sing at an inauguration?” – Sarah Palin, having just heard a great rendition of “God Bless America.”

“If you look at American TV … you would think we all went around wrestling and wearing bikinis.” – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, during an interview on Australian radio.   

“I’m going to say this and don’t get mad — he’s fat.” – Columbia professor Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, explaining why New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will have difficulty running for president.   

“They grope you like you would not believe.” – Ralph Nader, telling the Daily Caller why he has beef with FAA security procedures.   

“A bunch of commie libs.” – Rush Limbaugh, offering his take on CNN.   

“I have no interest in running for office. I won’t be writing a book. It is not my goal to be famous.” – Republican Saul Anuzis, throwing his hat into the ring to replace RNC Chairman Michael Steele.    

“I think that kind of question should be asked to me when President Obama is not standing right next to me.” – Korean President Lee Myung-bak, reacting to the question, “Do you have any concerns about that U.S. policy might lead to a flood of ‘hot’ money coming into the Korean economy?”