Two Alaska senators handed liberals exactly what they wanted — a fractured GOP — by voluntarily resigning from leadership posts in the state Republican party this weekend over their unified refusal to back presidential candidate Donald Trump.
One of the senators, Lisa Murkowski, claimed that the video published last week showing Trump making lewd remarks about women in 2005 was so offensive that it “forfeited” his right to be the party’s nominee. According to Newsmax, she had not previously endorsed the GOP candidate.
The other state leader, Sen. Dan Sullivan, had backed Trump but withdrew his support after the video’s publication, vowing instead to support the GOP candidate’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, for president.
The good news for both Murkowski and Sullivan was that, according to state GOP chairman Tuckerman Babcock, their positions within the party were locked in place, meaning they will be restored immediately after the election.
The bad news for Murkowski, however, was that she was up for re-election against a fierce opponent, Republican-turned-Libertarian Joe Miller, who felt no compunction about throwing her to the dogs.
Speaking with reporters, he pointed out that she had a habit of not supporting GOP nominees. In 2010, for instance, she refused to support him after he trounced her in the 2010 GOP primary. Moreover, regarding Trump, Miller noted that he was clearly “repentant,” as was evident from the apology statement he released on Saturday.
The one thing Murkowski had going for her was that the state GOP remained committed to her, though it also still backed Trump.
What she had going against her, however, was devastating: She was known throughout the state as a RINO, a Republican In Name Only.
Gee, I wonder why …
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