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August 27, 2010

Joe Miller: The NRSC Is Meddling In The Primary

Well, after I yelled at people and defended them and trusted them, huh?

This is my personal Rubicon. Either we have a democracy or we do not. If we do not have a democracy, I won't be forced to choose between one party's anti-democratic leaders and another's.

Lisa Murkowski, in all likelihood, lost. That is how we score things in America. We take our cases to the people, who are, supposedly, sovereign.

If the NRSC continues attempting to thwart the sovereignty of the people, I'm personally out, and I don't care anymore if Obama's Democrats win. I really don't, and I'm not being ironic. This isn't a parody post: This is real.

It's not that I'm so personally invested in Joe Miller. I am, but not that much. He came on my radar late.

It's that I'm personally invested in democracy. 90% of the reason I am anti-liberal is that they are anti-democratic. I fled the insanity of liberal tyranny for the conservative movement for this reason, first among all others (and all others aren't very close).

If the Republican Party is a royalist party, then I flee them as well, and I confess my error: The more radical elements of the Tea Party are right, third party is the only way possible, even if it means living under socialist rule for a generation.

Lisa Murkowski is attempting to run as a representative of a different party. She is not then a Republican. Helping her is thus contrary to the NRSC's mission. She can either attempt to capture the Republican Party's nomination through recounts and such, and swear in a written document to not pursue another party's nomination, or she can stop using the services and influence of the NRSC.

She cannot do both. Either she seeks the Republican nomination, in which case she will abide by the will of the Republican voters, or she can seek another party's nomination, in which case she is not entitled to any assistance from a party she has departed and declared to be her opponent.

John Cornyn represents a red state, a state whose voters generally want more, not less, conservative politicians in other states.

Would his voters in Texas like to know that his primary goal is not the furtherance of the conservative movement but defeating the Jim DeMint conservative faction? Would his supposed constituents in Texas like to know he's really more concerned with maintaining a block of like-minded Senators in Maine and Alaska than furthering the goals of most of the people he supposedly represents?


Sorry To Reverse Myself (and Contradict DrewM) So Suddenly. I should say there are a lot of ifs here. I don't know exactly what is going on -- I continue to hope that the NRSC's primary goal here is to see to it that both sides (both) are treated fairly and the person who got the greatest number of votes in the primary is the actual nominee.

I continue to hope that the support for Lisa Murkowski from the NRSC will be only that which it is duty-bound to provide and not anything extra just to keep a good number of moderate votes on the GOP side so that John Cornyn doesn't have to expose himself to the wrath of Texas voters by voting against conservative positions himself.

I hope that, I really do.

Because if there's more than that going on we will get that GOP Civil War after all, and there will no longer be a GOP.

We all had a deal, I thought: We will battle in the primaries and whoever wins, wins, and then we will put that strife past us and unite.

That means, if the Tea Party loses, it accepts it lost, and rejoins the party after its attempt to ouster an incumbent.

That also means if the establishment loses, it accepts it lost, and rejoins the party after its attempt to keep an incumbent.

That's how we all keep from going at each other's throats -- we all agree to accept neutral rules of the game and abide by those rules.

Now if one side seems to believe they have a special license, a special prerogative, to change the rules in the middle of the game... well, then. We don't have the agreement I believed we did.

I hope John Cornyn and his cronies are evaluating whether Lisa Murkowski is worth destroying the party over. Whether this scintilatingly mediocre mind is worth full nuclear war within the party. Whether this desperate-for-validation insecure personality type is worth the loss of the upcoming elections. And if her primary win is important enough to Cornyn to guarantee his own primary defeat.

I hope they're considering that, because yes, it is that serious. This is not about a man. It's not about Miller or Murkowski. This is about the principle that the people are sovereign-- are they or aren't they?

Word is Murkowski is already attempting to buy the Libertarian nomination:

I have confirmed through multiple sources that Lisa Murkowski has already approached the Alaska Libertarian Party. In exchange for putting her on the Libertarian ticket in November, Murkowski will hand the Libertarians a sizable chunk of her +$1 million war chest.

The Libertarian Party Chairman, Scot Kohlhaas, is denying direct talks with Murkowski, and says it probably wont happen, but I can confirm conversations are still happening regarding this.

I am willing to bet that John Cornyn is sending Murkowski help without first getting a promise from her that she will not run third party if she loses.

That's it right there: Unless she formally swears, with such clarity that her broken word will make it nearly impossible for her to win an election, that she will seek the Republican nomination and no other, and abide by the determination of Republican voters, she is simply not entitled to any assistance from the NRSC.


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