Up here in the Great Land, we recently had our GOP state convention. Sounds like Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka wowed them. Excerpt:
At the Republican State Convention’s opening breakfast, Tshibaka said that she has visited over 50 communities in Alaska, that she is hearing from people who are tired of feeling like their government is against them, rather than for them. Tshibaka said that Lisa Murkowski, by her votes to confirm 90 percent of President Joe Biden’s nominees, has hurt Alaska families repeatedly. She mentioned Murkowski’s vote to confirm Interior Secretary Deb Haaland was devastating to Alaska.
Tshibaka addressed the millions of dollars Murkowski has in her campaign war chest.
“She cares so much about being popular with the leftist insiders in DC that she votes a large majority of the time with Chuck Schumer and is taking substantial campaign contributions from Big Tech, radical environmentalists, and leftist organizations,” Tshibaka said. “She’s also getting millions of dollars from [Mitch] McConnell and his team of D.C. insiders. I expect Murkowski and her surrogates will use those millions to continue attacking the endorsed Republican in this race … They’ll use it to continue mocking my faith, launching personal attacks, and making up more allegations against me. But they aren’t really attacking me, they’re attacking us and our Alaska values. And fundamentally, McConnell is attacking the decisions our Republican Party has made – to formally censure Sen. Murkowski for all her votes against the interests of Alaska and to officially endorse me as the Republican candidate for Senate,” she said.
I hope she pulls it off – I’d like to see Murkowski gone, and most of the folks I know from around here would like that as well. The wild card in this whole thing will of course be the new “ranked-choice” voting system. Nobody (at least, nobody who’s honest about it) really knows how this is all going to shake out.
Hopefully Murkowski won’t pull enough support from Anchorage and Juneau Dems and independents to keep herself in the Senate.
I’m not certain about the “unity” message. To Dems, “unity” means “Republicans do what we want.” To Dems, “compromise” means “Republicans do what we want.” And to Dems, “democracy” means “shut up and do what you’re told, peasants.” They aren’t really interested in unity. Kelly Tshibaka may be better off promising to go scorched-earth.
Be that as it may – we’ll see what happens in November. As for my vote, well, Murkowski isn’t anywhere on the list.