In the general election Tuesday, November 2, there will be two major party candidates for United States Senate on the ballot:
Joe W. Miller, Rebublican, and Scott McAdams, Democrat.
As we grow closer and closer to the election, Joe Miller's candidacy is in the throes of a self-induced melt-down. He has demonstrated that he is a fraudulent, lying, hypocritical grifter with an ethics problem. See details in my previous post.
Scott McAdams on the other hand, has been steadily more and more impressive.
Starting out as the sacrificial lamb offered up by the Democrats against Lisa Murkowski, the "assumed" Republican nominee (and we all know what happened there), McAdams has become a viable candidate.
He's knowledgeable on the issues, and gives a straight answer to a straight question. As of October 19, McAdams has raised over a million dollars - and over 88% of that is from small donors.
Scott's campaign is focused on Alaska, because no matter what Joe Miller might say, this race isn't about building a Berlin Wall around America or getting rid of "unconstitutional" federal programs (most of which Miller's taken advantage of).
It's about having a reasoning, reasonable U.S. Senator who will represent Alaska in Washington DC, not some ring-wing nut-job ideology.
Which brings us to write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski.
The fly in the ointment, if you will.
The Gollum in the punchbowl.
In J.R.R. Tolkien's middle-earth fantasy works (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings) a hobbit named Sméagol came into possession of the "One Ring." Slowly, The Ring's malevolent power transformed Sméagol into Gollum, a pathetic, evil creature totally enslaved by the ring... and when Tolkien's protagonist, hobbit Bilbo Baggins "relieved" Gollum of the ring, Gollum went apeshit. He was willing to engage in any sort of treachery to regain and keep it... exactly like Lisa Murkowski and the Senate seat she lost.
You can almost hear Lisa screeching, "Thief! Thief,
Baggins Miller! We hates it, we hates it, we hates it forever!!"
Refusing to accept her surprising primary defeat to Miller, Murkowski has acted as the spoiler in this race. She has engaged in a slash and burn write-in campaign that distorts her record, utilizes gigantic sums of money from industry and corporate PACs, and attempts to siphon Democrats and rational, thinking voters away from McAdams, the only sane candidate in the race.
The fact of the matter is, in the last couple years, Murkowski's votes are no different than Joe Miller's votes would have been. Without having Ted Stevens' coattails to ride on, Lisa has marched lock-step with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnel, whose only agenda is to keep President Obama from accomplishing anything.
She is a stalwart of the "Party of No," and most of her "no" votes were to detrimental to Alaska.
When she's not bashing Miller, or painting herself as a quasi-liberal to seduce Democrats, she's repeating her "McAdams can't win" litany. She's wrong.
If you're a Democrat like me, there should be no question at all about how to vote. You have a candidate, and if he wins, a Senator of whom Alaska can be proud.
But if you're a moderate , thinking voter (even a Republican), please don't get sucked into Murkowski's shell game. Don't allow the "McAdam's can't win" mantra to become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
McAdams can win, but rational voters of every party affiliation, or no party affiliation, need to support him.