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Posted at 8:02 PM ET, 11/15/2010

Murkowski: Palin lacks 'leadership qualities' and 'intellectual curiosity'

By Emi Kolawole

In an interview with "CBS Evening News," broadcast Monday evening, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) was asked by anchor Katie Couric to give her opinion of Sarah Palin, a fellow Alaska politician with whom she has had an acrimonious relationship.

Murkowski has already said she would not support the former Alaska governor for the presidency; Couric asked her to revisit the question.

"I just do not think she has that -- those leadership qualities, that intellectual curiosity that allows for building good and great policies. You know, she was my governor for two years, for just about two years there, and I don't think that she enjoyed governing," Murkowski said in a veiled reference to Palin's quitting the governorship before the end of her term. "I don't think she liked to get down into the policy."

"I want somebody that goes to bed at night and wakes up in the morning thinking about how we're going to deal with" important issues, Murkowski added.

When Palin announced she would be leaving office, Murkowski wrote that she was "disappointed" that Palin quit. Later, during her reelection campaign, Murkowski said she would be "a Republican woman who won't quit on Alaska" -- a not-so-subtle shot at Palin.

Palin and Murkowski's relationship has been fraught with tension that has spilled over into elections every four years. It started when Murkowski's father, Frank Murkowski, passed over Palin to appoint his daughter to the Senate in 2002. Four years later, Palin beat the senior Murkowski to win the governorship. During the Republican primary in 2010, Palin sided with tea party-backed Republican Joe Miller instead of the incumbent Murkowski. The flood of support helped Miller win the primary, leaving Murkowski to mount a write-in bid to hold on to her seat.

During the general election, Palin continued to go after Murkowski via her Facebook page. In one post titled "Lisa's Gall vs. Miller's Honor," Palin wrote that Murkowski "reneged on her primary vow to not contest the will of the people." And after the Alaska Senate debate, Palin wrote that she had "never seen a candidate stoop as low as was seen last night in Alaska's senatorial debate."

Now that the general election is nearing an end, Murkowski is getting in her own digs. In the CBS interview, she was quick to draw the line between credit Palin had earned and credit she had been given regarding the tea party's success. "She's being given credit for that," said Murkowski quickly.

"We don't really have much of a relationship...we don't talk to one another," said Murkowski, when asked how she and Palin currently get along.

"She's not really that keyed into the state anymore," continued Murkowski, "she's looking obviously at a bigger pond, and so we don't see her up north as much."

The interview was conducted amid the backdrop of a vote count in Alaska of write-in votes. Nearly 90 percent of the undisputed write-in votes counted thus far have been for Murkowski, and the counting is expected to continue through Wednesday.

(h/t CBS, AP)

Watch two more clips of Couric's interview with Murkowski:


By Emi Kolawole  | November 15, 2010; 8:02 PM ET
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Comments

Hooray for Lisa Murkowski, who surely knows the moronic Sarah Palin,a defeated VP candidate and half-term Alaskan governor better than I do.

I struggle to comprehend how people of normal intelligenc would support a potential candidate who has to write her thoughts (surely a small list) on her hand so that she can answer interview questions.

Posted by: nazabailey | November 21, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Hooray for Lisa Murkowski, who surely knows the moronic Sarah Palin,a defeated VP candidate and half-term Alaskan governor better than I do.

I struggle to comprehend how people of normal intelligenc would support a potential candidate who has to write her thoughts (surely a small list) on her hand so that she can answer interview questions.

Posted by: nazabailey | November 21, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

What a wonderful feeling it must be to run for office with your own party against you, with Sarah Palin spending a fortune in support of the Tea Oarty candidate, and end up the winner. Imagine the freedom she now has to respond directly to the needs and desires of her people, the voters who went to the trouble of actually writing her name on the ballot. She now has a greater freedom to be the person her voters want her to be and less reason to kowtow to Republican party leadership demands.

Posted by: Chesterfield1 | November 19, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

It must be a wonderful feeling of freedom. Her own party did not support her. Sarah Palin spent money in support of another candidate and tried to have her defeated and yet she won with a write in vote of all things. Now she can be her own person, no longer tied to Republican party directives or Tea Party demands. She is now free to do the things her supporters want from her. Wonderful.

Posted by: Chesterfield1 | November 19, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Palin does not have the qualities to build good and great policies ????? Is that what Lisa said? She could be talking about Obama. I keep hearing the Democrats calling him a Republican. They are so mad because he can not push their agenda now that the House is full of leaders who listen to their voters. LOL

This is just the "Hatfield's and McCoys" with Lisa and Sarah, but I just bet Katie wet on herself she was so glad to get the interview, she wanted so bad to hear this woman slander Sarah.......sad...like anyone cares what she has to say. We see through all this kid stuff. Katie is like the little bully at school who wants to make the pretty girl feel left our.


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Posted by: paulann1 | November 16, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Palin does not have the qualities to build good and great policies ????? Is that what Lisa said? She could be talking about Obama. I keep hearing the Democrats calling him a Republican. They are so mad because he can not push their agenda now that the House is full of leaders who listen to their voters. LOL

This is just the "Hatfield's and McCoys" with Lisa and Sarah, but I just bet Katie wet on herself she was so glad to get the interview, she wanted so bad to hear this woman slander Sarah.......sad...like anyone cares what she has to say. We see through all this kid stuff. Katie is like the little bully at school who wants to make the pretty girl feel left our.


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Posted by: paulann1 | November 16, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

What a thing to say about Sarah Palin after pulling the stunt she pulled after she lost her primary election to Joe Miller. Following the vote counts and strange happenings in Alaska pertaining to the write in run,things surely look strange. If this deal ends up in court they will get a lot stranger.What an attitude of arrogance.It stands out even in the dark.Think about it.

Posted by: joecarrsr | November 16, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

And Murkowski is espousing a "holier-than-thou" aura, why? She lost her party's primary, she is a sore loser who will lash out at anyone who suits the target frame. Murkowski is the poster child for term limits; a political hack who will do ANYTHING to retain power.

Posted by: pielusztcontractor | November 16, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Sore loser? Every indication seems to be that Murkowski is winning!

Miller, on the other hand, is raising petty challenges individual votes over spelling errors. THAT, sir or madam, is the behavior of a sore loser.

Posted by: jboogie1 | November 16, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

The Write-In-RINO speaks of petty things and apprently believes her legacy seat in the Senate is her right. She would do well in Calf.

Posted by: NeoConVeteran | November 16, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Palin just does not lack the intellectual curiosity, but she mostly lacks the "intellectual ability". She needs to go-back-to-school to upgrade her education, if she wants to become a better leader.

Posted by: lkasina | November 16, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

The rest of the world needed only common sense to size up Palin as a silly person and can not understand how she made it on to the big-time political stage. It refelects badly on McCain for choosing her and more so on the few hundred thousand of Alaskan voters that elected her govenor. Perhaps it is an (irrational)evangelical thing for the Alaskan voters.

Posted by: ddmjlennox | November 16, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

It's just too bad Sarah didn't go after Murkowski when she went after the other crooks in her own party. If only Sarah had been a community organizer or the daughter of a Senator instead of a Governor, then maybe she could get some respect. But then, respect from these clowns is an oxymoron.

Posted by: hanblecheya | November 16, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Murkowski dodged a bullet and now challenges the shooter?

I'd say she should use her own "intellectual curiosity" and think carefully. Are there rounds still in the cylinder of Palin's pistol? I think so.

A little humility goes a long way Lisa,
and in some cases even tempers hubris.

Posted by: BluePelican | November 16, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

eta3days wrote:
Guess she would want Palin to be more like herself. Someone who failed the bar exam 4 times, and uses unscrupulous methods of achieving self serving goals.

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I guess we should be like Palin a stellar performer. Attended 4 separate universities to finally get a BS in communications. Murkowski attended Georgetown (BA) and Willamette (JD). At least she stuck it out to pass the bar. Palin quit when the going got tough, real presidential material there. Palin is where she wants to be and where she earned her degree in the Media!

Posted by: daburge | November 16, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

And Murkowski is espousing a "holier-than-thou" aura, why? She lost her party's primary, she is a sore loser who will lash out at anyone who suits the target frame. Murkowski is the poster child for term limits; a political hack who will do ANYTHING to retain power.

Posted by: pielusztcontractor | November 16, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

And Murkowski is espousing a "holier-than-thou" aura, why? She lost her party's primary, she is a sore loser who will lash out at anyone who suits the target frame. Murkowski is the poster child for term limits; a political hack who will do ANYTHING to retain power.

Posted by: pielusztcontractor | November 16, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Well we already know that Murkowski is a sore loser so it's only natural that she would be a sore winner too.

Posted by: sam51 | November 16, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Guess she would want Palin to be more like herself. Someone who failed the bar exam 4 times, and uses unscrupulous methods of achieving self serving goals.

Posted by: eta3days | November 16, 2010 6:46 AM | Report abuse

Murkowski Murkowski "contest[s] the will of the people" by offering her services to her state. Miller does it by nit picking over spelling to disenfranchise voters.

Who would u prefer?

Posted by: Chops2 | November 16, 2010 2:22 AM | Report abuse

There's no cat fight like a Republican cat fight!

Posted by: pghbil | November 16, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: skponggo

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Blaming Katie Couric is like you blaming your keyboard for writing something dumb. It's not the keyboards fault. FYI: I can feel your Christian love of your fellow man, not.

Posted by: Keesvan | November 16, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Murkowski clearly fails to grasp that when the going gets tough, the tough quit halfway through their 1st term.

Posted by: bpai_99 | November 15, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

skponggo,,,

It seems that you have a problem with Ms. Couric - a newsperson that did an excellent interview of Ms. Palin in 2008 and now another with Ms. Murkowski. The problem, however, is not with Ms. Couric but is likely related to your admiration for the half-governor.

The interviewer doesn't change the facts.

Posted by: BlunderBush | November 15, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

[cat sound]

Posted by: WmLaney | November 15, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

After watching this excellent interview, Katie Couric (the unwanted Granny long past her expiry date) and Levi Johnston (the Playgirl Centrefold) should serously sit down and do something big.

Both piece of trash are incredibly perfect match for each other. Both parasites are hopelessly leeching onto the Palins for their pathetic career and life.

Katie and Her Playmate Show at CBS would give Kathleen (Washington Post own biggest and only Madam) and Her Client #9 at CNN a run for their money. Both impotent shows would compete dysfunctionally with each other to see whose ratings would droop even faster and de-erect even lower.

Katie and Levi - a team everyone can identify.

Posted by: skponggol | November 15, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Well, duh, yea--for most of us. But a lot of people need that spelled out for them.

Posted by: chunche | November 15, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

"Palin lacks 'leadership qualities' and 'intellectual curiosity'"

Well Duh.

Posted by: rapchat1 | November 15, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

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