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Posted at 3:28 PM ET, 11/17/2010

Give it up, Joe Miller

By Jo-Ann Armao

It's pretty clear that with the all the votes now counted by Alaskan election officials, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) has prevailed (quite comfortably) in her write-in bid for re-election over Tea Party favorite Joe Miller.

Yes, it was improbable. It has been more than 50 years since there's been a successful write-in effort for U.S. Senate. But Murkowski has a lead of more than 10,000 votes. The number is more than sufficient, even if Miller were to succeed in his rather contemptible effort to throw out the votes of those who might have misspelled Murkowski's name. If it weren't so appalling, one might be amused by someone who claims to adhere to Tea Party tenets about the importance of the will of the people wanting to thwart the intent of voters. Really, is there any doubt about the preference of a voter who wrote in L. Murkowski or Lisa Mirkowski?

Miller's refusal to concede at this point only dishonors himself. After all, he had promised that he would not continue to contest the election if the votes didn't add up. Instead, it now appears he will -- according to what his spokesman told the Anchorage Daily News -- ask for a recount. Alaskans who would have to endure the costs and delay of this fruitless exercise should be thanking their northern stars that Murkowski didn't listen to conventional wisdom but decided to give voters another chance at picking a winner.

By Jo-Ann Armao  | November 17, 2010; 3:28 PM ET
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Hey, Jo-Ann, is Joe Miller supposed to give it up like Murkowski was supposed to after the primary? I don't remember you telling her to give up after she lost the primary.

Posted by: tnt370 | November 17, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

"Miller's refusal to concede at this point only dishonors himself. After all, he had promised that he would not continue to contest the election if the votes didn't add up."
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Jo-Ann, why do you seem so surprised? This is par for the course for Joe.

Posted by: denise4925 | November 17, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

"Hey, Jo-Ann, is Joe Miller supposed to give it up like Murkowski was supposed to after the primary? I don't remember you telling her to give up after she lost the primary.

Posted by: tnt370 | November 17, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse"

I encourage tnt370 and all other teabags to make large contributions to Joe Miller.

Posted by: Observer691 | November 17, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I have no involvement with Alaska. Also I have no involvement with Joe Miller. But I am concerned when state election officials show very strong bias in every one of their decisions concerning this recount. Also I am concerned, whether state judges are heavily involved with the political establishment. From my observations and on the scene inquiries it seems obvious that the local political, old boy establishment united on this one. Since this situation is replicated throughout the United States everyone should be concerned that fair counts will be denied to the American public in many close elections. This is a nonpartisan concern since both parties seem to have this problem.

Posted by: LTCOLHOWARD | November 17, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse


Americans did dodge the most obvious of the tea party idiots...

or at least those outed. Undoubtedly, looking at the relentlessly chubby, pasty faced freshman class, there are more.

And then there's the big liar Blumenthal, he who bragged about his non-existant overseas military service. NOW watch for his move to become the first Jewish President.

Posted by: whistling | November 17, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

To the editors of the Washington Post: I am dismayed when you reject a comment due to frequency of submission. I can see you rejecting any of my comments if they violate your standards for submission in terms of being abusive or being off the point or anything else dealing with the in adequate or unsatisfactory or inappropriate content. But I feel that rejecting because of frequency only shows that you prefer casual readers and possibly inadequately thought through responses.

Posted by: LTCOLHOWARD | November 17, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Miller should give this up just like L. Mirkowski gave up after she lost the primary fair and square.

You merely suggest Miller should quit now because you think you would like her instead of him.

The reason this hasn't been done often in our history is because spelling has always mattered.

Posted by: JimHale1 | November 17, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I've got a question Jo-Ann. Was your advice to Al Franken the same - give it up? Somehow I doubt it. I suppose you thought it was OK for him to demand re-count after re-count until he won.

Posted by: WhyBother1 | November 17, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Everyone here bemoaning the fact that Murkowski didn't roll over for Joe Miller after the primary really must think that elections are held only for the benefit of the two major (and increasingly indecipherable) parties.

Miller won the Republican pennant in the primary. Nothing about that victory precludes anyone else from running in the general election, in whatever fashion the state election board sees suitable. And to suggest that the election board in somehow in the pocket of incumbent Murkowski does a serious disservice to the many Alaskans who went the extra mile to write in Murkowski's name -- no small commitment.

Miller is a sore loser but Alaska is a winner for keeping this man away from Washington.

Posted by: ewhitfield1 | November 17, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Is a recount going to be demanded if Bristol doesn't win DWTS? Sarah, isn't it time to urge Joe to submit to the obvious will of the people of Alaska?

Posted by: ggrim2 | November 17, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

A "tea party" person is concerned about spelling. Curiouser and curiouser.

Posted by: wlgiii | November 17, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

TO: tnt370 who wrote:
“…is Joe Miller supposed to give it up…”

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Yes.

Miller doesn’t have the votes.

How can Joe Miller win if he didn’t get the votes?

Murkowski did get the votes, and this isn’t the year 2000, nor is it Florida.



Posted by: lindalovejones | November 17, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Whybother wrote (in the never-ending quest of right-wingers everywhere to demonstrate that their knucklehead worldviews would be acceptable if only the media weren't so biased):

"I've got a question Jo-Ann. Was your advice to Al Franken the same - give it up? Somehow I doubt it. I suppose you thought it was OK for him to demand re-count after re-count until he won."

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Miller is 10,000 votes behind!!!! 10,000 votes!!! That was never the case with Franken, so your "argument" makes little sense. The tea-bagger lost! Lost big! Lost huge! He never had any possibility of becoming the Senator-elect, no more than did Christine "The Witch" O'Donnell in Delaware. Its... as ... simple ... as ... that. The dude lost. Goodbye, dude. Thanks for coming out. Solid effort and all that. You came in second, and only winners move on. The end.

Posted by: chert | November 17, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Murkowski is the new Pelosi & Hillary except she is a Republican. This woman is going to be a problem. She thinks that she was entitled to this position as Senator for Alaska. She probably paid so many people to change this vote. I think we are going to have to have a day of reckoning with this woman, she is already bucking the No Earmark Petition. The woman is a Progressive in disguise as a Conservative. Now someone has the job at keeping her on our side and keeping her big mouth shut.

Posted by: egw7777 | November 17, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

NO! Don't give up. You're being ROBBED the same way that W Bush was being robbed in Florida.
Follow history: Get a lot of thugs to come up there and make a lot of noise.
Do what you did in the campaign: HAVE ALL YOUR SUPPORTERS IN THE STREETS DISPLAYING THEIR ASSAULT WEAPONS.
Don't take this lying down, Joe!
Remember the Minute Men! FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!

Posted by: TOMHERE | November 17, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, and while you're at it, take the entire state and LEAVE THE UNION.

Posted by: TOMHERE | November 17, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Many of the comments on this page refer to some perceived bias due to Murkowski's running again and being duly elected.
For example:
"Hey, Jo-Ann, is Joe Miller supposed to give it up like Murkowski was supposed to after the primary? I don't remember you telling her to give up after she lost the primary."
Murkowski did lose in the primary, she seemingly accepted the loss in the primary as well.
There was no subterfuge, Murkowski simply ran again, in new and different election cycle.
Joe Miller is certainly within his rights to run again for the office, should he choose, in some future new and different election cycle.
Anything else is just sour grapes.

Posted by: peterpun | November 17, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

"Miller's refusal to concede at this point only dishonors himself".

Classic right-wing denial syndrome. Facts? Numbers? Noooo! Faith that God is telling you that you're right and that you MUST stick to your guns a fight the devils plan.

As soon as the TEA party is no longer useful to its secretive wealthy benefactors, they will disappear from the media like a candle being blown out.

Posted by: thebobbob | November 17, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

How would it be possible for Joe Miller to "dishonor" himself? He's an admitted liar and cheat. Don't you first have to have some honor to be dishonored?

Posted by: gasmonkey | November 17, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Another failure for Typhoid Sarah. And these Tea Party thugs don't like Democracy very much when they are on the losing side. But they had better get used to it!

Posted by: gposner | November 17, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

It's scary how quickly Tea Party supporters threaten to settle things with guns if they don't get their way. America is not a banana republic!

Posted by: hunterpr | November 17, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Murkowski is the new Pelosi & Hillary except she is a Republican. This woman is going to be a problem. She thinks that she was entitled to this position as Senator for Alaska. She probably paid so many people to change this vote. I think we are going to have to have a day of reckoning with this woman, she is already bucking the No Earmark Petition. The woman is a Progressive in disguise as a Conservative. Now someone has the job at keeping her on our side and keeping her big mouth shut.

Posted by: egw7777 | November 17, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse
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Classic example of teabagger bullies. They are right and everyone else is wrong and everybody better damn well agree with them or they will exercise their 2nd Amend. rights.

Posted by: denise4925 | November 17, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

This election was not a referendum on the Tea Party or Sarah Palin. This election was about a candidate, Miller, who self-destructed in his campaign against Murkowski. He lost because he took the electorate for granted. He lost because he underestimated the effect his limitations had on his efficacy as a candidate. The longer he stayed in the race the less popular he became. He lost because he was ultimately unpalletable to the majority of Alaskan voters. Those of you who wish to assign your own interpretation of events to bolster your ideology do yourselves a disservice.

Posted by: brobob53 | November 17, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

The people of Alaska have spoken in the most democratic way they could. They wrote in the name of the person they wanted to represent them.
We've all gone to the polls and just checked the box of a stranger just because they belong to the party we support.
Lisa's campaign required that you knew her name and you wrote it in. Not blindly checking the box for some stranger.
All Alaskan voters got to select amoung three candidates. Not just two.
Very democratic. Hat's off to Lisa for having the guts to let all Alaskans have a chance to decide if they really wanted her.
Apparently they did

Posted by: naksuthin | November 17, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Enough with the false comparisons. Lisa DID give up after the primary. She conceded the race and re-entered as a write-in candidate for the general election. Joe is NOT giving up a race he knows he lost because he is desperate.

But prolonging it will cost him now because even the uncontested margin is more than twice what it needs to be for the state to pay for a recount. If he wants a recount he will have to pay for one. And a recount by hand is out of the question because our state laws clearly require a recount to be performed in like manner to the original tally.

Joe has filed two lawsuits: one to access the voter records in certain districts, and another to stop the state from counting misspellings of Murkowski. The former is moot because the DOE has always said it would hand over the rules as soon as Joe files a proper request and pays the filing fee. All the suit accomplishes is to allow him to appear to be in a fight against biased government officials. The latter is moot now that the number of uncontested votes still shows Murkowski with a clear win.

So, when Joe is forced to face facts will he? No. We all know his real aim is for some name recognition among the paranoid ultra-right who will swallow any conspiracy theory that fits their narrative without regard for fact. How long before Joe pens a silly tome decrying his hapless fight against government forces? But we've seen this folksy drama somewhere before haven't we? In the end, Joe is just a warmed over Sarah Palin with a three-day stubble. He's been fun to poke fun at, but his 15 minutes of fame are just about up.

Posted by: InALASKA1 | November 17, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Enough with the false comparisons. Lisa DID give up after the primary. She conceded the race and re-entered as a write-in candidate for the general election. Joe is NOT giving up a race he knows he lost because he is desperate.

But prolonging it will cost him now because even the uncontested margin is more than twice what it needs to be for the state to pay for a recount. If he wants a recount he will have to pay for one. And a recount by hand is out of the question because our state laws clearly require a recount to be performed in like manner to the original tally.

Joe has filed two lawsuits: one to access the voter records in certain districts, and another to stop the state from counting misspellings of Murkowski. The former is moot because the DOE has always said it would hand over the rules as soon as Joe files a proper request and pays the filing fee. All the suit accomplishes is to allow him to appear to be in a fight against biased government officials. The latter is moot now that the number of uncontested votes still shows Murkowski with a clear win.

So, when Joe is forced to face facts will he? No. We all know his real aim is for some name recognition among the paranoid ultra-right who will swallow any conspiracy theory that fits their narrative without regard for fact. How long before Joe pens a silly tome decrying his hapless fight against government forces? But we've seen this folksy drama somewhere before haven't we? In the end, Joe is just a warmed over Sarah Palin with a three-day stubble. He's been fun to poke fun at, but his 15 minutes of fame are just about up.

Posted by: InALASKA1 | November 17, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Lisa won fair and square. Alaskans decided they couldn't bring themselves to vote for someone who was suspended from work and disciplined for the unauthorized use of co workers computers while they weren't looking in order to rig a vote against a candidate he didn't like.
Face it. He did something no reasonable person would have done. And He got caught.

Posted by: naksuthin | November 17, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Note to teabaggers: Keep in mind, rabid partisans tend to be the ones who participate in primaries. Sometimes this results in the selection of those such as Joe Miller; rabid... incompetence. But the people participate in general elections, and the people have the right to reject the choice of the wingnuts. Murkowski (or however you spell it) would not have been my choice. On the other hand, Joe Miller strikes me as being unqualified to perform poop patrol in Canine Park...
Then there's this bit of ignorant historical revisionism from WhyBother1:
"I've got a question Jo-Ann. Was your advice to Al Franken the same - give it up? Somehow I doubt it. I suppose you thought it was OK for him to demand re-count after re-count until he won."
For the record, the Minnesota law required a recount if the original count was within a certain point spread. After the legally mandated recount, Franken won. Mr. WhyBother1, you are entitled to your own opinion. But despite the broadcast prevarications of Fox News, you are not entitled to your own facts.

Posted by: tahphoto | November 17, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

I guess we're going to be forced to watch the slow painful demise of Joe Miller.

Maybe Joe will give us all a show and dress up like a moose late at night and try to go steal some votes himself.

Joe is really a great example of how Republicans listen to their voters. (Not!)


Posted by: lindalovejones | November 17, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

JOE can now go off into the wilderness with Sara P and hopefully become grizzly snacks.

At a time when this country is struggling to recover from 8 years of utterly incompetent leadership which brought us to the brink of collapse I would hope that reason will prevail. Enough of the wackos taking up space (and time) on the political stage. Let's get down to doing the "peoples" work.

Posted by: inewsmaster | November 17, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

TO: naksuthin who wrote:
“Lisa won fair and square. Alaskans decided they couldn't bring themselves to vote for someone who was suspended from work and disciplined for the unauthorized use of co workers computers while they weren't looking in order to rig a vote against a candidate he didn't like…”

^^^^^^^^^^

Well look a there, Joe is still up to his old tricks – the Alaska P.D. had better keep an eye out for Joe tonight!

I’m sure Joe will be on the prowl trying to figure out how to rig one more election so he can lie, cheat, and steal his way into office.

Give it up Joe, you’re toast!

Posted by: lindalovejones | November 17, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

To say that Joe Miller dishonors himself presumes he had any honor in the first place. That is not a safe presumption considering so despicable a candidate.

Posted by: Ve1ostrummer | November 17, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

I have got to get some popcorn and watch the Tea Party / GOP Show....this is gonna be some real entertainment.

Posted by: pax_vobiscum2002 | November 17, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Tea Party people - what a load of nutjobs.

Posted by: nihao1 | November 17, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Good for Mercowske, bad for Alaska. A number of other states had voters with the wisdom to kick out the incumbents that were on the path to ruin our country. Alaskan Murcowske voters have brain freeze. And they join the other loser states like CA & NV. Well, for the next two years anyway...

Posted by: Gypsy1 | November 17, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Just makes it obvious for those who might have still had any doubt that the tea party is really just more of the same ol' politics of always.

The man seems oblivious to the fact that at least 60% of Alaskan voters wanted someone other than him as their senator.

If he wants to continue fighting for more recounts, he certainly has the right, but he should "man up" and admit that it's for his own personal ambition or some larger political maneuvering, not in defense of the "will of the people."

Posted by: BrazCubas | November 17, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

If a voter wrote in "crybaby" would the election officials know the voters intent was to cast a ballot for Joe Miller?

Posted by: burlydave | November 17, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

As much as I despise Murkowski and her ilk, thank God the good citizens of Alaska had the sense to dispose of Joe Miller. Liar, cheat, thief, quitter, scion of the Palin machine: how many invectives can one little man stand?

Posted by: thrh | November 17, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS OF THE TEA PARTY IMMEDIATELY TO TRANSFER ALL THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS AND OTHER ASSETS TO JOE MILLER! IT'S A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH!

....

Posted by: thrh | November 17, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

"It's scary how quickly Tea Party supporters threaten to settle things with guns if they don't get their way. America is not a banana republic!

Posted by: hunterpr"

WHO SAYS? THEM'S FIGHTIN' WORDS!

Posted by: thrh | November 17, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Joe Miller should demand a manual recount. No question about it. Teabaggers should send donations to his campaign office.

Posted by: James10 | November 17, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

"Good for Mercowske, bad for Alaska. A number of other states had voters with the wisdom to kick out the incumbents that were on the path to ruin our country. Alaskan Murcowske voters have brain freeze. And they join the other loser states like CA & NV. Well, for the next two years anyway...

Posted by: Gypsy1"

Well, the least I can say is that if you voted for Murkowski, it probably shouldn't have counted. The most I can say is you should go back to first grade and try again.

Posted by: thrh | November 17, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

"Good for Mercowske, bad for Alaska. A number of other states had voters with the wisdom to kick out the incumbents that were on the path to ruin our country. Alaskan Murcowske voters have brain freeze. And they join the other loser states like CA & NV. Well, for the next two years anyway..."

Remember back in second grade when they taught spelling? Oh, right: you're a gypsy!

Posted by: thrh | November 17, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

"Good for Mercowske, bad for Alaska. A number of other states had voters with the wisdom to kick out the incumbents that were on the path to ruin our country. Alaskan Murcowske voters have brain freeze. And they join the other loser states like CA & NV. Well, for the next two years anyway..."

Remember back in second grade when they taught spelling? Oh, right: you're a gypsy! Keep wandering; perhaps someday you'll find a country that wants you.

Posted by: thrh | November 17, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

"Good for Mercowske, bad for Alaska. A number of other states had voters with the wisdom to kick out the incumbents that were on the path to ruin our country. Alaskan Murcowske voters have brain freeze. And they join the other loser states like CA & NV. Well, for the next two years anyway..."

Remember back in second grade when they taught spelling? Oh, right: you're a gypsy! Keep wandering; perhaps someday you'll find a country that wants you.

Posted by: thrh | November 17, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Just to be on the safe side, Lisa Murkowski should hire the best bodyguard she can find. A kevlar vest wouldn't be a bad idea either.

Joe Miller is a REALLY sore loser.

Posted by: scrim1 | November 17, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

"Murkowski is the new Pelosi & Hillary except she is a Republican. This woman is going to be a problem. She thinks that she was entitled to this position as Senator for Alaska. She probably paid so many people to change this vote. I think we are going to have to have a day of reckoning with this woman, she is already bucking the No Earmark Petition. The woman is a Progressive in disguise as a Conservative. Now someone has the job at keeping her on our side and keeping her big mouth shut.

Posted by: egw777"

Well, you lost this Day of Reckoning. Next one is in six years. Keep your guns oiled & greased....

HEEHEEHEE!

What a lot of ridiculous fools there are out there! Bring it on, egw77! [Is that short for EWW!? Like you just stepped in dog doodoo?]

Posted by: thrh | November 17, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

whybother?

It was Al Franken who won the election. It was the torte reform Republicans who dragged the election out for six months filing unwinnable suits. Al Franken stood quietly while your party embarrassed itself.

Posted by: TillerJoe | November 17, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

What's really funny in all this is that The Murk was a big-time right-wing Senator. Her problem was that she and Palin didn't get along. So Palin brought in this ringer to defeat her. Almost worked. But it didn't. So now we're stuck with a right-wing Republican Senator, instead of a right-wing Republican Senator who owes it all to Sarah Palin. So who lost?

Posted by: thrh | November 17, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

"Miller's refusal to concede at this point only dishonors himself."

There is nothing Joe Miller could do at this point that would "dishonor" himself, as he long since gave up any honor he ever may have had. The man has been a walking, squawking hypocrisy for months.

The crowning one of course was in asking people to vote for him for Senator so that he could take AWAY their right to vote by repealing the 17th Amendment. But he's regained his consistency I guess by vowing to disenfranchise as many people with flowery handwriting as he can. I guess if you can't roll back the clock to 1913 and have senators chosen by state legislators instead of the voters, the next best thing is removing 10% of the voters from play (or whatever his current rate of contesting them is).

These tea partiers are truly detestable anti-democratic anti-Americans.

Posted by: B2O2 | November 17, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I think "thrh" has been drinkin'....Koolaide from the looks of it :)

Posted by: Gypsy1 | November 17, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Since when did Joe Miller have any honor to lose?

He's pretty much a standard issue "do as I say, not as I do" Tea-Bagger. He rails against big government, while continually working angles to steal taxpayer money and exploit loop-holes. Then he complains about the fact that people hold him accountable.

Posted by: JPRS | November 17, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

"I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS OF THE TEA PARTY IMMEDIATELY TO TRANSFER ALL THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS AND OTHER ASSETS TO JOE MILLER! IT'S A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH!"

Amen to that!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: redbird7 | November 17, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

After the primary, Murkowski/Mirkowsky DID "give it up": she conceded and accepted that she lost the Republican nomination. Then she decided to follow state law and run as a write-in candidate. And in that election, one in which she was entitled to enter into, just like many other Alaskans entered into, she won. Joe Miller is free to run in future elections too: just because he lost this one, it doesn't follow that he can't run again for Senate. Same went for Lisa. She lost one round and won the second one. The matter before Miller now is whether he'll man up and concede in the election he clearly lost, just like Murkowski/Myrkoskee manned up when she lost the previous election - the GOP primary. Losing sucks, no doubt about it. Miller needs to accept it, move on, and save face for another run at some future time.
When you get down to it, don't tell us you favor states' rights and then run to federal court. Don't tell us you are against handouts when your guy took subsidies. Don't tell us you favor liberty when your guys' goons locked up a dude just because that dude was annoying. And don't tell us to accept defeat when it's actually staring your guy in the face.

Posted by: jackyred | November 17, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Apparently the Miller supporters don't understand the difference between a primary and a general election. But I suppose being a low-information voter is a prerequisite for being a Miller supporter to start with.

Posted by: HeavyD1 | November 17, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Will of the people Joe, what was it your hack guru said...Man up....

Posted by: Chops2 | November 17, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

This is a preview of things to come for Sarah Palin. The people in her own state didn't listen to her. She'd be courting disaster if she thinks she should run for president. If only the Republican ran a write in campaign against O'Donnell and Angle in Delaware. Conservatives deserve better than these failed candidates (Miller, Angle, O'Donnell).

Posted by: Almazar80 | November 17, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Hope springs eternal. Maybe he can steal the election like Al Franken did in Minnesota. That election showed that one never knows was a trunk full of ballots might show up.

Posted by: alexandria6351 | November 17, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Joe Miller is typical of the whiny reality-hating Teabaggers who piss and moan when things don't go their way.

Posted by: SmallBusiness | November 17, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Joe can concede so he can spend all day watching East Germany and the Berlin Wall from his house.

Posted by: Gone_Rogue | November 18, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

"Man Up" Joe...

It's time to go!

Posted by: Citi__Street | November 18, 2010 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Miller is a sore looser of the worst kind. He and his Tea Klan followers are also hypocrites, as was pointed out in the piece, trying to use the legal system to delay or a null the will of the people of Alaska and cost the treasury a lot of taxpayer dollars to satisfy the ego of this modern day neo-nazi. It is obvious to everyone but the rabid Tea Klan that the guy lost and is a loser.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | November 18, 2010 12:44 AM | Report abuse

It seems that the united states is so complex .A election is just election ,i don't understand them

Posted by: daichenunique | November 18, 2010 1:17 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, Mr. Miller.
You ran a very energetic race.
Somebody has to win; somebody has to lose, just like in the Olympics.
Good luck to you, and please get out of the way,
The people of your district have spoken and written it in, to boot.
That's the way life goes.
Have some integrity.
Consider how you'll be considered if you leave the stage as a sore loser.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | November 18, 2010 2:05 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, Mr. Miller.
You ran a very energetic race.
Somebody has to win; somebody has to lose, just like in the Olympics.
Good luck to you, and please get out of the way,
The people of your district have spoken and written it in, to boot.
That's the way life goes.
Have some integrity.
Consider how you'll be considered if you leave the stage as a sore loser.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | November 18, 2010 2:06 AM | Report abuse

It is always a bad idea to tell voters that Social Security and unemployment insurance are unconstitutional when they have worked and paid into it all their lives. He should of stuck with the welfare for black recipients are unconstitutional line. BLNT.

Posted by: kilowattradio123 | November 18, 2010 3:51 AM | Report abuse

Apparently leftists believe it's appropriate for leftist candidates to demand recount after recount until enough votes can be "discovered," but a conservative opponent should always "do the decent thing" and bow out gracefully.

Jo-Ann, do you ever find yourself choking on your own hypocrisy?

Posted by: Oracle3 | November 18, 2010 6:01 AM | Report abuse

Joe Miller is typical of today's teabagger Republicans, a sore loser refusing to admit defeat amidst overpowering evidence that he is, in fact, a loser--in every sense of the word. Like a spoiled two year old, red-faced, rigid, kicking and screaming NOOOOO. I'm not a big fan of Murkowski, but very glad she won over this jerk.

Posted by: nicekid | November 18, 2010 6:29 AM | Report abuse

Hey Joe, ol' boy, I think this here, may need a Second Amendment Resolution. (or is that Revolution?)

Posted by: kparc1212 | November 18, 2010 6:36 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Gypsy1
"Good for Mercowske, bad for Alaska....well, for the next two years anyway..."


Murkowski is a SENATOR, they serve SIX year terms.


Posted by: kparc1212 | November 18, 2010 6:47 AM | Report abuse

Someone as bent and wrong as Miller has to have broken some laws in his zeal for his own promotion. Here's hoping some attorney general somewhere has a little zeal of his own and follows through so Joe ends up in prison. Wonder how well his endless claims of unconstitutionality will help when he's ordered to shave off his "beard" and bend over.

What a despicable human being. What is it about Alaska?

Posted by: Cheopys1 | November 18, 2010 7:02 AM | Report abuse

You say that Joe Miller dishonors himself by refusing to give up. How can anyone who accepts Sarah Palin's endorsement, lies about his activities on a computer at his previous government job, and handcuffs a journalist who wants to ask him questions talk about having honor in the first place?

Who can anyone associated with the Fox News Tea Party at all talk about honor?

Posted by: lugalgazi | November 18, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

the only thing more demoralizing than the idiocy of the tea baggers is the refusal of dimwit mainstream reporters and columnists to see them for what they are, self-deluded, hypocritical crackpots. each time i read one of these niave, astonished comments at finally realizing what a moderately intelligent ten year old could have spotted in one glance, i throw up my hands.

Posted by: jimfilyaw | November 18, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Whybother1, I think you got your history wrong.

The initial recount in the Franken/Coleman Senate race in 2008 was mandated by MN election law because the two candidates were separated by less than 0.5% (just like the current gubernatorial race here). At the time, Coleman was up by just 215 votes.

After the manual recount, Franken was leading by 225 votes. Coleman filed an election contest disputing the results. The Notice of Contest was rejected three months later after a review.

So, for the record, Franken never requested a recount.

Over 2.8 million votes were cast in the election. The 440 vote swing constituted about 0.015 of the total vote.

Posted by: JohninMpls | November 18, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

I'm a Democrat and ecstatic that it's Lisa! I rather have her than a thug, thief and liar like Joe! Talk about entitlement! Did you think no one would find out about those unemployment benefits your wife collected? Oh yeah, the guy your thugs handcuffed because the intent was to ask you a question you couldn't answer.
Who do you think you are! Sorry Joe Democracy works, intent instead of spelling. Why don’t you ask somebody? Tell the Tea Party to put their guns away!

Posted by: Beverly7649 | November 18, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

I'm a Democrat and ecstatic that it's Lisa! I rather have her than a thug, thief and liar like Joe! Talk about entitlement! Did you think no one would find out about those unemployment benefits your wife collected? Oh yeah, the guy your thugs handcuffed because the intent was to ask you a question you couldn't answer.
Who do you think you are! Sorry Joe Democracy works, intent instead of spelling. Why don’t you ask somebody?
Tell the Tea Party to put their guns away!

Posted by: Beverly7649 | November 18, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

He needs to get on with his life and shut up. He wasn't qualified anyway. You can thank the narcissist, Sarah, for this blunder. She did it out of spite because of her hate for Lisa Murkowski. It's amazing that there are people in this country who want this vindictive woman in the White House. Anyone who doesn't believe she would be dangerous is fooling themselves.

Posted by: sharronkm | November 18, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Joe Miller said he wouldn't contest the results if they were decisive. Well, they appear to be... and he's going to contest them anyway.
That's his right, and it's okay if it keeps Murkowski out of the Senate for awhile, the way the interminable Minnesota recount did Al Franken. One less GOP Senator is a good thing.
And if nothing else, this shows the limits of Sarah Palin's power to get people elected. If she can't swing an election in her own state, how is she going to reach 51% in '12? Answer: she can't, and she won't.

Posted by: dbitt | November 18, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Send in the teabagger goons to stomp her head or slap cuffs on her. Maybe some of his treasonous Oath Keeper buddies will "take care" of the situation.

The people have spoken Joe. Now dig the wax out of your ears and listen.

Posted by: Please_Fix_VAs_Roads | November 18, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Jo Ann writes: "Miller's refusal to concede at this point only dishonors himself."

****

Jo Ann one needs to first have a semblance of honor to actually work to dishonor ones self.

Sadly the entire tea bagger brigade has showcased they don't have an ounce of honor or integrity to boot.

Posted by: dcp26851 | November 18, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Hey, Jo-Ann, is Joe Miller supposed to give it up like Murkowski was supposed to after the primary? I don't remember you telling her to give up after she lost the primary.

Posted by: tnt370 | November 17, 2010 4:05 PM
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Less moderate Dems were not exactly estatic when Joe Lievbermann did not accept his loss to Ned Lamont and ran as an Independent. He received some money and backing from high placed Republicans to do so because they knew that the Republican candidate not beat Lamont in Connecticut, but Lieberman could and he had the added attractiveness for them because he is a hawk. Bottom line, I and others may not have liked it, but Joe Lieberman had every right to do what he did. So did Strom Thrumond in 1954 and so did Lisa Murkowski up in Alaska. Miller is a thug and a hypocrite -- Alaska and the Senate are much better off with Murkowski.

Posted by: Sandydayl | November 18, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

This should read "Joe Miller continues to shame himself--and the Republican Party." Both would be ashamed if they had any concept of the meaning of shame. But that would require an understanding of the concept of 'honor', which both Joe Miller and the entire odious repub party are entirely lacking. Who are these clowns? Where did they crawl out of? Certainly not the wholesome, fair-minded America they mendaciously claim to represent.

Posted by: douglasblee | November 18, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Joe Miller should join up with some of his supporters who were carrying assault weapons in his parade, and use second amendment remedies to take back the Senate seat from Murkowski.

Posted by: kamdog | November 18, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

egw777:
'she [Murkowski] is already bucking the No Earmark Petition."
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Yeah? So is Queen of the Tea, Michele Bachamann. Mitch McConnell was backing away from that, too, until he got his ears boxed. No matter what they say, Republicans are not going to do away with earmarks. They never have, and they sure as hell are not going to let a bagger upstart like Rand Paul call all the shots, if any.

Posted by: Sandydayl | November 18, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Oh, let Miller go ahead and demand the recount. It's entertaining for the rest of us to watch someone repeatedly hit themselves over the head with a hammer.

In a write in campaign, Murkowski still got 10,000 MORE votes than Miller did. I mean that many votes period would be a pretty good showing, but beating him by that many more, when voters actually had to write in a name and not just default to a check box ... you can't get much more 'will of the people' than that. I'm not a Republican nor any particular fan of the party; even so, I'm impressed.

And of course he's going to whine about it. The tea potties only count those who agree with them as "the people."

Posted by: cb11 | November 18, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Yes, and let's have Pelosi give it up also. She got beat worse than Miller did.

Posted by: theduke89 | November 18, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Hey Teabaggers, thanks for letting us keep the Senate.

You won't get one damn piece of legislation passed, thanks to your retarded Senate candidates like Miller, O'Donnell, and Angle.

And we'll keep the White House too, because you're going to nominate Retarded Sarah for President!

Posted by: ottoparts | November 18, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

A few things Pelosi easily won reelection, and its only Democratic House Members who vote for their minority leader, so I am not sure how Rep Pelosi lost anything her self. President Obama is party leader, not Rep Pelosi. BTW both the President and House Majority Leader had historic success in passing their agenda through Congress despite Republican attempts to use every dirty trick in the world to stop them.

Second I would like to point out that miller is behind by 5% of the total vote, a 10,000 vote margin in Alaska is a good chunk of the population, and if you lose to a write in, it really is a serious rejection of your ideas.

Posted by: Muddy_Buddy_2000 | November 18, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

By my nature I hates Republicans and everything (well almost everything) they stands for today. But I loves democracy and fair and honest elections. Furthermore, Murkowski is by and far beter than going Sarah Palin off a cliff.

Posted by: glenglish | November 18, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Classless Nazi!!!

Posted by: question-guy | November 18, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Joe Miller is ensuring that he will never hold elective office again by contesting this vote. He has shown himself unworthy of elective office. And that's a good thing. The people of Alaska will remember you Joe for the creep that you are!

Posted by: B-rod | November 18, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

"Murkowski has a lead of more than 10,000 votes. The number is more than sufficient, even if Miller were to succeed in his rather contemptible effort to throw out the votes of those who might have misspelled Murkowski's name."

Alaska State law protects voters from such FRIVOLOUS CLAIMS:

“Any abbreviation, misspelling, or other minor variation in the form of the name of a candidate or political party will be disregarded in determining the validity of the ballot, if the intention of the voter can be ascertained.”

Remember all the teabaggers who pretended to care about the rule of law, citing seemingly bulletproof language that any deviation from the name, as it appears on the candidates' registration, could not be counted?

Of course, they will never eat their words. Like all brainwashed, naive, group-thinkers, they simply move on to another absurd claim.

Posted by: jboogie1 | November 18, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

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