David Kirkpatrick

July 25, 2009

Don’t let the door hitchya

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:28 pm

A former Alaskan senator provides a Palin pre-mortem.

From the link:

The Inuit have a word, “qivit,” that you do not want to have applied to you. It means to quit or give up when the going gets rough. In traditional times, and that was very recent, if you gave up as a leader you were jeopardizing yourself and everyone around you. It takes a lot of effort to maintain life in the bitter cold of the Arctic.

And:

In short, Alaska had a governor who had the stature within the state, nationally and internationally, to deal with our problems. She could have used her position to find solutions to the high costs and financial insecurities of our far-northern state. Instead, she abandoned her role as the state’s leader in midstream, making her the only governor in our state’s history to “qivit” in the true sense of the word, at a time when we need strong leadership. Good luck, Governor Parnell — may the great Arctic spirits be with you.

And some amonst the GOP faithful still want her as the standard bearer.

July 3, 2009

Palin quits Alaska governorship

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:53 pm

Precursor to a scandal, or naked national political ambition? Could easily be either one.

She’s told enough epic lies that any one of many could be coming home to bite her.  At the same time her rhetoric about how she runs Alaska — trransparency, no closed-door meetings, strong fiscal conservatism — runs almost perfectly counter to the reality on the ground. When your actual record is that of a neosocialist, obstructionist who runs regular closed-door meetings with a petty mean streak, it’s tough to counter on the national stage with opponents looking for any means to take you down.

And then again maybe she’s worried about those government checks she proudly doles out going way, way down with the price of oil severely reduced from the bulk of her time in office. That would really test her popularity in the state.

April 9, 2009

Palin, a liar? No!

Filed under: Media, Politics — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 12:15 am

Given Sarah Palin’s track record with the truth, I’m going with Levi here.

From the second link (the first goes to a Daily Dish search for Sullivan’s comprehensive listing of Palin’s various prevarications):

Levi Johnston said during an interview on CBS’s “Early Show” that he moved into the governor’s house a few weeks before Bristol Palin gave birth to their child.

Palin’s camp has denied the claim, but Johnston insisted the governor is not telling the truth. “They said I didn’t live there,” he said. “I was like, ‘OK, well, whatever you want to call it. I had my stuff there.’”

Asked if the Palin was lying about him, Johnston simply said: “Yes.”

November 13, 2008

Looks like Ted Stevens will lose

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:01 pm

Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, the convicted seven-time felon for corruption who announced on his arrival in Alaska after the recent trial he “wasn’t convicted of anything,” will likely lose his seat to Democrat Mark Begich.

Counting votes is taking a while up north, but what was originally considered some voting irregularities seems to be sorting out as all the ballots are counted. This result will throw a new monkey wrench in some of that governor up there, what’s her name? I can’t remember also.

Although Alaskan law was changed to prevent governors from appointing themselves to open Senate seats (in case the Senate kicked the felon out once in session) Palin (oh yeah, that’s it you betcha) could step down and her successor could appoint her to the seat, or she could appoint a placeholder who promised not to run for reelection and then take a shot at the open seat when available.

From the link:

The Alaska Board of Elections has finally updated (pdf).With 17,728 votes counted since the previous update, Democrat Mark Begich has the lead over Republican Ted Stevens, 132,196 to 131,382.

More votes to be counted tomorrow and possibly Friday.

As we’ve pointed out and has been pointed out elsewhere,the remaining votes come from Begich-friendly districts. Mark Begich is now an overwhelming favorite to win the Alaska Senate seat.

Update 11/18 — The Associated Press called the race for Begich today.

From the Daily Kos link:

Looks like Mark Begich will be setting up a new office in DC after all…..MSNBC is reporting the race in Alaska has been called for Mark Begich.

WASHINGTON – Convicted Sen. Ted Stevens lost his re-election bid to Democrat Mark Begich after the last large batch of votes was counted Tuesday.

The longest-serving Republican in the history of the Senate trailed Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich by 3,724 votes after Tuesday’s count.

That’s an insurmountable lead with only about 2,500 overseas ballots left to be counted.

Per Lawrence O’Donnell and Dan Abrams on MSNBC, the vote difference is great enough Stevens would have to pay for a recount if he wanted one. And with a 3,724 vote lead, a recount is unlikely.