The Winds of Change in Alaska
As if Frank Murkowski's own botched term as governor, a term executed so badly that as the incumbent he came in THIRD in the Republican primaries, defeated by a one term small town mayor who garnered over 50% of the vote, and by a little known businessman from Fairbanks who garnered around 35% of the vote. As if this wasn't bad enough, widespread corruption among Republicans in the state senate, a thing long suspected, has been confirmed as several top Republicans had thier offices raided by the FBI on charges of accepting bribes and corruption.
Alaskans are nothing if not independent, and trust trumps all party loyalties. This year the Republicans have come out dirty, and it is unlikely that the Republicans will recover this election. I expect a sweeping victory by the Democrats in both the State House and Senate, and fromer (Democrat) Governor Tony Knowles, who is the Democrat's candidate for Governor, is poised to retake the Governorship.
Among the casualties is the now former heir apparrent to Senator Ted Stevens in the US Senate, his son Ben Stevens. Long known to be at least slightly shady, he is the most prominent Republican to come under investigation, and the one everyone beleves is most likely to go to prison for corruption. In my own personal analysis, the most likely man to replace Ted Stevens in the Senate is now Tony Knowles, and I do not like it one bit. While he may have a reputation for social conservatism and fiscal liberalism, I do not believe that any Democrat can be a social conservative and succeed on the national scene. This is why the Democrats have turned so wildly to the left, and why those who do not go that far are being defeated in the primaries, like soon to be former Senator Joe Lieberman.
Alaska will be fine, this state is so conservative that many of us say the difference between a liberal and a conservative is the size of his concealed firearm. But having a Democrat poised to enter the national scene, with a Republican senator (Lisa Murkowski) who is admittedly working from a weak position in this state due to her father poised to be the next senior Senator for Alaska, well . . . it does not bode well for America at all.