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June 18, 2013 - 9:21 am

United Liberty has the story:

Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) seems a litte confused about what party he belongs to. During an appearance on CNBC, the Alaska Democrat tried to distance himself from his the Leftist-wing of his party by telling the hosts that he is a “Rockefeller Republican.”

Begich was probably a shoe-in as Alaska’s next former Senator, but the GOP ads for 2014 now practically write themselves.

Stephen Green began blogging at VodkaPundit.com in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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You ought to hear his ads here; they boil down to "I'm not really a Democrat." His mentor, former Anchorage mayor and two-term governor Tony Knowles, practically wrote the book on being a leftwing Democrat while sounding more like a Republican than most Republicans here. There is plenty of blame to go around for Begich becoming the first Democrat elected to a federal office from Alaska since 1980; first GWB allowing holdover Democrats in USDOJ/PIS to run wild here, second Sarah Palin calling on Sen. Stevens to step down - she was still popular and people would listen to her back then, and finally so many libertarians and self-styled "true conservatives" listening to her and voting the Constitution Party candidate. Stevens lost by less than the Constitution Party candidate got.

As you said, Begich should be a shoe-in to become a former Senator, but lots of people Outside are agitating for Palin to run and Joe Miller is talking about running. When we most need good Party organization the Alaska Republican Party is in disarray due to an unholy alliance between the Palin/Miller crowd and the Ron Paul crowd. If we had a truly closed Republican Primary, neither Palin nor Miller could get the nomination, but NPs can vote in the R Primary and work all sorts of mischief. Palin couldn't win ANY Statewide office here. Y'all may think she's all that in the Lower 48 but she's worn out her welcome here. If she wants to be a Senator, she should try running using her Arizona address; she would be an improvement over McShame. Miller couldn't win ANY office here. If Begich and the Democrats are smart, they'll give Miller money and encouragement to run as Miller is Begich's best hope for re-election.
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When we most need good Party organization the Alaska Republican Party is in disarray due to an unholy alliance

You mean like the one where Democrats are numerically in the minority in the Legislature but control both houses? I doubt that's the Palin-Miller crowd's doing.
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No, that wasn't a crowd; that was St. Sarah's doing all by her self. The Democrats haven't controlled the Alaska House since the '80s. Sarah's personal war with Senator Lyda Green, R-Wasilla, caused Sen. Green to refuse to seek re-election. The loss of Green and USDOJ pressure on Republican leaders gave Democrats in the Senate the opportunity to fill the vacuum and put a R-D Coalition together that worked quite well with Palin, much better than a Republican Senate would have. Sarah made a very good Democrat governor. She and her Senate friends spent money like drunken sailors, gave away all sorts of free money both to the citizenry and to Trans-Canada for a gas line that will never be built, and raised taxes on the oil industry to the point exploration in Alaska came to a standstill and the Industry essentially abandoned us for the Dakotas.
43 weeks ago
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Sorry, I see that both houses now have Republican leaders.
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Since I remember Rockefeller, I tend to agree that he is one. But he's a tiny minority among the Democrats. I am much more concerned about the numerous Ed Muskie Democrats in the Republican party.
Senators McCain, Graham and all your ilk, I'm looking at you here.
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Well, he's right, isn't he? aren't Rockefeller Republicans just Democrats in Republican clothes?
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