A vote for Miller is wasted


Election sabotage? Write-in ballot brown-shirt thuggism? Palin whining about the Alaska media being ‘corrupt bastards’? More lying California-financed Tea Party Express ads? More outright goofiness? It must be about time for the election.

GOP candidate Joe Miller, it seems, is desperate.
Over the past few days, the notion of open, free and fair elections in this state has gone out the window. We’ve seen a journalist handcuffed by Miller’s goons for daring to ask questions. We’ve heard an apoplectic Miller radio shill – in an election-tampering swoon – urging listeners to sabotage the write-in process. We’ve seen Miller sycophants who three weeks ago were saying Sen. Lisa Murkowski had no chance with a write-in campaign setting out to sue in every court in the land to block her increasingly successful effort. We’ve had the opportunity to listen to Miller toadies make excuse, after excuse, after excuse for his behavior and his failings. It just gets better.

The good news in all this is that Alaskans finally are beginning to catch on to the Tea Party Express carpetbaggers, Palin and her puppet, Miller, a truth-challenged guy who seems to think he needs bodyguards and only a vague acquaintance with the truth to get ahead in life. Poll numbers are showing the race very close. Democrat Scott McAdams? He cannot carry the freight. He is a political newbie trying to make it in the deep end of the pool. He’s a nice guy, a self-effacing kind of guy, by all accounts, but, face it, a vote for him is a vote for Miller. Democrats who eschew Murkowski to vote for McAdams in the hope he can pull it off may soon be facing their worst nightmare – Joe Miller in the Senate.

If we all can take anything away from this campaign it is that there is no telling how low somebody with unremarkable, run-of-the-mill, boilerplate political ideas is willing to go for the power, prestige and suh-weeet lifetime benefits of a seat in the U.S. Senate. Cut spending? Reduce government? Buck up states’ rights? What’s new or innovative in all that? Miller’s patter is the same claptrap politicians have been peddling to the rubes for generations. The real question to him would be: What are you specifically going to do about those issues; how will you fix them? Miller has no new answers.

Then, there is the pesky truth thingy.

Miller has been dodgy about all manner of things in his past. Farm subsidies. Land ownership. Military records. Loans. Any disability he may have. An indigent fishing license he obtained. Hiding property ownership. Campaign disclosure. Federal Elections Commission filings. And on and on.

There also is this: A judge – after the news media sued to find out about Miller’s record as a part-time lawyer at the Fairbanks North Star Borough – ordered the release of documents that showed Miller had tried to help in Sarah Palin’s bid to oust Alaska GOP chief Randy Ruedrich in 2008.

Miller had used co-workers‘ government computers to vote in a poll. He was caught. Did he immediately confess? No.

“I lied about accessing all of the computers. I then admitted about accessing the computers, but lied about what I was doing. Finally, I admitted what I did,” Miller wrote in a March 17, 2008, e-mail to Fairbanks North Star Borough Attorney Rene Broker that was released.

Was he chagrined about the misdeed? Nah. He told a CNN interviewer it was no big deal because he did it on his lunch hour. Then, he deleted all his borough e-mails – some involving a tax case the borough was pursuing – before he quit in September of last year in a beef over leave and possible conflicts.

Who did he blame? Why, the news media, of course – just like Sarah Palin would do.

Joe Miller has ridden an emotional crest of voter dissatisfaction and angst and concern about a lousy economy to this point. At almost any other time in history, he would have been found out a fraud long ago. But nowadays too many of us are pining for somebody – anybody – to save us and sadly are willing to turn a blind eye to their shenanigans. It would be too bad if this guy wins the Senate seat. Too bad for Alaskans. Too bad for Alaska.

Just ask yourself as you head out to vote: If this guy came to you and admitted he was a liar and a sneak, would you hire him?

Paul Jenkins is editor of the Anchorage Daily Planet.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. margarita mixxe
    Nov 01, 2010 @ 16:37:43

    Excellent post. Now lets nope that the people agree. I will be voting for Lisa and filling in the oval!

    Unfortunately, the Miller-Palinbots are convinced that he is the best for us. I think he just wants the $$$$$ he will get for the rest of his life.


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