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    The Murkowski-Castle Senate Would Have Been A Disaster

    The Murkowski-Castle Senate Would Have Been A Disaster

    If Republicans had taken control of the Senate in the mid-term elections, that long-shot win would have been razor thin, probably only by one seat.

    The Senate would be controlled by those who were willing to sell their votes to the highest bidder or those with their own agenda.  In the last Democratic controlled Senate, the votes on the cusp (Ben Nelson, Mary Landrieu, Joe Lieberman) were able to use that leverage to their advantage.

    In Republican terms, we would be witnessing in the upcoming Senate two years of the Lisa Murkowski or Mike Castle Senate, a time of bitter sniping by bruised egos with personal vendettas.  (I don’t put Susan Collins or Olympia Snowe in the same category.)

    Murkowski, the likely winner when the counting is done in Alaska, is chomping at the bit to divide the party by gratuitously attacking Sarah Palin.

    Two years of such a Senate controlled by Republicans would have destroyed all of the gains of the mid-terms, and would have demoralized the Republican Party heading into 2012, much as the gamesmanship needed to win over Nelson, Landrieu and Lieberman were a disaster for Democrats.

    A Murkowski-Castle Senate would have been no victory.

    We wished really hard for something; in the long run it may be better we didn’t get it.

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    @ceiey – I looked at that before posting, and I think "chomping" is acceptable American usage.

    Chomp and champ aren't as interchangeable as they appear at first glance. It's true it has become common in this country, but that's only because of the sheer volume of incorrect usage. This site has a good summary of the differences:

    Oh, I completely agree with the post btw. Haha.

    FZ: Murkowski shouldn't have been allowed to take advantage of Alaska election law which allowed her to do what she did? Ridiculous. And I say that as someone who gave money to Miller. The law is the law. We deal with it as it is for the moment, and try to change it for next time if we don't like what happened.

    Murkowski will still be in the Senate, when all is said and done. This is one we lost. Now it's time for Miller to do what Specter, Crist, and Castle should have done — accept the results. Don't get me wrong. I have said on this site in the past that I would rather have had Castle than Coons, and I maintain those were our only two choices. But regardless of one's views on the DE race, I think we can all agree that Castle behaved very poorly after O'Donnell won by not immediately folding his tent and walking away. I hope Joe Miller is able to show the country how Republicans SHOULD accept defeat. If he doesn't, he won't get my support next time 'round.

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