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    How Do You Solve A Problem Like Lisa?

    How Do You Solve A Problem Like Lisa?

    She’s “going rogue.”  She’s broken Mitch McConnell’s “iron grip” on his caucus.  In the lame duck, she was Obama’s best friend.

    She was permitted to keep her committee assignments and seniority when she lost the Republican primary and ran in the general election as an independent, in exchange for her promise to continue caucusing with Republicans.

    She has said she will caucus with Republicans in the next Congress.

    So what to do about a problem like Lisa Murkowski?

    We don’t need her vote to maintain a filibuster.  That is the beauty of 47 versus 41. 

    Going rogue doesn’t work anymore, because a rogue vote doesn’t help either party meet a benchmark.  While I’m sure the Democrats would welcome her in, they don’t really need her.

    Lisa Murkowski is no Joe Lieberman.  Her vote really doesn’t get anyone anywhere now.

    Is it better to keep her on board the Republican caucus with her seniority or committee assignments intact, so that she has an incentive to vote with the caucus most of the time?  Or make her put her rogue where her vote has been, and set her free?  Or some combination, in the caucus but without seniority or plum committee assignments (which means she’ll probably leave)?

    What do you say? 

    Poll open through Sunday, December 26.


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    Comments


    Sigh.

    I know this is in the minority viewpoint, but as one who used to have to deal with the types of Sen. Murkowski on the state level, it's this simple:

    It's better to have her pissing on the inside of the tent than pissing on the outside of it.

    I know. It stinks. But that's the politics of it.

    Since she did not run or win as a Republican, why should she get any goodies as a Republican? Treat her like a freshman.

    When you have enough people pissing inside the tent, the outside gets wet too.

    Two commenters on here have said that Murkowski did not run as a Republican, which is not true. She did not win the Republican nomination, so she did not run as the Republican nominee. But when filing write-in papers, she did file as a Republican candidate. Here's a supporting link for those who don't believe me:

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2010/10/150-registered-write-ins-alaska-senate-race

    Having said that, she clearly did not act honorably in choosing to mount a write-in campaign. Yes, yes, she had the LEGAL right, but that doesn't mean she was right. I say keep her in the caucus, but monitor her carefully. At the first sign of unacceptable deviance from the party line, strip her assignments. Let her leave on her own, then hammer her as a traitor, and challenge her in the primary at the earliest opportunity. Meanwhile, perhaps the Alaska State Legislature would care to take some time over the next two to four years to close that little loophole which she took advantage of?


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