Palin the Tactician

After Lisa Murkowski's gracious concession last night, Joe Miller is Alaska's Republican senate candidate. What drama!  As a relatively new Alaskan, I watched this contest unfold in the last few months from my vantage point in southeast Alaska, Murkowski territory.  What was Palin doing, I wondered, when she endorsed the long shot Joe Miller?  I was even more amazed when the Tea Party Express group earlier this summer announced its support for Miller, one of only two candidates in the nation it was actively supporting.(The other is Sharron Angle.  The group is now also helping Christine O'Donnell.)  Why spend scarce resources targeting Murkowski, a solid middle-of-the-road Republican, a safe bet to defeat her Democrat opponent, in a primary, instead of spending the funds on the many critical races that are already past the primary stage?Further, Sarah Palin has made appearances at Tea Party Express events. Surely Tea Party Express intervened in Alaska only...(Read Full Post)