I haven't been able to find the "five or ten minutes praising the Murkowski family" that Miller is citing, but I suspect it has to do with the ceremonies involving the end of Palin's governorship and Campbell's ascension to the position of Lt. Governor, from that of Commissioner of Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
There are a number of fights that are going to have to be undertaken, in part, due to the fact that the division of elections headed up by the lieutenant governor.
The lieutenant governor is effectively the same what you might see in other states as the secretary of state. His statements are policy. He was appointed by Murkowski ... has connections to the Murkowski family. In fact, when he, last summer, spoke at the time Sean Parnell was sworn in as governor, spent five or ten minutes praising the Murkowski Family. It was really kind of a curious thing given the lack of popularity at the time of Frank Murkowski.
But in any event, it appears that his bias is playing out in the decisions that he's making, especially those that are directly contrary to the law.
Murkowski appointed Campbell to the latter post, one Campbell was certainly qualified to fill, as he was then serving in one of Alaska's senior positions in the Air National Guard. Palin retained him, and appointed him Lt. Governor as one of her last acts before aborting her term early in the third trimester.
Is this "five to ten minutes praising the Murkowski family" more of Joe's paranoia? Or is it going to turn out like Michele Bachman's statement Thursday, that Obama's trip to Asia is costing the U.S. taxpayers "200 million dollars per day"? Uh, that's about $17 million more per day than the war in Afghanistan costs, Michele.
Frank Murkowski's daughter, Lisa, has gotten a pretty impressive, "kick-you-in-the-groin-and-laugh-about-it" legal team, headed by Ben Ginsburg, one of the key organizers of the GOP strategy for the 2000 Florida recount and court battles. If the GOP still wanted Miller, Ginsburg wouldn't be on Murkowski's team.
There are still 120,800 or more ballots that are unassigned to either Miller or Murkowski. It is assumed that over 90% of 83,000 of them have been cast for Murkowski and that most of the rest will be fairly evenly split. From my point of view it is too early for Miller to concede, too early for Murkowski to give high fives at the end of a victory lap.
But it may be getting too late for Joe to apply for the job aonMichele Bachman's staff as resident constitutional expert: