|Begich and possible challengers|
Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) leads a number of Republicans from the state in hypothetical match-ups, according to new numbers from GOP pollster Harper Polling.
Begich leads Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (R) by 44 to 34 percent and holds a gaping 52 to 29 percent lead against 2010 Senate nominee Joe Miller (R), two Republicans who've indicated interest in the race. He also leads former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) by 47 to 40 percent. Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell (R), who hasn't shown any interest in the race, leads Begich by 46 to 40 percent.
|Dandy Dan and friends|
He's likely to face a tough challenge unless Miller emerges as the GOP's nominee.I was polled. I asked the nice poll taker why Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan wasn't on the list.
He did not know.
As critical as I have been of Sen. Begich, I would easily prefer him to any of these clowns. The only one who has performed any public policy work for which I have respect is Mead Treadwell. He's smarter than any two of the rest of them combined, which isn't saying much.
But Treadwell, in office, seems to enjoy being hostage to the far right, as long as it gets him to the next station along the way.
[the author supported Sen. Begich in 2008, and has contributed to his 2014 campaign]