The Washington Post informs us that “Despite Alaska Senate race results, Joe Miller presses on in principle“:
… Never mind that the incumbent, Sen. Lisa Murkowski ( R ), has already declared that she made history by mounting the first successful write-in campaign for Senate in more than 50 years. Or that the Alaska Republican Party has called on Miller to “end his campaign in a dignified manner.” Or that there is but a sliver of a chance he could win even if all his court challenges prove successful.
Miller, a tea party favorite who beat Murkoswki in the GOP primary, has alleged bias on the part of state officials as well as voter fraud, arguing that some of the ballots have suspiciously similar handwriting. He has attacked the state Division of Elections for accepting minor misspellings of Murkowski’s name. He has complained that the hand-count of the write-in ballots started too early to give him enough time to train his volunteers to monitor the outcome.
And he has asked for a hand recount of all the ballots, saying the machine-counted votes that went largely for him should receive the same scrutiny – and potentially benefit of the doubt – as the write-in ones cast for Murkowski…
“I’m just going to be very straightforward here. I think that race is over,” said former congressman Norm Coleman, a Republican who was defeated in the 2008 U.S. Senate race in Minnesota. That contest dragged on for eight months after Election Day as the candidates battled in court before Democrat Al Franken was declared the winner.
“The counting’s been done. I’m not sure that anything is going to change,” Coleman said in a C-SPAN interview set to air Sunday. “Without criticizing Joe Miller, I would offer him advice . . . that I think it’s time to move on, that there’s not much you can gain by extending the process.”…
Miller’s most ardent supporters say they are concerned by the allegations of fraud and negligence – and that more is at stake than the outcome of one race.
“I don’t think it’s a win or lose for him at this point,” said Greg Pugh, a campaign volunteer from Wasilla. “What he’s trying to say is, there were certain anomalies that have happened and the law has not been upheld. He wants to see that the election process has integrity for future elections.”
As the old saying goes, “When someone tells you it’s not the money, it’s the principle… it’s the money.”
Of course, the Renowned Republican Lockstep would indicate that Miller should’ve been given his orders (and some kind of sweetener) to STFU and wait for the next election. I’m actually
rooting for injuries wondering whether Miller’s “principled” stand is just his attempt to milk the situation for every last drop of attention (funding), or if this distant “tea party rebellion” represents a crack in the Republican ranks?