By now you’ve heard about this story:
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski Friday said that she plans to run as a write-in candidate in the November election for her seat, setting up a rematch between her and a tea party-backed candidate who beat her during the GOP primary.
The two-term senator announced her candidacy at a rally Friday in Anchorage, saying she was staying in the race against fellow Republican Joe Miller and Democrat Scott McAdams.
A few hours prior to the event, the senator explained the decision to former state House speaker Gail Phillips. “She said, ‘This is what’s best for Alaska’,” said Ms. Phillips, a Republican who lives in Anchorage.
Best for Alaska? Jonah Goldberg thinks not:
I think independent campaigns or party switches are forgivable or understandable on some grand issue of principle. Joe Lieberman’s steadfast support for the war comes to mind. But reading this, it sounds like Murkowski thinks she should run because the people who like her have told her what she wants to hear. How is she anything more than Arlen Specter in a dress?
That’ll turn your stomach. In fact, Murkowski’s decision does.
Beware the RINO… it’s always about themselves… always.