The Republican Party is finally abandoning one of the most notorious RINOs in Washington, D.C., rescinding their support and voting to censure her for no longer supporting the values of the GOP.
No More Republican Party Support For RINO
If Senator Lisa Murkowski wants to keep her seat, she’s going to have to rely on the support of Democrats and Independents, as 3/4 of the Alaska Republican Party has voted to censure her “for a litany of grievances that indicate she no longer supports the core mission and vision of the GOP,” according to The Alaska Watchman.
Murkowski is up for reelection in 2022, but a new voting scheme that was narrowly approved in the last general election may give her an advantage.
The Alaska Watchman reported on the details of the voting scheme:
“[Murkowski] can take advantage of the new ranked choice voting scheme that a narrow majority of Alaskans approved in the last general election. Ranked-choice voting does away with all party primaries in favor of a nonpartisan primary in which the top four candidates go on to the general election. Many political observers see this as an advantage for Murkowski who is one of the most liberal Republicans in the U.S. Senate. By having a general, nonpartisan primary, candidates can hide their political affiliations and thereby conceal their true political philosophy from voters in the primary…
Once the top four candidates make it out of the primary, voters will then vote on their first, second, third and fourth place choices in the general election. If one candidate wins a majority of first place votes, they are the automatic winner. If, however, no candidate wins a majority of first-place votes, the candidate with the fewest first place votes is eliminated and all their second-place votes are doled out to the remaining candidates. This process continues until one candidate wins a majority of votes.
In such a scenario, Murkowski could draw a considerable number of second choice votes from Democrats and other liberal leaning voters to cobble together a majority. To date, Murkowski has won three terms as a U.S. senator without ever winning a majority of the vote. She took 48.6% of the vote in 2004, 39.5% in 2010, and 44.4% in 2016.”
Since Murkowski will likely avoid a primary challenge from a strong conservative candidate, she can use her support from Democrat, Independent, and Undecided voters to gain the votes necessary to move to the general election.
This complicated and ridiculous process, which was passed as a ballot initiative with only 50.5% of the vote, is currently being challenged in the courts by the Alaska Independence Party, who claim that it is unconstitutional.
The Bottom Line
It has been obvious for a long time that Lisa Murkowski is a RINO. Even former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin called her out for continuously siding with the Democrats, rather than the Republicans who voted her in.
“We’ll forgive you. Wait … we’ve done this how many times before, though? And we kept saying we’d forgive this? If you can’t do that, remember my house. I can see a lot of things from my house. … Lisa, I can see 2022 from my house,” Palin said in a video teasing a possible Senate run against Murkowski.
Finally, the Republican Party has decided to actually stand with their base, and fight back against the ‘Republicans In Name Only’ in Washington, D.C. Hopefully, it will work this time, and Murkowski will be replaced with someone who actually holds conservative values.