Archive for February 12th, 2012
From a progressive’s point of view, Joe Miller’s run up the flagpole in his CPAC interview is the best case scenario: if there’s one Republican that Dem. Mark Begich can certainly beat, it’s Joe Miller. From the Republicans’ perspective? Not so much.
It’s all about greed and arrogance.
Miller has baggage that approaches Newt Gingrich’s. He has ongoing, pointless lawsuits against in state court complaining that his efforts to hide some of those footlockers and steamer trunks were unsuccessful. It’s consistent with the mean-spirited, moderately delusional behavior he has shown from the start. In Alaska, after his stunts in the U.S. Senate race, you would think he couldn’t get elected village idiot if he was the only name on ballot. In fact, he’s already lost to a candidate whose name wasn’t even on the ballot.
There are, however, a number of fools who have money and are willing to spend it on Miller’s candidacy, because he says the words they want to hear. Not that he walks the talk. He’s retired WC’s monthly hypocrisy reports with his willingness to accept every federal benefit he claims to detest.
The laws regulating how you can spend campaign contributions are pretty loose. So Miller may mount a campaign because it is yet another way to get money without working. Sure, there are limits and restrictions, but those rules are for other people, not for Joe Miller. It’s clear from what we know. It’s what he’s been doing mostly since the election. More of the same would be no surprise at all.
But that’s just the greed; we must not overlook the arrogance. He is arrogant enough to think the beard is attractive, which qualifies as at least moderately delusional. He may be sufficiently arrogant and delusional to think he can somehow spin his thoroughly checkered past enough to delude Alaska voters. There’s evidence for that possibility, too. He thought he could keep his record at the Borough a secret, after all.
Would Alaska Republicans be dumb enough to let him win a primary again? The question almost answers itself.