With fellow Republican Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Richard Burr (R-NC), and Mitt Romney (R-UT) facing pushback and censure in their home states for voting to convict Donald Trump of inciting an insurrection in his just-concluded impeachment trial, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) may get flack, but she has far fewer worries about losing her seat if she runs for re-election.
Murkowski is the only one of the dissident Republicans facing a referendum on her vote in the form of facing voters in the coming midterm election, but recent election law changes in Alaska make the probability of a pro-Trump insurgent nominee from the right unseating her as a nominee highly unlikely.
According to the National Review's John McCormack, Alaska enacted new voting rules in the just concluded election that switched the state's primary to an open one and not divided by parties.
As McCormack writes, "First, Alaska got rid of partisan primaries and established an open primary in which the top four primary candidates will compete in the general election." Add to that, Alaska will be implementing ranked-choice voting that will create another obstacle.
According to Ballotpedia, "A candidate needs a simple majority of the vote (50%+1) to be declared the winner of an election. If no candidate wins a simple majority of the vote, the candidate with the fewest votes would be eliminated. People who voted for that candidate as their first choice would have their votes redistributed to their second choice."
McCormack also notes that this will not be the first time that Murkowski has drawn the ire of far-right Republicans. In 2010 she lost the primary to arch-conservative candidate Joe Miller, only to defeat him in the general election by successfully running a write-in campaign.
As the columnist points out, "Since 2016, Murkowski has bucked her party on a number of issues. She declined to vote for Trump or the Democratic presidential nominee in 2020 (just as she had done in 2016)," before adding, "It's been a delicate dance for Murkowski, but if she simply finishes first or second place in the first round of balloting in 2022, she'll very likely keep her seat."
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November's gubernatorial election in Virginia has become a proxy war for Donald Trump's personal vendetta against the fact he lost the 2020 presidential election.
"Republicans in Virginia are saying what their nominee for governor will not: The governor's race is a proxy for Mr. Trump's grievances," The New York Times reported Saturday.
"The event was billed as a rally for Virginia conservatives ahead of next month's election for governor. But it was mostly about Donald J. Trump," Astead Herndon reported. "Each speaker, addressing the crowd of hundreds just outside the state capital of Richmond, declared the former president the rightful winner of the last presidential election and the assumed winner of the next one. The audience raved when Mr. Trump gave a short address over the phone."
He noted that controversial state Sen. Amanda Chase spoke at the rally.
"But it was the speaker after Mr. Trump who made the pivot from national to local. Amanda Chase, a state senator from Amelia County who has called herself 'Trump in heels,' explicitly tied the former president to Glenn Youngkin, the state's Republican nominee for governor," he reported. "Supporting one required supporting the other, she said."
Youngkin's supporters are essentially making the same argument as Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe.
"Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate and a former governor, has sought to tie Mr. Youngkin to the former president, while the Republican candidate has largely tried to keep some distance from Mr. Trump, to avoid alienating the all-important suburban, moderate voters who could decide the race's outcome," he explained. "Democrats argue that losing the statewide election on Nov. 2 would be a bad omen for them in the 2022 midterms, and Republicans agree. And while Democrats paint Mr. Youngkin as an acolyte of Mr. Trump who would help pave the way for the former president's return in 2024, Republicans at the 'Take Back Virginia' rally on Wednesday explicitly said the same thing. They were willing to make clear what Mr. Youngkin has carefully avoided."
That message was driven home when the crowd pledged allegiance to a flag that flew on January 6th.
"Speakers seemed to one-up each other in expressing their loyalty to Mr. Trump: Some called for the arrest of Mr. Biden. Others compared vaccine mandates to conditions in Nazi Germany or invoked violent periods in American history, including the Civil War and the American Revolution, to describe the stakes of upcoming elections," he explained.
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‘Bannon is up to his eyeballs’: Watergate’s John Dean reveals why his testimony could implicate Trump
Former White House counsel John Dean explained why it is so important for the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. to interview Steve Bannon.
Dean, who was disbarred after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice in the Watergate scandal that drove Richard Nixon from office, offered his analysis in an interview with CNN's Jim Acosta.
"I think we have to be careful about what inferences we draw from non-appearance or non-testimony but, I think Bannon is up to his eyeballs," Dean said. "I think he's a vital witness."
"I think he could lead to Trump or those closest to trump and I do believe that the indications are that Trump is much more involved in this whole thing than we think he was," Dean said.
"Do you think this committee will ultimately get access to the documents and testimony they want and if so, by the time the next election rolls around?" Acosta asked. "Every cynic in Washington is just shaking their heads and saying no."
"Well, it's a good question," Dean replied. 'Trump has been as good a president as any to obfuscate and delay and do it with some success. I don't have a crystal ball as to how this is going to come out."
"I think this committee is determined. I hope, Jim, they get their act together and use the power they do this, which is inherent contempt powers. In 1934, the Senate sent the sergeant at arms down to get an assistant secretary of commerce and put him in jail, put him in the Willard [Hotel] for ten days until he agreed to cooperate. That's still good law," he explained. There's Supreme court rulings back as early as 1821 that the House could do this. I think they should and I think they should do it next week, if you will."
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CNN anchor Jim Acosta lectured Republicans on Saturday for creating a situation where Donald Trump can destroy their electoral hopes in the 2022 midterm elections.
Acosta noted Trump's support for Republican Glenn Youngkin, who is running for governor of Virginia in November's election.
"Youngkin has made the non-issue of election integrity a big part of his campaign, even though there was integrity in the last election, it's just that Trump lost," Acosta noted. "But as one Trump adviser told me recently, the GOP is now being held hostage by the former president who is threatening sabotage if he doesn't get what he wants."
Acosta read a statement that Trump issued on Wednesday.
"If we don't solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020 (which we have thoroughly and conclusively documented), Republicans will not be voting in '22 or '24. It is the single most important thing for Republicans to do," Trump argued.
Acosta noted Trump is now fundraising off of his statement.
"Grifting on his hostage taking," is how Acosta described it.
"Republican operatives are privately grumbling that Trump is repeating what he did in the last Georgia senate race, encouraging his supporters to stay home and helping Democrats capture the senate. If it happens again next year, democrats will keep control of Congress," Acosta explained.
He suggested Trump warned Republicans he would eventually turn on them, playing a clip of a 2017 rally where he told the parable of a woman who was poisoned by a snake, with the snake noting that she knew he was a snake.
Acosta said, "with Trump, of course, this is not a poem, it's projection."
"Trump's political career would have ended had Republicans just finally given up on him after January 6th. Instead, they took in that half frozen snake and they gave him another chance. In return, Trump is threatening to poison the party once again," Acosta said. "A lesson, not just for Republicans, but the rest of the country. Letting tTump off the hook would almost certainly breathe new life into his chances for 2024. As the snake warned all of us, 'You knew I was a snake before you took me in.'"
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