In the past few years, Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has not exactly been the most reliable vote on the Republican side of the aisle. She really hasn’t, and when Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg closed her eyes for the last time recently, Murkowski made it known that she would not be participating in confirming a Supreme Court Justice this close to a presidential election.
Murkowski said on Sunday, “For weeks, I have stated that I would not support taking up a potential Supreme Court vacancy this close to the election. Sadly, what was then a hypothetical is now our reality, but my position has not changed.”
“I did not support taking up a nomination eight months before the 2016 election to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Justice Scalia. We are now even closer to the 2020 election – less than two months out – and I believe the same standard must apply,” she added.
Murkowski has since walked back that stance, especially in light of the Republicans pointing out that Supreme Court justices have been confirmed numerous times in the nation’s history.
Hey @LisaMurkowski – I can see 2022 from my house…
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) October 5, 2018
However, her words caught the attention of another Alaskan politician, and a woman at that, who was hounded out of politics. Over the weekend, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin took to Instagram to send a message to her senator:
“If you can’t find it within yourself to do the right thing this time, and at least give a fair shake to the Supreme Court nominee that your president will be bringing before you, if you can’t find it within yourself to do the right thing, … and [do] what the majority of Americans want you to do, to do what you were sent to Washington, D.C., to do,” Palin says.
“Walk back what you have already committed yourself to. You better backtrack. You know, you have already put yourself in this box saying no matter who it is, you’re not going to support the person, not until you have a chance to appoint a judicial nominee under another president instead of this one,” Palin continues. “You’re hoping, what, that this president doesn’t win? Otherwise, you’d be cooperating with the president. Really, what it is is cooperating with the majority of Americans who know that it’s now or never for America.”
“So much hinges on the Supreme Court. You know the reason, you know why it’s so important, and that’s why you’re thinking you’re going to go rogue. You know, there’s a time and a place to go rogue. This isn’t the time, this isn’t the place. We sure hope you have it within you to do the right thing this time. So you should walk back,” Palin says,…
“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 says.
Could it be that Ms. Palin is eyeing Murkowski’s seat?
The Alaska primaries might well be telling in a couple of years.
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