New Murkowski Ad Takes Direct Aim At The Tea Party

Fresh off of polling data that shows Murkowski very competitive against GOP candidate Joe Miller comes a new ad from Lisa Murkowski that seeks to portray Miller as a candidate backed by outsiders:

It’s an interesting approach considering the success the Tea Party movement has had this year. Will it work ? That’s something I’m not willing to take a guess on at this point.

Incidentally, Murkowski also came out with another ad yesterday aimed directly at teaching Alaskans how to write her name in on the ballot:

Murkowski has a huge war chest to fund ads like this. Whether it will work is something we’ll find out on Election Day, or maybe not until several weeks thereafter.

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  1. swift boater says:

    I just got a hold of the preliminary draft of Sen Murky’s original ad. Here it is:

    Lisa: My fellow Alaskans. I am hesitant to say this but sometimes the truth hurts. For many years I have been aware that you really are stupid cretins. All those years that my father was Senator he told me,

    “Lisa, we must take care of the little people or our state. They are in reality knuckle dragging mouth breathers. Therefore it is incumbent on you and I to maintain our hold on power regardless of the people’s will.”

    He is right. Look how easily you have been mislead by those evil tea baggers. They have done mind control over your weak-willed, mushy brains. Fortunately for you I am here to save you.

    But alas, my name is not “Go” or “Me” it’s Murkowski. And even tho a Murkowski has been a Senator from AK since 1981, that’s 30 years because you ran out of fingers and toes, you still can not spell my name. I am attempting to bully the AK Sec’y of State to accept ANY mark that is placed on the ballot, even ones that are checked ‘Miller’, but in case that doesn’t work I ask that the next time you go to the liquor store for some home brew, please ask the clerk for the free 6 pack I am giving away with my name on it. Take that tag with you on Election Day and copy it on the piece of paper you are given. When I am re-elected my first earmark will be to get more of that for everyone!

    Thank you. And, don’t forget to come in out of the rain.

    I am Lisa Murkowski and I approve this message because Alaskans are like spoiled children who don’t know what is good for them and cant get along without me.

  2. Davebo says:

    Hilarious comment there Swift Boater!

    I’m curious, are you living currently in Alaska (IE: on the payroll of the only state that has to pay it’s citizens to hang around?)

    Gotta love that rugged, state supported individualism!

    It really is true. Alaska is a beautiful state with a diverse population of welfare recipients seemingly clueless that they drink from the tit they complain about yearly through a truly sweetheart deal that no other state enjoys.

    It’s gotta make West Virginia feel a lot better.