No, Joe Miller Did Not Call Lisa Murkowski A Prostitute

The Miller-Murkowski showdown is starting to get silly.

Howard Kurtz and others got into a bit of an uproar yesterday over this tweet from Alaska Republican Joe Miller:

The Tweet was deleted and quickly replaced with this:

Please accept my apologies. Staffer trying to encourage Libertarians not to sell out. #teaparty #tcot #alaska #ak

The link points to a Daily Caller story about the ongoing question of whether the Alaska Libertarian Party would give it’s ballot space to Murkowski, and the “world’s oldest profession” remark was clearly a reference to the LP, not Murkowski, but that didn’t stop the Senator from jumping on the controversy:

“Alaskans deserve better. This type of statement is inexcusable from someone who wants to represent our state,” Senator Murkowski said. “While I have been focused on the remaining ballots, the Miller campaign has launched yet another smear campaign against me. They lied about my record during the primary and now they have resorted to name-calling–it’s disgusting.”

“Alaskan values have never included a complete disregard for the truth or a lack of common decency,” Murkowski said. “Mr. Miller owes all Alaskans, women and my family an apology.”

Umm, not so much Senator, the comment was directed at the LP, not you, although as Robert Stacey McCain points out, if the Miller Campaign wants to influence the LP, there are smarter ways of doing it:

If Team Joe wants to “encourage Libertarians not to sell out,” they could try this simple and direct solution: Have either the candidate or his campaign manager make a phone call to Alaska LP chairman Scott Kohlhaas and arrange to meet for a cup of coffee.

It would be that simple, but that hasn’t happened yet.

Remember, first thing Wednesday morning — as soon as it became clear Murkowski had come up 1,668 votes short in the primary — Halcro called Kohlhaas to open negotiations, and Halcro is in direct communication with Murkowski.

All it would take to end this talk of Lisa the Loser becoming America’s Least Plausible Libertarian is for Alaska LP officials to say, “No deal.”

But — you knew there was a “but” coming, didn’t you? — the LP people aren’t going to make that kind of statement if Team Joe doesn’t show them some respect. So we’ve got something of a Mexican standoff that seems to be caused by a belief among key people at Miller HQ that it would be beneath the dignity of a Republican Senate nominee to reach out directly to those wacko Libertarians.

At the same time, though, it appears that all this Murkowski/LP talk may be just that, talk:

Just got off the phone with Alaska LP vice chairman Harley Brown who said, “More than likely — 99 percent — there’s no way Murkowski is going to be our nominee. I don’t see that happening, honestly.”

Furthermore, Brown dismissed as “completely ludicrous” any report that the Alaska LP has accepted or agreed to accept money from the Murkowski campaign. “That’s just somebody running their mouth . . . just a rumor,” Brown said.

Brown is an advocate for the legalization of marijuana, and said his original motivation for joining the Libertarian Party was former Gov. Frank Murkowski’s strong anti-drug policy.

Brown says the LP is willing to meet with Murkowski — it would be “rude” to reject such an offer, he said — and he is “flattered” that the Libertarian Party spot on the ballot is suddenly so coveted. He and other LP activists “worked our butts off” to get enough petition signatures to keep from getting “kicked off the ballot,” he said.

The idea of Lisa Murkowski running as a Libertarian is absurd, which I think is the point Miller’s “staff tweet” was trying to make. Apparently the Alaska Libertarians already realize that.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. CRTest says:

    A line with a CR after it.
    A line with two CRs after it.
    A last line with no CRs after it.

  2. Michael says:

    On the Internet, they’re generally newlines (\n) rather than carriage returns (\r).

  3. CRTest says:

    Well, for the purpose of this test, the question is what does the comment input editor do when you hit the Enter key, which will send a CR. Unfortunately, it’s not inserting a <p> tag.
    (Anyway, it all depends on what you mean by the “Internet”. HTML ( allows CR, LF, or CR-LF. HTTP headers, on the other hand, requires CRLF ( TCP/IP, of course, doesn’t even have the notion of a line.)

  4. CRTest says:

    To be clear, when I wrote “send a CR”, I meant from the keyboard to the computer. I have no idea what happens to CR when it is sent from the browser to the server, and don’t even know if it is done using an HTTP PUT or some new-fangled technique that I don’t know about.

  5. CRTest says:

    Testing from IE.
    A separate graph.

    Two CRs.

  6. Michael says:

    Strange, I thought for sure HTTP used newlines for headers.  I know every time I’ve done it with a newline it worked, maybe servers are just lenient. I know that none of my HTML uses \r anymore.
    If you were curious, the browser sends the comment data using HTTP POST.  PUT isn’t used very much outside of WebDAV and RESTful webservices.

  7. tom p says:

    who is this CRTest guy and what is he doing? when he is done, will I be able to post here in a way that makes sense to people? I hope some one will take pity on me.

  8. Anon says:

    Testing from Chrome.  One CR after this line.
    This is a separate line.  Two CRs after this line.
    In case you are wondering what I’m trying to do, I’m trying to figure out why the IT help for OTB says that he is getting proper <p> tags when he hits Enter, but I’m getting only <br/>. It looks like you are getting<br/> too. Are you using Linux/UNIX?

  9. Anon says:

    What I’m doing is procrastinating. I’m messing around on a technical problem that has absolutely nothing to do with my day job. But I’m annoyed by the fact that my paragraphs in comments don’t have any space between them. I just noticed, however, that it seems that when I use IE, if I hit Enter twice, it will use a <p> tag. I could have sworn that when I was using Firefox, even hitting Enter twice produced two <br/> tags rather than a <p> tag.

  10. CRTest says:

    Hm…still no <p> tags from Chrome.  Okay, I give up.  The IT person for the site left a comment in Glenn Beck thread to test. For him, he is getting <p> tags. Strange.
    Maybe I’ll try again from Linux when I fire up my Linux box later this week.

  11. Michael says:

    Yeah, I’m using Linux+Chromium.
    I didn’t have the WYSIWYG editor in my previous posts, but it looks to be loaded now, so check if this one uses br or p tags.

  12. Michael says:

    Testing Linux/Chromium with 2 newlines

  13. CRTest says:

    Looks like Linux is doing <br/> too. But, how do you not use the WYSIWYG editor? Is it Flash, and you disable Flash?

  14. CRTest says:

    By the way, Michael, since you are using Linux, you can telnet to port 80 in a terminal window, and try CR, LF, or CRLF. Try:
    telnet 80
    GET / HTTP/1.0
    then try just LF (control-J). When I tried it, it didn’t accept it. The OTB server, on the other hand, did. Just a guess: OTB is Apache, while MS is IIS (of course).

  15. Michael says:

    I think telnet will perform EOL translations.