Here’s one of the many interesting tidbits to emerge from the hectic lame duck session of the Senate:
One of Pres. Obama‘s biggest supporters in the Senate in the past week is not even a member of his own party: Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).
Murkowski supported the president’s position on the Senate’s four biggest votes since last Wednesday. She and fellow Alaska Sen. Mark Begich (D) voted in favor of the tax cut compromise and to invoke cloture on New START treaty, the Dream Act and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Both senators also voted in favor of the final repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell on Saturday.
No Senate Republican voted for all four bills other than Murkowski. And the senior senator from Alaska, who became a national figure this year when she defeated attorney Joe Miller (R) with her write-in campaign, has actually been a more reliable vote for the president than 18 members of the Senate Democratic caucus since Dec. 15.
So what does this mean? That Murkowski is getting back at Republicans who backed Joe Miller? That she’s contemplating a switch to the Democrats? That there’s another unholy corporatist alliance in the works? Your guess is as good as mine.
What’s on your mind tonight?