Joe Miller, now former Republican Senate candidate

Like a soldier on a remote Japanese island still fighting World War II, Joe Miller still sees a chance to become a United States Senator. Long after everyone turned away and recognized Lisa Murkowski as the victor, he’s been moving through the courts, trying to find a sympathetic ear. Well, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled against Miller’s bid yesterday to challenge the Senate election, where Murkowski won as a write-in candidate.

The Alaska Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled unanimously on all counts against Joe Miller’s challenge of last month’s U.S. Senate election, saying Miller’s interpretation of the law would erode the integrity of Alaska’s election system.

“There are no remaining issues raised by Miller that prevent this election from being certified,” the Supreme Court justices declared in their 24-page ruling.

The court ruled the state was right to count misspelled write-in ballots for Sen. Lisa Murkowki. The justices also found Miller hasn’t proved his allegations of election fraud.

Murkowski leads by more than 10,000 votes and Miller is fast running out of legal options. He still has a chance to quickly press his claim in federal court.

Miller has until Monday to decide whether to take his case to federal district court, and Judge Ralph Beistline, who is holding up certification of the election until Miller exhausts his options. Miller’s team is “reviewing the decision.”

I’m thinking their next move would be to challenge it in Russian court, or something.

In the lame duck session, Murkowski, not generally seen as a moderate, voted for the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the START treaty, the food safety bill and even the DREAM Act. It’s hard to assess those votes without taking this liberation from the Republican Party and Joe Miller’s challenge into account.

David Dayen

David Dayen