GREAT MOMENTS IN LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY  11:48 am March 6, 2012

Poor Old Lisa Murkowski Instantly Regrets Her Blunt Amendment Vote

by Jim Newell

Whoa hey it's Sarah PalinIndependent Republican write-in Sen. Lisa Murkowski spent all weekend getting hollered at by ladies in Alaska over her “yes” vote on last week’s failed Blunt amendment, which would’ve let any employer exclude contraception from its health plan offerings if scary vagina pills offended their pwecious moral or religious fee-fees. Wasn’t Lisa Murkowski supposed to be one of those moderate social issue Republicans, with a penchant for pissing off fellow Republicans on such issues, and therefore she obviously shouldn’t have voted for this? Oops yeah, I guess I screwed that up, Murkowski is now saying.

Murkowski went to the start of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race this weekend, the Anchorage Daily News‘ Julia O’Malley writes, where “the senator kept running into female voters who wrote in her name in the last election — moderate women who did not always vote Democrat or Republican.” They all gave her crap for her Blunt amendment vote. Later, in an interview, Murkowski admitted she screwed up the big important vote held a few days earlier:

We talked for 45 minutes. What Murkowski told me I already suspected. She’s a moderate. She supports abortion rights and contraception coverage. She also doesn’t line up completely with the Catholic Church when it comes to birth control. She regretted her recent vote.

“I have never had a vote I’ve taken where I have felt that I let down more people that believed in me,” she said.

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“If you had it to do over again, having had the weekend that you had with women being upset about the vote, do you think you would have voted the same?” I asked.

“No,” she said.

Forgive her, Wonketteers. She can make it up by voting for the Abortionplex.

[ADN via The Hill]

 
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Oblios_Cap March 6, 2012 at 11:52 am

Throw the Mur-kow-ski off of the bridge to nowhere.

actor212 March 6, 2012 at 11:57 am

We're on the bridggggggggggggggggge to nowhere
Come on bring a fork
Taking that bridge to nowherrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre
We'll take that porrrrrrrrrrrrrk

Barrelhse March 6, 2012 at 11:52 am

Lisa's just an old white guy.

chicken_thief March 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm

And has all of two children. Either she doesn't get much or she's been practising some birth control herself.

Terry March 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Well, her Daddy certainly is, as are the people she's been taking her marching orders from in the GOP.

Lisa, they voted you in. They can vote you out. Ask Santorum. Just don't google his name.

ChernobylSoup March 6, 2012 at 11:52 am

To borrow (steal) from Amy Poehler…

You're not forgiven, Senator. You made a mistake and now you're going to have to live with it the rest of your life.

SorosBot March 6, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Yeah; she may regret it now, but that doesn't change the fact that she voted for this horrible anti-woman, pro-religious-fundamentalist bill.

LesBontemps March 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm

If only she had had a transvaginal ultrasound before being permitted to vote on that bill.

GOPCrusher March 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Probably got caught up in the Republiklan Mob Mentality of voting for anything that Democrats don't like. Once she got away from the herd, she actually thought about what she did.
Now it will be an albatross to wear around her neck.

Baconzgood March 6, 2012 at 11:54 am

What? My constituency is pissed about me me saying how I was going to vote and then I voted a different way? DAMN!

real_dc_native March 6, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Who knew people way up in Alaska would pay attention to what happens in Washington?

Lascauxcaveman March 6, 2012 at 11:54 am

Women are allowed to vote in Alaska? And have an opinion?

Since when did Alaska become such a librul commie fairly land?

actor212 March 6, 2012 at 11:58 am

Imma think since shortly before (or maybe it was after) Lisa won her seat.

Lascauxcaveman March 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Imma fairly perturbed I can't go back and excise that extra L now. I could've given it to Rep. Bachman as a consolation prize for not getting the GOP nom.

Generation[redacted] March 6, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Since the Palin girls decided maybe birth control isn't such a bad idea after all.

Terry March 6, 2012 at 12:52 pm

They have at least a three generation tradition of non-planned pregnancies going. Why not keep the streak going and see if they can get in the Guinness Book?

Chet Kincaid March 6, 2012 at 2:30 pm

How does your joke account for Governor Palin?

x111e7thst March 6, 2012 at 11:54 am

I vote against the things I actually believe in. I'm a Republican. Also I am not gay.

EatsBabyDingos March 6, 2012 at 11:54 am

Okay, I'm not going all squishy, but that sounded sincere. Admitted a mistake and owned it. I iz perplexed.

Barrelhse March 6, 2012 at 12:20 pm

That should just about end her little career.

Chichikovovich March 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Maybe because she cynically claimed it was about religious freedom and not denying coverage for birth control, and when the journalist (who asks decent questions and writes clearly – she obviously has no future in the NYT or WaPo) points out that the amendment is crafted incredibly broadly and goes far beyond what Murkowski is claiming in her Luntz-approved talking points, Murkowski has no answer. I have a feeling that a lot of those unhappy constituents are actually asking for straight talk and Murkowski is genuinely surprised that the script that always works with Hannity isn't going over with the people who might genuinely be affected by her votes and acts.

And perhaps this "mistake" would not have been made if Murkowski had just consulted with her constituents about it. You know she would take a long phone call from one of the Koch brothers if they called. But she never quite got around to asking the people she represents, until it was too late and they confronted her about it.

Sorry, it was not a "sincere admission" of a "mistake". It was a cynical calculation and it may have backfired. That's not the same thing.

ShaveTheWhales March 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm

I also vote for "cynical". Murkowski is a reliable party-line voter. One of her big selling points (among Republicans) over Joe the Lamebrain Lawyer in the last election was the favor in which she was held by the Senate Repo "leadership".

Now, it's possible that she is personally moderate about reproductive rights, and it is also true that her vote against Blunt wasn't needed to defeat it, so I suspect it was an easy decision for her to chalk up another good-Republican vote on a matter where her vote was only symbolic.

What she seems to have missed is that the whole point of the Blunt amendment was symbolism, and therefore her constituents might care about how she voted, no matter what the outcome was. Surprise, surprise.

Goonemeritus March 6, 2012 at 11:55 am

Like Obama oral contraceptives haven’t been properly vetted. After all they have both only been around for 50 years.

Baconzgood March 6, 2012 at 11:55 am

Can you really say "Ooops I didn't mean to vote for that"? No you can't.

Designer_Rants March 6, 2012 at 1:04 pm

If she had just said, "Did I do thaaat?" in her best Urkel voice, this whole thing would just be charming and endearing.

actor212 March 6, 2012 at 11:55 am

I guess she shouldn't have been so Blunt.

WhatTheHeck March 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm

It was that Blunt instrument which struck her upside her head, giving her a warped sense of reality.

Barb March 6, 2012 at 11:55 am

It must be a nightmare to try to seat Lisa Murkowski in a restaurant. She thinks that her daddy told her she can sit wherever she wants.

James Michael Curley March 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Nobody puts Baby Lisa in a corner!

Texan_Bulldog March 6, 2012 at 11:56 am

Too bad for Lisa that Ted Stevens explained how the Internet tubes worked & those uppity Alaskan women found out what she did.

ManchuCandidate March 6, 2012 at 11:57 am

I don't expect much from Alaskan pols. Sadly, compared to another Alaskan female "politician" Lisa's still 2 legit 2 quit.

Joshua Norton March 6, 2012 at 11:57 am

She supports abortion rights and contraception coverage.

Oh oh. You got slut all over my Iditarod.

UnholyMoses March 6, 2012 at 11:57 am

Murkowski went to the start of the Iditarod Ikilledadog Sled Dog Race

Fixed to make PETA happy.

Oh, and it seems as though Mrs. Murkowski realized that she isn't in Congress to vote the way her GOP buddies want — she's there to vote in the way those she represents want.

Methinks she and the whole lot of fuckbags in Congress need a reminder of that …

Jukesgrrl March 6, 2012 at 4:44 pm

She realizes that when she's in Alaska. When she gets back to DC, her "leadership" will apprise her of the error.

MissTaken March 6, 2012 at 11:58 am

Murkowski's walk of shame lasted an entire weekend. I guess Alaska really is big.

actor212 March 6, 2012 at 12:02 pm

That's what the slut gets for leaving her shoes under Blunt's desk.

Oblios_Cap March 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Welll, Missouri is the Show-Me State.

BaldarTFlagass March 6, 2012 at 11:58 am

Maybe she's really a man. That would explain it.

nounverb911 March 6, 2012 at 11:59 am

Bristol's new hair salon supports the Blunt Amendment.

DaRooster March 6, 2012 at 11:59 am

I will not get used to Republicans admitting mistakes and saying they did something wrong… I wasn't born yesterday.

Jukesgrrl March 6, 2012 at 4:46 pm

It was just a brief flight of fancy Lisa was having. She'll fall back into the right mindset the minute her plane lands at Dulles.

FakaktaSouth March 6, 2012 at 11:59 am

I will never not be amazed by a Republican's ability to vote against her own interests. It hurts me where my soul should be.

actor212 March 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm

I had mine surgically removed to make room for a liquor cabinet

ttommyunger March 7, 2012 at 7:02 am

But, but, he's near!

Geminisunmars March 6, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Well, she can make up for it in the future by supporting every measure that Obama supports, and then maybe her constituency will forgive her. Yeah, right.

edgydrifter March 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm

When you're given the choice between "batshit insanely regressive" and "beneficial to most of the country" how can you possibly claim picking the former on purpose was somehow a mistake?
A) I thought I was voting on something else.
B) "Yea" and "Nay" are really confusing.
C) I didn't realize anyone was paying attention–whoops!

orygoon March 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm

When she goes back to Washington she'll have to apologize to all the Republicans for apologizing. Such a life.

GOPCrusher March 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm

And with her past history with the Palin Clan, I doubt if she's going to receive the "Don't retreat, Reload!" tweet from her fellow Alaskan.

Jukesgrrl March 6, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Lou Sarah certainly has nothing to apologize for this week. She called Afghanis "savages" on FOX this week and said her state would support any Republican nominee over Obama so they "get a commander-in-chief who our troops deserve (sic)."

"That's Lou "For the Troops" Sarah, ladies and germs. Let's give her a round of applause. Savage applause!"

SorosBot March 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm

And yet she still manages not to be the biggest embarrassment to women from Alaska – granted that's a really, really high bar to reach.

weej_bain March 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Does look like Lisa is trying to do the Bristol stomp.

actor212 March 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Meh. That would still only get her to the Sweet Sixteen round

chicken_thief March 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm

She did beat that total douche Joe Miller thus giving the Alaska GOP and his primary endorser, Lou Sarah, a two fingered flip off. So for that, I'll rank her above any still living former half term Governors of Alaska and their spawn.

An_Outhouse March 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm

We would have to ask some alasskan womyns whether they're more disappointed in Lisa or Levi's meth dealing mother. I bet they vote Lisa. (They've already accepted that Lou Sarah is now an Arizonan who's just visiting because thats where the Faux studio is located).

mavenmaven March 6, 2012 at 12:08 pm

The new Republican mode is to have it both ways, something the older GOP men had long mastered, if you know what I mean.

chicken_thief March 6, 2012 at 12:54 pm

JACK KEMP LIBEL!!!!!

Callyson March 6, 2012 at 12:08 pm

So we have officially christened the Mittens of the West. Looking so forward to her next flip flop.

MissTaken March 6, 2012 at 12:10 pm

So she woke up filled with regret over a decision she made while not thinking properly. Thankfully despite all her efforts to end it, there is still Plan B for such situations.

chicken_thief March 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Sweet! But prolly too subtle for any Teabagger to get. Needz moar swatting a fly off your forehead with an axe.

actor212 March 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm

A photo of Newt naked?

That would scare the fertilized egg right out of me, I tell you what.

Steverino247 March 6, 2012 at 12:59 pm

That was a very clever comment. Unfortunately, there are forces about in the land who want women to suffer consequences for such mistakes. Someone saying "She had her fun" should be on Eric Holder's list of reasons for drone strikes. Hateful bastards, all of them.

UW8316154 March 6, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Upfist upfist!

samsuncle March 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I believe she regrets voting for the Blunt amendment because the lobbiest that promised to pay for her to vote for it did not come through with the cash. It had nothing to do with a pissed off constituency.

donner_froh March 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm

The Blunt Amendment must be like getting hit with a club for Republicans. Mitt screwed up his answer when asked about it, Lisa voted the wrong way.

Some are evil, some stupid–some both.

chicken_thief March 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Let's cut poor Lisa a little slack. Maybe she just had "a Romney" and didn't understand the question.

ifthethunderdontgetya March 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Next, President Hope and Change will apologize for taking away our civil rights, selling us out to the banksters, and promise not to try to cut Social Security again
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Haha, just kidding.
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Bently Thurgrew, III March 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm

What's fuckin' Lou Sarah got to say 'bout this?

chicken_thief March 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm

"What's fuckin' Lou Sarah…"

Is that a "who's on first" kind of reference?

JustPixelz March 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I suspect she'll say religious tolerance stabs the heart of women's health — literally, in the case of breast cancer. Please reject it in the interest of healing.
http://wonkette.com/416738/sarah-palin-proudly-co

tessiee March 6, 2012 at 1:23 pm

T.

Deportably_Jose March 6, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Idiotarod

rickmaci March 6, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Of course she voted for Blunt. What would you expect? Skunks can't change their stripes.

Gainsbourg69 March 6, 2012 at 12:25 pm

If Murkowski is feeling the heat, then Rubio, Brown and other republicans outsider of the bible belt must be shitting bricks right now.

MosesInvests March 6, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Uhh, most of Florida outside the Southeast coast (Greater Miami) is very much part of the Bible Belt.

Gainsbourg69 March 6, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Southeast Florida is not just Miami. How you can say that we're a bible belt state while ignoring Broward, Palm Beach and Orange counties is beyond me. The only portion of this state which can be considered the bible belt are the panhandle, north and north central Florida. Other than that,we've been and always will be a moderate state. In fact, there's a prayer in schools bill right now that is causing an outrage. If this were the bible belt you wouldn't have heard a peep.

Wonderthing March 6, 2012 at 12:26 pm

I love it. The moderate Republicans are being run around the room like so many round heeled prostitute sluts chasing free birth control. Let 'em run til they drop. Fuckers.

Not_So_Much March 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Nice to see her taking the contrition high road after a weekend of careful reflection. Oh, and watching Rush get assfucked by everyone on the planet that has a uterus or knows what one is.

SorosBot March 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Great, now I've got the mental image of a woman pegging Rush; there goes my lunch.

tessiee March 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm

I'd like to peg Rush.
*fetches baseball bat embedded with razor blades*

Toomush_Infer March 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm

This uterian assfucking is confusing to me – how does it work?…

walterhwhite March 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm

If I were forced to get anywhere near that tub-o-sh*t's ass, I'd probably do a Brietbart and have a fatal heart attack on the spot.

sati_demise March 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm

because you KNOW Rush smells like flop sweat, old man farts & brylcreme

Oblios_Cap March 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm

"Mdoerate Republicans" = Total Assholes

Barrelhse March 6, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Blue Dog Dem < Moderate Republican

Nostrildamus March 6, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Conservative Republicans = Proud Assholes
Moderate Republicans = Weasely Assholes
Liberal Republicans = Non-existant Assholes

meatlofer March 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm

"Well, Rush,What do you think of Crazy-eyed Lisa?"………….."She's a slut"'

MissTaken March 6, 2012 at 12:37 pm

They'd probably just stick it between their knees.

SorosBot March 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Well that abstinence thing has worked so well for them, what with every single one of them being or getting someone pregnant before marriage.

tessiee March 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Didn't Levi get some 13-year-old girl pregnant before Bristol started dating him?
There's fucking, and then there's being a fucking idiot.

Nopantsmcgee March 6, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I'll be Blunt.

Lisa, you're suppose to be smarter than Snowsnooki. Obvs, you ain't. I figured you'd know what the fuck you're voting for.

fuflans March 6, 2012 at 12:38 pm

alaska. still in the news.

why?

Chet Kincaid March 6, 2012 at 2:24 pm

If they didn't have "Ice Road Truckers" and "Deadliest Catch", no-one would talk to them.

chicken_thief March 6, 2012 at 12:45 pm

A little off topic, but the name of the bill includes "Rubio" and Dems should never truncate it to just Blunt. Let's have Marco live with the backlash as well.

An_Outhouse March 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Lisa was just trying to show that she's no Olympia Snowe – even if she can snort blow like an Olympian.

Toomush_Infer March 6, 2012 at 12:49 pm

this is just another case of misunderstanding the intertubes….

oldedinvn March 6, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Fuck off you c—t. . Is that a bad word in the US?.
Here in the communist country of VN, , no women would be that stupid.

Tomorrow is international womens day. ,Every cominist guy knows enough to buy flowers for the ladies. they can hurt you/. The women here would turn Rush into pulp in 2 minutes.
Guess who the government here does not dare piss off??

BarackMyWorld March 6, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Politicians really need to think about these things BEFORE they vote on them, instead of after.

That is all.

Sassomatic March 6, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Well, in her defense, she would have voted against that amendment if someone weren't paying her a lot of money to vote for it.

SayItWithWookies March 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm

If Republicans believe that the collective force of intense self-interest always generates the right result, then why is Murkowski a Republican first and a woman second? That's the way she votes, anyway. And bullshit on regrets — it's easy to vote the party line and say you're sorry later, especially when you have a six-year term. If she wants to prove she's independent, she can vote to raise taxes or close Gitmo or have America pay its bills or any number of actual conservative shibboleths like that.

Barrelhse March 6, 2012 at 1:48 pm

"We're march-march-marching to Shibboleth…"

Geminisunmars March 6, 2012 at 1:57 pm

I don't think she an Independent. She only ran as that cause that Miller feller usurped her Republicanism in a primary. She is perhaps desperate to return to the fold.

Lucidamente1 March 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm

In her defense, Joe Miller would have voted to build a Berlin Wall around every vagina.

Chet Kincaid March 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm

"I can parachute me there!"

BlueStateLibel March 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Just curious, but does congress critters' taxpayer-paid-for health insurance cover the bad birth control and/or Viagara?

prommie March 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm

She just got caught cutting off her nose to spite her face. The GOP has no notion of governing, and in office, they have no intent to govern. Governing involves the serious consideration of policy and the enactment of same into legislation for the good of all. The Republicans have no time for this, its not their concern, its not their agenda.

prommie March 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Their entire focus is on politcs. And thats how Murkowski came to this vote. She knew damn well that she personally opposed the policy in question, that the people who voted for her opposed it, that the majority of people opposed it, and that it was bad policy and not in the interest of the people as a whole. But she voted for it, because to the GOP, there was a greater, overriding interest: beating Obama. Obama said health care plans have to include birth control, so we're voting for a law that says they don't have to. The GOP is now operating entirely on a "if he's for it, I'm against it, if he's against it, I'm for it" basis. They are not even good faith actors in the system anymore. But then she went home, and wow, amazingly, the people care about these laws, more than they care about just handing Obama a defeat.

tessiee March 6, 2012 at 1:16 pm

“I have never had a vote I’ve taken where I have felt that I let down more people that believed in me,” she said.

It's still a better apology than anything Rush has been able to come up with so far.

chascates March 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I would suggest an internet meme a la Santorum, something like 'to Murkowski' is to brazenly do something politically expedient then try to walk it back when it blows up in your face.
Obviously, however, that meme could also be named 'to McCain, to Romney, to (insert GOP name here)', . . .

fartknocker March 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Lisa,

Maybe a decision tree will help you in the future:
http://motherjones.com/mojo/2012/03/flow-chart-ar

tessiee March 6, 2012 at 1:26 pm

"Mistakes were made."

GortRay March 6, 2012 at 1:27 pm

I guess there's lots of slutz in Alaska. Show us the videotapes!

Designer_Rants March 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm

In her defense, I didn't realize anyone was paying attention either.

mrblifil March 6, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Seriously, she can go blow a Grizzly. She initiated press silence leading up to the vote, as per TPM, and then pretends that she's sorry after getting an earful from outraged constituents. This was a FEATURE not a BUG. It's Murkowskabuki. It's all for show. She just set the political cynicism meter to fucking 11. Want to know who her constituents really are? The dudes she voted with first time 'round. Fuck her with the reanimated corpse of Ted Stevens.

hunnybee March 6, 2012 at 4:46 pm

a heartfelt amen!

Designer_Rants March 6, 2012 at 1:58 pm

This can all be explained if you know a little more about Lisa Murkowski: Her favorite sex game is doing it with an aspirin between her knees.

Chet Kincaid March 6, 2012 at 2:21 pm

But if nobody had complained to her, she wouldn't have regretted voting for a bill that violates her own personal beliefs. This is Murkowski's definition of "integrity," Alaska voters.

Biel_ze_Bubba March 6, 2012 at 2:25 pm

I'm sorry, but HOW DO YOU VOTE THE "WRONG" WAY? I mean, you believe it's a good bill, or you don't. If you voted for the thing, you must have had your reasons — what are they? What dirty little trade did Murkowski make, in exchange for her vote?

Jukesgrrl March 6, 2012 at 5:05 pm

The Alaska Muckraker over at the Mudflats blog had this to say, "Her vote had nothing to do with what she actually believed. It had nothing to do with women’s health care, or religious liberty. It was all about the shifting wind. Her vote would have been fine if Republicans would have ended up with a 'winning issue,' but they didn’t have 'enough sense to get off of it,' and so they ended up with a losing issue. Note that she talks about 'Republicans' in the third person – an outside force, and yet one, ironically, that she follows unquestioningly, even at the expense of her own conviction. It’s like saying 'my bus driver told us we were going to drive off a cliff. What could I do?' when you yourself never actually pulled the cord to get off."

AK Muckraker also had the good sense to file her article under the tag "Eye Rollery."

Negropolis March 7, 2012 at 12:54 am

A Republican saying that it's sorr…sorr…sorry?

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