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Poor Old Lisa Murkowski Instantly Regrets Her Blunt Amendment Vote

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.

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119 comments

    1. actor212

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

    1. chicken_thief

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

    2. Terry

      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.

  1. ChernobylSoup

    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.

    1. SorosBot

      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.

    2. LesBontemps

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

    3. GOPCrusher

      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.

  2. Baconzgood

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

    1. real_dc_native

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

  3. Lascauxcaveman

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

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

      1. Lascauxcaveman

        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.

    1. Generation[redacted]

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

      1. Terry

        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?

  4. EatsBabyDingos

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

    1. Chichikovovich

      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.

      1. ShaveTheWhales

        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.

  5. Goonemeritus

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

    1. WhatTheHeck

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

  6. Barb

    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.

  7. Texan_Bulldog

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

  8. Joshua Norton

    She supports abortion rights and contraception coverage.

    Oh oh. You got slut all over my Iditarod.

  9. UnholyMoses

    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 …

  10. DaRooster

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

    1. Jukesgrrl

      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.

  11. FakaktaSouth

    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.

  12. Geminisunmars

    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.

  13. edgydrifter

    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!

  14. orygoon

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

    1. GOPCrusher

      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.

    2. Jukesgrrl

      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!"

  15. SorosBot

    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.

    1. chicken_thief

      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.

    2. An_Outhouse

      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).

  16. mavenmaven

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

  17. Callyson

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

  18. MissTaken

    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.

    1. chicken_thief

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

    2. Steverino247

      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.

  19. samsuncle

    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.

  20. donner_froh

    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.

  21. chicken_thief

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

  22. Gainsbourg69

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

    1. MosesInvests

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

      1. Gainsbourg69

        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.

  23. Wonderthing

    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.

  24. Not_So_Much

    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.

    1. walterhwhite

      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.

    1. Nostrildamus

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

    1. SorosBot

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

      1. tessiee

        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.

  25. Nopantsmcgee

    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.

  26. chicken_thief

    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.

  27. An_Outhouse

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

  28. oldedinvn

    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??

  29. BarackMyWorld

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

    That is all.

  30. Sassomatic

    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.

  31. SayItWithWookies

    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.

    1. Geminisunmars

      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.

  32. Lucidamente1

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

  33. BlueStateLibel

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

  34. prommie

    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.

  35. prommie

    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.

  36. tessiee

    “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.

  37. chascates

    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)', . . .

  38. mrblifil

    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.

  39. Chet Kincaid

    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.

  40. Biel_ze_Bubba

    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?

  41. Jukesgrrl

    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."

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