Paul Jenkins

Finally, a true-blue Republican is running for governor of Alaska. A real, live Republican with big, business-friendly Republican ideas. Too bad he's a Democrat.

Ethan Berkowitz is the biggest surprise in this gubernatorial election campaign. He does not even sound like a pesky Democrat when he's espousing his "Alaskan Ownership Stake" idea, which has left Gov. Sean 'Mr. Quo' Parnell in the dust...

Paul Jenkins

The tea party movement -- independent collections of furious citizens -- is worrisome. Democrats, in the blackest corners of their evil hearts, could not have come up with a better scam to derail Republicans in a critical election year.

As rage against incumbents, party leadership and the government swirls across the nation, Senate tea party primary winners -- Alaska's Joe Miller, Christine O'Donnell of Delaware, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Sharron Angle of Nevada, Marco Rubio of Florida, Ken Buck of Colorado and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin -- have taken hard-line positions on everything from regulatory changes to Social Security to the Department of Education that could shove the GOP far to the right...

Paul Jenkins

So, I'm talking to my buddy, Izzo, the other day about Alaska politics.

We don't yak about it much anymore because he gets nuts. You wind him up; the next thing you know he's chucking a beer mug through a computer screen. The cops even had to come once.

Izzo, it turns out, is really amped about the upcoming Alaska U.S. Senate election, where the Outside-funded Tea Party Express managed to toss up for grabs a perfectly safe GOP Senate seat -- one with a head start on seniority.

My pal really admires Joe Miller. He even fidgets when he talks about him. It's creepy.

"This guy knows the secret," Izzo says, getting worked up. "He knows it...

Paul Jenkins

At the risk of making Tea Party Express folks even nuttier than usual, let me offer this: Lisa Murkowski should continue her race against Joe Miller for the U.S. Senate seat she holds. You read right. Against Joe Miller. For the U.S. Senate. As a write-in, if necessary.

When she graciously conceded the race to Miller last week after the GOP primary, Murkowski said it was for the good of Alaska. It was classy, but she was dreadfully wrong...

Paul Jenkins

With an economic monster scuttling around in the state's fiscal attic, it is nothing short of astounding that so many Alaskans -- at least those who bothered to vote in last week's Republican primary -- seem satisfied to embrace the status quo in the state's top office.

Mind you, it was an odd, unfocused, angry election, even bitter at times -- a hard row to hoe just to get more of the same when what we desperately need is change...

Paul Jenkins

With the primary election just around the corner, I offer this: Voting for Ballot Measure 1 makes every bit as much sense as buying into Gov. Sean Parnell's campaign ad touting his spending cuts. It would be dumb.

The measure -- euphemistically tagged the "Alaska Anti-Corruption Act" -- is beyond bad; beyond a bald affront to the Constitution. Spawned in the frenzied federal political corruption probe of 2007 and bordering on the bizarre, the measure is a nasty bit of work.

Its shadowy backers bailed out on trying to get it passed, peeling off at about the same time the state started getting curious about their money. They blamed the "corrupt" system. All of that should tell us something...

Paul Jenkins

Everybody, it seems, has a Ted Stevens tale. Larger than life, he was a human dynamo, an Incredible Hulk, an important guy in a world of important guys, but a guy who made time for ordinary people with ordinary problems. He was a guy who remembered names. A guy who penned personal notes to constituents and people he had just met. A guy who defined class.

Some will tell you they ran across him in an airport, or in a restaurant, or how he just walked up and started chatting with them, or how, with no fanfare, he helped them. Others who visited him in Washington were flabbergasted when he took time to buy them traditional bean soup for lunch in the Senate cafeteria...

Paul Jenkins

Absolutely mind-boggling. That's the only way to describe the homophobic frenzy among the dull-eyed, slack-jawed droolers panicked over the idea, the very notion, that gay folks, and lesbians too, believe they have rights like the rest of us. Just like us.

Imagine. Those who oppose equal rights for gays and lesbians are quick to worry that theirs are being trampled; that God will not love us anymore if we do not hate gays and lesbians. They fret God will strike Alaska stupid. (In my humble view, after reading some of the comments in the newspaper, He -- or She -- has a good start on that already.)...

Paul Jenkins

Just when you think government cannot get worse, short of human sacrifice or a ban on jelly doughnuts, along comes the Anchorage Assembly, a lunch bucket packed with hubris, lousy ideas and ersatz politicos eyeing the political barometer and ignoring common sense...

Paul Jenkins

If the presidential election were today and Sarah Palin somehow topped the Republican ticket, and even if she were joined in the race by an orangutan named Bob, and they were facing Barack Hussein Obama and Joe Biden -- or an idiot to be named later -- I would be forced to vote for her. Yeah, that's right. Vote -- for her. Sarah Palin. And Bob.

Embracing that reality makes me want to shower, and it is an acknowledgment that our political system has imploded. I'm the proud owner of a "Hater" T-shirt, for crying out loud, but the future is increasingly clear. If this nation is subjected to another four years of Obama's lunacy, it likely is finished, kaput, toasted...

Paul Jenkins

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