Who is Joe Miller fighting for?

Posted: Friday, December 03, 2010

As Joe Miller continues to press his suit against the state Division of Elections, we can't help but wonder, who is it that he is fighting for?

Because there is one conclusion regarding the intent of Alaska voters we can draw from this election: Significantly more people voted for a candidate other than Joe Miller.

To take that a step further, siginificantly more voters chose a write-in candidate over any of the candidates on the ballot. The Division of Elections, the agency charged with conducting elections in Alaska, has determined that 100,868 votes were cast for Sen. Lisa Murkowski, including 8,153 that were challeneged by Miller observers. Another 2,010 ballots that appeared to be cast for Murkowski were not counted.

Miller's final vote tally was 90,468.

So, the only scenario in which Miller would be awarded a Senate seat would be for a court to rule that the votes cast by more than 10,400 shouldn't count.

Let's say that again, for emphasis: The only way for Miller to become Alaska's next U.S. Senator is for his lawyers to convince a court that the votes of more than 10,400 Alaskans shouldn't count.

Which gets us back to our original question, just who is it that Miller hopes to represent? The same people whose votes he says shouldn't count?

Leading up to the election, Miller showed his disdain for Alaskans, willingly talking with national media outlets then clamming up and ducking out the side door in front of the Alaska media. He appears more interested in his sudden national celebrity than he does in reperesenting the interests of Alaskans in the U.S. Senate.

Drawing out his lawsuit is nothing more than stretching his 15 minutes of fame. He's questioned the state's electoral process, alledging fraud, but has yet to provide a shred evidence, just rumor and innuendo. If a court does indeed find his claims without merit, no doubt the Yale-educated lawyer will get plenty of mileage out of accusing the establishment of keeping him down.

Don't get us wrong; if there are issues with the integrity of Alaska's voting process, they need to be addressed. Expediting Miller's suit should not be the political equivalent of getting up to the line of scrimmage and snapping the football before anyone can throw a red flag for a video review.

But if the court determines that the Division of Elections has both feet down inbounds and the ball under control, we'd ask Mr. Miller to accept defeat. It does appear to be what the voters intended.

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