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No Free Speech for Murkowski: Alaska Republicans Consider Reprimanding Senator Over Kavanaugh Vote

October 8, 2018 in Blogs

By Joan McCarter, Daily Kos

Murkowksi lined up all the support she needed at home to take this vote.

If money can embody the First Amendment right to free speech, then how a senator votes sure does, too. But if you're a Republican senator, and you vote against the Russian asset in the Oval Office's choice for the Supreme Court, you might just be foregoing that right.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), who voted with her home-state constituents and with her own conscience, is now being threatened by the Alaskan Republican Party, which is considering whether to formally reprimand her.

Tuckerman Babcock, the party chair, tells AP that they have “asked Murkowski to provide any information she might want its state central committee to consider,” and that it could decide to issue a statement, withdraw its support from her, encourage the party to look for a replacement, or ask that she not run for re-election as a Republican.

Murkowksi lined up all the support she needed at home to take this vote, so she's probably not terribly frightened by this. So she should give the following statement: “I won a write-in campaign in 2010, when my name had to be correctly spelled on every vote for me. M.U.R.K.O.W.S.K.I. Do your best, assholes.”

Then declare herself independent and starting voting with the Democrats. Clearly, she can't be a Republican unless she declares total fealty to Trump.

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