"Tea Party candidate Joe Miller 'credited the support of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for his lead. 'I'm absolutely certain that was pivotal, he said,'" reported the Anchorage Daily News yesterday and this morning, as incumbent Alaska Senator Lisa Murkoswki (above) watched her "sure-win" segue into "possible upset" and now "verge of stunning upset." Read Palin's Facebook endorsement here.
"SissyWillis We're having a Scott Brown sequel! even better :) … 'Historic night,'" twittered WooHooYoo in the first tweet to greet us early morning. Scrolling through our "Favorites" column, we were delighted and enlightened to discover our betters had stayed up all night with their eyes wide open while Sissy slept.
"So what sign did the mainstream media miss about @JoeWMiller and the #AKSEN race that would've given us a hint of this?" twittered Politico reporter Dave Catanese in the wee hours as Ace of Spades HQ called it just after midnight for Palin-endorsed challenger Joe Miller in Alaska's "classic underdog" Republican senatorial primary. A more prudent Dan Riehl, willing to declare only "Miller on Verge of Stunning Upset Over Murkowski, called it for truthiness in the Journolist-weakened legacy media's failure to believe their lying eyes:
@davecatanese no offense, maybe some 2 busy undermining Palin and TP to notice, perhaps? #AKSEN
In fairness, there was some polling showing Miller behind. But … This was an article written to describe what the author wished to happen, and what the intended audience joined him in wishing with all their hearts would happen.
Earlier tonight, someone called The Politico's claim of insurgents (again: by that they meant Tea Party favorites) failing so disastrously a case of spin.
I don't even think it's spin. Spin is when you know you're lying. These guys aren't lying.
They're wish-casting. They are not telling you any sort of objective reasonable assessment of likelihood; they are just telling you what their shriveled black hearts wish would happen.
"The results were a major upset in a race in which Murkowski held large advantages in name recognition and money," reports the WaPo's Chris Cillizza:
Examining the entrails of the twittersphere this morning, we discovered Tammy Bruce had been up all night virtually cavorting with "the boys" — Dan, Ace and Stacy McCain, whose blow-by-blow insider report is a must read — and has the last word on Ace's "wish-casters":
Miller had spent less than $200,000 as of early August, compared with more than $1.4 million for Murkowski.
But the "tea party"- backed Miller was boosted by an endorsement from Murkowski's longtime foe, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), as well as a controversial ballot measure, Proposition 2, that would require doctors to inform parents in order for a teenage girl to undergo an abortion. The measure appeared to be turning out conservative-leaning voters in record numbers.
If Murkowski is defeated, she will follow Sens. Bob Bennet (R-Utah) and Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), both of whom were defeated in intraparty battles earlier this year. A Miller win would also be a major boon for Palin, who endorsed four other candidates in Tuesday's primaries, all of whom had won or were on track to win.
You know evil is gonna be in a bad mood tomorrow so we must get some sleep to properly stare it down.
Update: Instalanche! Sorry about that, Professor:
TEA PARTY CANDIDATE beats Murkowski in Alaska. [Oops — ahead, but not beating so far. Sorry — posted this on my first cup of coffee and misread.]
Update II: Michelle Malkin "Buzzworthy" link!
Update III: After his second cup the Professor has a fun update:
Update IV: Top story on Memeorandum.
Update V: Cubachi links. Be sure to check out outraged kitteh plucked from soccer field.
Update VI: Dave Weigel weighs in.