She’s not my U.S. Senator so maybe it’s easier for me to write this, but anyone who says this is going to have me listening to them:
“I will tell you, I am not one of those who wants Obama to fail,” Murkowski said. “If he does well, that means the country’s doing well. We don’t have time as a nation to spend all of what we do blocking. We have got to figure out how we get to a point where we can be sitting around the table and talking about these difficult problems and advancing some solutions.”
That we’re even calling speaking up this way as requiring courage should tell us something as well.
In the short clips at this CBS article about Murkowski’s interview with Katie Couric, Murkowski talks about needing to be there for all Alaskans – not just the ones that vote for her. I’ve been talking until I’m blue in the face lately about my concern that many electeds no longer even give lip service to this concept, let alone act on it. While there, you also can watch the portion of Katie Couric’s CBS interview in which Murkowski lauds Sarah Palin for her ability to connect with people but also critiques her for lacking “intellectual curiosity” and “leadership qualities.”
I completely agree with this:
“I want somebody that goes to bed at night and wakes up in the morning thinking about how we’re going to deal with our national security issues, how we’re going to deal with our economy, how we’re going to deal with providing better education or peace in the Middle East.”
As with Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins or Nancy Pelosi for that matter, these electeds reflect their voters, don’t pander to the screed of the hour and instead somehow manage to communicate an emphasis on being a public servant with political skill, and not on being a politician. Murkowski was criticized for her primary loss precisely because she wasn’t political enough. And Snowe is being targeted specifically because she builds bridges – those after her literally seek to blow up the figurative bridge between ideological approaches to common interests.
We have way too many public servants who have forgotten that entering government – to govern – derives from job one: serving the public. Politics as we’re experiencing it these days, is merely a by-product – not the end product. And we should not allow the media or the incumbent leaders who remain mostly unchanged to make us think otherwise.
When writers at blogs like Hot Air are dumping on an incumbent Republican U.S. Senator who has literally scrapped her way back to win (and will be just one of five GOP female senators with NH’s Kelly Ayotte being the new and fifth in the 112th), you know they’re afraid we’re paying too much attention to their preference for inaction.