delaying the improbable
the only imperfect detail is that, until her party primary loss to joe miller this year, lisa murkowski was a loyal party-faithful politician, (in this case, republican), so it's not completely the independent candidate being graced by the independent voice of the people, but it's pretty damn close as far as i'm concerned, and i'm rooting for lisa in this race all the way. joe, on the other hand, fired his first salvo by petitioning a federal court to revoke the franchise of tens of thousands of alaskans for errors including the use of cursive handwriting to scribe the "L" in lisa. (no joke--"shortly after the second day of write-in ballot counting began, a miller observer challenged a vote for murkowski that appeared to have her name spelled and printed correctly, though the L in lisa was in cursive handwriting").
the funniest part? even joe's hypercritical nonsense has only been able to call into any sort of question about 9.9% of the first 30,000 murkowski write-in ballots scrutinized. at this rate, he'd still fall short of stopping the inevitability of murkowski's victory. (and, not to worry if you, like me, believe in honoring the votes of each and every voter wherever reasonable and possible--the state of alaska election commission has already cited case law defending their intent to discern voter intent in counting the ballots).
to her credit, murkowski is refusing to claim victory until the election is completed. to their credit, alaskans have proven that they will make any effort required to select the candidate of THEIR choice, not the major american political parties'. to nobody's credit, joe miller is continuing to do whatever he can do to disenfranchise anyone who opposes him.
yup, that much is indeed party politics as usual.