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Murkowski Tries 'Mickey Mouse' Tactic to School Voters

Thursday, 21 Oct 2010 12:04 PM

Chances are, some Alaska Republicans will remember incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski bitterly as a party turncoat who opted to become a write-in candidate after tea party- and Sarah Palin-backed Joe Miller wrested the GOP nomination from her. And Alaska Democrats will recall her fondly as the former Republican whose write-in candidacy divided the GOP bloc and boosted the candidacy of Democrat Scott McAdams.

Lisa Murkowski, Mickey Mouse, Joe Miller, Sarah PalinAs for Murkowski, she just hopes Alaskans can learn how to spell her name, and remember how at the polls.

To help that cause, Murkowski is turning to Mickey Mouse tactics and other memory aides. For instance, the normally staid member of an Alaska political family broke into song during a radio interview the other day. To the tune of “The Mickey Mouse Club” theme song, she sang, "M-U-R, K-O-W, eh-S, K-ay, I!", according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

Her spelling tutorial acknowledges the difficulty voters might have with the name, even though they should have become accustomed to it when her dad, Frank, was senator, and then governor. He was senator from 1981 until he became governor of the 49th state in 2002 — and appointed his daughter to replace him. Her camp also has trotted out other teaching aids, including rubber bracelets, pens, and temporary tattoos as crib sheets at the polls, the Times noted.

A month ago, Miller had a seemingly insurmountable lead over Murkowski. Now, with a Rasmussen poll showing them in a virtual tie — and with McAdams nipping at their heels like a husky in the Iditarod — she’s ramped up her name-teaching options, the Times reported, citing this quote: "You can do it visually: A cow on skis? You can think your way through this! And remember the ‘Hokey Pokey’? As the host fell silent, the senator started singing again: ‘You fill the o-val in, you write Mur-kow-ski out — pretty funky, huh?’”

Well, the race promises to get funkier as Nov. 2 approaches.

On Wednesday, former Gov. and GOP vice-presidential candidate Palin endorsed Miller, as she had in the primary and quite possibly vaulted him to victory in that race.

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