Alaska’s Quest for Genuine Conservatism

Tiberiu Dianu
Oct 21, 2018 · 6 min read
Photo: Mike Dunleavy (R) (Credits: Zac Freeland/Vox)

(UPDATED VERSION)

On Friday, October 19, 2018, with less than three weeks to go the midterm elections of November 6, Alaska’s governor Bill Walker announced that he was suspending his re-election bid after his running mate, Lt. Gov. Byron Mallot, resigned after “making an inappropriate overture toward a woman.”

Walker, a former Republican turned independent, and his Lt. Gov. Byron Mallot, a Democrat (and an Alaska Native leader), were elected in 2014 with Democratic support. After all, this winning formula was practiced repeatedly by another U.S. Senator (and NeverTrumper) from Alaska, Lisa Murkowski.

Walker endorsed the Democratic candidate, Mark Begich for Governor, and criticized the Republican contender, Mike Dunleavy. Come to think of it, socialist Bernie Sanders was also an “independent.”

Now can somebody explain to me what does this “inappropriate overture” really mean? And where are the #MeToo activists when you need them? Where is the rage, where is the vilification against the fellow Democrat (and Native Alaskan) Mallot? I’m shocked! Shocked!

Truth be told, the “independent” Governor Walker was running a distant third, and the Democrats were afraid that he would split the votes with Begich. Probably, in a boomerang effect, many of his Republican supporters will vote for Dunleavy anyway, securing the victory for a genuine Republican, thus turning Alaska again into a northern southern right-wing state, like some already said.

Since the summer, Dunleavy has constantly led in polls of Alaska’s governor’s race. In the first poll after Walker’s withdrawal (taken between October 19 and 22), Alaska Survey Research found the margin between Dunleavy and Begich was four points (48 percent to 44 percent). A new poll (taken between October 26 and 29), using cellphones and landline telephones showed 43 percent of Alaskans support for Dunleavy and 42 percent support Begich.

A third candidate, Billy Toien (Libertarian), got 3.3 percent, while 4 percent of voters are still undecided.

Key issues in the race are crime, the economy and the future of the checks Alaskans receive from the state’s oil-wealth fund, the Alaska Permanent Fund. Another important issue is fishing industry, and the war between commercial and recreational fishermen. Dunleavy appears to favors the latter ones, and many fears that, if elected, he would cut fisheries management budgets and other state programs that are important to the commercial fishing industry.

Alaskans are given an unexpected chance to vote genuinely conservative again.

Otherwise, Begich will make sure the caravan of those illegal Hondurans will march right into his state’s most northern point.

People of Alaska are missing Sarah Palin already!


NOTE — Versions of the article were published in:

CARIBBEAN NEWS NOW! (Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas) [8 comments]

and

INTELLECTUAL CONSERVATIVE (Phoenix, Arizona) [4 comments]

and

MARIANAS VARIETY (Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands) [4 comments]

and

MEDIUM (San Francisco, California) [100+ views; 4 comments; 100+ likes]

and featured in:

ALTERNATIVA/THE ALTERNATIVE (Toronto, Canada) (November 2018) [in Romanian] [NOTE = scroll down on the journal’s home page to get the article and then press OPEN on the article]

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and

ARMONIA/THE HARMONY (Hickory/Charlotte, North Carolina) [in Romanian] [ comments]

and also

ARMONIA MAGAZINE/THE HARMONY MAGAZINE (Hickory/Charlotte, North Carolina) [in Romanian] [ comments]

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and

CLICK ROMANIA (London, United Kingdom) [in Romanian] [4 comments]

and

CURENTUL INTERNAŢIONAL/INTERNATIONAL CURRENT (Sterling Heights/Detroit, Michigan) [in Romanian] [4 comments]

and

GÂNDACUL DE COLORADO/THE COLORADO BEETLE (Estes Park/Denver, Colorado) [in Romanian] [500+ views; 4 comments]

and

MERIDIANUL ROMÂNESC/THE ROMANIAN MERIDIAN (Santa Clarita/Los Angeles, California) [in Romanian]

and

NAŢIUNEA/THE NATION (Bucharest, Romania) [in Romanian] [4 comments]

and

NEW YORK MAGAZIN/NEW YORK MAGAZINE (New York City, New York) [in Romanian] [4 comments]

and

OBSERVATORUL/THE OBSERVER (Toronto, Canada) [in Romanian]

ROMANIAN TIMES (Portland, Oregon) [in Romanian]

and also

ROMANIAN TIMES (Portland, Oregon) (print edition, pp. and ) [in Romanian]

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SAVE AMERICA FOUNDATION (Clearwater, Florida)

and

TRUMP’S MINUTEMEN (Fort Worth, Texas)

and referenced in:

CENTRUL DE PRESĂ — PRESSPEDIA/THE PRESS CENTER — PRESSPEDIA (Bucharest, Romania) [in Romanian] [200+ views]

and

CURENTUL INTERNAŢIONAL/INTERNATIONAL CURRENT — FACEBOOK (Sterling Heights/Detroit, Michigan) [in Romanian]

and

MUCK RACK (New York, New York)

and

WIKINOW

and

WORLD NEWS (New York, New York)


NUMBER OF PUBLICATIONS = 20

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Tiberiu Dianu

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TIBERIU DIANU has published several books and a host of articles in law, politics, and post-communist societies. He currently lives and works in Washington, DC.

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