People were heartened Friday morning to see Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska vote No to proceed to a vote on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. Murkowski later explained that she did not feel he was “the right man” for the court at this time.
On Friday evening, Murkowski further clarified her position before the full Senate stating:
“I have a very high standard. I have a very high bar for any nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States.”
“I have a very high standard. I have a very high bar for any nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States.” – Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the only Republican set to vote “no” on Brett Kavanaugh https://t.co/MbI9YBqwbx pic.twitter.com/iBmecPdjMD
— CNN (@CNN) October 6, 2018
Many speculated that Murkowski based her decision on the wishes of her constituents, many of whom, including Native Alaskans, sexual assault survivors as well as the Governor and Lieutenant Governor of her home state, lobbied her to oppose the nominee. Yet it was another Alaska resident who took exception to Murkowski’s decision that made the most waves.
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin took to Twitter to express her displeasure, stating:
“Hey [Lisa Murkowski] – I can see 2022 from my house…”
Hey @LisaMurkowski – I can see 2022 from my house…
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) October 5, 2018
Palin made reference to a claim she made as the late Senator John McCain’s running mate. When asked about her lack of foreign policy experience, Palin stated she could see Russia from her house.
Palin’s dig at Murkowski failed to garner much support.
YOU were by far the biggest mistake JohnMcCain made in his presidential race.
— Liz 🌊🌊 GOTV! (@LizMarie_72) October 6, 2018
Hard to believe this yahoo still thinks she should be commenting on ANYTHING.
— KRock (@KathrynRock80) October 6, 2018
Lol remember when you were governor of Alaska and you quit to try make the big bucks down in the lower 48 that was hilarious.
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) October 6, 2018
— Daniel McNeil🇨🇦 (@SaskDaniel_san) October 6, 2018
You’re a hack wrapped inside another hack stuffed in a hack turkey. Hacksaw Jim Duggan wasn’t this much of a hack.
— Travon Free (@Travon) October 6, 2018
— Dunebilly Willy (@FredTheDog04) October 6, 2018
Some point to a possibility of a rivalry going back years.