When we last left the one-time Tea Party rising star Joe Miller, pundits were literally begging him
to concede the Alaska senate race to his opponent, Lisa Murkowski. Miller, if you recall, ousted
Murkowski in the GOP primary only to be overtaken in November by
a write-in bid by the incumbent Senator. But it apparently didn't have
to end so badly for him. He might've staved off a Murkowski
resurrection, National Journal's Julie Sobel
points out, if he had displayed a sense of good manners by giving her a
phone call after the primary.
In an interview with Dan Rather
Lisa Murkowski made sure to note that if Joe Miller had just given her a
ring, she might not have gone through all the trouble of launching a write-in bid
to reclaim her Senate seat. "Murkowski told us she might not have
challenged him at all had he been more gracious during her concession
call," Rather wrote. "Another lesson for the campaign trail... that
anyone's mother could have passed along for free."
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