Gabriel Arana is a senior editor at The American Prospect. His articles on gay rights, immigration, and media have appeared in publications including The New Republic, The Nation, Salon, The Advocate, and The Daily Beast.
Both Alaska and Washington alike have been trying to figure out why popular Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski failed to soundly defeat Joe Miller , a previously unknown Tea Party candidate, in Tuesday's primary. Even though Murkowski has had consistently high approval ratings in the state, Miller leads the senator by about 1,600 votes in a race that won't be called until all the absentee ballots are tallied in September. In the meantime, the two big stories that have emerged about the election involve Sarah Palin and anti-incumbency . I've already gotten into how opinion of Palin among Alaskan conservatives isn't monolithic -- she has her base, but there are still a lot of people who were disappointed by her final performance as governor. So I don't have much more to add beyond pointing out that one of Miller's biggest endorsements came from Anchorage talk-radio host Dan Fagan , who urged Republicans to "vote for Joe despite Sarah." As for whether the contagion that is anti-incumbency...
(Flickr/ megwhitman2010 ) California's Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman . The most recent Rasmussen Reports poll finds that Whitman has pulled ahead of Democratic challenger Jerry Brown , whom she had been trailing. She now leads by 8 points.
On this week's podcast from The American Prospect , Ann Friedman , Jamelle Bouie , and Gabriel Arana discuss the phenomenon of “extended adolescence” for those in their 20s, the oil-drilling moratorium’s impact on jobs, and new restrictions being placed on abortion in Alaska. Listen Now: Articles referred to: " What is it About 20-Somethings? " The New York Times " Musings From a 20-Something ," Jamelle Bouie " Job Losses Over Drilling Ban Fail to Materialize ," The New York Times To download the mp3 directly, click here . We're now on iTunes! Click "subscribe" to the right to get TAP's Take automatically delivered to your iTunes library every week!