August 25th, 2010
03:43 PM ET
4 years ago

Dems call Miller an 'extremist'

Democrats are moving fast to define Joe Miller as an ‘extremist.’
Democrats are moving fast to define Joe Miller as an ‘extremist.’

(CNN) – The Senate Republican primary race in Alaska still isn't over, but Democrats are moving fast to define Joe Miller - the previously unknown attorney who is on the verge of upsetting incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

In a statement Wednesday, DSCC Communications Director Eric Schultz described Miller as "an extremist who intends to transition-out Social Security, phase-out Medicare, and end unemployment benefits for all Alaskan families."

"Joe Miller seems more intent on imposing a strict social doctrine to please his out-of-state tea party backers but would leave the people of his state high and dry. Alaskans deserve a Senator who will stick up for them in the United States Senate," Schultz added.

The Anchorage Daily News reported last month that Miller has called for phasing out government Medicare and Social Security, as well as nixing the federal Department of Education.

"The only answer [to cut spending] is to return our federal government to the limits prescribed by our Constitution," Miller says on his Web site. "Federal powers not specified in the Constitution are reserved to the States by the 10th Amendment."

Miller, a graduate of West Point and Yale Law School, holds a slim lead over Murkowski with about 15,000 absentee ballots yet to be counted. Miller benefitted highly from the support of the Tea Party Express and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.


Filed under: 2010 • Alaska • DSCC • Joe Miller
soundoff (117 Responses)
  1. Marcus

    Everyone wants less government, until, that is, something happens in their own lives and they are the first, AND the loudest to scream for government intervention. Listen folks, you can't have it both ways. If we allowed SS to become "Private" most people would have lost their nest egg during the stock market crash at the end of the summer and through the fall of 2008.
    These are the same people who will be the firest in line when they get laid off and the first in line for FEMA.

    Give me a break.

    August 25, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. Left to the XTREME!

    @ric and others making the same claim This reminds me of the popular children's story: "the boy who cried evil government communazi's are coming to take our freedoms"

    August 25, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. Eli

    Extremist- Anyone who CNN doesn't like.

    August 25, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "Believe me sir, common sense dictates when the ship is on fire, you don't attempt to put it out with gasoline. THAT is the DIMRAT way and obviously yours. So take your blinders off and go ask Daddy BAMA for another glass of Kool Aid."

    So your response to Reg's excellent, well thought out post is an ad hominem attack full of idiotic Limbaugh-Beck talking point jibba jabba? And you wonder why everyone thinks the Teatards and conservatives are uneducated, extremist morons? Newsflash, "genius," anyone who (a) understands the political spectrum and (b) has been paying the slightest amount of attention understands that the GOP has moved to the extreme right since January 2009 in order to distance itself from what are, in actuality, quite centrist (sometimes slightly left of and sometimes slightly right of) policies from Obama and the Dems. The HCR Bill was in large part a re-working of what the GOP itself proposed in 1995-1996 in opposition to the Clinton plan.

    Why has the GOP gone bonkers and gravitated to the extreme right you ask? Simple. Take the salt and pepper shakers on your tabletop and put them 12 inches away from each other with the pepper on the right. Mark the center. Now move the pepper 12 inches to the right. Where does the center now lie? Aaaaaah, catching on are you? It's not about truth or where things actually lie on the political spectrum for the GOP...it's about the PERCEPTION of where things lie. They have been trying to shift the center in order to capture "independents" since January 2009. That's why they've gone off the deep end to the right while screaming that centrist policies they themselves once espoused are "radical leftist socialism" a misnomer that their scared, angry, resentful, bigotted, fundamentalist base is all too willing to believe when peaking out from under their rocks....and one that enough independents are willing to believe because they just don't get it and they're just plain angry at the entire mess.

    August 25, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. James V

    @ REG in AZ – a nice (if lengthy) post haha.

    I agree with most all of your points and the overall message of your post. And I for one see the Democratic Party as having few answers themselves. Some of them are no better than the Republicans you mention save for some ideological differences while the rest are so hung up trying to unrealistically help everyone that they are incapable of helping anyone.

    The end result is that we currently have NO ONE capable of governing in this nation's political sphere. It's been so codified into a two party system that it's virtually impossible of a third, fourth or fifth party to really plant roots and grow. Enough of both parties is owned that the system is effectively closed.

    I do not have a solution for this other than for the citizenry of this nation to collectively pull their heads from their posteriors and get better educated and more involved. Otherwise... we we continue on this path of self destruction in our self-created, vitriol filled quagmire.

    August 25, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. Donkey Party

    "doug" was a member of Al Queda before he was thrown out for being more effing stupid than the camel he was issued.

    August 25, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. Silence DoGood

    Both Dems and Repubs are scared of any party Tea, Libertarian, Green or whatever that threatens the sacred status quo.

    For all his posturing, we now see Obama too is part of the DebRepub single party system.

    Time for a Change. No, a real one.

    August 25, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. Jeff in Virginia

    Miller wants to ban all abortions, even in the case of rape or incest, and even when the mother's life is in danger.

    This IS an extreme view.

    That this is an extreme view is NOT NEWS, nor should CNN be making hay against Democrats for calling this man an extremist. He is an extremist, that is an objective fact.

    August 25, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. Duck Fallas

    I support this guy, if he stands for eliminating Medicare. That way, the grumpy old buggars supporting these teabaggers will get exactly what they deserve.

    August 25, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. joel palmer

    They better pin the extremist tail on this ass fast; Alaskans have a penchant for electing real nut jobs

    August 25, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. JKT

    Get rid of the Dept. of Education? Really? As if what this country needs is less education. We already rank far below the rest of the 1st world countries in education, and he wants to sink us further? Dude, that is seriously scary. And I bet he has the gall to claim this is the "best country on earth."

    August 25, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  12. Lou

    The Democratic party has gone so far to the left they have no business calling anyone any extremist. We will see who the voters think is extreme in November.

    August 25, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  13. Former Republican, but never again!

    It's hard to believe we have people running on an agenda of eliminating Social Security and Medicare. These two programs have done more to raise the standard of living for our seniors than any other program. It's foolish to even consider voting Republican.

    August 25, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. LMC

    I have never known a time in my life when politics have been so divisive as they are today. Whatever happened to working together for the common good? Is there no common ground to agree upon? I'm so tired of parties voting in lock step instead of considering what is best for the country and our people. I think the Founding Fathers are turning over in their graves!

    August 25, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  15. Keisha

    Eli – CNN didn't call Miller an extremist; the DSCC did. If you believe CNN to be biased, why do you keep reading the articles, much less commenting on them?

    August 25, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  16. NVa Native

    Ending SS & Medicaid/medicare are extremist positions.
    Joining the propogandist arm of the KOCH Corporation which is the teabaggers, and not taking the time to knowing who you serve, is extremist.
    There are "NO" moderate Repubs left, they are all part of the right-wing extremists of our political system.
    Everytime you look under a Republican rock you see corporate greed in bed with basic hypocracy.
    Sleazy fact of the day – 7% of Fox Media (which is worth billions of dollars) is owned by an (as Fox would have you believe) anti-American Islamic extremist. These people are the worst.
    Vote NO Republicans in our Congress this fall.

    August 25, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. GL

    The far right wing nuts are the NEW TALIBAN and they will totally destory the Republicans party with nutty people like this man.

    August 25, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  18. Antagonist

    Liberals are necessarily violent like Bill Ayers, but they are spenders that want to increase taxes and completely destroy the economy.

    August 25, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  19. Refudiation

    They shouldn't worry. Most Alaskan right wing neocon nutjobs quit in the middle of their term.

    August 25, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  20. joel palmer

    Tell the truth about Miller's record and the rpublithugs call it a smear

    It's only a smear because of his idiotic policy positions. Miller is way too extreme even for republithugs

    August 25, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  21. Flipper

    This is nothing new. The DNC likes to paint all GOP candidates as extremists and distort their platform beyond recognition. The fact that CNN is acting as the enthusiastic mouthpiece (yet again) of the Democrat Party is, sadly, predictable

    August 25, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  22. Rickster

    " Dems call Miller an 'extremist'".......................which means that he is a freedom-loving patriot that opposes the democrats anti-American agenda.

    August 25, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  23. Jerry

    A decorated Gulf War Veteran, Yale Law graduate, University of Alaska Masters degree in economics, a former state magistrate judge.......................seems pretty extreme to me..........EXTREMELY AMERICAN! (unlike our current joke of a president)

    August 25, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  24. Mike D

    There is no more SS money, the Dems spent the rest of it in the past 18 months! It is in the red, it is already dead and what the Dems are upset about is someone is saying not to put more money into the coffers they can steal. Until a meaningful law is passed that ensures SS is no longer a political slush fund it is meaningless and will always be an issue driving taxes higher.

    August 25, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  25. surveyman

    Ann, when was Adolf Hitler in this country?

    All of you people crying about getting rid of the Department of Education, let me ask you this. Do you want Barton, Demint, Shelby and McConnell telling you how to educate your kids? Probably no more than I want Obama, Pelosi, Reid and Schumer telling me how to educate mine. Leave education to the states. Besides, if you do that, think of all the DC education lobbyists that will be out of a job.

    August 25, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
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