Politico: “I believe Planned Parenthood provides vital services to those in need and disagree with their funding cuts in the bill,” Murkowski wrote in a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Vice Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). “I ask you to consider these programs going forward to determine if there is room for allowing continued funding.” [...]
In an e-mail to a constituent, Murkowski expanded on her position, also taking shots at the House Republicans’ attempts to end Title X funding. “I do believe that Planned Parenthood provides vital services to those in need and disagree with its funding cuts contained in the H.R. 1 package,” she wrote in a Friday e-mail, obtained by POLITICO. “From 2002-2008, Planned Parenthood received $342 million in federal taxpayer money through Title X funding alone. With these funds, Planned Parenthood has provided women throughout the U.S. with important family planning and contraceptive services as well as screening for breast and cervical cancers for low-income women. I believe it is important that Title X organizations continue to receive funding. In Alaska, this includes five centers — two health department clinics, two Planned Parenthood clinics in Sitka and Soldotna and one independent clinic.”I am reminded how the GOP establishment chastised TEA Party conservatives for loosing the Senate by supporting strong conservative candidates in blue states. Christine O'Donnell immediately comes to mind. However, Lisa Murkowski is a perfect example of what happens when conservatives go along with supporting RINOs just for the sake of adding numbers. Simply packing the Senate with any old Republican, means that you end up with some folks wondering off the reservation.
In 2012 there are 23 Democrats up for reelection and Republicans only need five or six seats to control the Senate. Needless to say, we can very well afford to be extremely picky.