U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla. said that even though Alaskans might be lukewarm about the Republican on the presidential ticket, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the state is so red that it won't matter when it comes to the congressional race. McCain will "provide cover" for Republican candidates in Alaska, including Rep. Don Young, Cole said.They will never learn. This makes it all that more important for conservatives to support Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell's candidacy. If I can afford to do it on my $18,000 a year salary, you can, too.
"But so far as I know, nobody's been charged with anything and I think that becomes really critical. At the end of the day, I've served with Don Young. I believe he's an honorable man. I don't have any doubt about it."
Despite Rep. Cole's friendly words, Don Young remains one of the most corrupt figures in politics on either side of the aisle. Cole can't even (reliably) say that Rep. Young could win against his Democratic challenger in the fall. Internal polling from his likely challenger shows Young behind by 8 points.
Cole and the NRCC are sacrificing respectability, ethics, and even electability on the altar of incumbency. This is why Republicans lost in 2006, and why they will continue to lose in 2008. If McCain stands up and "provides cover" for Young, he can throw out any chance of running on a message of good ethics and change in government.