One of the lame duck’s biggest surprises was how reliably Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted with Democrats. Her “yes” votes on DREAM and DADT repeal arguably put her to the left of Democrats Jon Tester and Joe Manchin — during the lame duck, at least.
As she darted out of the Senate chamber Wednesday afternoon TPM asked her if those votes would’ve been harder to cast if she’d never been primaried and was still a member of GOP leadership.
“Nah,” she said, as the elevator doors closed.
So I guess that answers that.
Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight, and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at email@example.com.