Commentary: Murkowski is playing both sides

Sen. Lisa Murkowski may have been trying for a laugh line when she said the following at her town hall meeting Thursday evening: "I don't believe the government should be running health care. The government is good at some things, but don't ask me to tell you what they are."

Or maybe she was just pandering to the anti-government sentiment in that night's crowd.

This much is clear: One thing she thinks "the government" is "good at" is writing checks from the federal treasury to Alaska:

Here's a recent sampling of things she has bragged about in press releases since the last week in June:

Alaska stood to get $24.5 million from a bill funding rural water and waste water disposal grants, Sen. Murkowski announced on Aug. 3.

In the same release, she described rescuing "a $17.5 million high energy cost grant program important to Alaska rural communities." (Leading the attack on that program was none other than her party's 2008 nominee for president, John McCain, who carried Alaska with 59 percent of the vote.)

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