Lisa Murkowski survived a Tea Party challenge and kept her Alaska seat. Is her survival a good or bad thing for Republican politicians?
She's getting praise from the left. She's casting lone votes for laws against her former Republican colleagues.
Does her behavior mean the Tea Party failed? Or will work harder in 2012 to get its view across?
I'd bet on work harder. Her votes will be an inspiration - not the kind the left or establishment would like to see.
Murkowski will be even lonelier as fewer and fewer establishment types have power against the Tea Party wave.