11/16/2010 09:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Tea Party Pays the Fiddler in Alaska

Instead of disguising their intentions by dressing as Mohawk Indians and carrying small hatchets as the original Tea Party did on Dec. 16, 1773, this group had to boldly make their desires clear and public by writing an unusual name on a ballot. And just as the Tea Party succeeded in dumping chests of tea in Boston Harbor and setting the stage for the American Revolution, nearly 100,000 Alaskans apparently have made it official that the existing government was fine with them.

With vote counting on the Last Frontier nearly complete, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has taken the lead over Sarah Palin's prodigy, Joe Miller, with write-in votes. As of Monday night she led by about 1,700 votes but the only counting still to be done was of write-in votes; they can only be for the Republican incumbent or no one at all.

Miller has yet to concede, but when all is seen and done both Miller and the mother grizzly will have some explaining to do. After all, Alaska is almost the cradle of the anti-government Tea Party version 2010.

The Republican party sent lawyers to Alaska to halfheartedly help challenge Murkowski's victory, but they have flown back to the lower 48 just as the British warships that were supposed to guarding the East India Co.'s tea sailed backed to England.

The words of the British admiral who watched them, John Montague, may be just as appropriate today: "Well boys, you have had a fine, pleasant evening for your Indian caper, haven't you? But mind, you have got to pay the fiddler yet!"