I'm a bit late getting to this but... if there was ever a better summary of Frank Murkowski's term as governor than the one he has provided, I haven't found it:
"I think my critics failed to appreciate my style of management," said Murkowski. "I came in here to make a change, make a difference, not build consensus."The problem with this philosophy, of course, is that consensus-building is a necessary first step to making "a change" and "a difference." When there are 60 other people (at least) who have a constitutional say in what you do, building consensus is absolutely critical. If that fails, everything else fails as well.
The Murkowski years in a nutshell.