FAIRBANKS - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Republicans have the Democratic Party "absolutely scrambling."
Murkowski spoke Saturday to more than 150 people at a Republican fundraiser in Fairbanks, the Fairbanks Republican Women's annual Lincoln Day Dinner.
Murkowski a year ago said things looked downright gloomy for the GOP but the shifting national mood gives Republicans a chance at a historic showing at the polls in 2010.
Murkowski said a year of Democratic missteps has given Republicans an opening to reclaim ground as voters send a message to Washington. She said the bungles include forcing health care reform on an unconvinced public.
The Alaska Republican said that helped emphasize GOP principles of limited government and independence.