By Christina Wilkie - 05/23/11 11:36 PM EDT
But for many observers, the most memorable thing about her speech was her intensely floral fashion.
Instead, she opted for a short-sleeved, full-skirted dress, with what can only be described as a seriously bold pattern of blue flowers on it — big flowers that looked as though Picasso could have painted them.
Alaskans, however, might have been vaguely reminded of another flower likely close to their heart: The arctic forget-me-not, Alaska’s state bloom. But forget-me-nots are baby blue, while these petals were a deep periwinkle.
Murkowski smartly accessorized with a pearl necklace, white bracelet and low heels. ITK gives her two thumbs up.