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Is Lugarís Loss an ĎAlarm Bellí for the Death of Bipartisanship?
PJ Media ^ | May 9, 2012 | Bridget Johnson

Posted on 05/10/2012 6:45:39 AM PDT by Kaslin

Mourdock says that's a good thing; Kerry prays for election "purge" in America "of this incredible waste of opportunity that we're living through here."

After Sen. Richard Lugar’s decades-long career on the Hill came to an abrupt end Tuesday night, some of his Senate colleagues openly lamented his loss, defended his conservative credentials, and blasted his defeat as a troubling sign for the future of the chamber.

Those colleagues were on the other side of the aisle.

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee where Lugar serves as ranking member, quickly addressed the primary results last night in a long, impassioned statement in support of his longtime friend and colleague, who took a 61-39 percent beating from Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock.

“This is a tough period in American politics, but I’d like to think that we’ll again see a United States Senate where Dick Lugar’s brand of thoughtful, mature, and bi-partisan work is respected and rewarded,” he said.

But the main message was a warning that the bipartisanship is near the end of its run in the notoriously deadlocked upper chamber — or, as the senator put it Wednesday afternoon, “the alarm bells have been sounded.”

Kerry called Lugar’s loss “a tragedy for the Senate” and “a blow to the institution during a period when the institution itself has been strained.”

The onetime Democratic presidential candidate was far from finished with his lament, as he used a chunk of his floor time today to warn about the “consequences” of Lugar’s defeat.

“Whether you agreed with him or not,” Kerry said, Lugar “refused to allow this march to an orthodoxy about ideology… to get in the way of what he thought was the responsibility of a senator.”

“There’s no doubt from anyone on our side of the aisle that Dick Lugar is a conservative,” Kerry added, noting “he’s a proud Republican.”

The chairman said that only in the last few years had politics begun to interfere in the foreign policy side of Senate action, and “we would do well to get back in touch” with the good old days of cross-aisle cooperation.

“These are the same rules that we operated with when Bob Dole was leader, when George Mitchell was leader,” Kerry said. “We got things done … we don’ t have to change the rules, we have to change the thinking or change the people who don’t want to do it.”

The Massachusetts senator said lawmakers were needed with “intelligence and willpower to put the country and its interests above everything else.”

“My prayer is that this election year is going to help purge this country of this incredible waste of opportunity that we’re living through here,” Kerry said.

It was then Majority Whip Dick Durbin’s (D-Ill.) turn on the floor, where he said that Lugar and late Rhode Island moderate Republican John Chafee were “soulmates.”

“What a disappointment last night,” Durbin lamented, adding that he’d worked with Lugar on foreign policy in bipartisan settings such as the Aspen Institute.

“We also knew he was a Hoosier conservative,” Durbin added, saying that it was known that Lugar couldn’t be budged from his ideology and he hoped the Senate wouldn’t “succumb to temptation to making this place more partisan.”

“It is a loss,” he said. “It’s a sad day on both sides of the aisle that Dick Lugar won’t be part of the Senate in the future.”

While expressing doubts about the future of the chamber — and, clearly, fears about Tea Party influence within — the Democrats acknowledged that they don’t know who will ultimately fill Lugar’s seat in November.

But as much as they’ll miss their six-term colleague, Democrats are today more optimistic about the opportunity to fill a seat that was previously in the solid red column. Sensing this opportunity in the making, Majority PAC, the Dems’ Senate-race super PAC, spent $32,500 on anti-Lugar ads during the primary and not a dime against Mourdock.

Mourdock, backed by Sarah Palin and others on the Tea Party right, is “not Christine O’Donnell,” as former Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh (D) told ABC News, in terms of political and campaign experience — though Dems are said to have stocked up a trove of soundbites, including a call for more partisanship in Washington, and actions to whip out against Mourdock in this next leg of the contest.

And he hasn’t wasted any time jumping into the ring against his Democratic challenger in November, Blue Dog Rep. Joe Donnelly, who has polled evenly with Mourdock but trailed badly behind Lugar. In an email to the Breitbart News list today, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) sent out a fundraising plea from the Senate Conservatives Fund to jump-start Mourdock’s general election effort.

“Mourdock is virtually defenseless after spending everything he had to win the primary election,” DeMint wrote. “The Democrats are going to come at him very hard in the next few weeks and work to brand him as an extremist. We need to act quickly to replenish Mourdock’s war chest so he can get the truth out about his record and vision for the future of this country.”

Mourdock has said he wants to model himself after DeMint and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), the Tea Party Caucus member who replaced another senator deemed to not be conservative enough, Bob Bennett.

“We can’t depend on the Washington establishment to fight for him,” DeMint continued. “Given a choice between supporting a moderate candidate in one state and a conservative candidate like Mourdock in another, the establishment will put its money behind the moderate. They know liberal Republicans won’t stop business as usual in Washington and don’t have the courage to stand up to the leaders in their own party.”

In Mourdock’s quest to “move the Senate to a more conservative place,” that might mean not even supporting Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

“What I’ve said is, if we get a few more conservatives in the United States Senate, we can certainly change the leadership, but not necessarily the people,” Mourdock said on MSNBC today. “I’ve never made any statement, in fact I’ve never had the occasion to talk to Mr. McConnell. We’ve not made any decision there whatsoever.”

“I recognize that this is one of those times where there is great polarization between the two parties, and frankly the ideas for which the parties are working are really at opposite ends of the spectrum — I don’t think there’s going to be a lot of successful compromise,” Mourdock said on CNN, adding bipartisanship should be Democrats coming back toward the right.

Lugar, in conceding the race to Mourdock last night, said he wants to see “my friend Mitch McConnell have a Republican majority in the Senate. I hope my opponent prevails in November to contribute to that Republican majority.”

In a statement issued before his concession speech, Lugar said he knew that he “was a likely target of Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and other Super Pacs dedicated to defeating at least one Republican as a purification exercise to enhance their influence over other Republican legislators.”

“From time to time during the last two years I heard from well-meaning individuals who suggested that I ought to consider running as an independent. My response was always the same: I am a Republican now and always have been,” he added. “I have no desire to run as anything else. All my life, I have believed in the Republican principles of small government, low taxes, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and trade expansion.”

Lugar urged Mourdock, if elected, “to revise his stated goal of bringing more partisanship to Washington.”

“What he has promised in this campaign is reflexive votes for a rejectionist orthodoxy and rigid opposition to the actions and proposals of the other party,” Lugar said. “…He has pledged his support to groups whose prime mission is to cleanse the Republican party of those who stray from orthodoxy as they see it.”

But the senator added that the increasing number of lawmakers “who have adopted an unrelenting partisan viewpoint” applies to both parties.

“Partisans at both ends of the political spectrum are dominating the political debate in our country,” he said. “And partisan groups, including outside groups that spent millions against me in this race, are determined to see that this continues.”

“Bipartisanship is not the opposite of principle,” Lugar added. “One can be very conservative or very liberal and still have a bipartisan mindset.”

Longtime Democratic lawmakers generally agreed that they’d miss the way that the longtime Republican lawmaker did business on the Hill: genteel and non-confrontational are adjectives they’ve used to describe Lugar.

But before the Senate turned back to squabbling about student-loan interest rates today, Durbin did deliver a bipartisan gesture not even seen in President Obama’s State of the Union speech — an address delivered shortly after the man who filled Obama’s Senate seat was felled by a stroke, but who was absent from Obama’s words.

Durbin said on the Senate floor that when a doctor first publicly issued a grim prognosis for his Illinois colleague, “I was upset because I thought, ‘He doesn’t know Mark Kirk.’ He will be back. …I’m sure it will be soon.”

Kirk singled out Durbin and a handful of other lawmakers among his “congressional family” that have supported him in a Chicago Tribune column today about his stroke.

Durbin, who spoke to Kirk this week, said he’s looking forward to getting back to weekly joint town hall meetings with the Republican senator. “People just love it when we disagree because we do it without getting angry at each other,” he said.

“There will be many from both sides of the aisle cheering his return to the United States Senate.”


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1 posted on 05/10/2012 6:45:41 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Bottom line;
If you’ve been there 35 years and everybody loves you, you are part of the problem.


2 posted on 05/10/2012 6:49:19 AM PDT by vanilla swirl (searching for something meaningfull to say)
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To: Kaslin

Bipartisanship? OH, we mean that liberal bait. That RINO “moderate” method of covering up the crimes of liberals and of the rules of pimping they were all living by all along, not letting us know... that corruption of the “tolerant and modreates” at the hands of terrorists.

AH, that bipartisanship called RINO cover up of games whose rules we are not told about... yeah... that game of naming who is a terrorist and who is not...

Let the games begin...


3 posted on 05/10/2012 6:49:22 AM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: Kaslin

Adam Smith’s invisible hand reaches across the aisle and gives the finger to our former “good friends”


4 posted on 05/10/2012 6:49:50 AM PDT by spokeshave (If Obama is Lenin....who are Trotsky and Stalin...?)
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To: Kaslin
"where Dick Lugar’s brand of thoughtful, mature, and bi-partisan work is respected and rewarded,” he said. "

LOL. Where is JF'nK's brand of thoughtful, mature and bi-partisan legislative performance to be seen?

How about a BUDGET, d00fus.

5 posted on 05/10/2012 6:50:46 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Kaslin

The word “bipartisan” means that some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out. - George Carlin


6 posted on 05/10/2012 6:51:44 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Kaslin

To answer the headline question: I hope so, because bipartisanship in the eyes of the DemonRats and Lamestream media means Republicans cave every time... so Yes - I do indeed hope Lugar’s ouster is indeed the end of bipartisanship.


7 posted on 05/10/2012 6:51:51 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmitt. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: Kaslin
Kerry prays for election "purge" in America...

Amen, bro!


8 posted on 05/10/2012 6:51:56 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Kaslin

Is bipartisanship where the Republicrats, like Lugar, crawl across the aisle on their knees and beg to please the opposition?

Is bipartisanship where the Democrats crap on the floor and the Republicrats clean it up?

If this is the case then YES! No more bipartisanship and no more Mr. or Mrs. or Miss nice guy! No more of this ‘my honorable friend from -———’


9 posted on 05/10/2012 6:53:23 AM PDT by IbJensen (If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed)
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To: Kaslin
“Whether you agreed with him or not,” Kerry said, Lugar “refused to allow this march to an orthodoxy about ideology…

Hence, his excision.

Note to other Republicans: Learn it. Live it. Love it.

Word.

10 posted on 05/10/2012 6:53:48 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Kaslin
Lugar's departure is not indicative of the death of bi-partisanship - it is indicative of how far out of touch RINO's are with the American electorate.

It's ironic to hear blow-hards like the traitor Kerry and the mendacious Durbin lament his passing. It is they, and others like Dingy Harry and Pelosi, and of course the Narcissist-in-Chief, who have killed bi-partisanship in American politics.

The Repubs are all too accomodating while the Socialists go for the throat like pit bulls and never let go. Conservatives should be as zealous and relentless.



Nos genuflectitur ad non princeps sed Princeps Pacem!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

11 posted on 05/10/2012 6:53:55 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kaslin
It's an alarm bell for the death of the GOPe.
12 posted on 05/10/2012 6:54:06 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Do I really need a sarcasm tag? Seriously? You're that dense?)
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To: Kaslin

““We can’t depend on the Washington establishment to fight for him,” DeMint continued. “Given a choice between supporting a moderate candidate in one state and a conservative candidate like Mourdock in another, the establishment will put its money behind the moderate. They know liberal Republicans won’t stop business as usual in Washington and don’t have the courage to stand up to the leaders in their own party.” “

Sadly, some have accused DeMint of being a rino. At some point we need to stop attacking our allies, flaws and all, and start attacking the real enemy.


13 posted on 05/10/2012 6:54:43 AM PDT by icwhatudo (This is not a choice between Romney&Reagan-Its between Romney & most radical leftist Pres in history)
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To: Kaslin
Crocodile tears from the lunatic left.

If nothing else, this proves he needed to GO!

14 posted on 05/10/2012 6:55:09 AM PDT by grobdriver
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To: Kaslin
Alarm bell? Bipartisanship died with obamacare. Obama, Reid, and Pelosi put the final nail in that coffin.
15 posted on 05/10/2012 6:55:09 AM PDT by deweyfrank
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To: Kaslin
Kerry called Lugar’s loss “a tragedy for the Senate” and “a blow to the institution during a period when the institution itself has been strained.”

Awwwwww. Poor John Kerry. And he was SO looking forward to endorsing Lugar over his DemocRAT opponent.

16 posted on 05/10/2012 6:55:34 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Kaslin
“My prayer is that this election year is going to help purge this country of this incredible waste of opportunity that we’re living through here,” Kerry said.

What the hell did he say?

My prayer for all of you old bats up there: "Be afraid, be very afraid, your days are numbered, and you too will be PURGED."

17 posted on 05/10/2012 6:55:41 AM PDT by annieokie
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To: Kaslin

The bi-partisanship that brought us to a 15 TRILLION dollar defecit, surrender in the war on terror, Russia and Red China resurgent, the Middle East on fire, ObamaCare, the Chevy Volt, Solyndra, Fast and Furious, $4/gallon gasoline, the EPA terrorizing industry, food police, a flood of illegals, millions of children being killed, government in every aspect of our lives, homosexuals in the military and TRILLIONS spent on welfare? Let’s hope that’s the end of it!!


18 posted on 05/10/2012 6:56:49 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: spokeshave

Would that be the Federal Fecal Finger?


19 posted on 05/10/2012 6:57:02 AM PDT by Graewoulf ((Dictator Baby-Doc Barack's obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Texas Eagle

Amazing how Democrats love Republicans once they are out of office.


20 posted on 05/10/2012 6:57:31 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: annieokie

Bump


21 posted on 05/10/2012 6:58:07 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: ConorMacNessa

There are no RINOs, Republicans, maybe with the exception of Reagan, have always been spineless Jellyfish. If anything it was Reagan that was the RINO.


22 posted on 05/10/2012 6:58:56 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: JudgemAll
The term "bipartisanship" is virtually unknown in other western democracies. It is entirely an invention of the American left, as far as I can tell.

In other countries it is called "coalition government". It is only entered into because no one party has a majority or because the country faces an existential threat such as a war.

In parliamentary systems, the government is "opposed" by the "opposition" which is basically opposed to everything the government is doing.

23 posted on 05/10/2012 7:00:23 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: Kaslin

It was Obama’s election that ended bipartisanship.


24 posted on 05/10/2012 7:00:52 AM PDT by chopperman
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To: Kaslin

Death of bipartisanship my ass. One less RINO, who caves to the dems, I’d call it a good start!


25 posted on 05/10/2012 7:00:55 AM PDT by b4its2late (Patience is not a virtue, it is a waste of time.)
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To: dfwgator
"the death of bipartisanship?"

One could only hope, but I'm not holding my breath...

26 posted on 05/10/2012 7:01:12 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin: More miles per sound bite than the closest competitor...)
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To: Keith in Iowa

Me too.

They are there to represent their constituants and their state within the bounds of the constitution. When they lose sight of that, they enter the world of bending over for the libs albeit some of the recently enacted anti liberty and freedom laws bely the notion that it is only the dems who are “liberal”.

Maybe in that far off land where there are conservatives and moderates in both parties, compromise was possible but not today as one party is hard corps left with no internal decension allowed...the other is not quite as lefty and equally the leaders allow no division in their ranks. So, you are either hard corps left or “moderate”. What do you get when a moderate compromises with a hard corps lefty: a socialist.


27 posted on 05/10/2012 7:01:49 AM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: dfwgator

Carlin had that nailed.


28 posted on 05/10/2012 7:02:25 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: Kaslin
Here's yer bipartisanship as it now stands:


29 posted on 05/10/2012 7:03:04 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Kaslin

Re: Durbin’s comments on Lugar.

I am sure the good voters of Indiana are pleased as punch to have the senator from the people’s republic of Ill-Annoy criticize their choice.

If Kerry and Durbin are SO interested in bipartisanship, I am sure Sen. Mourdock will be happy to have them support his policies, and move his (Mourdock’s) bills forward in the Senate.


30 posted on 05/10/2012 7:03:26 AM PDT by RedElement
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To: Kaslin

PJ Media is a good crew, so I will be gentle to the author.... but there is no such thing as ‘bipartisanship’. There is either go along with the socialists and Democrats (and you will be called bipartisan), or oppose the socialists and Democrats (and you will be called a reactionary right-winger Teabagger terrorist).


31 posted on 05/10/2012 7:03:51 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Kaslin

If what we have now is “bipartisanship”, then I want no more of it.

I would actually REJECT the premise that we currently have a Congress that acts with bipartisanship. We have one party whose stated goal is to continuously move this country toward MORE state-controlled dependency. And if other parties go in a different direction, they are deemed radical. I don’t believe that you can establish ANY bipartisanship when one side not only does not budge, but actively works to FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORM this country.

When your party uses terms like “Fundamentally Transform”, who is the radical?

And while we are talking bipartisanship, the only time that word is used in Congress is when the Democrats do not have complete power. From 2007-2010, the Republicans were not just ignored, but they were actively LOCKED OUT of legislative discussions.


32 posted on 05/10/2012 7:06:04 AM PDT by Eagle of Liberty (We the People are coming!!)
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To: Kaslin

I don’t want bipartisanship, I want fist fights on the Senate floor, like in the Taiwanese Parliament.


33 posted on 05/10/2012 7:06:28 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Kaslin
Compromise just results in more socialism and less liberty, but more (R)s mixed in with the (D)s. No thanks.

Drag yerass Lugar. You're next Hatch, Snowe, Graham...


34 posted on 05/10/2012 7:06:28 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (When we cease to be good we'll cease to be great. Be for Goode.)
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To: Kaslin

Thoroughly disingenuous as it ignores the fact that the Dems are purging all of their “moderates” as well (Jason Altmeyer here in Pennsylvania being a prime example)


35 posted on 05/10/2012 7:09:08 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Kaslin

36 posted on 05/10/2012 7:10:28 AM PDT by tomkat ( FU.baraq <font finger=middle>)
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To: Kaslin

The party that crammed Obamacare down our throats without a single Republican vote now pretends to be concerned about “bipartisanship”...


37 posted on 05/10/2012 7:10:52 AM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: Kaslin
Would Kerry and Durbin be speaking so glowingly about compromise and bipartisanship if the Republicans were pushing to eliminate things like the Department of Education, and a few Democrats crossed the aisle to compromise on eliminating only 75% of the department?

No, I don't think so.

38 posted on 05/10/2012 7:12:32 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: Kaslin

The Obama is driving us toward a cliff, and Lugar was among the chorus saying “oh, you might want to slow down a little”. His constituents swapped him out for someone promising to grab the handbrake and yank hard.


39 posted on 05/10/2012 7:18:43 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (Cloud storage? Dropbox rocks! Sign up at http://db.tt/nQqWGd3 for 2GB free (and I get more too).)
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To: Kaslin

Bi-Partisanship just means Republicans caving into the the demands of the Democrats. When was the last time you ever heard a Democrat getting praise for working with the Republicans? How about never.

The reason our country is in the sorry shape its in is due to 65 years of the Republicans engaging in Bi-Partisanship. Its way past time for that ship to sail.


40 posted on 05/10/2012 7:23:19 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Kaslin

Luger is part of the problem in Washington. He has become a political insider willing to cut deals for special interests that support him and putting what is best for the country as a whole out of mind. Good riddance.


41 posted on 05/10/2012 7:24:55 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: dfwgator

Wrong, they liked this guy while he was in office.
That is how you know he is BAD.


42 posted on 05/10/2012 7:26:06 AM PDT by Bainbridge
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To: Bainbridge

Kerry said we need leaders with intelligence. Is he resigning?


43 posted on 05/10/2012 7:29:11 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Kaslin

it’s a death knell for unilateralism by the Democrats. their “my way or the highway” command isn’t “bipartisanship”, but dictatorship. We want Republicans who can stand their ground and not collapse in the face of confrontation


44 posted on 05/10/2012 7:30:28 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Kaslin

” - - - bipartisanship is near the end of its run - - - “

Let’s hope so!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We voting taxpayers are REALLY tired of our sorry “public servants” continuing to sell America down the River.

BTW, isn’t the DC word “bipartisanship” code for the voter’s term “CAVE-IN?”


45 posted on 05/10/2012 7:31:59 AM PDT by Graewoulf ((Dictator Baby-Doc Barack's obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Kaslin
Is Lugar’s Loss an ‘Alarm Bell’ for the Death of Bipartisanship?

Well, since "bipartisanship" means "Republicans do whatever liberal Democrats want, while liberal Democrats do exactly what their leadership says and give Republicans nothing in return", one can only hope.

46 posted on 05/10/2012 7:38:05 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: vanilla swirl

BiPartisanshit = RINOs cave!


47 posted on 05/10/2012 7:38:59 AM PDT by broken_arrow1
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To: Kaslin

What a load of crap from Kerry. . .where are the Dems who “walk across the aisle? . . .What happened to Joe Lieberman? He’s liberal. . but he “walked across the aisle” on national defense and the war against terror. . .where’s Joe?. . what did you do with Joe? Dems?. . .hello?. . .anybody?


48 posted on 05/10/2012 7:42:51 AM PDT by McBuff
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To: Texas Eagle

I think about THAT book EVERYDAY lately


49 posted on 05/10/2012 7:47:57 AM PDT by goodnesswins (What has happened to America?)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

EXCELLENT POINTS....we need to start saying WE are the OPPOSITION PARTY! We oppose socialism, communism, the loss of freedom, government overreach, excess taxation...etc...etc...


50 posted on 05/10/2012 7:53:32 AM PDT by goodnesswins (What has happened to America?)
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