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Richard Lugar: Tea Party Cost GOP Senate Control In 2010
Outside The Beltway ^ | December 29, 2011 | Doug Mataconis

Posted on 12/29/2011 3:46:29 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Richard Lugar has been in Washington since 1977 and has been among the most visible Senate Republicans for decades now. On foreign policy, he’s perhaps one of the most knowledgable members of the Senate at this point and, if he manages to get re-elected and Republicans gain control of the Senate, he would become the President Pro Tempore and third in line to the Presidency. That “manages to be re-elected” part is the problem for him, though. It’s not likely that he’d lose to a Democrat in a General Election, but right now he’s facing a Tea Party backed challenge in the primary that will be held on May 8th and there’s little love lost between Indiana’s Senior Senator and the insurgent Republican movement. This past Sunday, for example, Lugar said that he believed that it was the Tea Party that cost Republicans control of the Senate in the 2010 elections:

Sen. Dick Lugar (Ind.), facing a primary contest from the right in his reelection bid, said past Tea Party-backed challenges had “killed off” Republican efforts to take the Senate in the past and could undermine a GOP majority again in 2012.

“A Republican majority in the Senate is very important, and Republicans who are running for reelection ought to be supported by people who want to see that majority,” Lugar said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“I think the majority of Tea Party people understand that too,” he added.

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Republicans lost the seats before in Nevada_and_New Jersey and Colorado where there were people who were claiming they wanted somebody who was more of their Tea Party aspect, but they killed off the Republican majority.”

“This is one of the reasons why we have a minority in the Senate right now,” he claimed....

(Excerpt) Read more at outsidethebeltway.com ...


TOPICS: Campaign News; Issues; Parties; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: indiana; lugar; senate; teaparty

1 posted on 12/29/2011 3:46:37 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Way past time for this senile RINO self interested drooler to be sent home.


2 posted on 12/29/2011 3:47:59 PM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sorry Dick. We want that majority to be made up of people on OUR side.


3 posted on 12/29/2011 3:48:46 PM PST by Ingtar (Newt (four more for Obama) & Mitt (Obamacare) - what wonderful choices!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

These RINO’s will never get it.


4 posted on 12/29/2011 3:52:13 PM PST by bimboeruption (Clinging to my Bible and my HK.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What good is Senate control by Republicans who vote like Democrats?


5 posted on 12/29/2011 3:53:33 PM PST by Nevadan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Lugar is another poster boy for the RINO establishment.

And what the heck would he have done as chairman of some stupid committee if the GOP won the Senate?

He’d “work across the isle” to water down any conservative legislation to give the Dems most of what they wanted. He’d want to go back to “power sharing” (remember that Trent Lott disaster? what a flaming you know what).


6 posted on 12/29/2011 3:56:13 PM PST by Fledermaus (It's now clear the GOP establishment is uncapable of governing and should resign.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This seems to be the typical, tired meme for the inside the beltway dopes. Lugar has to look no further than in the mirror to see why the GOP didn't take the Senate. If it were no for the Tea Party energizing the base, these clowns would still be the laughing stock embarrassment they were in '08. I am surprised that Lugar can make statements like this. I would have thought that his face would have totally drooped off this Olde Pharts head by now.


7 posted on 12/29/2011 3:56:56 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Lugar used to be a pretty good conservative many moons ago. But he has lost it, completely. He’s turned into a clone of Olympia Snowe.


8 posted on 12/29/2011 3:57:02 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Awwwwwwwwwwwww - - - - . This is soooooooooooooo sad! Sniffle, sniffle, honk!

ANOTHER RINO is fearful of loosing his $174,000/year “job.” Boo-hoo!

Hey, “Rich” Lugar, this TEA Party will throw all you RINOs overboard!

What good is a Republican “Majority” in either the Senate or the House if the ONLY thing y’all can do is perform the “Bipartisan Cave-In” macorana?


9 posted on 12/29/2011 3:57:58 PM PST by Graewoulf (( obama"care" violates the 1890 Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND is illegal by the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Jimmy Valentine
He pushed the new start treaty with Russia in lame duck session. He knows Obama's background. He needs to go along with other career congressman.

McCain is another one, has done great damage with his defense bill that strips citizens of rights.

10 posted on 12/29/2011 4:00:24 PM PST by opentalk
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Richard Lugar has been in Washington since 1977 <--- THAT IS THE PROBLEM!!
11 posted on 12/29/2011 4:00:31 PM PST by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Without the Tea Party, the Democrats would still control the House, and have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.
12 posted on 12/29/2011 4:04:54 PM PST by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: bimboeruption; Ingtar
He's never been a RINO. His political positions are remarkably constant and have not changed since the days when Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan set the standards of Republican orthodoxy.

You really have to get over this belief that people you don't agree with are RINOs. Could be you yourself are really in the wrong party.

13 posted on 12/29/2011 4:07:34 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Richard Lugar open secrets profile.

http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00001764&cycle=2012

Interestingly enough, the owner of Lugar Farms sits on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. If I recall correctly Lugar Farms was raising trees for “Carbon sequestration”.


14 posted on 12/29/2011 4:07:52 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: Islander7

I’ve been around here longer than that. It’s not a problem.


15 posted on 12/29/2011 4:08:15 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Jimmy Valentine
Way past time for this senile RINO self interested drooler to be sent home.

Yes and by TEA Party patriots.

16 posted on 12/29/2011 4:08:35 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC:DONATE MONTHLY! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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To: onyx
Lugar Farm is first in Indiana to provide carbon sequestration offsets on the Chicago Climate Exchange

Money for nuthin and get your chicks for free.
17 posted on 12/29/2011 4:13:03 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: cripplecreek

http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/candlook.php?CID=n00001764


18 posted on 12/29/2011 4:13:16 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Lugar has been playing nice with obama from day one.


19 posted on 12/29/2011 4:13:47 PM PST by jersey117 (.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

These politicians have forgotten when to go home. It’s time for you to go Dick! While we are at it, take McLame, Grahmnesty, and let’s go over to Congress and clean house there too! You guys have sucked this country dry, and we all will be paying for it for generations to come.


20 posted on 12/29/2011 4:15:29 PM PST by marygam ((Hurry November 2012, we might not make it))
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To: cripplecreek

“......hardwood tree farm, including significant acreage in black walnut trees.....” is fairly common throughout Indiana. Black walnut timber is one of your higher priced varieties so people plant a few acres to hand down to their Great Great Great grandchildren as a sort of patrimony. I’m presuming you didn’t know that. But it’s very difficult to make an immediate profit on the trees ~ not in this lifetime nor the next either. We had a bunch of them going and it took about 40 years before the first tree had a nut and then it wasn’t fertile and didn’t take.


21 posted on 12/29/2011 4:17:02 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Only because the GOP has joined ranks with the democrats. To hell with them, to hell with lugar.


22 posted on 12/29/2011 4:18:45 PM PST by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Dear Dick,

YOU ARE THE REASON THIS COUNTRY IS SO SCREWED UP, Sorry for screaming, but I am so sick and tired of these self important, petulant little pansies who call themselves Senator, especially ones like this who has been there since almost the beginning of the Planned Destruction of Freedom, Morals, Values, and any sense of decency in this Country. Resign or be Fired Asshole.


23 posted on 12/29/2011 4:20:47 PM PST by eyeamok
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This EX -democrat needs to be put out to pasture


24 posted on 12/29/2011 4:21:44 PM PST by LC Gladiator (Barack Obama is a malevolent Marxist cockroach and a foul festering pustule on the hide of America.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Richard Lugar has been in Washington since 1977

Best reason I know not to trust this windbag.


25 posted on 12/29/2011 4:23:02 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wouldn’t say the Tea Party per se, but the not so great candidates. I was not impressed by Angle and O’Donnell. One looked like an angry lady, and the other didn’t have enough credential—which of course, got a pass simply because she said all the ‘correct’ things that conservatives wanted to hear rather than scrutinized her records. That recently she endorsed Romney broke some people’s hearts here.


26 posted on 12/29/2011 4:27:28 PM PST by paudio (0bama is like a bad mechanic who couldn't fix your car - he just makes it worse. Get somebody else!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What does Lugar know about Republicans?


27 posted on 12/29/2011 4:37:59 PM PST by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What good is a Senate majority if we have people like Lugar Mitch McConnell, Grahamnesty ,Hatch and McCain running it?.

Primary him.


28 posted on 12/29/2011 4:59:06 PM PST by Venturer
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To: cripplecreek
Thank you for that information.
He's despicable.
29 posted on 12/29/2011 5:10:12 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC:DONATE MONTHLY! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Comments like this invite a challenge.

First, the Tea Party brought tremendous energy, money and candidates to the Republican Party, helping push Republicans across the finish line in many close elections.

Second, in some cases, the Tea Party may have messed things up. For example. Delaware. But, who’s to say a Congressman who couldn’t defeat an upstart in the Republican primary was going to represent the party well in the general?

The NET was a big plus for the Republicans.

Anybody who dismisses the Tea Party’s importance to the Republican coalition is saying they should just send in their money to us, and vote for us, because we are, according to their perspective, only half as bad as the Democrats.

Real political leaders keep all the members of the coalition happy, or as many as possible. They don’t trash the other members of the coalition.


30 posted on 12/29/2011 5:20:52 PM PST by Redmen4ever
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To: Redmen4ever

It should also be pointed out that the tea party played a big part in electing Scott Brown knowing full well that he was extremely flawed by tea party standards.

It was a rational and calculated decision on the part of tea partiers.


31 posted on 12/29/2011 5:23:41 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It was his type of Republicanism that lost the Senate in 2006 but he seems to gloss over that.


32 posted on 12/29/2011 5:29:49 PM PST by MCF
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Instead of fighting the Tea Party, the GOP should be adopting the Tea Party’s agenda. The Republicans are missing an historic opportunity.


33 posted on 12/29/2011 5:32:59 PM PST by popdonnelly (Socialism isn't going to work this time, either.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“I think the majority of Tea Party people understand that too,” he added.

No one gave you permission to speak for us you corrupt old RINO.

34 posted on 12/29/2011 5:33:26 PM PST by DManA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Listen Senator Loogie:
You are starting to delve into territory where it will be sad to watch you as your nurse wipes the drool from your unfortunate drooling face.

The fact of the matter is the Senate was not in contest for 2010. The numbers to win a majority simply weren’t there.

Now for 2012 The Numbers are absolutely there and we will be the majority if not super majority.

Don’t forget to wash your geritol down with a delicious glass of ensure.

You might even consider additional fiber to your diet so your diapers aren’t so shmooshy.


35 posted on 12/29/2011 6:11:47 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Ingtar

That is it. He is attempting to redefine the TEA party. I wonder where the Nelson(D) Nebraska questions were........


36 posted on 12/29/2011 6:16:30 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Yes Dick and it will cost YOU your job.
Happy Retirement!
How unsettling it must be to envision a DC free of power hungry thugs.
37 posted on 12/29/2011 6:26:56 PM PST by bksanders (Spewing Forth Vitriol at the Speed of Spit)
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To: All

It’s time to “hock a luger” and get rid of this booger!!!

In Lugar’s dark mind:

“Tea Party cost GOP the Senate...”
(Translation)
BLAME PALIN!!!


38 posted on 12/29/2011 6:59:24 PM PST by ak267
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To: paudio

There was no way that ANY Republican could of won Delaware in 2010...not even Castle. If Castle couldn’t beat COD in the primary, he sure as hell wasn’t gonna beat Coons in the general.

As to Sharon Angle. She was up against Reid and his money/machine/fraud. She lost by only 4 points.

2010 was the Tea Party’s first set of national elections, if anyone was expecting perfection the first time out they are fooling themselves.

The GOP was competing in a lot of blue states in 2010....not the case in 2012.


39 posted on 12/29/2011 7:07:32 PM PST by ak267
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