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Richard Lugar and the End of Moderate Republicanism
Nation ^ | 5-8-12 | Ari Berman

Posted on 05/08/2012 12:38:54 PM PDT by tcrlaf

If Indiana Senator Dick Lugar loses his Republican primary race to Tea Party challenger Richard Mourdock tonight, as polls indicate is likely, his defeat will signal the end of moderate Republican internationalism in the US Senate and the GOP more broadly.

Lugar, a two time chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee best known for his work on arms control and nonproliferation treaties, used to be one of the GOP’s leading figures on foreign policy. Now he’s an outlier.

The Senate Republican caucus was once filled with the likes of Dick Lugar—sensible realists such as Lincoln Chafee, Chuck Hagel, George Voinovich and Olympia Snowe. Now they’re all gone or going, casualties of a Republican party where diplomacy, multilateralism and bipartisanship are dirty words. (A Mourdock ad called Lugar “Obama’s favorite Republican.”)

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TOPICS: Editorial; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Indiana
KEYWORDS: democrats; in2012; indiana; lugar; mourdock; rino; rmsp; teaparty; thenation
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Democrats lamenting the loss of Democrat-voting Republicans. FUGG'em....
1 posted on 05/08/2012 12:38:58 PM PDT by tcrlaf
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To: tcrlaf

Didn’t see them crying over the loss of moderate Democrats when Zell Miller retired...


2 posted on 05/08/2012 12:40:16 PM PDT by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: tcrlaf

Now if we could only get rid of John Boehner...


3 posted on 05/08/2012 12:41:11 PM PDT by TSgt (The only reason I have one in the chamber at all times, is because it is impossible to have two in.)
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To: tcrlaf

As an aside, the Author is one of the leading Daily Kos whackjobs.
“Ari Berman is the author of Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics”

He one of the Nutroots Obama Journo-list supporters


4 posted on 05/08/2012 12:41:11 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: tcrlaf
sensible realists such as Lincoln Chafee

I guess the ultimate sensible realist was Neville Chamberlain.

5 posted on 05/08/2012 12:43:02 PM PDT by Argus
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To: tcrlaf

I thought that when Nelson Rockefeller had a fatal heart attack in the library that the end of the era of moderate Republicans was over, yet they keep showing up.


6 posted on 05/08/2012 12:43:43 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Da Bro' Gotsta Go!)
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To: tcrlaf

I thought that when Nelson Rockefeller had a fatal heart attack in the library that the end of the era of moderate Republicans was over, yet they keep showing up.


7 posted on 05/08/2012 12:43:43 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Da Bro' Gotsta Go!)
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To: tcrlaf

I don’t know what this guy is whining about. The GOP is still full to the brim with corrupt, left-wing, pork guzzling RINOs. Housecleaning has scarcely begun. And now they’re working night and day to foist Romney on us.


8 posted on 05/08/2012 12:43:58 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

Where did you hear Rockefeller die at a library?

He died in the saddle and his mistress didn’t call the ambulance in time.

But that has nothing to do with this story which is pure unadulterated horse dung. As long as McCain. Lindsey Graham, Hatch and a host of other RINO’s are in the Congress the loss of Lugar is merely a scratch on the surface of republicans who should be Democrats, and should be tossed out on their ear.


9 posted on 05/08/2012 12:49:38 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: kosciusko51

[ Didn’t see them crying over the loss of moderate Democrats when Zell Miller retired... ]

We need to put some bumoperstickers on our cars that read: I was a Blue Dog Democrat, but I was Eaten by Obama


11 posted on 05/08/2012 12:50:30 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: tcrlaf

Lugar is Republican dead wood. Period. He’s been clogging up that chair since 1977. It’s time for a new body in that seat. Especially when the person is so desperate to hold onto personal power they beg democrats to save them.


12 posted on 05/08/2012 12:53:12 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: tcrlaf

Dear Senator Lugar,you(and your fellow carreer politicians)are not Part of THE SOLUTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


13 posted on 05/08/2012 12:54:37 PM PDT by bandleader
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To: Cicero
[ I don’t know what this guy is whining about. The GOP is still full to the brim with corrupt, left-wing, pork guzzling RINOs. Housecleaning has scarcely begun. And now they’re working night and day to foist Romney on us. ]

Being a bunch of "Moderate Get-A-Longs" is what doomed the WHIG party to the dustbin of history. They couldn't take a defnitve stand on the expansion of slavery to the terrirotires and were a bunch of weak spined morons.

Much like the RINOs can't take a strong stand on lessening the role of government in people lives and businesses.

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Millard Mitt Willard Romney Fillmore, the last Republican President.

14 posted on 05/08/2012 12:55:08 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: TSgt

Now if we could only permanently establish term limits.

But why should congresscritters place a limit on how long they can enjoy the many perks that the average American does not have in addition to insider stock market information?


15 posted on 05/08/2012 12:55:46 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: kosciusko51

Frankly Zell Miller gave the best, or at least one of the best, speeches at the RNC convention back either in 04 or 08.

We need people like Miller (on the right) who have morals and speak plainly, clearly, and unashamedly for conservative principles and standards.


16 posted on 05/08/2012 12:55:53 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: tcrlaf
Did the RATS bemoan the loss of the BLUE DOG Dems?
17 posted on 05/08/2012 12:57:15 PM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: TSgt

Did No Balls Boner have anyone running against him in a primary? That would have been the first step.


18 posted on 05/08/2012 12:58:36 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

The longer anyone stays in Washington the more they move to the left. A good Republican who goes to DC becomes “bipartisan” after 20 years.


19 posted on 05/08/2012 1:01:48 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (I like Obamacare because Granny signed the will and I need the cash)
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To: tcrlaf

People like Mourdock, Rubio and Ron Johnson are extremists inside the beltway. They are the majority in pretty much most of the country.


20 posted on 05/08/2012 1:02:02 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: tcrlaf; All

“The Senate Republican caucus was once filled with the likes of Dick Lugar—sensible realists such as Lincoln Chafee, Chuck Hagel, George Voinovich and Olympia Snowe.”

“sensible realists”???????????????????????

No damn way.

PURGE THE RINO’s!!!!!!!


21 posted on 05/08/2012 1:02:10 PM PDT by el_texicano (Palinista to the core!)
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To: Secret Agent Man

He did...

Boehner to Face GOP Primary Challenger (Send the Weeper of the House crying all the way home!)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2827293/posts


22 posted on 05/08/2012 1:05:12 PM PDT by TSgt (The only reason I have one in the chamber at all times, is because it is impossible to have two in.)
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To: tcrlaf; All

Lugar thought this was going to be NO CONTEST.

He’s had to dump something like $4.5 MILLION at the last minute, compared to Mourdock’s $2 Mil.

If Mourdock wins, THANK SARAH PALIN, because it will be her endorsement that is responsible for it.


23 posted on 05/08/2012 1:05:52 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: tcrlaf

If ever a post deserved a BARF Alert, this one sure does (I know ti;s the Nation). Lamenting the loss of Chuck Hagel and Lincoln Chaffee and now Dick Lugar


24 posted on 05/08/2012 1:07:50 PM PDT by anoldafvet
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To: tcrlaf

“moderate Republican internationalism”

I see nothing wrong with this at all. Moderation does not mean real moderation, but a willingness to join with radical leftists across the isle against his own party.

Internationalism is just foul. Elected officials of the United States are not elected to represent the world, but part of our nation.

Leftism and leftist political parties around the world are tied up with, and even openly affiliated with the Socialist International.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialist_International

This means that they are openly and unabashedly disloyal to their respective nations, in favor of a theoretical international world government. It would not be unreasonable that they be banned from holding elective office for this not just absence of patriotism, but *opposition* to patriotism.

The Socialist Party of America announced in their October 2009 newsletter that 70 Congressional Democrats currently belong to their caucus.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2010/08/american-socialists-release-names-of-70-congressional-democrats-in-their-caucus/

That they belong to this anti-American organization is enough that they be removed from office. And if senator Lugar is sympathetic to this internationalist cause, then he should be removed from office as well.

This is not a casual association, but should disqualify people for holding elective or appointive office in the United States. It is an admission of treasonous conspiracy against the constitution and the people of the United States.


25 posted on 05/08/2012 1:09:09 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: tcrlaf

About time the Senate gets some R’s with a spine...more Jesse Helms and less Lugars will be needed to horse whip Romney when he strays!


26 posted on 05/08/2012 1:12:59 PM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: tcrlaf

The article implies we’re making progress.


27 posted on 05/08/2012 1:17:37 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (The instinct toward liberalism is located in the part of the brain called the rectal lobe.)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel
I thought that when Nelson Rockefeller had a fatal heart attack in the library that the end of the era of moderate Republicans was over, yet they keep showing up.

There is always going to be a "most liberal Republican Representative" or a "seventh most liberal GOP Senator" no matter how conservative the party is. Lugar's no Jacob Javits or John Lindsay, no Mark Hatfield or Edward Brooke. He's only slightly more liberal than a lot of other Republican Senators. His biggest fault: living too long and staying in office too long.

28 posted on 05/08/2012 1:20:55 PM PDT by x
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To: Cheerio
Did the RATS bemoan the loss of the BLUE DOG Dems?

Obama's Dinner.


29 posted on 05/08/2012 1:25:10 PM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, start today.)
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To: tcrlaf
"The Senate Republican caucus was once filled with the likes of Dick Lugar—sensible realists such as Lincoln Chafee, Chuck Hagel, George Voinovich and Olympia Snowe. Now they’re all gone or going, casualties of a Republican party where diploma..."

Awww boo hoo... Somebody throw that liberal/DemocRAT writer a towel to cry on. And after that give him a pacifier.

30 posted on 05/08/2012 1:26:21 PM PDT by StormEye
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To: tcrlaf

It’s like these socialist live on a different planet or are just brainwashed fascists.....


31 posted on 05/08/2012 1:28:50 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: x
The difference between a Democrat and a Republican in Congress today is so slight it almost impossible to different ate. Instead of facing the important problems of this country, their only thought is to get reelected. None of the Representatives in either the House or Senate is will ling to take on the Financial Mess, Welfare,or any other major problem. Just Hunker down and stay hidden.
32 posted on 05/08/2012 1:29:29 PM PDT by BooBoo1000 (I don't know what the future holds, but I know who holds my future.,)
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To: kosciusko51

Bingo.


33 posted on 05/08/2012 1:30:37 PM PDT by Obadiah (Resist we much!)
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To: StormEye; All

Indianapolis Star Political Reporter Beth Schnieder tweeted that Mourdock has already received a congratulatory call from a US Senator (unnamed) about an hour ago!!


34 posted on 05/08/2012 1:30:37 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: tcrlaf

I wonder if it ever occurred to this bonehead that John Kennedy would be a conservative Republican by todays standards, that is how far LEFT everything has shifted politically.


35 posted on 05/08/2012 1:32:33 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: tcrlaf

“Moderate” in liberal speak means “leftest liberal” in Conservative speak.


36 posted on 05/08/2012 1:33:07 PM PDT by Jack Burton007 (This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express, and I'm talkin' to whoever's listenin' out there.)
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To: tcrlaf
Mourdock's post election Indy party in preparation. Things should start about 7 local time.
37 posted on 05/08/2012 1:33:41 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: tcrlaf

Isn’t it interesting how, every couple of years, liberals who couldn’t normally identify a Republican without a blueprint, suddenly become not only experts on Republican primary races but advisors to GOP primary voters?

Methinks their advice lacks credibility for some reason ...


38 posted on 05/08/2012 1:37:30 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: tcrlaf
"Moderate" Republicans are those who vote with Democrats.

Democrats only vote lock-step with the Democrat leadership, for fear of losing reelection funding.

-PJ

39 posted on 05/08/2012 1:38:03 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: tcrlaf
BEHOLD! the fine hand of SISTER SARAH AT WORK HERE....heh heh heh......be afraid Rini, be VERY afraid....
40 posted on 05/08/2012 1:38:32 PM PDT by jimsin
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To: USS Alaska
What are dog biscuits made of?

Fi-dough!

41 posted on 05/08/2012 1:46:26 PM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: tcrlaf
If Indiana Senator Dick Lugar loses his Republican primary race to Tea Party challenger Richard Mourdock tonight, as polls indicate is likely, his defeat will signal the end of moderate Republican internationalism in the US Senate and the GOP more broadly.

About time.

42 posted on 05/08/2012 1:47:13 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: TSgt
Boehner is in the House. He is elected from a district pretty much the same as every Congressional district.

Those people do what they want. I suppose you could go there to campaign against him but then you'd have the problem of convincing them they need somebody else.

43 posted on 05/08/2012 1:54:17 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: MIchaelTArchangel
When the officers came to check out the scene one of them triggered the device that dropped his erection to a more normal, average condition.

Nope, wasn't a library, or at least not one where you lounge around naked with a prostitute.

Never heard of one like that.

44 posted on 05/08/2012 1:56:22 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: tcrlaf

“Moderate” means leftsist these days I guess. Heck even Hollende is a “centrist” to the MSM


45 posted on 05/08/2012 1:58:38 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: tcrlaf
Two choices on that ~ (1) Senator Hatch who will become the seniormost Republican Senator, or (2) Thad Cochran. Wiki says "Cochran's voting record is considered fairly moderate by Southern Republican standards. He has a lifetime rating of 80 from the American Conservative Union. In 2008, he garnered a rating of 68 from the ACU; the only Republican Senators from Southern states to score lower were Mel Martinez of Florida and John Warner of Virginia."

You guys sure scored a major victory ~ gave it to a Souvrn'Leftwingtard. THEY (meaning Souvrn'rs) never vote them out!

46 posted on 05/08/2012 2:06:22 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: tcrlaf

As long as the federal budget ends in “trillion dollars”, we will have sell-outs and “moderate” republicans.


47 posted on 05/08/2012 2:15:14 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Article 58)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

There are no acts of subversion and treason any clearer then that.

Maybe it’s time to band together and sue the bastards....if I can sue for stubbing my toe I wounder why not for treason? Class action type....hmmmmmm......


48 posted on 05/08/2012 2:16:14 PM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: tcrlaf
Anyone want to shut up a Demon-Rat especially when they start babbling about the lack of "Bi-partisanship" on the part of Republi-Tards in Congress?

Simply ask them to name one (JUST ONE) DINO (Democrat in Name Only).

Oh, and qualify that by saying they must be ones who ROUTINELY and REGULARLY cross the aisle and support/vote for Republican initiated bills in either chamber, much the same as Republicans do when supporting the RAT agenda

While we can name dozens off the top of our heads (McPain, Lugar, the Maine Beatch Sisters, Scott Brown, et al) they will be unable to come up with a single one.

49 posted on 05/08/2012 2:38:29 PM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet (l)
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To: Conservative Vermont Vet

Thought I had heard everything the guvmint could regulate. But today our school had a visit from Smokey Bear. As we were conversing backstage, he told me laughingly about the number of laws governing Smokey. Pages and pages of FEDERAL laws about what Smokey can and can’t do when he is wearing the costume. Can’t talk. No chewing gum. No one can touch him without permission. No this, no that, no anything basically. Does this person in a costume rate the attention of Congress and the law-making process?


50 posted on 05/08/2012 2:57:37 PM PDT by Liberty Wins (Newt --named after Isaac Newton?)
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