Skip to comments.Tea Party Upstart Mourdock Defeats Longtime Indiana Sen. Lugar
Posted on 05/08/2012 5:29:23 PM PDT by Steelfish
Tea Party Upstart Mourdock Defeats Longtime Indiana Sen. Lugar
By Kim Geiger May 8, 2012 Richard Mourdock has defeated longtime Sen. Richard G. Lugar of Indiana in the Republican primary, according to an Associated Press projection, ending the career of one of the Senates most pragmatic politicians and casting a cloud over GOP efforts to win control of the chamber.
Mourdock, state treasurer in Indiana, campaigned as a conservative alternative to Lugar. He became a darling of the tea party movement after he began a legal challenge to the terms of the Obama administrations bailout of Chrysler.
Mourdock was endorsed by Sarah Palin and Rep. Michele Bachmann, and Lugar had the backing of the party establishment, including Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
Mourdock will face Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly, a three-term congressman from the South Bend area, this fall. The matchup is the preferred outcome for Democrats, who view Lugars ouster as an opportunity to pick up a longtime Republican seat.
"Richard Mourdock is this year's Ken Buck," said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Executive Director Guy Cecil. Buck was a tea-party-backed Republican who upset the establishment favorite in the GOP primary in Colorado in 2010, only to lose in November. "Tonight's results make the Indiana Senate race a toss-up."
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Obama will lose Indiana by 17%, but they think the Dem challenger can pick up the seat? Don’t see that at all.
(...Things are looking up this evening....)
Yea...cracked me right up when I read it...so did your response!
It's so great to laugh and enjoy these wins....refreshing hardly says enough for me! I got tired of carrying my chin on my foot...really!
“I expect Lugar to run as an independent,”
Can’t happen. Indiana has a sore loser law.
This is GREAT news — but you do realize, of course, that the Republican Establishment will do everything in their power to make sure this seat goes Democrat. They did that in 2010 and in races before that.
“Sen. John Kerry called the loss....... a tragedy for the Senate ....and a blow to the institution.”
A Republican who votes with Democrats on the most important issues got whacked by his constituents for it.
Find another patsy, john. this one is TOAST...
great news. another payoff for us conservatives. we have to continue to dig deep and give more to our own.
Excellent. And I’ll be even happier when Utah tosses Orrin Hatch like yesterday’s garbage.
“After Florida, there was an exit poll that said he was pulling about half the Tea Partiers then.”
A lot of Freepers forget that the Tea Party just isn’t Christian Conservatives.
In my area, the “Tea Party” is mostly Constitution Party, and Libertarian types. And many DEMOCRATS turned out for the Tea Parties, too, realizing they had been sold down the river, and that Obama wasn’t who they thought they were voting for.
To top off a good day, Jackie Walorski won in the Indiana Second! (South Bend)
Oh sure. That must be what happened. Otherwise the true choice of rock-ribbed conservatives, Dr. Ron Paul, would have won the Indiana primary walking away.
I expect Lugar to run as an independent,
Cant happen. Indiana has a sore loser law.
For crying out loud, Lugar’s had ENOUGH time in our government!! Time to put on the plaid shorts and lock him up forever at the old RINO country club.
You fail to understand the tea party. The tea party movement is centered on the understanding that massive deficits, excessive taxation and regulation, and cronyism will cause America's economy to collapse.
Social conservatives who are wise will be glad for the tea party movement and will help pitch a big tent in the near term while seeking converts to the social conservative cause over the medium term. Foolish social conservatives with no wisdom and no game will demand that the tea party movement be anti-abortion and anti-gay from the start and in this way weaken and divide it.
Obama, the leftists in general, and Satan are counting on the short-sighted social conservatives to save them from the tea party movement.
I am sure getting tired of all of this defeatist crap.
Buck up, folks! What would Limbaugh do? What would Reagan do?
Fools see this as a problem. Wise people know that this is a golden opportunity.
For the first time ever there are millions of formerly solid Democratic voters asking themselves where the money is going to come from to close the deficit and fund the entitlement programs.
Previously the 'Rat politicians simply said that the corporations and the top earners had plenty of money to pay for everything and more, and that all we needed to do was raise taxes. Obama is running on this. Yet many Americans for the first time are seeing that this just isn't so. Now is the time to show these folks what self-serving liars the leftists are.
It really depends on the TEA party. Some are TEA party in name only. Some are inventions of the democrats. Some are Ron Paul. Some are tax only. Some are full conservative - economy, social, defense.
That is why you must be very careful as to knowing what any particular TEA party is about.
They did a survey of TEA parties and found that social conservatives made up 47% of the TEA parties they surveyed. Social conservatives were the largest group within the TEA parties, just as they are the largest group within the republican party.
Survey | Religion and the Tea Party in the 2010 Elections
Nearly Half of Tea Party Movement also identify with Christian Conservative Movement
Both the democrats and the RINOs would love to kill off both the social conservatives and the TEA party. For all their talk about social conservatives being a problem, given what has happened all around tonight, I’d say those marxists and socialists are not having very much success.
Awwwwwww. Isn't it sweet how The LaLaLand Times comes to Sen. Lugar's defense?
I'll bet they were so-o-o-o-o-o looking forward to endorsing him over whoever his RAT opponent would've been.
Did I mention before, the totally democrat county I moved to thirty years ago, elected 100% republicans to office in 2010? (And to think: Bill Clinton and Monica started the switch/best thing WJC ever did)
"cause otherwise you can't get their votes.
And just how many Democrat voters are you going to find to make up the deficiency?
I"d think giving up the baby killing thing would be very easy to do IF you are really serious about politics and want to win. (not to be all that cynical, but good gosh "fiscal soundness' requires we have a constant, steady supply of new citizens).