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Sore Lugar
American Spectator ^ | 5.8.12 | JOHN TABIN

Posted on 05/09/2012 6:52:25 AM PDT by Qbert

Jim mentioned this earlier, but it's worth highlighting Dick Lugar's shrill parting statement. Though he says "I hope my opponent wins in November," it doesn't sound like he means it:

If Mr. Mourdock is elected, I want him to be a good Senator. But that will require him to revise his stated goal of bringing more partisanship to Washington. He and I share many positions, but his embrace of an unrelenting partisan mindset is irreconcilable with my philosophy of governance and my experience of what brings results for Hoosiers in the Senate. In effect, 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...

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This is not conducive to problem solving and governance. And he will find that unless he modifies his approach, he will achieve little as a legislator.

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As the liberal journalist Evan McMorris-Santoro quips, he's playing the role of Democratic surrogate.

Apparently Lugar's much-vaunted civility is a courtesy he extends only to his left; turning to his right, he becomes a churl. Good riddance; I'm sure he'll do very well at the high-paying K Street job that likely awaits him.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Indiana
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Time to start acting like team players, GOP-e...
1 posted on 05/09/2012 6:52:27 AM PDT by Qbert
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To: Qbert

Bye bye Dick...and take Barack with you.


2 posted on 05/09/2012 6:53:45 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: Qbert

They all develop this attitude after a couple of terms in the Senate. It’s a huge part of the whole problem.


3 posted on 05/09/2012 6:56:47 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

That’s why we need term limits, politics should not be a career.


4 posted on 05/09/2012 6:58:46 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Qbert
But that will require him to revise his stated goal of bringing more partisanship to Washington.
I saw Mourdock in a TV interview this morning and he said flat out - "I'm not compromising with anyone."
Right on, right on, right on.
5 posted on 05/09/2012 7:01:44 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: dfwgator
The Founders didn't foresee the legislative job becoming a career.
6 posted on 05/09/2012 7:02:18 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: oh8eleven

And...hopefully Lugar is spot on. HOPEFULLY Mourdock doesn’t accomplish a damn thing! But hopefully he helps STOP a lot of bad stuff! Right on, indeed! No compromise! Time to tie the Senate into knots!


7 posted on 05/09/2012 7:04:55 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: Qbert

DO NOT be surprised if you find inside the beltway establishment republicans clandestinely funneling resources to Joe Donnelly! They absolutely HATE the TEA party and will do ANYTHING to defeat it!


8 posted on 05/09/2012 7:05:05 AM PDT by Bigun ("The most fearsome words in the English language are I'm from the government and I'm here to help!")
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To: Qbert
. . . I want him to be a good Senator. But that will require him to revise his stated goal of bringing more partisanship to Washington . . . his embrace of an unrelenting partisan mindset is irreconcilable with my philosophy of governance and my experience of what brings results for Hoosiers in the Senate. In effect, 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 . . .

This is the fundamental difference between Tea Party votes and major party votes. The Tea Party doesn't want to compromise on freedom or on responsible government just to bring "results for Hoosiers", not at the expense of results for the next generation of Americans. I am rigidly opposed to communism, to socialism, to big government liberalism, and to spending $1.5T more a year than the federal government brings in. I don't see any flaws at all in rigid opposition to Obama, Pelosi, and Reid, when their entire purpose in life is to subvert individual freedom.

I'm glad that Lugar is out; he was 100% wrong on compromise, which meant repeatedly splitting the difference between the current level of government intrusion and the level of government meddling in our wallets and in our lives desired by the far left. I hope the new Tea Party Senators and Congressmen will push for "compromise" in the sense of repeatedly splitting the difference between our current level of bloated government and a return to a limited and constitutional government. And I hope the far left will not default to reflexive votes for a rejectionist orthodoxy and rigid opposition to the actions and proposals of the patriotic Tea Party.

9 posted on 05/09/2012 7:05:11 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Can we afford as much government as welfare-addicted voters demand?)
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To: Qbert

Lugar needs to be taunted mercilessly.


10 posted on 05/09/2012 7:08:29 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Hotlanta Mike

looks like Indiana spit out a Lugar....


11 posted on 05/09/2012 7:12:40 AM PDT by brivette
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To: Qbert

Lugar is a TYPICAL RINO. If they can’t get nominated, they would rather a Democrat get in BECAUSE RINOs think more like Democrats than they tnink like fellow Republicans.


12 posted on 05/09/2012 7:14:34 AM PDT by ZULU (Non Nobis Domine Non Nobis Sed Nomini Tuo Da Gloriam.)
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To: Qbert
Lugar flipped the Tea Party off and they happily returned the favor. Buh-bye.
13 posted on 05/09/2012 7:17:19 AM PDT by JPG (A dyslexic man walks into a bra...)
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To: Qbert

Is Lugar looking for support to pull a Murkowski? Sounds more like a campaign speech than a concession speech.


14 posted on 05/09/2012 7:18:01 AM PDT by BusterBear
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To: Pollster1

Boy, you sure hit the nail on the head! Like yourself, I’m actually a moderate centrist. I’d love to eliminate whole government departments, but I’m eager to compromise for cutting them in half. Now THAT is moderation, and I sure hope the Democrats and RINOs default to reflexive votes for a rejectionist... Well, you made the point better than I.

There’s nothing wrong with compromise so long as we’re moving to the right for a change. That’s the bottom line.


15 posted on 05/09/2012 7:18:23 AM PDT by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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To: Qbert
There needs to be a blood test to determine how long a candidate can be in DC before they lose what soul they have.

Until then, term limits!

16 posted on 05/09/2012 7:19:15 AM PDT by GBA (Isaiah 9:10)
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To: ConservativeDude
HOPEFULLY Mourdock doesn’t accomplish a damn thing!
Not sure I understand.
17 posted on 05/09/2012 7:19:50 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: CitizenUSA

I meant to post, DON’T default to reflexive votes against compromise...so long as we’re compromising on how extensively to cut government.


18 posted on 05/09/2012 7:19:50 AM PDT by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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To: Qbert
...unrelenting partisan mindset...

Lugar's brain is adled by Washington DC-itus. Has he forgotten what the parasites did with their super-majority in 2009-2010? How Pelosi-Reid rolled Bush in 2007-2008? We need unrelenting conservative partisanship to unravel the mess created by the left.

19 posted on 05/09/2012 7:21:03 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Pollster1

"This is the fundamental difference between Tea Party votes and major party votes. The Tea Party doesn't want to compromise on freedom or on responsible government just to bring "results for Hoosiers", not at the expense of results for the next generation of Americans.

I would argue that Hoosiers- and people of all 50 states, for that matter- benefit the most under true Conservatism. When we had the closest thing to this ideal under Reagan and the Contract with America, we had explosive economic growth that benefitted everybody; when we strayed from this ideal (and the day was ruled by politicians like Lugar who helped further radical leftism), things went downhill fast.

20 posted on 05/09/2012 7:21:19 AM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: Qbert

“...partisan mindset is irreconcilable with my philosophy of governance”

Right there is the meat of the matter....”go along, get along” politics has brought us to where we are....that ..and the fact that while Democrats ALWAYS play the partisan card...RINOS are too wimpy to do so...


21 posted on 05/09/2012 7:22:10 AM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: Qbert

Nonsense. Lugar was sufficiently gracious for my satisfaction. Damn it, we gave him a gold watch when he wanted to stay employed. I don’t expect him to be leading big cheers for the victor just yet.


22 posted on 05/09/2012 7:22:15 AM PDT by jimfree (In Nov 2012 my 11 y/o granddaughter will have more relevant executive experience than Barack Obama)
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To: brivette
looks like Indiana spit out a Lugar....

Did you mean "hocked a luggie?"

23 posted on 05/09/2012 7:22:18 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: Qbert

Lugar, since 1977. Seems he is nothing but a government employee welfare queen. About time he was made to get a real job.


24 posted on 05/09/2012 7:22:49 AM PDT by CodeToad
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To: Yardstick

And then taunted a SECOND time!


25 posted on 05/09/2012 7:22:49 AM PDT by nodumbblonde ("The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity." - Ayn Rand)
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To: Qbert; Interesting Times
A good friend of mine has a phrase describing sycophantic behavior:

"If you're above them in a hierarchy all you see is lips; if below, all you see is a**."

To which I would add the RINO corollary:

"To their left all they extend is cordial friendship; to the right vindictive hatred."

Regards,

TS

26 posted on 05/09/2012 7:23:16 AM PDT by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: laweeks

yup..


27 posted on 05/09/2012 7:24:42 AM PDT by brivette
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To: Qbert
Time to start acting like team players, GOP-e...

Funny how that "team player" concept disappears whenever it isn't a central committee approved candidate who wins the primary. (C.f., Mookowski, Idiot-AK)

I'll make them a deal -- they come out in full force in support for the TEA Party candidates beat the "establishment" candidates in primaries, and I'll swallow my pride and vote for Romney in November. I can say this feeling pretty safe I'll never have to make good on my end of that deal.

28 posted on 05/09/2012 7:24:47 AM PDT by kevkrom (Those in a rush to trample the Constitution seem to forget that it is the source of their authority.)
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To: Bigun
DO NOT be surprised if you find inside the beltway establishment republicans clandestinely funneling resources to Joe Donnelly!

DO NOT be surprised if you find inside the beltway Establishment Republicans brazenly and publicly funneling resources to Joe Donnelly, and campaigning relentlessly on his behalf!

Remember, Republicans have a lot more in common with Democrats than they do with Tea Partiers.

29 posted on 05/09/2012 7:27:31 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Qbert; caww; LucyT; All

” - - - In effect, 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. His answer to the inevitable roadblocks he will encounter in Congress is merely to campaign for more Republicans who embrace the same partisan outlook. 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.”

Yep. That pretty well describes why you lost this Primary election, Dicky L.

BTW Dicky L, did you become a Millionaire while in the US Senate?

If so, then I guess you found “Bipartisan Cave-In” to be a very profitable way of lining your sorry pockets at our expense.

BTW, BTW, to All: somebody clever an FR needs to take Dicky L’s pouty talking points and make some Campaign posters out of them!

POSTERS UP!!!!!!!!

Suggestions:

1.) “ - - - rigid opposition to the actions and proposals of the - - - “ ____________ ;

2.) “ - - - campaign for more Republicans who - - - “ __________ , ______________ , and ___________________________________________________ ;

3.) “ - - - prime mission is to cleanse the Republican party of those who stray from - - - “ ___________ , ______________ , and ___________________________________________________________________________ !


30 posted on 05/09/2012 7:29:57 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: Buckeye McFrog

They also start thinking we elected THEM personally. Who we elect are representatives of OUR viewpoints. We find the candidate who most closely matches our beliefs and desires (sadly, it’s often just lip service) and we send that person to represent US in government. They forget they’re only there to do OUR bidding.


31 posted on 05/09/2012 7:30:09 AM PDT by nodumbblonde ("The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity." - Ayn Rand)
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To: Qbert

It’s funny that the media doesn’t lament the loss of blue dog moderate dems to hyperpartisan socialists in the same manner./s


32 posted on 05/09/2012 7:30:59 AM PDT by archaicoldschool (.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Don;t be surprised if he pulls the same stunt the witch from Alaska did.


33 posted on 05/09/2012 7:33:31 AM PDT by sport
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To: Qbert

I’d lay money he’s voting for Donnelly — if not writing himself in.


34 posted on 05/09/2012 7:34:04 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: BusterBear

Indiana law doesn’t allow that.


35 posted on 05/09/2012 7:34:32 AM PDT by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: sport

Indiana law doesn’t allow that.


36 posted on 05/09/2012 7:35:08 AM PDT by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: jimfree

"Nonsense. Lugar was sufficiently gracious for my satisfaction. Damn it, we gave him a gold watch when he wanted to stay employed. I don’t expect him to be leading big cheers for the victor just yet."

He's entitled to his opinion. But now I expect him to get behind the Republican candidate (the way we are expected to support the presidential candidate to beat Obama)... and no bashing Mourdock during the race, talk of a third party run, etc.

37 posted on 05/09/2012 7:36:35 AM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: Qbert
Did it ever occur to Dick that the meaning of 'bipartisanship' has evolved to mean republicans doing it the democrats way? Does he have two eyes and a functioning brain?

Are these RINOs that dense, or are they that dishonest?

38 posted on 05/09/2012 7:40:35 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Pollster1
"But that will require him to revise his stated goal of bringing more partisanship to Washington "

there are SO MANY things wrong with that statement

First - THAT IS WHY HE WON! Why would he 'revise' his stance after winning with it?

Second- Why would someone 'revise' what they promised the voters? That is why YOU LOST- you lie to get elected then 'revise' your stance

Third- good bye RINO a$$hole... ... NEXT? (why oh why couldn't we get rid of McLAME the same way last time!)

39 posted on 05/09/2012 7:41:37 AM PDT by Mr. K (If Romney wins the primary, I am writing-in PALIN)
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To: oh8eleven

if you understand “accomplishment” the way Lugar does, ie, sponsoring new programs, then we need to hope that Mourdock doesn’t “accomplish’ anything...hopefully he will stop meddlers like Lugar who want to tinker with the economy through new regulations, rules, etc.....


40 posted on 05/09/2012 7:42:07 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

The Founders also didn’t forsee a dumbed-down, ‘American Idol elects celebrity politicians’ electorate who can’t think for themselves. Regular elections should be a natural ‘term limit’ process.


41 posted on 05/09/2012 7:42:36 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Qbert

Lugar’s “governance” approach has brought us 80 years of advances for the progressive agenda and much more governance than we need or is good for us. Even during the Reagan years, the trend toward more government and reliance on government was only slowed - it was not reversed. I agree that Lugar’s concession speach was churlish at best.


42 posted on 05/09/2012 7:45:29 AM PDT by p. henry
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To: BusterBear
Is Lugar looking for support to pull a Murkowski? Sounds more like a campaign speech than a concession speech.

He can't - Indiana has a "sore loser" law. Once you run in a party primary and lose, you can't later run as an independent or on the other party's ticket in the general election.

43 posted on 05/09/2012 7:45:40 AM PDT by CA Conservative (Texan by birth, Californian by circumstance)
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To: brivette

Haaaaak, Loogie !


44 posted on 05/09/2012 7:50:35 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Buckeye McFrog

***They all develop this attitude after a couple of terms in the Senate. It’s a huge part of the whole problem.***

It is called POTOMIC FEVER. Been around for just over 225 years.


45 posted on 05/09/2012 7:51:45 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Buckeye McFrog

By “they” I assume you mean Republicans? Because Democrats have no issue retaining their strong partisan identities and Liberal ideologies. It’s only GOPers like Lugar who feel compelled to moderate for the sake of bipartisanship. Dems like Schumer, Reid, Durbin, Boxer never do.


46 posted on 05/09/2012 7:51:45 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: dfwgator

47 posted on 05/09/2012 7:51:54 AM PDT by TheCause ("that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States")
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To: Qbert

He’s 80 years old and has been there about 40 years! Good grief, these losers in congress are power hungry egomaniacs. They aren’t normal. Except for a few.


48 posted on 05/09/2012 7:57:42 AM PDT by crosshairs
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To: Qbert

Dick Lugar. Makes me think of a German handgun shaped like a penis.


49 posted on 05/09/2012 7:58:57 AM PDT by crosshairs
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To: dfwgator

AMEN!!!!

Lugar is 80 years old. He, long ago, was brainwashed to believe compromise is always a move to the left.

GOOD RIDDANCE! Dick you were a big part of the problem.


50 posted on 05/09/2012 8:02:01 AM PDT by LeonardFMason
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