Skip to comments.Sore Lugar
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...
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.
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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Bye bye Dick...and take Barack with you.
They all develop this attitude after a couple of terms in the Senate. It’s a huge part of the whole problem.
That’s why we need term limits, politics should not be a career.
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!
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!
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.
Lugar needs to be taunted mercilessly.
looks like Indiana spit out a Lugar....
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.
Is Lugar looking for support to pull a Murkowski? Sounds more like a campaign speech than a concession speech.
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.
Until then, term limits!
I meant to post, DON’T default to reflexive votes against compromise...so long as we’re compromising on how extensively to cut government.
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.
"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.
“...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...
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.
Did you mean "hocked a luggie?"
Lugar, since 1977. Seems he is nothing but a government employee welfare queen. About time he was made to get a real job.
And then taunted a SECOND time!
"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."
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.
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.
” - - - 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!
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 ___________________________________________________________________________ !
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.
It’s funny that the media doesn’t lament the loss of blue dog moderate dems to hyperpartisan socialists in the same manner./s
Don;t be surprised if he pulls the same stunt the witch from Alaska did.
I’d lay money he’s voting for Donnelly — if not writing himself in.
Indiana law doesn’t allow that.
Indiana law doesnt allow that.
"Nonsense. Lugar was sufficiently gracious for my satisfaction. Damn it, we gave him a gold watch when he wanted to stay employed. I dont 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.
Are these RINOs that dense, or are they that dishonest?
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!)
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.....
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.
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.
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.
Haaaaak, Loogie !
***They all develop this attitude after a couple of terms in the Senate. Its a huge part of the whole problem.***
It is called POTOMIC FEVER. Been around for just over 225 years.
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.
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.
Dick Lugar. Makes me think of a German handgun shaped like a penis.
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.