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Krauthammer: Generation Of Right-Of-Center Republicans Coming To An End
Real Clear Politics ^ | 5-9-2012 | Ian Schwartz

Posted on 05/09/2012 11:55:44 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler

"I think it's a generational issue," syndicated columnist and FOX News contributor Charles Krauthammer said about the Lugar-Mourdock Senate primary in Indiana. "I think Lugar is a lion of the Senate. I think he's served very well, he's been very important in foreign affairs over these years but that doesn't appeal to voters. He's been in there for very long time. He's had a lot of moderate opinions. He's not a Tea Party favorite and I think his time will likely will have come. I'm not sure that there is anything he could have done differently in campaigning. He is who he is after all of these years. His generation of the sort of somewhat right-of-center Republicans is an eclipse," Krauthammer said.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: krauthammer; lugar; moderates; republicans

1 posted on 05/09/2012 11:55:53 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...

ping


2 posted on 05/09/2012 11:56:46 AM PDT by nutmeg (Rest in peace, and thank you, Andrew Breitbart)
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To: Jeff Chandler

That’s why he was blown out in the primary?

I’m obviously not on the same mental plane as Krauthammer. Maybe not on the same astral plane either.


3 posted on 05/09/2012 11:57:46 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

He has been in office during the entire explosion of government, spending and unaccountability.

The message is simple. No more career politicians are wanted in our hallowed halls.

It not a job, it’s an adventure. You are suppose to return from you adventure and live under the rules you pass and they stay in office forever so as to not have to.

ALL OUT - ALL NOW.


4 posted on 05/09/2012 11:58:25 AM PDT by edcoil (It is not over until I win.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

GOP-e(xtinct)


5 posted on 05/09/2012 12:00:14 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery, IXNAY THE TSA!...P.S. Why did FR ZOT Frantzie?)
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To: Jeff Chandler
His generation of the sort of somewhat right-of-center Republicans is an eclipse,

Translation: Conservative voters want conservative candidates.

6 posted on 05/09/2012 12:01:38 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Tagline For Sale)
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To: Jeff Chandler
I think he's served very well, he's been very important in foreign affairs over these years but that doesn't appeal to voters.

Yeah, Krauthammer and the other DC beltway elitists have never had to put up with illegal aliens pissing in his front yard every morning while waiting for "trabajo" to show up. So issues like the "Dream Act" that Lugar sponsored really don't "appeal" to him like it does the rest of us peons.

7 posted on 05/09/2012 12:06:09 PM PDT by Blado (CROSS OVER AND VOTE FOR KIETH JUDD IN THE PRIMARIES -- he's more qualified for the office than Bambi)
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To: Jeff Chandler

That’s what you think!!!


8 posted on 05/09/2012 12:08:09 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Jeff Chandler
Krauthammer must have drank from the same bottle that Joe Biden drinks from, that's what happens you know ;^)
9 posted on 05/09/2012 12:11:07 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: Steely Tom

um... I think people here are reading this differently than me...

I read this as LUGAR’s slightly right of center generation is being ecliped by a much further right newer generation of Republicans.


10 posted on 05/09/2012 12:11:55 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009
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To: Blado

Lugar WAS good in the Reagan, Bush I, Clinton years.
He was an essential part of the Cold War victory, and the “Reagan Revolution”, etc.
He was dependably right nearly the whole time.

Among other things, and this is personal, he was critical in the Philippine revolution of 1986 (being on the spot, with Sen. Kerry, who was by contrast a useless self-absorbed blob) in arranging for a bloodless resolution of the crisis. He was a leader and a statesman.

Our problems changed though, and he has grown too old.


11 posted on 05/09/2012 12:13:37 PM PDT by buwaya
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To: Jeff Chandler

I think his support of obama did him in.


12 posted on 05/09/2012 12:14:07 PM PDT by jersey117
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To: Jeff Chandler
I just don't get this. Lugar was "right of center"???

Maybe on defense issues, but self-admittedly, Charles states that his compromised on many issues.

Win or lose, there are too many congress-critters much too willing to compromise on their fundamental principles for no other reason than to support the position of the party leadership, to avoid being called obstructionists. We need more, not fewer obstructionists in Congress. The party leadership needs to posit and stand up for the principles of the party.

13 posted on 05/09/2012 12:15:45 PM PDT by Real Cynic No More (OBAMA!!'s name is all caps as sarcasm to indicate a lack of respect, as he does not deserve it)
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To: Jeff Chandler

36 years is too long.


14 posted on 05/09/2012 12:17:58 PM PDT by Mashood
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To: Jeff Chandler
Dear Dr. Krauthamer:

Please go back to writing speeches for Walter Mondale and stop positioning yourself in groups of liberals in attempt to give the appearance that you are a conservative.

.

15 posted on 05/09/2012 12:20:55 PM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: Jeff Chandler

Voters enforcing a term limit on a guy who had been there too long. Krauthamer may be right.


16 posted on 05/09/2012 12:23:08 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: TexasFreeper2009
um... I think people here are reading this differently than me...

I read this as LUGAR’s slightly right of center generation is being ecliped by a much further right newer generation of Republicans.

OK, I've got it. I misunderstood Krauthammer's remark.

It's so hard for me to hold in my mind the concept that, while the Democrats have purged their ranks of pretty much anyone who's ideological position is to the right of say... Gwyneth Paltrow, or Gil Scott Heron, Republicans are irresponsible if we don't stay right in the "center." Which "center" constantly drifts to the left. Some years slower, some years faster, but consistantly to the left.

Heaven forbid we elect anyone who can counterbalance that reality, because, as everyone knows, too many Ronald Reagans and the cattle cars will roll.

17 posted on 05/09/2012 12:24:00 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

—I read this as LUGAR’s slightly right of center generation is being ecliped by a much further right newer generation of Republicans.—

I call them “Gen 45”.


18 posted on 05/09/2012 12:34:59 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Jeff Chandler
Since the center keeps moving left, being right of center really doesn't mean too much.
19 posted on 05/09/2012 12:41:13 PM PDT by stylin19a (Obama - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance)
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To: edcoil

I completely disagree. If a politician is a good conservative and never wavers, they can stay there for life. A good conservative is hard to find and I wouldn’t kick them out because of some kind of arbitrary time limit. As for the liberals, vote them out early and vote them out often.


20 posted on 05/09/2012 12:44:50 PM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Well, *maybe*, Mr. Krauthammer, but you have to admit that “Dick Lugar, Before He Dicks You” was a pretty catchy slogan from the Mourdock campaign.


21 posted on 05/09/2012 12:45:40 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

That’s how I read it, too.


22 posted on 05/09/2012 12:46:10 PM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: buwaya

Yup, Lugar was pretty good back in the day. I actually favored him among the “Seven Dwarves” of the year 2000 Republican presidential primary because he proposed to abolish the income tax and replace it with a national sales tax (The IRS is the root of all evil IMHO).

But then he went down hill fast. Same thing happened to Barry Goldwater as he aged. Time is not kind to the brain or any other organ for that matter.


23 posted on 05/09/2012 1:04:42 PM PDT by Blado (CROSS OVER AND VOTE FOR KIETH JUDD IN THE PRIMARIES -- he's more qualified for the office than Bambi)
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To: Jeff Chandler

” - - - His generation of the sort of somewhat right-of-center Republicans is an eclipse,” Krauthammer said.”

WRONG again, Krauthammer.

The financial center folks spend up to what they have as disposable income. You know, like you with your personal checkbook.

Maybe you are “Right of Center” Charles, and thus you spend LESS than your disposable income.

Big question Charles: WHEN WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT DICKEY L VOTED TO SPEND LESS THAN THE PREVIOUS YEAR’S INCOME ?

BTW Charles, the next time Dickey L votes “Right of Center” will also be his FIRST time.

Lemme see now, Dickey L was elected to the US Senate in 1976, and his sorry butt will stop polishing his Senate chair in 2013. That is 37 years X $172,000 base salary = $ 6,364,000 gross income, plus per diem, travel, staff, free postage, nearly free medical care, free office rental, and secret tips during hearings to enhance his stock purchases.

At 80 years of age his retirement package from us taxpayers should keep Dickey L comfortable for the rest of his sorry, Left of Center life.


24 posted on 05/09/2012 1:30:39 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Dictator Baby-Doc Barack's obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Jeff Chandler

Whats Kraut been smoking? Right of center of what? Obama?

The guy is pushing the LOST treaty.


25 posted on 05/09/2012 1:33:49 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: cuban leaf
I read this as LUGAR’s slightly right of center generation is being ecliped by a much further right newer generation of Republicans

And you're right, of course. But the irrational dislike of Krauthammer runs so deep among many here that they can't even read his clear prose and derive the intended meaning from it.

26 posted on 05/09/2012 1:44:53 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Who defines “center”?

I’d say the “center” would be defined by the Constitution.
Those who want more government than the Constitution specifically allows are “left of center”,
those who want less are “right of center”.


27 posted on 05/09/2012 1:48:11 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Blado

How did he vote in the impeachment trial of Clinton?


28 posted on 05/09/2012 2:11:20 PM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: murron
How did he vote in the impeachment trial of Clinton?

Guilty

29 posted on 05/09/2012 2:26:25 PM PDT by Blado (CROSS OVER AND VOTE FOR KIETH JUDD IN THE PRIMARIES -- he's more qualified for the office than Bambi)
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To: murron

Lugar voted guilty on both counts.


30 posted on 05/09/2012 2:27:32 PM PDT by mc5cents
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To: Jeff Chandler

“Center” of what?


31 posted on 05/09/2012 2:39:26 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Jeff Chandler

And he does not have a residence in Indiana and hasn’t for years.


32 posted on 05/09/2012 2:44:47 PM PDT by winkadink (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Lugar was a left of center corporate welfare, police state, globalist kook. Time for some constitutional American-Americans to reclaim the “center-right.”

We don’t sexually molest innocent people at the airports for the ideology of political correctness and we don’t name the Left’s political enemies “domestic terrorists.” We don’t do death care panels. We don’t raid farms and take people’s property. We don’t use EO’s to overcome the constitution’s separation of powers. We don’t have the US Treasury eat the losses of private industry! We don’t allow our country to be invaded and taken over by foreigners. The UN is not our government nor our master.

So much hope and change is needed, Freepers.


33 posted on 05/09/2012 3:01:17 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: winkadink

But he has black walnut trees in Indiana worth a pretty penny.


34 posted on 05/09/2012 3:02:11 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

I read this as LUGAR’s slightly right of center generation is being ecliped by a much further right newer generation of Republicans.

&&&
That was my interpretation, as well.


35 posted on 05/09/2012 3:21:55 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

It’s time for conservatives and conservatism to have representation again.

http://www.selfgovernment.us/index.html


36 posted on 05/09/2012 3:41:00 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (We're not Republicans or Democrats. We're Americans. Visit SelfGovernment.US.)
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To: Mashood

36 years in the Senate is insane. We need term limits.


37 posted on 05/09/2012 8:02:12 PM PDT by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013 The end of an error.)
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