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Why Dick Lugar lost (MEGABARF - GOP-E helps the drive bys re-write history in real time)
Washington Compost ^ | May 9th | Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake

Posted on 05/09/2012 5:57:40 PM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing

Instant analysis of Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar’s crushing defeat at the hands of state Treasurer Richard Mourdock in Tuesday’s Republican primary cast it as yet another example of a tea party-aligned GOPer ousting a prominent face of the party establishment.

And that instant analysis would be wrong. Lugar lost — and lost badly — for a number of reasons, the vast majority of which had nothing to do with the relative tea party-ness of his opponent.

At its heart, Lugar’s defeat was attributable to the fact that he broke the political golden rule: Never lose touch with the people who elected you.

"A strong majority of GOP primary voters felt that Lugar had served too long and was too old and should retire," said Christine Matthews, a Republican pollster who conducted several bipartisan surveys in the state. “Three-fourths of voters supporting Mourdock said their reasons centered around Lugar’s longevity, age, and lack of residency."

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 112th; drivebymedia; gope; gopprimary; in2012; lugar; mourdock; teaparty; teapartyrebellion
The media is out there trying to cheer up the GOP-E.

We rolled the GOP-E up and smoked 'em, but the media need the GOP-E thwarting us like good little trojan horses. So they'll play along.

1 posted on 05/09/2012 5:57:44 PM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing
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There's a lot of help coming from the media to the GOP-E. Anybody else see this?

Why Dick Lugar Will Be the Tea Party's Only 2012 Victim

Victim? Ahahaha. This is what we're up against folks. All of you who have thought that the media is vehemently anti-republican, you've thought wrong.

The media is strictly anti-conservative. Any republican that advances a big government agenda will be welcomed warmly by the media. Remember "the maverick".

2 posted on 05/09/2012 6:01:02 PM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing ( Media doesn't report, It advertises. So that last advertisement you just read, what was it worth?)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

http://advanceindiana.blogspot.com/2011/10/what-can-lugar-tell-us-about-that.html?m=1


3 posted on 05/09/2012 6:01:36 PM PDT by biggredd1
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

The Tea Party - but how can that be????? The MSM has been declaring the Tea Party movement dead for months! How could the MSM actually be wrong about anything involving politics and the tastes of the average voter - impossible!


4 posted on 05/09/2012 6:05:36 PM PDT by onevoter
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing; windcliff

It’s really quite simple. We would rather have Mourdock than more Dick.


5 posted on 05/09/2012 6:08:40 PM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

So we victimized Dick Lugar? Funny! Poor Dicky.

For the record: He’s been victimizing us for decades.


6 posted on 05/09/2012 6:21:13 PM PDT by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Good riddance! About time.


7 posted on 05/09/2012 6:25:02 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
If the fossils of the GOP want to believe this bilgewater, fine and dandy. It just means they'll be easier marks themselves when their time comes.
8 posted on 05/09/2012 6:28:15 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: onevoter
The MSM has been declaring the Tea Party movement dead for months!

OK, the Tea Party wasn't actually dead back then, but it's dead now. Really.

9 posted on 05/09/2012 6:28:28 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: Halfmanhalfamazing
He cavalierly dismissed the seriousness of Mourdock’s challenge and didn’t seem to grasp the danger inherent in the extended public debate over whether or not he was even a resident of the state. He did little to counter the idea that, at 80, his time to retire had come.

Did it help that he had voted for TARP and proudly touted his support for the DREAM Act? Or that as recently as Monday he was on the campaign trail defending the practice of earmarking? Absolutely not.

So throughout the entire article I keep hearing... Lugar just wasn't conservative enough for the people of IN and was out of touch with the voters. His votes for more spending and amnesty, combined with his age and residency in DC is what got him voted out.

UUUUhhhhhhhmmmm. So, yea, what the Tea Party fans were saying.

10 posted on 05/09/2012 6:28:50 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (With regards to the GOP: I am prodisestablishmentarianistic!)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
And that instant analysis would be wrong. Lugar lost — and lost badly — for a number of reasons, the vast majority of which had nothing to do with the relative tea party-ness of his opponent.

At its heart, Lugar’s defeat was attributable to the fact that he broke the political golden rule: Never lose touch with the people who elected you.

At it's heart, politicians being out of touch with the people who elected them is exactly what the TEA Party is all about.

11 posted on 05/09/2012 6:30:42 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
Perhaps the most amazing piece of data from the poll conducted late last week by Matthews and Democratic pollster Fred Yang was that,...

They seem like unbiased and totally independent pollsters with no agenda. The last thing the dems want to hear is tht there is significant reason to pay attention to the Tea Pary message.

What a farce.

12 posted on 05/09/2012 6:30:50 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (With regards to the GOP: I am prodisestablishmentarianistic!)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
Never lose touch with the people who elected you.

Actually, it was that he did not wear the magic underwear. this is the year of magic underwear.

13 posted on 05/09/2012 6:32:31 PM PDT by BRL
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
Lugar also said: “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.”

And that, Dick, is why you got voted out. You compromised away more debt and the bond holders of IN rights in GM and Chrystler. Murdock filed lawsuits against the fed to get Hoosier retirements back from GM and Chrystler after Lugar voted with Obama to "forgive" them.

14 posted on 05/09/2012 6:34:31 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (With regards to the GOP: I am prodisestablishmentarianistic!)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Whatever. If Lugar had stayed in touch, he would’ve not been such a liberal Republican. And then there would’ve been no need to boot his ass.

Jesse Helms would’ve never been Tea Partied. He was a true conservative.

Same with Jim DeMint. Or Jim Inhofe. These men are CONSERVATIVES. They can serve for many terms, if they wish, and will not be primaried from the right.


15 posted on 05/09/2012 6:36:43 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
t its heart, Lugar’s defeat was attributable to the fact that he broke the political golden rule: Never lose touch with the people who elected you.

That was why he was made a target of the tea party. Good grief do they think we target people because we don't like their hair style? We target them because they are no longer representing the conservatives (IOW The people who elected them) in their district.

16 posted on 05/09/2012 6:41:03 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (In most cases, revenge is not a good thing. In other cases, it's the only thing.)
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To: BRL

Indiana kicked Lugar out because he’s not Mormon? Seriously?


17 posted on 05/09/2012 6:42:22 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

GEE...wait until they figure out how many in Congress have targets on them for the VERY SAME REASON!!!


18 posted on 05/09/2012 6:49:37 PM PDT by goodnesswins (What has happened to America?)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Oh, the weeping and gnashing of teeth at the Washington Post. The terrible, heartfelt feeling of loss of the GOP-E. Oh, the suffering humanity!


19 posted on 05/09/2012 7:11:23 PM PDT by StormEye
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To: I Drive Too Fast

“We would rather have Mourdock”

Here’s my two cents: watch for the MSM to make fun of his name thus:

“Murdock”: often the name of the bad guy in old B&W movies.

“Morlock”: the underground cannibals in H.G. Well’s “The Time Machine”.

Anyway, sounds like his Democrat opponent is willing to defy the liberal establishment in order to win, so a tough race ahead to keep that seat Republican. Hope he can do it.


20 posted on 05/09/2012 7:56:53 PM PDT by elcid1970 (Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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To: hinckley buzzard
If the fossils of the GOP want to believe this bilgewater, fine and dandy. It just means they'll be easier marks themselves when their time comes.

I agree! Are you listening, Saxby Chambliss?

21 posted on 05/09/2012 9:03:28 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

I just hope the same can be done to Lindsay Graham. Then he can come out of the closet.


22 posted on 05/09/2012 9:12:43 PM PDT by JerseyDvl (Cogito Ergo Doleo Soetoro, ABO and of course FUBO!)
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To: JerseyDvl
At its heart, Lugar’s defeat was attributable to the fact that he broke the political golden rule: Never lose touch with the people who elected you.

And that is precisely why the Tea Party movement exists. So tell me again why this wasn't a Tea Party victory?

23 posted on 08/12/2012 5:34:15 PM PDT by CaptainMorgantown
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