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Two vulnerable senators, two opposite paths on tea party
Christian Science Monitor ^ | 02/09/2011 | Linda Feldmann

Posted on 02/09/2011 5:25:37 PM PST by Mozilla

This is a tale of two senior senators, both Republican, both up for reelection in 2012, both eager to win. And their approaches to the tea party couldn’t be more different.

Six-term Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) of Utah is wooing the populist conservative movement. At a Tea Party Express town hall Tuesday night at the National Press Club, Senator Hatch said that he’s “very impressed” by the role the tea party is playing in helping “America to take back America.”

Sen. Richard Lugar (R) of Indiana, also in his sixth term, is pushing back hard, telling the tea party: “get real.” He made the comment Monday to News Channel 15 in Fort Wayne, Ind., specifically about tea partyers’ opposition to the new START arms control treaty with Russia, which Senator Lugar championed. But that comment could summarize his overall attitude toward the tea party.

Lugar has not changed his eclectic voting habits since the movement burst on the scene nearly two years ago. Though a reliable GOP vote on many issues, he voted in favor of confirmation for both of President Obama’s Supreme Court nominees. He opposes the ban on earmarks. He supports the DREAM Act, which would establish a path to citizenship for some young undocumented immigrants.

Hatch, on the other hand, no longer supports the DREAM Act and has backed off requests for earmarks, those little nuggets of spending for home-state projects that legislators used to brag about. He opposed the new START treaty.

Still, Hatch may have a harder time reaching the general election than Lugar, analysts say. The nomination process for the Utah Republican Party begins with a party convention, and if Hatch does not receive at least 40 percent of the vote there, his name won’t appear on the GOP primary ballot.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: orrinhatch; richardlugar; rino
May they both lose. They can't pull the wool over America's eyes.
1 posted on 02/09/2011 5:25:43 PM PST by Mozilla
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To: Mozilla

Why don’t these creeps ever go home? Is power that great?

That goes for Ron Paul, too.


2 posted on 02/09/2011 5:30:02 PM PST by Forgotten Amendments (I'd rather be Plaxico Burress than Sean Taylor)
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To: Mozilla

Orin & lugar. are just two old has been fools who have been passed along far too long.
Enough of old fool RINOs
Time for less gun mint politicians


3 posted on 02/09/2011 5:33:13 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: Forgotten Amendments

I sure like Rand Paul though. May he never “grow in office.”


4 posted on 02/09/2011 5:33:16 PM PST by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (It is going to be Foot to Ass combat on election day....my foot and a Rat's ass.)
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To: TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig

I love ‘em both. But, the fact that the old man is hanging on into his 70s makes him as sick as Dole/Byrd/Thurmond, etc.


5 posted on 02/09/2011 5:41:19 PM PST by Forgotten Amendments (I'd rather be Plaxico Burress than Sean Taylor)
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To: Forgotten Amendments

Good point. You know, I really want to retire and I have been working at that goal a long time. It seems to me that these people want to be taken feet first out of their offices at 90 or something. I don’t get it really.


6 posted on 02/09/2011 5:47:32 PM PST by alarm rider (The left will always tell you who they fear the most. What are they telling you now?)
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To: Forgotten Amendments

It’s time for all of them to go home. They aren’t doing anyone any help by not fully opposing Obama and being around for decades. Hatch is basically another McCain type.


7 posted on 02/09/2011 5:47:55 PM PST by Mozilla
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To: Joe Boucher

“Enough of old fool RINOs”

I can thing of nothing that would be more satisfying than to witness RINO Lugar get his cocky ass kicked solidly in the primary. He is truly his own best fan.


8 posted on 02/09/2011 5:50:09 PM PST by rj45mis
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To: rj45mis

thing = think


9 posted on 02/09/2011 5:51:04 PM PST by rj45mis
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To: Joe Boucher

Hatch was on Fox News a month ago and he sounded OLD and looked OLD.

As for Luger, he, obviously didn’t get the message sent in November. He’s not wanted either.


10 posted on 02/09/2011 5:58:29 PM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Mozilla
Alphonse and Gaston.....
11 posted on 02/09/2011 5:59:09 PM PST by flat
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To: Mozilla

Both of these stooges have been in D.C. decades too long.

Put them out to pasture.


12 posted on 02/09/2011 6:01:37 PM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Mozilla

At least we really know what luger thinks.Hatch on the other hand is just giving us the glad hand.Smiling faces sometimes...


13 posted on 02/09/2011 6:13:04 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: alarm rider

Addiction, pure and simple.


14 posted on 02/09/2011 6:14:56 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: SharpRightTurn

Agreed. I don’t trust either of them anymore.

I used to respect Hatch and Lugar years ago...not any more.

Lugar’s support for the Cuba, his positions on immigration and the DREAM Act, supporting Sotomayor out of the gate, voting for hate crimes legislation have ruined him for me.

Hatch’s proposal of the DREAM Act and the fact that he pushed the “Equal Opportunity to Govern Amendment” proved to me that he is no friend of conservatives. He also ticked me off a few decades ago when he wanted to ban “rice rockets” from American roads.

Of the two I’d take Hatch, but by a nose...a tightly pinched one at that.


15 posted on 02/09/2011 6:37:43 PM PST by The Unknown Republican
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To: HANG THE EXPENSE
At least we really know what luger thinks.Hatch on the other hand is just giving us the glad hand.Smiling faces sometimes...

You are exactly right about Hatch, The old rino sees the hand writing on the wall, he's been weighed in the balance and found wanting.

I can only hope that his constituents will see him for what he is.

16 posted on 02/09/2011 7:13:37 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country. The thing is, Sarah loves mine.)
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To: Graybeard58

LUGAR SHOULD HAVE BEEN KICKED UPSTAIRS TO THE SEC OF STATE. Hatch should have been kicked upstairs to the supreme court. U R right. They should be getting on with the next phase of their lives-planning their funerals.


17 posted on 02/09/2011 7:22:35 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET
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To: Graybeard58

LUGAR SHOULD HAVE BEEN KICKED UPSTAIRS TO THE SEC OF STATE. Hatch should have been kicked upstairs to the supreme court. U R right. They should be getting on with the next phase of their lives-planning their funerals.


18 posted on 02/09/2011 7:24:42 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET
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To: Mozilla

Lugar is the primary, primary target for the Senate in 2012.


19 posted on 02/09/2011 7:35:48 PM PST by Mariner (USS Tarawa, VQ3, USS Benjamin Stoddert, NAVCAMS WestPac, 7th Fleet, Navcommsta Puget Sound)
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To: Mozilla

bump


20 posted on 02/09/2011 10:10:15 PM PST by VOA (`)
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To: Mozilla

I hope the Hoosiers see fit to make this Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana LAST term.


21 posted on 02/10/2011 2:41:39 AM PST by Monorprise
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To: ExTexasRedhead

There are others in that boat too.


22 posted on 02/10/2011 3:33:53 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: Mozilla


Two vulnerable senators, two opposite paths on tea party

My favorite “vulnerable senator”?
Missouri’s Clair McCaskill.
She was such a prominent and early supporter of Obama.

I suspect when we voted 70% against Obamacare this year
AND
then voted Roy Blunt to the US Senate over Robin Carnahan...
McCaskill got a major case of “the pucker factor”.

She’s been mostly “missing in action”. I suspect that she thinks that
if she lays low for about six months, folks might forget she’s an
Obamite.

Good luck on that Claire.
Your time is up!!!
(as goes that old audio clip on Rush’s show)


23 posted on 02/10/2011 4:48:36 AM PST by VOA
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