Skip to comments.Two vulnerable senators, two opposite paths on tea party
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 couldnt 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 hes 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 Obamas 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 wont appear on the GOP primary ballot.
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I hope the Hoosiers see fit to make this Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana LAST term.
There are others in that boat too.
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
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
Good luck on that Claire.
Your time is up!!!
(as goes that old audio clip on Rush’s show)