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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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.
I read that Sen. Cornyn called to congratuate Mr. Mourdock and that he would get support; I suppose Cornyn means from the RNC. That would be a change. But I am sure Cornyn plans to control Mr. Mourdock by telling him he will not be on any committees unless he goes along with the DC GOP.
It gave me great pleasure to mark my ballot for Mourdock yesterday. I just wish there had been an allowance to write in Sarah Palin’s name for President.
He can still endorse the democrat as a spoiler attack on the tea party. A form of country club tea sipping rebellion.
Right, and from the time of the Founding, politics would not be a career.
Citizens were to serve their term or maybe 2 terms and then go back to their previous jobs: farming, blacksmiths, etc.)
These guys who have served for years and years and years (Kennedy, Byrd et al) made it a career and our governance has eroded and suffered.
Some people say use the elections as “term limits” and vote the scoudrals out....the hard part is after they serve just one term, they essentially are running for subsequent terms. And, they then have the money to back them more than a challenger usually has.
Also, they have name recognition and unfortunately some people just vote on the candidate they know just because they have heard of them before.
This perfectly describes most Republicans on the hill. Especially McQueeg.
Like in that movie "The Distinguished Gentlemen", where Eddie Murphy's character gets elected because he changed his name to the name of the deceased Congressman who served the district for years.....so he campaigned on the slogan "Vote for Jeff Johnson, the name you know."
You are a moderate, I am for bulldozing the agencies and salting the ground afterwords. Now that sounds pretty moderate to me.
Pray for America
Ha! Yes, indeed.
Mercilessly taunting folks like Lugar should be included in the Olympics!
Agree ... Thx.