Tuesday, August 2, 2011

DeMint Treatening to Pull Support of Lugar

South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint, who has WAY too much influence in Washington, is apparently considering withdrawing his support of Senator Richard Lugar and throwing it to Richard Mourdock in the race for Indiana Senate if Lugar votes “aye” on the compromise to raise the debt ceiling, according to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Full disclosure, if in the Senate, I would vote no on this proposal, but that's neither here nor there.

DeMint is creating civil wars in Republican politics across the country and in Washington, and isn’t it sad that a guy like him has any interest as to what goes on in Indiana? Shouldn't he worry more about South Carolina?

Lugar was in the Senate when DeMint was still popping zits. Why should the Senior Senator of Indiana be concerned about what he thinks? Well, I think it’s because he needs all the support he can get.

Lugar’s own internal poll only showed him at 45 percent last week, and, while his lead is significant over Mourdock, his fortunes are in no way set. If Hoosiers have known Lugar for over 40 years now, and he can only muster 45 percent support against Mourdock, he might want to pay attention to what demagogues like Tea Party hero DeMint say.

The Richard Lugar of old would flip an eloquent middle finger towards DeMint and vote his conscience on this issue, but I’m not so sure that this version of Richard Lugar will do that. He seems intent on holding on with his fingernails to the only job he’s had since 1977.

Deeper than this though, Richard Lugar is the third-most senior Senator in the Senate. Should a Republican win election in 2012, Lugar will be fourth in line for the Presidency as President Pro Tempore of the Senate. The Indiana moderate has made a career of voting conservatively but cautiously. He cannot be more of an opposite to the young whipper snappers he’s fighting against. These knuckleheads are living in the here and now. Lugar is the 30-year mortgage, but Mourdock and DeMint are the payday loan.

Unfortunately, in our society, the payday loan has become more popular because people can’t pay their 30-year mortgage. That’s why Lugar’s even in trouble. I still find it more than distasteful to see a great man like Lugar’s fortunes for re-election held hostage by a man like Jim DeMint.

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