Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Mike Delph=Richard Lugar's Best Friend
Mike Delph is considering a run for U.S. Senate, according to the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. If he does run, let’s all congratulate Richard Lugar on winning the Republican nomination and likely another term in the U.S. Senate.
A Tea Party favorite, Delph’s entry in the race would dilute the TP’s power to put its support behind one candidate and strengthen Richard Lugar’s stronger position as a longtime and trusted incumbent. Lugar’s base would reelect the Senator in the Primary.
It’s the same thing that happened with Congressman Dan Burton’s 2010 race. The Congressman was able to get the plurality of the vote due to a crowded field of those behind him. While he was far from a majority, he went on to an easy victory over Democrat Tim Crawford and two other candidates in the General Election.
Delph is significantly behind the game in fundraising and support building. Mourdock has been at this for a long time, and Lugar has raised a staggering war chest. It is very quizzical why Delph would pick this moment in time to consider a run. He has about the same chance of winning a three way race with Mourdock and Lugar as a snowball does on the Midway of the Indiana State Fair.
If he does enter the race, it should be good political theater, but it should also maintain the status quo for Indiana’s Senior Senator.