|Senator Richard Lugar|
Lugar's old school--a brilliant man with a gift for policy who doesn't feel comfortable playing politics with wedge issues. Unfortunately, new school politics has found his own party turning on him at the grassroots level, and Lugar will be banking on those old school Republicans to come back out and push him back into office again.
Fox 59 reported that the Republican committees in Henry and Delaware Counties had straw polls over the weekend, and Lugar lost 61-8 to Richard Mourdock, a man that will never fill Lugar's shoes intellectually or as a statesman. Lugar is a Hoosier icon. Mourdock is the flavor of the election season pushed by anger of the Tea Party.
The Republican Party is abandoning Lugar, and I don't know how he will fix it. If he cannot turn out his reliable base, he's done.
|Part-Time Treasurer Richard Mourdock|
For Lugar, it would be a sad way for a good man to go out. Lugar's the kind of man that can give an eloquent 20-minute speech off the top of his head. Lugar is the kind of man that will stand in a room of constituents and shake hands, take pictures, and sign autographs until he's the last man in the room. I know because I've seen him do it.
Richard Lugar is still an effective Senator even though he's pushing 80. It doesn't mean I'd vote for him in November, but I certainly would never give someone like Mourdock the nod over him. If this is an "anybody but" race, pass Lugar through and beat him in November by voting for Joe Donnelly, but don't give someone like Richard Mourdock the honor. He's always looking for his next opportunity.