|Senator Richard G. Lugar|
If I were advising Senator Lugar, I would open up my campaign pocketbook and put a full court press on Mourdock by getting his side of the current residency controversy out. I don't mean to make a snarky ad either that targets Mourdock, but the Senator himself looking the voters in the eye through the TV cameras and explaining why he believes he should be considered a Hoosier. It's unbelievable that he should have to do this, but it's time to shine a light on his problem. That's an old saying in politics, but it's time to level with people. He also needs to consider fixing his problem permanently by at least renting an apartment or a condo for himself and Charlene. I don't accept the argument that Richard Lugar is not a Hoosier, but some definitely are.
Secondly, it's time to get to work. If he wants to survive, Lugar is going to have to push himself harder as a campaigner. He needs to get out across the state, and he needs to do it quickly. He needs to speak to anyone that will listen about his record as a conservative. He also needs to spend money to get his word out over the airwaves about his record.
If all of this works, his hopes of keeping his job will still be challenged. Joe Donnelly is just waiting for his opponent. Donnelly is a hard campaigner, and I've been hearing that he's making inroads with some of the groups initially critical of him. Lugar will have his hands full in November as well.
One way or another, Richard Lugar has not experienced anything like this in his years in the Senate. He's going to have to work hard in both May and, if he's successful there, November, just to keep his job.