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Indiana Republicans put Richard Lugar out to pasture and, in his place, nominated someone so extreme that he's embarrassing.
This weekend, Democrat Mark Warner of Virginia reacted to Richard Mourdock's assertion that Democrats should come over to the Republican way of thinking to compromise by calling the idea "wacky". Alan Simpson, former Republican Senator from Wyoming, was much more blunt on those in positions of power refusing to compromise. From Fareed Zakaria GPS on CNN:
“I guess I’m known as a RINO now, which means a Republican in name only, because... of social views, perhaps, or common sense, which seems to escape members of our party. For heaven’s sake, you have Grover Norquist wandering the earth in his white robes saying that if you raise taxes one penny, he’ll defeat you. He can’t murder you. He can’t burn your house. The only thing he can do to you, as an elected official, is defeat you for reelection. And if that means more to you than your country when we need patriots to come out in a situation when we’re in extremity, you shouldn’t even be in Congress... If you want to be a purist, go somewhere on a mountaintop and praise the east or something... But if you want to be in politics, you learn to compromise. And you learn to compromise on the issue without compromising yourself. Show me a guy who won’t compromise and I’ll show you a guy with rock for brains.”
Mourdock would fall into the "rock for brains" category even though Simpson's comments weren't directly related to him.
Yep, Indiana has nominated a guy that wants to amend the Constitution by removing parts he doesn't like. He has advocated for the removal of the 17th (direct election of Senators) and, most recently, the 22nd (Presidential Term Limit) Amendments.
The thing is, I think that people are getting more wise. Early polling shows promise for Democrat Joe Donnelly and even a couple of unscientific polls are showing Andrew Horning with a lot of support. The bottom line is that many Hoosiers are just not sure about Wacky Richard as he scrambles to purge his website of anything resembling Tea Party rhetoric.
Many Republicans told me that they had just simply had enough of Richard Lugar. Makes you wonder if they knew what they were getting in his place.