Dick Lugar … The Untouchable?

posted at 9:35 am on November 29, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The New York Times seems to have found itself a new favorite Republican.  Yesterday the newspaper profiled Senator Dick Lugar, whose seat comes up for voter review in 2012, by noting that Lugar has been a “reliable conservative for decades” and that “mavericks are not in vogue these days on Capitol Hill,” two contradictory statements separated by — I kid you not — one single sentence in Jennifer Steinhauer’s profile of Lugar.  As Glenn Reynolds notes, it’s not the only point that screams out for a copy editor, but that’s not the biggest problem in this profile by far:

Now, in the heat of the post-primary lame-duck Congressional session, he is defying his party on an earmark ban, a bill that would create a path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants, a military spending authorization bill and an arms control treaty with Russia.

He even declined to sign a brief supporting state lawsuits against President Obama’s health care law because he saw it as political posturing.

Now Mr. Lugar’s willingness to buck his party is leading to talk that he will face a primary challenge from a Tea Party candidate when he runs for re-election in 2012. It is a possibility that Mr. Lugar, who said the current environment in Washington was “disappointing” and “without a doubt” the most polarized he had seen since joining the Senate in 1977, understands clearly even as he declines to modify his positions. …

Even after the midterm rout that will remove many long-serving members from Congress, the idea that Mr. Lugar would be vulnerable to a primary challenge is a chilling notion to many Republicans, a symbol of symbolism gone too far.

“If Dick Lugar,” said John C. Danforth, a former Republican senator from Missouri, “having served five terms in the U.S. Senate and being the most respected person in the Senate and the leading authority on foreign policy, is seriously challenged by anybody in the Republican Party, we have gone so far overboard that we are beyond redemption.”

Let’s move past the “symbol of symbolism” and the urge to start sentences with “Now,” for a moment.  Since when is Dick Lugar the canary in the coal mine for Republicanism?  I’m not a Lugar hater by any stretch; he’s a six-term Senator and has done some good work on Capitol Hill for the GOP.  However, Republicans around the country have made clear that they want ObamaCare challenged by every legal means at hand — and a large number of independents feel the same way.  If Lugar doesn’t represent the will of the electorate, then he doesn’t belong in office.

And that is exactly what primaries and elections tell us.  When did it suddenly become unacceptable to test that in a primary?  Do elections put us “beyond redemption,” or does Danforth really want to suggest that Lugar and others similarly ensconced in power should be placed beyond accountability?  Danforth and the Times seem to forget that we have a representative government, not a ruling class, and that voters get to decide who those representatives will be.

This republic managed to stand before Dick Lugar came along.  If Lugar loses an election, it will manage to stand as the sun rises in the east.  Also, one personal word of advice for Senator Lugar: beware of being the NYT’s favorite Republican “maverick.”  That was John McCain’s position until early 2008, when the Times began a months-long smear campaign against him.  Being the NYT’s favorite Republican is somewhat akin to being a snake’s favorite mouse.


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Just goes to show when it comes to Conservatism the Left have no idea what they are talking about.

HAExpert on November 29, 2010 at 9:39 AM

I love how people tell the boss(that’s us), who we can fire and who we cannot.

djohn669 on November 29, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Great piece Ed. The question for voters is whether Lugar is representing the will of his constituents. If he is not, then of course he should be primaried in 2012. We are long past the time that these politicans get elected, head to Washington for the rest of their lives and do whatever the hell they please. Not only will the republic continue to stand if Lugar is primaried, but it will no doubt stand stronger.

KickandSwimMom on November 29, 2010 at 9:41 AM

“I’m only for doing the right thing some of the time. Otherwise I might hurt somebody’s feelings and get a bad write-up in the NYT.”

[Excerpt from "Profiles in Courage" Mavericky GOP Edition]

mankai on November 29, 2010 at 9:42 AM

The NYT’s put a target on Lugar’s backside…Can’t wait until they profile Grahamnesty…

Gohawgs on November 29, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Also, one personal word of advice for Senator Lugar: beware of being the NYT’s favorite Republican “maverick.” That was John McCain’s position until early 2008, when the Times began a months-long smear campaign against him. Being the NYT’s favorite Republican is somewhat akin to being a snake’s favorite mouse.

This assumes someone who’s been in the Senate as long as Lugar has and has had his ego strokes for three decades could ever see himself as the mouse and not as the wise leader of the pride of ‘sensible’ GOP lions in the upper chamber.

He’ll take the praise the Times and other liberal outlets will point in his direction over the next year, to conrtrast Lugar with those evil radical conservatives elected to the House and Senate this month, and he’ll never see the primary challenge coming.

jon1979 on November 29, 2010 at 9:44 AM

NYT, doubling down….clueless!

cmsinaz on November 29, 2010 at 9:44 AM

As a Hoosier, I appreciate the New York Times helping to bring Lugars’ “squishiness” to the fore.

Please contact as many other publications as you can and bring Ol’ Dick all the notariety you can, less work for us hoosiers in the primary.

He WILL be primaried.

Tim Zank on November 29, 2010 at 9:47 AM

John Danforth is a good man who was accustomed to governing under a particular set of standards. We are changing those standards for the better by returning to constitutional honesty. Sorry John.

pugwriter on November 29, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Oh man that chaps my hide when these fuds start telling us that voting out a 30 year lifer is some terrible deed, that’s exactly the tale we were told about ol’ Mike Castle.

At this point I have already written out a check for Lugar’s primary challenger, all I need is a name to put on the line.

Bishop on November 29, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Thirty years in a Senate seat causes one to believe they own it. Sh*tcan this geriatric, moderate fossil and replace with a conservative Hoosier.

Extrafishy on November 29, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Yet, they will endorse his DEMOCRAT challenger in the General.

artist on November 29, 2010 at 9:49 AM

He’ll take the praise the Times and other liberal outlets will point in his direction over the next year, to conrtrast Lugar with those evil radical conservatives elected to the House and Senate this month, and he’ll never see the primary challenge coming.

jon1979 on November 29, 2010 at 9:44 AM

You’re right about that, he’s been in so long he’s oblivious to what’s happening in the real world.

Tim Zank on November 29, 2010 at 9:49 AM

He’s proud of the DREAM act, believes in climate change, won’t sign the repeal letter, calls out his own party to sign a treaty that is HORRIBLE for our country, votes for RADICAL SCOTUS judges….how exactly is he considered a Republican again??? I’ve been screaming to get rid of this guy for years. My state can do better than this. Let’s thank him for his 30 years of service by sending him to a nice retirement home. Career politicians MUST.GO.

search4truth on November 29, 2010 at 9:53 AM

It’s not like these people have some divine right to a seat of power. Primary challenges are a part of the process that Lugar willingly took part in to win his seat in the first place…he’s not above anything, and nor is anyone else.

changer1701 on November 29, 2010 at 9:54 AM

If you are a Republican and the NYT is “for you”, them I’m pretty much against you…

NYT will use youi, stroke you, then after you get the primary nomination, TURN ON YOU…

If he’s for earmarks, PRIMARY HIM!!

Khun Joe on November 29, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Not sure if every one else sees this or not…

It’s ironic that there is a Google web ad below Ed’s post on Lugar asking people to contact Lugar to support the Dream Act.

I wish Pence would take on Lugar. It will likely be someone like Hostettler.

dforston on November 29, 2010 at 9:56 AM

The new poster boy for Big Tent Republicanism, is Dick Lugar. May he go the way of his predecessor, Arlen Specter.

james23 on November 29, 2010 at 9:58 AM

Anyone who thinks they are untouchable needs to be primaried on that basis alone. No DC politician should be allowed to strut around thinking they are God’s gift to American democracy. If that’s what they think, they need to have a reality check. Sometimes it works out (Utah) and sometimes it doesn’t (Alaska), but it should be attempted nonetheless.

Let’s please just make sure that we get a candidate who is both conservative and a savvy enough politician to actually win a general election.

dczombie on November 29, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Sticking to your guns is generally an admirable trait, but when you turn those guns against your constituents you become their enemy, not their ally. Dick Lugar has never been hurt before by his deafness to his constituents because his positions haven’t veered that far, in years past, from theirs. Times have changed but Dick hasn’t. The voters of Indiana see liberalism more clearly and feel it’s effects more sharply these days. Lugar believes he can continue to turn a deaf ear to us and suffer no ill effects. I think he’s wrong and I will do what I can to teach him a hard lesson.

Extrafishy on November 29, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Hoosiers, nuke Lugar.

BuckeyeSam on November 29, 2010 at 10:03 AM

John Danforth is a good man who was accustomed to governing under a particular set of standards. We are changing those standards for the better by returning to constitutional honesty. Sorry John.

pugwriter on November 29, 2010 at 9:47 AM

There are quite a few more like Lugar that need challenging. The Rodney King,”Why can’t we just get along?”crap is now, “Changes, they are a comin’!”

cartooner on November 29, 2010 at 10:05 AM

***

The new poster boy for Big Tent Republicanism, is Dick Lugar. May he go the way of his predecessor, Arlen Specter.

james23 on November 29, 2010 at 9:58 AM

Hoosiers, you need to invite Lugar back for one or two townhall meetings. And make sure the cameras are there.

BuckeyeSam on November 29, 2010 at 10:05 AM

http://hillbuzz.org/2010/11/28/removing-dick-lugar-is-a-must/

He is on the radar…

reshas1 on November 29, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Frankly, he’s been there long enough, and we don’t have TIME for any more squishy BS!

OUT!!!!!!!!!

golfmann on November 29, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Poor Mr. Lugar, he’s been in office for so long he forgot what he came there for… and that there is no such thing as a ‘safe’ seat in either house any longer.

I have this strange suspicion he will face a primary challenger… that the challenger will not be backed by the party at either the National or Senate level, that the party will stick its foot in it again.

And have its preferred candidate lose.

This will be before the final pieces of the State party level are dismantled, the power distributed away from centralized functions and people encouraged to send money directly to candidates and abolish the party warchest used to back individuals from the top-down, not the bottom-up. If the National Party apparatus had taken the lead from contributions to candidates and matched them percentage-wise, a few elections might have gone a different direction. Apparently this Army of Davids thing works.

Soon, very soon, we will stop hearing about party leaders and start hearing about what the party actually stands for and will have candidates backing it on those issues. That is if either party ever gets a clue… and the D’s have not been hit with the cluebat. Yet.

ajacksonian on November 29, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Yet, they will endorse his DEMOCRAT challenger in the General.

artist on November 29, 2010

Well, of course. They like him. They don’t like-like him.

mchristian on November 29, 2010 at 10:09 AM

“If Dick Lugar,” said John C. Danforth, a former Republican senator from Missouri, “having served five terms in the U.S. Senate and being the most respected person in the Senate and the leading authority on foreign policy, is seriously challenged by anybody in the Republican Party, we have gone so far overboard that we are beyond redemption.”

You RINOs have had your chance – and you blew it, indeed beyond redemption.

Time to return the GOP to real conservatism, time to primary Lugar and any other RINO.

No. More. RINOs.

Rebar on November 29, 2010 at 10:09 AM

These folks who make a life long career of the Senate or House are becoming more of a burden than an asset. Guess if you spend enough time on the Hill, you tend to lose track of reality. Life in the Halls of Congress must eventually become it’s own self-perpetuating bubble. The rules are theirs to make or break as they see fit. Witness Rangel’s utter and very genuine shock that he should be held accountable for mis-deeds. Moi?! Apparently they lose the ability to see themselves and each other objectively.

jeanie on November 29, 2010 at 10:10 AM

The NYT, Lugar and Jack Danforth can spare us the hyperbole and drama.

The fact that Lugar will invariably be in electoral trouble in 2012 reflects his journey from being a conservative 30 years ago to a RINO today.

I thought that Danforth was a good Senator and I particularly admired him for serving 2 – 3 terms in the Senate and then moving along to a different phase of life.

Lugar, on the other hand, thinks he is doing life without parole in the US Senate.

The voters of Indianna may give him a pardon in 2012 – they certainly need to do so.

molonlabe28 on November 29, 2010 at 10:12 AM

I’ve only ever gotten form letter responses every time that I have called or written to Sen. Lugar. He’s a nice enough man. He’s done a bunch for Indiana, but we rarely seen him here. It’s time for him to go.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on November 29, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Too old – time to dump him.

jake-the-goose on November 29, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Same old story but how true…if you are the media’s darling,you are finished at the ballot box!

ohiobabe on November 29, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Guess if you spend enough time on the Hill, you tend to lose track of reality.
jeanie on November 29, 2010 at 10:10 AM

That is exactly what happens. Seriously, when was the last time Dick Lugar drove across the street cuz gas was 4 cents cheaper to fill up his OWN car? Or bought a gallon of milk when it was on sale (himself)? Or wrote a personal check for a transmission repair on an 8 year old car? Stood in line at the bank to make a deposit to cover cuz he just personally mailed out checks for his gas and electric bill?

He has a staff that runs over $1 million per year, you think he knows what’s best for me in Indiana?????

And he’s just one of many.

Tim Zank on November 29, 2010 at 10:20 AM

If he is a Conservative, he is an unreliable one. Time for him to be primaried. Too bad Dan Coates got it this time, too. He’s OK, but the times are changing and we need young people that will be vociferous and passionate in fighting for the Constitution. 6 years is a long time to have to fight against your Senators.

BetseyRoss on November 29, 2010 at 10:23 AM

I’ve only ever gotten form letter responses every time that I have called or written to Sen. Lugar. He’s a nice enough man. He’s done a bunch for Indiana, but we rarely seen him here. It’s time for him to go.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on November 29, 2010 at 10:12 AM

The only Indiana politicians that have answered me personally (more than once) were Mitch Daniels, Marlin Stutzman and Dick Dodge. Guess who I vote/voted for????

Tim Zank on November 29, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Have begun to question the viability of allowing people to make the House or Senate their life long ‘job’ but do not think age should prevent someone worthwhile from seeking office or being elected.

jeanie on November 29, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Guys like Lugar who have been in the Senate and Congress for so long that they have become part of the furniture are walking talking examples of why putting term limits on these self important wankers is a good idea.

Hellrider on November 29, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Time for term limits (maximum of 16 years elected federal service, in any capacity).

And Lugar should remember what happened to Bennett of Utah, Specter of Pennsylvania, Lincoln of Arkansas, et al. What nearly happened to Reid (if only Angle wasnt as stupid as he is)…

HBowmanMD on November 29, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Just remember that Danforth is the idiot that whitewashed Waco. He based his intire investigation on FBI and ATF records, and as a result found that they both acted properly and did not cause the fire.

I will never forget watching a gov’t agent spraying a machine gun into the house “to save the children”.

Danforth can rot in hell and take his RINO buddies with him.

Spartacus on November 29, 2010 at 10:32 AM

If Lugar doesn’t represent the will of the electorate, then he doesn’t belong in office.

EXACTLY!

It seems that almost every GOP Senator that has been there for more than 2 terms has totally lost perspective and thinks they are there to make agreements with the Dems instead of upholding the ideals of the party and the wishes of the constituents.

They are supposed to REPRESENT the people and use their discretion based on facts not readily available to the public. They seem to think that being liked and not making the MSM mad at them is more important than having a backbone and standing on principles.

Sporty1946 on November 29, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Purge the RINOs.

SurferDoc on November 29, 2010 at 10:37 AM

I’ve always said Bayh and Lugar are like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern – completely indistinguishable.

As for Pence, he’d be good in the Senate, but I’d really like to see him run for governor in 2012.

lonesome_pine on November 29, 2010 at 10:39 AM

The difference between a left wing Republican and a right wing Democrat is close to zero. There isn’t a dimes worth of difference. But the Republican’s job is to place hold the office, do the work of a Democrat, and get abused by the Democrats and their minions so that the Republican can eventually get replaced by a Democrat.

Viator on November 29, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Time for some fresh new blood in his seat.

OmahaConservative on November 29, 2010 at 10:47 AM

The GOP has less than one year to figure it out. Either they put repeal and some serious spending REDUCTIONS on the table, or they are useless, unteachable elites themselves. Don’t make us come back there in 2012!

PD Quig on November 29, 2010 at 10:47 AM

This idea that certain actors in D.C. are indispensable is ridiculous. The country is in a dire situation and anyone who has been in Washington the last 20 to 30 years has played a role in getting us to where we now found ourselves. If he is not willing to take a stand against Obamacare, he should be challenged in a primary by someone who is willing to take such a stand.

painfulTruthDisciple on November 29, 2010 at 10:47 AM

If any elected official doesn’t represent the will of the people, then they don’t belong in office. Lugar is not the only one in the cross hairs in ’12.

Kissmygrits on November 29, 2010 at 10:48 AM

There is an old science experiment that put a bunch of fleas in a dry fish bowl and then put a glass cover over it. What was discovered was that the fleas would jump up over and over hitting the glass ceiling until they adjusted their jumps so as not to hit the glass. This is what has happened to Lugar, Hatch, Alexander and many more Republicans in the Senate. Their norm is so truncated that we, the people from the outside no longer recognise what they see. They need to go!

inspectorudy on November 29, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Also, an old Nixon saying might just apply with Senator Lugar: “Dick Lugar, before he dicks you”

PD Quig on November 29, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Dick Lugar is one of the schmucks who was an ‘early adopter’ of Obama. Lugar lent his ‘presence’ and authority and gave creedencr to the notion Obama, wet behind the ears, could be POTUS this early.

IOW Lugar shld be primaried and defeated, he helped get us up this creek.

Arrogant old fool.

ginaswo on November 29, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Can Indiana find someone better? I hope so. Politicians are like diapers, unlimited shelf life, and a very short use life. Time for new blood.

Angry Dumbo on November 29, 2010 at 10:51 AM

We should replace him with Christine O’Donnell, she’s free…

Boxy_Brown on November 29, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Another good project for the Tea Party Movement.

REMOVE LUGAR AND OBAMA 2012!

TheAlamos on November 29, 2010 at 10:53 AM

Indiana repeatedly elected Evan Bayh Governor and Senator, and went for Obama in 2008, so they are not a bright red state by any notion. Lugar is an establishment conservative by definition, with a lifetime ACU rating of 76.

He is certainly off the conservative reservation on such things as START and DREAM, but would easily win reelection. If he is “primaried” (what a stupid word), we could end up with another O’Donnell nominee who can’t win the general, which is about the only way Democrats could possibly take the seat.

Of course the lunatic Buchananite fringe doesn’t care about anything but 100% ideological purity and seeks to purge anyone who not only disagrees with them on any major issue, but also those who show insufficient enthusiasm – just like the old Soviets who didn’t applaud vigorously enough at Stalin’s speeches.

They would rather take over a Republican Party which was a tiny minority, but pure of thought, than govern with an imperfect bigger tent. Since they really aren’t Republicans in the first place, perhaps it is these Stalinists of the right which should be purged. Let them join Buchanan and Paul in a new party where they can goose-step to whatever drummer they hear.

Adjoran on November 29, 2010 at 10:54 AM

We should replace him with Christine O’Donnell, she’s free…

Boxy_Brown on November 29, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Well, the Republicans should thank Christine O’Donnell. Through her, one RINO has been officially put into early retirement.

Thank you Christine for one-less RINO!

TheAlamos on November 29, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Thank you Christine for one-less RINO!another marxist in government.

TheAlamos on November 29, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Fixed..

Boxy_Brown on November 29, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Adjoran on November 29, 2010 at 10:54 AM

So to hell with principles, eh? I guess all those that want us to, you know, stay true to the Constitution become goose steppers and/or Stalinists?

search4truth on November 29, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Danforth and the Times seem to forget that we have a representative government, not a ruling class, and that voters get to decide who those representatives will be.

That’s the way the progressives want it. Every rich democrat thinks they’ll be included in the elitist class…

tinkerthinker on November 29, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Awwwe, Dick. Come on. Tell us what you’ve done fer us!

Seriously? The man’s name is Dick? Lugar? You gotta be kidding. Dick Lugar.

/Sounds like we’ve been spat upon.

Key West Reader on November 29, 2010 at 11:31 AM

….how exactly is he considered a Republican again??? ….
search4truth on November 29, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Because he’s a squishy moderate Republican – someone that the NYT likes – not one of those TP types. I have more trouble with them noting that he has been a “reliable conservative for decades.” But I suppose I should accept that the NYT and I have differing concepts of what constitutes a good conservative.

katiejane on November 29, 2010 at 11:41 AM

I hope, after McCain, we have learned our lesson about letting liberals pick our candidates!

rgranger on November 29, 2010 at 12:06 PM

RINO!!!11!!1!1!1

Ian on November 29, 2010 at 12:57 PM

He WILL be primaried.

Tim Zank on November 29, 2010 at 9:47 AM

From your fingertips to Mike Pence’s ears.

Jaibones on November 29, 2010 at 1:06 PM

If Lugar thinks America owes him a Senate seat for some reason, he should move to Massachusetts, where a 65% ACU rating for a Republican Senator would be viewed as success, a la Scott Brown.

But Indiana is profoundly conservative right now, and Hoosiers are not well represented by some 80 year old liberal douchebag who thinks that opposing O’Bozo is bad form. Retire, Dick.

Jaibones on November 29, 2010 at 1:13 PM

The left, and of course the Times is from the left, never, ever gives conservatives advice that is helpful to their cause. The left always, always offers advice that is helpful to the left’s cause. Newspaper editorialists are the worst. The dress up their “help”, but it is clear the Times is trying to reward Lugar for not going all out in opposition to ObamaCare. The mystery is why the Times thinks that is not an obvious transparent ploy.

RickCaird on November 29, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Just a reminder: Mitch Daniels is term-limited and will looking for a new parking space for his Harley circa. 2012.

Barnestormer on November 29, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Indeed, Mr. Danforth, you and Mr. Lugar are beyond redemption.

bloviator on November 29, 2010 at 1:30 PM

The NYSlimes only wants politicians to be unaccountable when they support liberal/socialist agenda rejected by the majority of Americans. But its not a biased ragsheet unfit for fish and parakeets.

eaglewingz08 on November 29, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Just a reminder: Mitch Daniels is term-limited and will looking for a new parking space for his Harley circa. 2012.

Barnestormer on November 29, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Daniels for Senator, Pence for Governor?

steebo77 on November 29, 2010 at 1:31 PM

All the hoopla about Alan Simpson’s new found conservatism could also be said about Lugar, Miss Lindsey Graham and a number of other Republican senators.

If those guys are conservatives, they’re the first conservatives I ever saw who enjoyed spitting in the face of their supporters.

Mr. Grump on November 29, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Somebody spends decades sitting on his ass and voting the path of least resistance at every opportunity — and this makes him a freaking national hero?

logis on November 29, 2010 at 1:46 PM

At one time Dick Lugar was called “Richard Nixon’s favorite mayor” If any of you have seen the Fox News series on “the right” hosted by Brit Hume, you will understand why, and that is that Richard Nixon was basically a big government guy, just like his boy Dick Lugar.

georgealbert on November 29, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Just a reminder: Mitch Daniels is term-limited and will looking for a new parking space for his Harley circa. 2012.

Barnestormer on November 29, 2010 at 1:16 PM

I’d rather see a more solid, if lesser experienced, conservative in that seat. Daniels has been a good governor, but he’s been around politics long enough that he’s likely “institutionalized” and of the opinion that he’s entitled to whatever seat he runs for. That doesn’t bode well for listening to your constituents. Do we really want to replace Lugar with a younger Lugar-in-training?

Extrafishy on November 29, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Do we really want to replace Lugar with a younger Lugar-in-training?

Extrafishy on November 29, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Daniels had his first experience in politics while still a teenager when, in 1968, he worked on the unsuccessful campaign of William Ruckelshaus for the U.S. Senate. While in college, he interned in the office of then-Indianapolis Mayor Richard Lugar. In 1971, Daniels worked on Lugar‘s re-election campaign and then joined his mayoral staff. Within three years, he became Lugar‘s principal assistant. After Lugar was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1976, Daniels followed him to Washington, D.C., as Administrative Assistant.

Daniels served as Chief of Staff during Lugar‘s first term (1977-82); and, during this time, he met Cheri Herman, who was working for the National Park Service. The two married in 1978 and had four daughters; they divorced in 1993 and remarried in 1997.

In 1983, when Lugar was elected Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Daniels was appointed its Executive Director. Serving in that position (1983-84), he played a major role in keeping the GOP in control of the Senate. Daniels was also manager of three successful re-election campaigns for Lugar. In August 1985, Daniels became chief political advisor and liaison to President Ronald Reagan.

steebo77 on November 29, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Beautiful piece! I I could do when I read it yesterday was be irked…but you could take it apart! For that I thank you!!

Minorcan Maven on November 29, 2010 at 2:35 PM

and the urge to start sentences with “Now,”

“Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this sun of York.”

Off with its head!

karl9000 on November 29, 2010 at 4:02 PM

As a Hoosier I have had to put up with this jackass for yrs. Hopefully he’ll get primaried. Sadly hoosiers tend to vote for whom they know so he will have the advantage.

PTN 39 on November 29, 2010 at 5:46 PM

When did it suddenly become unacceptable to test that in a primary? Do elections put us “beyond redemption,” or does Danforth really want to suggest that Lugar and others similarly ensconced in power should be placed beyond accountability?

Oh, I think we all know the answer….

tom on November 29, 2010 at 6:42 PM