Lugar skips Indiana GOP unity rally to support Mourdock

posted at 2:16 pm on May 9, 2012 by Allahpundit

Compare and contrast to Trey Grayson, who managed to collect himself and attend a unity rally for the tea partier who knocked him off in a bitter Kentucky primary in 2010. Then again, that rally was four days after the election, not 16 hours, so Grayson had had a chance to come to terms with it. Grayson is also half Lugar’s age and still has a future in the party, so he can less afford to make enemies than Lugar can. And of course, Grayson hadn’t been treated like royalty by the state for more than 35 years before suddenly being dealt a crushing 20-point loss. Coping with that is a lot to ask psychologically. It’s like suddenly throwing a car into reverse that’s been cruising along at 100 mph for hours. Don’t be surprised if there’s some resistance.

While the GOP billed their event as a “unity” news conference, Lugar did not join them. Mourdock began it, though, praising Lugar as “a person for whom I have the utmost respect.”

“I’ll tell you all right now, I really feel badly for him this morning, because I’ve lost elections and I know how much it hurts,” Mourdock said. “For Mr. Lugar’s incredible length of service and all that he has done as the mayor of this city, as a great Hoosier and a great American, he will forever have my respect. He has never been my enemy and never will be. The legacy of Richard Lugar, when it is written years from now, last night will not be mentioned. What will be mentioned will be his time in this city. What will be mentioned is his time as a leader in the U.S. Senate and even as an international statesman.”

[Democratic candidate Joe] Donnelly, though, spoke even longer about Lugar’s service, and was able to talk about the personal bipartisan relationship that they had built from the day Donnelly first came to Congress and Lugar invited him to breakfast, promising him that their conversations would stay private and that he wanted to help in any way he could in order to best serve Hoosiers.

So far, Mourdock and Lugar have not spoken to each other since Lugar conceded. Donnelly said he called Lugar and left a message.

Watch Daniels at 2:45 of the clip gently scolding Lugar for the slashing critique of Mourdock that his office put out last night. I think he’ll come around and endorse Mourdock eventually once he takes a breath and realizes what this sore loser-dom is doing to his reputation as the kindly old gentleman senator. But I don’t know. Mourdock’s still a favorite to beat Donnelly but if Lugar stays stonily silent it might convince enough of his loyalists to stay home or cross over in November to make things interesting. And remember, Lugar’s pals with Obama and might very well be in line for some sort of foreign-policy appointment once one opens up. (Maybe as Hillary’s successor?) O could offer him a deal: Help Donnelly by condemning Mourdock and the uncompromising ideology of the tea party and earn a place in the cabinet. Would Lugar take that deal? Stay tuned.


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Incontinent bitter clinging lame duck – very dangerous for the next 7 months…must implement plans with John Kerry.

Schadenfreude on May 9, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Maybe if he had guns and the Bible to cling to, he’d feel better.

rhombus on May 9, 2012 at 2:21 PM

When was the last time that Lugar was even in Indiana….

Once a Dick – always a Dick…..

redguy on May 9, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Help Donnelly by condemning Mourdock and the uncompromising ideology of the tea party and earn a place in the cabinet. Would Lugar take that deal? Stay tuned.

Why the voters were absolutely right in throwing him out.

Schadenfreude on May 9, 2012 at 2:22 PM

These are the guys that made the Tea Party possible and they don’t even know what has happened. Dorks.

WitchDoctor on May 9, 2012 at 2:22 PM

“The legacy of Richard Lugar…”

+$16 TRILLION DOLLARS OF DEBT…!!!

Seven Percent Solution on May 9, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Help Donnelly by condemning Mourdock and the uncompromising ideology of the tea party and earn a place in the cabinet. Would Lugar take that deal? Stay tuned.

That whooshing sound you just heard was an 80 year old man making a deal with Obama INC.

portlandon on May 9, 2012 at 2:23 PM

There must be some sort of bet among these aging Senators to see who can outlast Byrd even though they might become babbling idiots strapped to a plank and propped up on the Senate floor….. oh, wait….

Cody1991 on May 9, 2012 at 2:23 PM

What a sorry-a$$ way for a 36-year incumbent, senior statesman, and Hoosier political institution to go out. Can’t even unite with the political party that kept him in office all these years?

Sore Loserman.

Robert_Paulson on May 9, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Fluke off Lugar.

msupertas on May 9, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Maybe he forget the area code to call or he forgot how to navigate in Indiana since he’s been out of Indiana so long.

SouthernGent on May 9, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Indy drama.

DanMan on May 9, 2012 at 2:23 PM

When was the last time that Lugar was even in Indiana….

Once a Dick – always a Dick…..

redguy on May 9, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Richard Cranium

msupertas on May 9, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Who wants to bet me that Dick Lugar hasn’t driven a car himself since Nixon was President?

This guy is used to being a pampered Senator.

portlandon on May 9, 2012 at 2:26 PM

“I regret that I have but 36 years to steal for my own selfish gain.” – Patriot, Dick(less) Lugar

NotCoach on May 9, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Obamas favorite dick.

the_nile on May 9, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Why do members of the Senate and Congress think that they have a revolving door to perpetually stay in office? I believe that some people should be allowed to stay in for say 15-20 yrs, but isn’t there a time when these people want to naturally retire? I mean, c’mon.

Midwestprincesse on May 9, 2012 at 2:26 PM

He|| hath no fury like a self-entitled half-a-lifetime entrenched bitter old codger RINO that gets kicked to the curb by his constituents in exchange for a whippersnapper who walked on his lawn.

FlatFoot on May 9, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Nothing is more unattractive than an 80-year-old throwing a temper tantrum.

Happy Nomad on May 9, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Bennett: following primary defeat, advised Dem nominee how to win GOP crossovers

Specter: in face of impending primary defeat, switched parties

Murkowski: following primary defeat, ran as an independent

Castle: following primary defeat, refused to support GOP nominee

Snowe: in face of primary challenge, announced retirement

Lugar: following primary defeat, skips GOP “unity rally”

steebo77 on May 9, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Karl Rove probably begged Lugar to stay away.

Valiant on May 9, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Someone call DICK a wwhhhhhhammmmbulance!

When liberals are the only ones crying about Lugar losing….we Hoosiers know that the right person won.

search4truth on May 9, 2012 at 2:30 PM

I think he’ll come around and endorse Mourdock eventually once he takes a breath and realizes what this sore loser-dom is doing to his reputation as the kindly old gentleman senator. But I don’t know.

Help Donnelly by condemning Mourdock and the uncompromising ideology of the tea party and earn a place in the cabinet. Would Lugar take that deal? Stay tuned.

If he takes that deal, he truly doesn’t give a d@mn about his reputation.

Bitter Clinger on May 9, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Lugar was seen outside his home – in WASHINGTON DC

jake-the-goose on May 9, 2012 at 2:30 PM

He couldn’t attend because he was meeting with Lisa Murkowski on how to mount a write in campaign.

JPeterman on May 9, 2012 at 2:30 PM

well, there you have it folks. More proof that when a
Conservative loses a Primary battle, they rally around,
and are EXPECTED TO the moderate winner. When the shoe
is on the other foot, well…..

ToddPA on May 9, 2012 at 2:31 PM

I wonder how many members of Congress, are today speaking to Real Estate agents in their “home states”?

jake-the-goose on May 9, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Robert_Paulson on May 9, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Mourdock (isn’t that a perfect name for a Harry Potter character?) would be expected to attend and pledge fealty to Lugar’s efforts. I don’t see why Lugar gets a pass on good manners.

This is a graceless way for Lugar to leave office.

Happy Nomad on May 9, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Dickie Lugar is going to take his marbles and go home. Someone get him a hanky so that he can have a good cry.

GarandFan on May 9, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Lugar was seen outside his home – in WASHINGTON DC

jake-the-goose on May 9, 2012 at 2:30 PM

That is an excellent observation and really speaks volumes.

WitchDoctor on May 9, 2012 at 2:32 PM

So when is Lugar becoming a member of Democratic party , I mean formally …and openly

burrata on May 9, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Do they have a program to help integrate Sacred Cow Senators back into normal, native habitats?

“Reintroduction programs, by which Long Serving Senators raised or rehabilitated in Washington DC are released into their natural habitats of normal people, are powerful tools used for stabilizing, re-establishing, or increasing Retired Senator populations that have suffered significant increases lately. Reintroductions may include Senators that have spent some of their early life-stages being cared for in a “normal person” program that gives them a greater chance of survival than those born into office like Kennedy’s.”

portlandon on May 9, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Lugar skips Indiana GOP unity rally to support Mourdock
…Look on the bright side, lugar – now that you’ve been retired (with a multi-million dollar taxpayer-funded pension and gold-plated, non-OBOZOCARE benefits) you’ll now have time to occasionally travel from you DC beltway home to visit the people of Indiana and see the state that you abandoned for the Washington establishment 36 years ago.

TeaPartyNation on May 9, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Lunger, loogie, looger
There goes another booger
No more decency
Too much complacency
Adios Senator Lugar

Schadenfreude on May 9, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Lugar’s pals with Obama and might very well be in line for some sort of foreign-policy appointment once one opens up. (Maybe as Hillary’s successor?)

The man’s 80 years old!

DrStock on May 9, 2012 at 2:37 PM

It was past Dick’s bedtime, he was grumpy.

iurockhead on May 9, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Lugar’s pals with Obama and might very well be in line for some sort of foreign-policy appointment once one opens up. (Maybe as Hillary’s successor?)

Useful idiots, once their utility has passed, are discarded by the left.

iurockhead on May 9, 2012 at 2:39 PM

That whooshing sound you just heard was an 80 year old man another liberal republican making a deal with Obama INC backstabbing the (more)conservative candidate.

portlandon on May 9, 2012 at 2:23 PM

It’s like clockwork. Conservatives graciously supports the moderate victor. Moderates try and undermine the conservative victor.

Moderates are hardly moderate in defeat. Centrist, non ideological repubs are just little power hungry children.

BoxHead1 on May 9, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Do they have a program to help integrate Sacred Cow Senators back into normal, native habitats?

portlandon on May 9, 2012 at 2:33 PM

I sure hope so. It would be so sad to walk down K Street and see Lugar on some corner with a cardboard sign saying “Will Legislate for Attention.”

Happy Nomad on May 9, 2012 at 2:41 PM

And this sort of crap is a big part of why so many conservatives are moving away from the GOP in general and focusing on individual elections, if any at all. This entire Party Unity/Loyalty thing has been a one way street for strong-arming conservatives into voting against their principles, and every time a Rino loses we see more evidence to that effect.

The GOP is dead, time for a new party, a genuinely conservative party.

Buckshot Bill on May 9, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Graceless.

Not at all the conduct of the decent, polite, mature gentleman he was portrayed to be.

novaculus on May 9, 2012 at 2:45 PM

He’ll vote for the Law of the Sea Treaty and other UN nightmares just for spite.

Akzed on May 9, 2012 at 2:46 PM

He’ll vote for the Law of the Sea Treaty and other UN nightmares just for spite.

Akzed on May 9, 2012 at 2:46 PM

I disagree. He was going to vote for them anyways.

search4truth on May 9, 2012 at 2:49 PM

‘Luger skips GOP Unity Rally for Mourdock’ – another bitter, career-politician demonstrating his selfish nature, angry at his constituents for daring to ‘fire’ him in favor of someone who actually lives IN the State he is supposed to represent.

easyt65 on May 9, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Donnelly’s best recollection of Lugar is that Lugar would keep their conversations private? Why should their conversations have to be private? Good riddance, don’t let the door hit your RINO fanny on the way out.

2Tru2Tru on May 9, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Maybe he could run again, this time, in his home state..?

d1carter on May 9, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Clearly, I backed the right horse. Now we have to defeat that dirty little stink bug, Donnelly. My meaningless prediction is Mourdock 57/40 over Joe (Obamacare) Donnelly with about 3% saying “meh”.

Extrafishy on May 9, 2012 at 2:55 PM

What a sorry-a$$ way for a 36-year incumbent, senior statesman, and Hoosier political institution to go out. Can’t even unite with the political party that kept him in office all these years?

Robert_Paulson on May 9, 2012 at 2:23 PM

You right wingers just don’t get it. Lugar will always remain loyal to the GOP of Reagan and is crushed to see the fanaticals take charge, replacing his great legacy with a loser like Mourdock. Obviously it’s the best thing to happen to Hoosier Democrats in years.

Let’s face it, as far as most Tea Partiers are concerned, Reagan was just another RINO, all too anxious to “cave in” through his strong record of compromise and embracing his colleagues across the aisle. And you can’t imagine a better scenario than the rise of a politician who shuns Reagan’s political philosophy of engaging and collaborating with his political opponents.

bayam on May 9, 2012 at 2:56 PM

“The most recent polls suggest Dick Lugar, the senior U.S. senator from Indiana, first elected in 1976, is on track to lose his primary on Tuesday. I hope he doesn’t for a number of reasons but one big one: the Senate needs grown-ups. The entire American government needs grown-ups, from Capitol Hill to the White House to the executive agencies.”

http://online.wsj.com/article/declarations.html

Yes, yes, Peg….. like a cranky, old elitist who, in a fit pique, refuses to support the winner. Grown up, indeed.

Have another martini and celebrate your irrelevance.

Cody1991 on May 9, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Sore Loserman.

Robert_Paulson on May 9, 2012 at 2:23 PM

NICE :-)

+100

cane_loader on May 9, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Coping with that is a lot to ask psychologically.

It’s not like he was sentenced to beheading! He’s 80 years old and lost a vote and can enjoy a luxurious taxpayer provided retirement. Sheesh.

Uncledave on May 9, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Grayson is also half Lugar’s age and still has a future in the party, so he can less afford to make enemies than Lugar can.

Dick Lugar should have retired decades ago he’s 80 freaking years old. He’s been treating his seat in the Senate since 1977( 35 years) like it belongs to him, and not WE THE PEOPLE. If U.S. Senators were supposed to be life time appointments, what’s the point in having elections for the U.S. Senate every 6 years?

If you want to blame our system of government for not have term or age limits fine, but he’s a grown man maybe he should act like one, and Man Up.

Dr Evil on May 9, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Never has someone had a more incorrect surname. He should be the biggest supporter of the 2nd amendment with his last name. (I know A instead of E, but it’s pronounced the same) He should have had “Head” as a surname, I’ll let the readers figure it out from there.

Mini-14 on May 9, 2012 at 3:02 PM

The GOP is dead, time for a new party, a genuinely conservative party.

Buckshot Bill on May 9, 2012 at 2:44 PM

We know we have a weak-as-water candidate for “Preezy” but let’s see how the other races shake out before we abandon the GOP utterly. I’m just concerned about the time it will take to get a true national Conservative Party viable and productive. Like you, though, my finger is on the trigger…and it itches.

Extrafishy on May 9, 2012 at 3:02 PM

I would love to see a video of his money backers that were waiting in line for payback favors.You couldn’t cut their slobber with a razor.They thought he had it in the bag.

docflash on May 9, 2012 at 3:03 PM

You right wingers just don’t get it. Lugar will always remain loyal to the GOP of Reagan and is crushed to see the fanaticals take charge, replacing his great legacy with a loser like Mourdock. Obviously it’s the best thing to happen to Hoosier Democrats in years.

Let’s face it, as far as most Tea Partiers are concerned, Reagan was just another RINO, all too anxious to “cave in” through his strong record of compromise and embracing his colleagues across the aisle. And you can’t imagine a better scenario than the rise of a politician who shuns Reagan’s political philosophy of engaging and collaborating with his political opponents.

bayam on May 9, 2012 at 2:56 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA you’re funny

RickB on May 9, 2012 at 3:03 PM

And I thought only occupy types had an undeserved sense of entitlement. 36 years is more than enough time to be a US Senator…these aren’t lifetime appointments.

2lbsTest on May 9, 2012 at 3:03 PM

I hope he doesn’t for a number of reasons but one big one: the Senate needs grown-ups. The entire American government needs grown-ups, from Capitol Hill to the White House to the executive agencies.”

Cody1991 on May 9, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Hey Peg, got news for you:

If Lugar doesn’t understand that the failure to pass a budget for THREE YEARS – the most total breakdown of the Senate in 225 years, I’ve got a clue for you. Lean in and listen close:

LUGAR AIN’T A GROWN-UP!

Sheesh.

Peggy, your writings after 9/11 were some of the best; they were sublime. I will never forget how your words captured the emotions.

But since the advent of 0bama… my gosh, you have just gone so far off course that maybe you need to take a long break from writing columns and just sit and think, instead of jerk your knee.

Bless you, but for now, at least, you’ve lost it.

cane_loader on May 9, 2012 at 3:04 PM

“The legacy of Richard Lugar…”

+$16 TRILLION DOLLARS OF DEBT…!!!

Seven Percent Solution on May 9, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Don’t forget Sotomayor and Kagan. Thanks, Dick! To paraphrase the classic R. Dean Taylor one-hit-wonder:

Indiana doesn’t want me, Lord I can’t go back there.

Rixon on May 9, 2012 at 3:05 PM

This confirms the need for some sort of term limits…Lugar came to think he was more important than the people who elected him.

d1carter on May 9, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Lugar has managed to inflict incredible damage on the government of the United States and it’s not over yet. Lugar is working behind the scenes to give away the sovereignty of our great country to the UN. The votes on various UN issues will be taking place during this summer and Lugar will vote with Clinton and Obama to strengthen the future of a one world government.

All Hot Air readers should follow the remaining voting record of this treasonous traitor and see for yourselves. His bitterness is only just beginning.

metroryder on May 9, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Indiana doesn’t want me, Lord I can’t go back there.

Rixon on May 9, 2012 at 3:05 PM

I hate to admit I really liked that song. Had a good beat and was easy to dance to. I give it a 78. (RIP, Dick Clark).

Extrafishy on May 9, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Dick and Arlen, perfect together.

diogenes on May 9, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Although I don’t expect Lugar to run as a write-in candidate a-la Lisa Murkowski this fall, I do fully expect Lugar to throw his endorsement to the Democrat candidate for his former seat in November. But such an endorsement would be ignored by the Republican establishment as long as he also endorses Mister RINO establishment himself … Etch-a-sketch Romney.

It is good to see the Tea Party continuing to have a big effect on elections even as the RINO Republican establishment is busy declaring the movement dead.

PoliTech on May 9, 2012 at 3:14 PM

And you can’t imagine a better scenario than the rise of a politician who shuns Reagan’s political philosophy of engaging and collaborating with his political opponents.

bayam on May 9, 2012 at 2:56 PM

You are a strange form of Reaganite. Reagan has been a hero to the conservative cause for as long as I can remember.

All of the sudden .this year, there are all these revisionist “Reaganites” with 0% ideology and a 100% desire to pretend to be old fans of Reagan. Today someone mentioned Orwell’s 1984 on this site.

During the Reagan administration, the government spent the most time on the brink of government closures. Steven Hayward writes in The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counterrevolution 1980-1989; “Unable to agree on a budget, Congress passed a “continuing resolution” in November to keep the government running at current levels. Reagan cast his first veto and brieftly shut down the government, in a pattern that would repeat itself much of the next six years

BoxHead1 on May 9, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Hey Lugie, why don’t you grow up, act like a man, throw the pacifier away. What a disgusting rep of the people.

rjoco1 on May 9, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Graceless.

Not at all the conduct of the decent, polite, mature gentleman he was portrayed to be.

novaculus on May 9, 2012 at 2:45 PM

He’ll vote for the Law of the Sea Treaty and other UN nightmares just for spite.

Akzed on May 9, 2012 at 2:46 PM

…guess the voters had it right!

KOOLAID2 on May 9, 2012 at 3:32 PM

I am really amazed these ‘moderate’ politicians are so surprised at these results. The party base has been telling the party elected officials since 2006 at least, that we were fed up with ‘go along to get along’…We send those folk to DC with an agenda and we are tired of them ignoring it as soon as they take the oath…

I am also annoyed of the left getting to define our ‘moderates’ which to the base simply means, votes with the dems far too often. Where are their ‘moderates’? They have been extinct for decades as evidenced by the Health Scam vote a few years ago.

JIMV on May 9, 2012 at 3:33 PM

First, he’d have to remember where Indiana is.

Ward Cleaver on May 9, 2012 at 3:33 PM

What’s the over/under on Lugar endorsing Donnelly?

Ward Cleaver on May 9, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Clearly, I backed the right horse. Now we have to defeat that dirty little stink bug, Donnelly. My meaningless prediction is Mourdock 57/40 over Joe (Obamacare) Donnelly with about 3% saying “meh”.

Extrafishy on May 9, 2012 at 2:55 PM

I saw an ad today on this site. Donnelly was calling Mourdock “Palin’s Puppet”.

Night Owl on May 9, 2012 at 3:36 PM

bayam on May 9, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Back then, democrats weren’t out and out socialists. Big difference, although I found your story and your concern touching.

Night Owl on May 9, 2012 at 3:38 PM

“If Mr. Mourdock is elected, I want him to be a good Senator. But that will require him to revise his stated goal of bringing more partisanship to Washington. He and I share many positions, but his embrace of an unrelenting partisan mindset is irreconcilable with my philosophy of governance and my experience of what brings results for Hoosiers in the Senate. In effect, what he has promised in this campaign is reflexive votes for a rejectionist orthodoxy and rigid opposition to the actions and proposals of the other party. His answer to the inevitable roadblocks he will encounter in Congress is merely to campaign for more Republicans who embrace the same partisan outlook. He has pledged his support to groups whose prime mission is to cleanse the Republican party of those who stray from orthodoxy as they see it.” ~~ Sen. Lugar, concession statement

The horror. Mourdock actually wants to implement the goals he claims to believe in, and even worse, will ” … campaign for more Republicans who embrace the same … outlook.” What a revoltin’ development …

RedPepper on May 9, 2012 at 3:39 PM

I saw an ad today on this site. Donnelly was calling Mourdock “Palin’s Puppet”.

Night Owl on May 9, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Palin puppet or Obama fellator. Choices…choices.

Extrafishy on May 9, 2012 at 3:39 PM

You know it was a good to thing to get rid of him if Bob Beckel is singing his praises and deriding the Tea Party for causing his demise

silvernana on May 9, 2012 at 3:46 PM

This clip shows just out of touch TV pundits are. So Mourdock is supposedly “racing to the center” when the people who voted him in also just voted out the most “centered” Republican in the Senate.

JackBurtonJr on May 9, 2012 at 4:03 PM

I just heard Hannity say something about there being a chance Lugar is going to endorse Obama! Another example of “moderate” party unity.

Night Owl on May 9, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Not Hoosier. Hoser.

Coronagold on May 9, 2012 at 4:20 PM

It’s so cute watching all the little liberals show their concern over another one of them losing. And that’s what DICK was…a liberal. Which is why us racist, gun-clinging, bible thumpin’ extremist Tea Partiers voted his ass out.

search4truth on May 9, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Term limits? Anyone?

sdbatboy on May 9, 2012 at 4:29 PM

And I’ll bet his book is out before the official results are certified. Because….

Six months after he leaves office very few will remember him – or care.

sdbatboy on May 9, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Richard Mourdock is a class act.

cat_owner on May 9, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Lugar is just another RINO that should’ve been put on his way years ago Knowing that and being defeated he will respond like most RINOs do and try to punish his constituents worse than he has in the past to get retribution because they are not worthy of his presence. Lugar and these other illiterate RINOs are the epitome of the need for term limits.

volsense on May 9, 2012 at 4:57 PM

If things stay bad between Lugar and Mourdock, Mourdock can call Lugar’s office in DC and then tell Lugar he was just trying out his soon-to-be-new phone number.

nukemhill on May 9, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Lugar is behaving like [former] Utah Senator Bob Bennett. These guys feel a sense of entitlement to their seats. Once they’re in, they think any challenge to their legacy is almost heretical. And if they’re successfully challenged, they pout. They all feel a sense of entitlement to office and we need to make examples of a few more of them. I have no doubt that Richard Lugar is a good and honorable man. But that’s not enough. We want good and honorable conservatives representing us. Sen. Lugar thought 2 out of 3 was good enough to get him re-elected. Wrong.

Congratulations to the people of Indiana. Now, let’s move on to Orrin Hatch.

rogaineguy on May 9, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Maybe he forget the area code to call or he forgot how to navigate in Indiana since he’s been out of Indiana so long.

SouthernGent on May 9, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Hey, primary’s over. Back to D.C. No reason to stay here! After all, it isn’t like he lives here or anything! /s

IrishEyes on May 9, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Donnelly said he called Lugar and left a message.

The number has a Virginia area code.

Dack Thrombosis on May 9, 2012 at 5:40 PM

And I thought the Tea Party had been declared dead. RIP, LOL !! And for all you GOP Dinosaur farts still lingering in DC “Something Wicked your way Comes BWHAHAHAHAHAHAA !!!!

stormridercx4 on May 9, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Hope he gets over his hissie fit soon and doesn’t try to do anymore damage in the 7 months he’s got left.

Kissmygrits on May 9, 2012 at 6:09 PM

That whooshing sound you just heard was an 80 year old man making a deal with Obama INC.

portlandon on May 9, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Yup. The RINOs will not go quietly or easily, but go they must.

dogsoldier on May 9, 2012 at 6:10 PM

I saw an ad today on this site. Donnelly was calling Mourdock “Palin’s Puppet”.

Night Owl on May 9, 2012 at 3:36 PM

So Donnelly wants to pick a fight with Palin and her supporters?
Mourdock wasn’t enough for him? LOL

He should know that Palin doesn’t let too much pass her by without a response:-)

bluefox on May 9, 2012 at 6:33 PM

And you can’t imagine a better scenario than the rise of a politician who shuns Reagan’s political philosophy of engaging and collaborating with his political opponents.

bayam on May 9, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Gosh, it kind of seems like Lugar is shunning Reagan’s political philosophy of engaging and collaborating with his political opponents.

talkingpoints on May 9, 2012 at 6:36 PM

You know it was a good to thing to get rid of him if Bob Beckel is singing his praises and deriding the Tea Party for causing his demise

silvernana on May 9, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Hi silvernana, nice to see you and hope all is well.

Beckel is a case. I love how they try to denigrate the Tea Party. After all what is the Tea Party other than Patriots? We are American Citizens, a large group of the good “guys”!! We vote too:-)

bluefox on May 9, 2012 at 6:37 PM

And you can’t imagine a better scenario than the rise of a politician who shuns Reagan’s political philosophy of engaging and collaborating with his political opponents.

bayam on May 9, 2012 at 2:56 PM

You are a strange form of Reaganite. Reagan has been a hero to the conservative cause for as long as I can remember.

All of the sudden .this year, there are all these revisionist “Reaganites” with 0% ideology and a 100% desire to pretend to be old fans of Reagan. Today someone mentioned Orwell’s 1984 on this site.

During the Reagan administration, the government spent the most time on the brink of government closures. Steven Hayward writes in The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counterrevolution 1980-1989; “Unable to agree on a budget, Congress passed a “continuing resolution” in November to keep the government running at current levels. Reagan cast his first veto and brieftly shut down the government, in a pattern that would repeat itself much of the next six years

BoxHead1 on May 9, 2012 at 3:28 PM

How did I contest any part of your description of Reagan?

Yes, Reagan was a strong negotiator and knew how to leverage the power of his office. He never failed to exercise both carrot and stick tactics. Yet Reagan was always a model of civility and bipartisan engagement. To say that Reagan embraced a “no compromise” stance is just absurd given the many compromises that the White House reached with Democrats.
Moreover, Reagan never questioned the patriotism or motives of his adversaries. In fact, as part of his charming persona, Reagan tended to praise his opponents. To Top O’Neill, liberal and democratic speaker:
“Tip, if I had a ticket to heaven and you didn’t have one too, I’d give mine away and go to hell with you.”

Can you imagine a Tea Party member demonstrating the level of camaraderie with a liberal? As Olympia Snowe, Dick Lugar, and Orrin Hatch have pointed out, absolutely not. The Tea Party has to resurrect a very inaccurate and ugly version of Reagan that fits their strict ideological narrative. Truth be ignored.

bayam on May 9, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Pathetic.sore.loser

Potential.Obama.lackey

Go frack yourself, you dishonorable, vile, pathetic man.

Conservchik on May 9, 2012 at 10:27 PM

NOT the way to go out, Dick.

Aardvark on May 10, 2012 at 4:09 AM

O could offer him a deal: Help Donnelly by condemning Mourdock and the uncompromising ideology of the tea party and earn a place in the cabinet.

Now you know why I refuse to vote for ANY liberal. They cannot be trusted. Not EVER!

DannoJyd on May 10, 2012 at 4:17 AM

Hi silvernana, nice to see you and hope all is well.

Beckel is a case. I love how they try to denigrate the Tea Party. After all what is the Tea Party other than Patriots? We are American Citizens, a large group of the good “guys”!! We vote too:-)

bluefox on May 9, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Hi bluefox. I didn’t see your comment until today and you probably won’t even see this. Just in case you do, yes, things are going much better!

silvernana on May 10, 2012 at 2:40 PM