Richard Lugar goes down. Will other RINOs follow?

Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆ 2012/05/09 18:09:29
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The Tea Party is alive and well. Last night they won a singular
victory. Their favorite, Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock, beat
long-time Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN). Mourdock thus shows what the Tea
Party is now doing: reforming the Republican Party from within.

Breadth of the Tea Party win

Mourdock won 61 percent of the Republican primary vote, to Lugar’s 39 percent. At once he gave credit
to the Tea Party for his win. Specifically, the Tea Party fielded
“thousands of…volunteers,” who “helped” with his campaign. That, he
said, made the difference between winning and losing.

Lugar, for his part, proved a sore loser. An hour after he conceded defeat, he said his in writing:

If Mr. Mourdock [wins in November], I want him to be a
good senator. But [to do that, he must] revise his stated goal of
bringing more partisanship to Washington. He and I share many positions.
But [he] embrace[s]…an unrelenting partisan mindset. [That] is
irreconcilable with my philosophy of governance and my experience of
what brings results for Hoosiers in the Senate. In effect,… he has
promised 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 [meet] in Congress is merely to
campaign for more Republicans [of like mind]. 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.

Richard Lugar, the latest RINO ousted by the Tea Party

Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN). Photo: The United States Senate

Lugar can only mean the Tea Party. And Tea Party activists everywhere do not apologize for that. And Tim Stanley of The Daily Telegraph (London, UK) says
they shouldn’t. Stanley is “spot-on” about what the Tea Party stands
for today: reforming the Republican Party, to offer a “real choice” to
the people.

Folks are sick and tired of party candidates saying one
thing during the primary season, another thing during the general
election, and then ignoring both when they get into office. If you pay
good money and spend precious time working to [help elect] a candidate,
shouldn’t you expect to see them do what they promised…? Yet men like
Lugar seemed to regard their local parties as a mix of rubber stamp and
perennial nuisance. The feeling, it turns out, is mutual.

Or, as a Tea Party activist in Indiana told Politico.com:

The message to the establishment is: You’re our servants.
We’re the masters. Do what you’re supposed to do, adhere to the
Constitution or we’ll fire you.

Follow the link to the article to play a video of Mourdock's acceptance speech, and some more interesting quotes.

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  • Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆ 2012/05/09 18:11:31
    Yes. RINO's, your days are numbered.
    Orrin Hatch, you might as well throw in the towel right now.

    The Tea Party are alive and well. And we have had it with your clubbish, never-mind-the-rubes attitude. You have patronized us for the last time.

    What the United States Senate needs, is an enema. And it's going to get one.

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  • Charge 2012/05/09 21:10:52
    Yes. RINO's, your days are numbered.
    Now we have a shot for a Conservative.
  • Yes. RINO's, your days are numbered.
    ☆The Rock☆ * AFCL* The Sheriff!!
    Ready to get rid of all these jackasses!!
  • ed 2012/05/09 20:58:54
    Yes. RINO's, your days are numbered.
    The Rino's aren't they only ones whose time is drawing to a close there's a lot of democrats who need to go as well.This I hope is just the beginning.
  • AL ed 2012/05/09 22:16:51
    Lib Fraud-SCott Brown was never a tea paty Republican
  • ConLibFraud 2012/05/09 20:47:42
    Can we at least wait and make sure he is not another Scott Brown?
  • Matt 2012/05/09 20:46:57
    Yes. RINO's, your days are numbered.
    A lot of DINOs need to go, also. It's time for a return to fiscally responsible, representative government !
    re elect nobody
  • Dagon 2012/05/09 20:31:52
  • Kane Fernau 2012/05/09 20:13:45
    Yes. RINO's, your days are numbered.
    Kane Fernau
    Tea Party = SILENT MAJORITY!
  • doc moto 2012/05/09 20:12:07 (edited)
    Yes. RINO's, your days are numbered.
    doc moto
    Have to find the mans' speech, it was a good one!

    http://news.yahoo.com/video/l... <--here is the rest of the story, the reference site has a longer speech by our tea party winner and he gives a good bye speech for the older ousted senator; Sen Luger wants a Rep in the WH and help in the senate for Mitch! Mitch needs to grow a backbone and start Impeachment proceeding now against Obama, even if there is not a majority, just get the laundry out now!
  • hayesml47 2012/05/09 20:01:55
    We can always hope!
  • Kerri Mackenzie 2012/05/09 20:01:12
    Yes. RINO's, your days are numbered.
    Kerri Mackenzie
    I'm not sure whether voters were voting for the Tea Party candidate or against Richard Lugar. Regardless, it's clear they're fed up with career politicians who don't do their job and play politics at the expense of the people they're supposed to represent. The sleeping giant has been awakened and if I was a career politician, no matter the party, I'd be worried.
  • scbluesman13 2012/05/09 19:42:32 (edited)
    Dick Lugar was not a RINO. He was just a rational republican. Something woefully missing from the GOP ranks in Congress these days.
    And his statement about the rigidity in the current GOP and it's extreme turn is dead-on accurate. He's not being a sore loser by saying it, he's expressing grave concern for a party he dearly loves.
  • Always ... scblues... 2012/05/09 20:04:44
    Always Right
    You think so! Is that why you are nervous?
  • scblues... Always ... 2012/05/09 20:29:53 (edited)
    Who said I was nervous? I think Mourdock is going to lose the election to Joe Donelly. I think the Indiana Republican primary voters shot themselves in the foot by pushing out a 6 term senator who ran unopposed for much of his career, and when he was opposed, he was winning with solid double digit leads.

    Donelly (D) is a conservative democrat and in a state like Indiana can poll very well against an extremist right wing republican candidate. We'll see what happens I guess.
  • Always ... scblues... 2012/05/10 04:30:59 (edited)
    Always Right
    TEA Party will continue winning and liberals will fail. Democrats are liberal, just in case you didn't know.
  • scblues... Always ... 2012/05/11 16:55:22
    Since you obviously don't know. Liberals and Conservatives don't always map to Democrats and Republicans. The former are philosophies, the latter are political parties. Until the 60's the democrats were the conservatives (at least in the south).
    And yes, there are definitely conservative democrats still around today (Blanche Lincoln comes to mind). Not too many liberal republicans though.
  • Always ... scblues... 2012/05/12 04:43:27
    Always Right
    So the point is, you don't know who is the best to govern. Try to think, everyone benefits by working! It's the economy.
  • scblues... Always ... 2012/05/14 16:16:21
    No, the point is, democrats are not always liberal, but most are. And the other point is that the GOP is only hurting themselves by going on this rush to purge their party of moderate elected officials. They're only going to alienate the moderate and independent side of their base, which will ultimately shrink their voting power.
  • jere.ch... scblues... 2012/05/09 22:59:44
  • scblues... jere.ch... 2012/05/09 23:09:04
    Thank you for your educated, well-thought out, and articulate response!
  • jere.ch... scblues... 2012/05/09 23:21:17
    Your silly opinion made even less sense.
  • scblues... jere.ch... 2012/05/11 16:53:28
    You obviously just like to use stupid insults a lot instead of informed opinions.
  • jere.ch... scblues... 2012/05/11 17:16:02
    iF YOU DON'T AGREE BE POLITE and ignore, I don't care to match wits with the unequipped.
  • scblues... jere.ch... 2012/05/11 18:02:32
    Match wits? Now you're just being funny. None of your comments have displayed any wits, much less common sense or politeness. You're ridiculous.
  • Kathleen1938 2012/05/09 19:31:04
    Yes. RINO's, your days are numbered.
    I checked "yes" because I hope it is so. I do doubt that politicians, however, if their feet are to be held to the fire, will not run - and if they do, they will lose because they would have a hard time winning in the climate this country has evolved into.

    I am so happy to have Luger re-join society. He's had enough years at the public's expense (in more ways than one). I don't believe he has any rock hard standards he lives by.
  • Jeremiah 2012/05/09 19:30:58 (edited)
    This was only a primary, of course, with the eventual senator to be decided in November. The Indiana Republicans have chosen to give up Sen. Lugar's seniority, which is among the highest, and the choice committee assignments he had earned. Instead, they will be represented by a freshman. All for spite?
  • Always ... Jeremiah 2012/05/09 21:56:25
    Always Right
    All for better leadership in the direction this country will go!
  • Jeremiah Always ... 2012/05/10 02:13:22
    Indiana won't have any leadership in the Senate for many years to come. You don't throw a man like Dick Lugar to the curb without adverse results. If this new guy is elected, let us hope he isn't like the current crop of Teaburgers in the House.
  • amoobrasil Jeremiah 2012/05/10 18:25:58
    Yes, Jeremiah, but do not underestimate spite. It spreads like wildfire, easily ignited by the spark of hate or resentment. It is an emotion so powerful that it requires no accountability for its consequences. The latter become more fuel for even more intense hate because they are blamed on people who where not spiteful enough. Are you familiar with the construct "cognitive dissonance"?
  • Jeremiah amoobrasil 2012/05/10 19:36:21
    Sounds like a great environment for collegial legislative accomplishments.
  • Seonag 2012/05/09 19:30:16
    I hope so, but it depends on so many factors. But RINO's have been put on notice that many Republicans are not happy with them.
  • mk, Smartass Oracle 2012/05/09 19:26:48
  • susan 2012/05/09 19:26:39
    I certainly hope so. This country will not recover from the current Great Recession until people who believe in fiscal responsibility and the US Constitution are a majority in Congress.
  • Cliff 2012/05/09 19:02:29
  • Jeremiah Cliff 2012/05/09 19:34:18
    Yes, they showed their mettle in the credit limit debate last year, when they nearly took the country into bankruptcy and managed to get our credit rating lowered.

    Is that your idea of house cleaning?
  • Cliff Jeremiah 2012/05/09 22:48:45
  • Jeremiah Cliff 2012/05/10 02:16:04
    According to John Chambers, the chairman of S&P's credit rating committee, the intransigence of the TPers in the House was the primary reason for the downgrade. They repeatedly said they didn't care if the U.S. defaulted on its debts. Lenders don't like to hear that kind of talk, and the downgrade was the result.
  • Cliff Jeremiah 2012/05/10 12:59:05
  • Jeremiah Cliff 2012/05/10 15:59:05
    In other words, you don't have a response. I accept your surrender.
  • Cliff Jeremiah 2012/05/10 19:30:31

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