This time it’s Sen. Dick Lugar [R-IN] getting the Tea Party ax in the primary. Dick Lugar is the type of Republican who Democrats love although seldom actually vote for. If you’ve got a spending bill, cut it by 5% and you have Dick Lugar’s vote. He’s a “moderate,” you see.
Want to blame Republicans for spending like drunken Kennedys during the GWB era? Dick Lugar’s your man, what was wrong with the GOP, except he’s a “moderate,” so he gets a pass.
No longer, though. If the GOP is going to win elections, it’s going to win them fair and square with real Republicans, not fake ones.
Mebbe it was Sen. Lugar’s fronting for the execrable “Law of the Sea ” treaty that reduces the United Steezy into just another arm of the Euroweinie enviro-diplomatic complex. My jingoistic self is thoroughly appalled. I wouldn’t give you two cents for the rest of the world combined over the United States of America.
So call me pisher.
In any case, the 80-yr-old Sen. Lugar’s brand of Republicanism has had its day, where any “moderation” is a demerit on the GOP record and any guts are proof of the GOP’s “extremism.”
It’s not win-win mugwumpery, it’s a lose-lose Rockefeller Republicanism where the critics nail the GOP either way, coming or going.
If the GOP is to reform, and it must—it got no credit for GWB’s Democrat-lite “compassionate conservatism”—it’s to be as the adult alternative to Barack Obama’s “Audacity of Hope” and Dick Lugar’s Audacity of Professional Politicianism, where there’s little difference between Pin the Tail on the Donkey and Find the Elephant in the Room.
As Harry Truman said about his Democrats, when faced with the choice between a fake one and the genuine article, the people will pick the real thing.
Republican Dick Lugar, at least in this here 21st century, is no longer the real thing. I thank him sincerely for his service to our nation as a good man above suspicion or reproach. But agreeableness and acquiescence to both Dubya/Rove’s Compassionate Conservatism and Barack Obama’s Audacity of Whathaveyou has left our nation in a terrible mess.
Sen. Lugar, good man that he is by most or all accounts, helped get us in this mess. It’s good that he’s been defeated in his party primary, for he is incapable of getting us out of it.