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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Dick Lugar, the six-term Republican Senator from Indiana, is locked in the fight of his political life, fending off a vigorous challenge from conservative groups angry at his cooperation with President Obama. And just as they did in Nevada, Colorado, and Delaware in 2010, those groups risk losing a Senate seat for their Republican Party in the name of ideological purity.

Having not faced a primary fight since 1976, Lugar is gearing up for a slugfest over the next few weeks with his challenger, State Treasurer Richard Mourdock. But with a healthy bank account and all the other advantages of incumbency, Lugar’s far more concerned about the fiscally conservative Club For Growth and National Rifle Association pounding him with negative TV ads.

“Some things shouldn’t change,” begins an NRA spot airing statewide on broadcast and cable stations. “But over his 36 years in Washington, Dick Lugar has changed. He’s become the only Republican candidate in Indiana with an “F” rating from the NRA.”

A Howey Politics/DePauw Indiana Battleground Poll conducted March 26-28 found Lugar ahead in the primary by five points, 42 to 35 percent. But while the same poll showed Lugar crushing the Democratic candidate, Congressman Joe Donnelly, by a huge margin, Mourdock broke dead even with him at 35 percent.

The race, then, could prove another instance of the Club for Growth and Tea Party overreaching, choosing a candidate beloved by hardcore Republicans but despised by the broad center of the electorate. In 2010, they backed Sharron Angle in Nevada, who went on to lose to the unpopular incumbent, Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid, because he portrayed her as outside the mainstream. Likewise, Tea Party-backed Ken Buck in Colorado and Christine O’Donnell in Delaware were weak candidates in what might have been fertile territory for Republican gains.

  • ObozoMustGo

    Lugar is toast! As he should be. He’s been a waste of a Repub seat for years. And there is no way a dumbocRAT can win the senate seat in IN. There’s not enough socialists in that state, thank God!

    Have a nice day.

    • don’t bet your training pants on it. check the name

    • No need to say anything else if ya don’t think like em then your toast think about it Rep when u try to think for yourslf the consequences LOL….SMH very sad indeed……..

      • ObozoMustGo

        Sonjad… you are a stone-cold idiot! Do yourself a favor and DONT post on here. You only reveal the depths of your stupidity in public.

        Have a nice day!

        • obozomuststay

          takes a idiot to know what a idiot is , when using words like socialist,when from reading your comments, i doubt you know what the true meaning of socialist is and that socialism its not a doctrine but a theory and can be subcribe to over a hunderd variation of doctrine of goverments ,that it basicaly iplies that people control distribution and exchange and production, we the people for the people by the people! its democracy that was astem from this theory from ancient greece, how about taking some political classes before using words you dont understand!

    • BOZO — you should go inside now. Your recess time is over.

  • paverop1

    obozo Just how much is the right paying you for your comments

    Have a nice day

  • TheSkalawag929

    The path that you and your party are choosing is a one way street to extinction. You may attain your ideological puity but at what cost. Without an infusion of new ideas you are condemning your party to political crazy. Meaning you will continue to do the same things over and over expecting different result but getting the same failures.
    Don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to get republicans to change their ways. On the contrary have at it full speed ahead.
    I just want you to know that Democrats will just sit on the sidelines with popcorn watching this comedy unfold accross the country.

    • Is that why Harry Reid and the rest of the democrats haven’t even proposed a budget in over 1000 days when the law requires the senate to produce a budget every year. The only reason the democrats get away with this kind of lawlessnes is because the main stream media has become nothing more than the propaganda arm of the DNC. If Harry AReid was a republican and did this, the press would be screaming about it every day. You are right about the dems sitting on the sidelines though. They passed legislation designed to bring the country to bankruptcy and now they are just waiting for it to happen.

      • kind of hard to with the party of NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!And pleae spare me the himming and hawing as an INDENPENDENT I AM WATCHING VERY CLOSELY….BOTH PARTIES NEED TO GET IT TOGETHER!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • TheSkalawag929

        I can’t speak for Mr. Reid as to why he hasn’t proposed a budget in, as you say, 1000 days. But if I were to hazzard a guess it would be because doing so would be a waste of time. The republicans would just filibuster it.
        If the main stream media isn’t focusing on the Democrats it’s because the republicans insist on mugging for the cameras.
        As far as “passing legislation designed to bring the country to bankruptcy” come on you can’t have it both ways. Either the Democrats ARE puting forth legislation or they AREN’T puting forth legislation. One or the other but not both.

  • howa4x

    The tea party has already showed its lack of an understanding of politics. By its nature it means compromise. They also distort reality. The Great communicator Ronald Reagan was the 1st the enter into Start 1 which capped the nuclear arsenals of each country, and made many deals including raising taxes with Tip Oneil. They are concerned about bailouts but it was Bush not Obama that did them, and the damage was done before he took office. They want to cut the deficit but refuse to raise taxes and every economist has suggested. The cuts they propose will fall disproportionatly on them and their children, and will retard the growth in the economy. To say they are unaware is kind, or to say they don’t understand the complexity of the economy or science is also being kind. This is a group that is suicidal and dangerous to their own families. The Republicans opened pandoras box and now have to live with the monster they created. They can thank Fox, Glen Beck, Sara Palin, Rush, and most of all Dick Armey for the on coming civil war within the Republican party. Be careful what you wish for!

  • One forgets to mention Rand Paul in the tea party diatribe. The democrats doubled government spending in 2009 with the stimulus and son of stimulus i 2010 when they had complete control of the government. It has gotten us nothing but a bigger government and more debt They should be the ones compromising and cutting the size of the government, not raising taxes. Democrats don’t know how to lower spending , just how to raise taxes or borrow from the Chinese. The tea parety knows exactly how the founding fathers wanted this country to be governed. Barack Obama and the democrat party are not that way. The tea party knows you can’t compromise with WRONG, wrong must be defeated and Dick Lugar has compromised with Wrong so that makes him a RINO and he has to go.

  • One forgets to mention Rand Paul in the tea party diatribe. The democrats doubled government spending in 2009 with the stimulus and son of stimulus i 2010 when they had complete control of the government. It has gotten us nothing but a bigger government and more debt They should be the ones compromising and cutting the size of the government, not raising taxes. Democrats don’t know how to lower spending , just how to raise taxes or borrow from the Chinese. The tea parety knows exactly how the founding fathers wanted this country to be governed. Barack Obama and the democrat party are not that way. The tea party knows you can’t compromise with WRONG, wrong must be defeated and Dick Lugar has compromised with Wrong so that makes him a RINO and he has to go.

  • One forgets to mention Rand Paul in the tea party diatribe. The democrats doubled government spending in 2009 with the stimulus and son of stimulus i 2010 when they had complete control of the government. It has gotten us nothing but a bigger government and more debt They should be the ones compromising and cutting the size of the government, not raising taxes. Democrats don’t know how to lower spending , just how to raise taxes or borrow from the Chinese. The tea parety knows exactly how the founding fathers wanted this country to be governed. Barack Obama and the democrat party are not that way. The tea party knows you can’t compromise with WRONG, wrong must be defeated and Dick Lugar has compromised with Wrong so that makes him a RINO and he has to go.

  • One forgets to mention Rand Paul in the tea party diatribe. The democrats doubled government spending in 2009 with the stimulus and son of stimulus i 2010 when they had complete control of the government. It has gotten us nothing but a bigger government and more debt They should be the ones compromising and cutting the size of the government, not raising taxes. Democrats don’t know how to lower spending , just how to raise taxes or borrow from the Chinese. The tea parety knows exactly how the founding fathers wanted this country to be governed. Barack Obama and the democrat party are not that way. The tea party knows you can’t compromise with WRONG, wrong must be defeated and Dick Lugar has compromised with Wrong so that makes him a RINO and he has to go.

  • One forgets to mention Rand Paul in the tea party diatribe. The democrats doubled government spending in 2009 with the stimulus and son of stimulus i 2010 when they had complete control of the government. It has gotten us nothing but a bigger government and more debt They should be the ones compromising and cutting the size of the government, not raising taxes. Democrats don’t know how to lower spending , just how to raise taxes or borrow from the Chinese. The tea parety knows exactly how the founding fathers wanted this country to be governed. Barack Obama and the democrat party are not that way. The tea party knows you can’t compromise with WRONG, wrong must be defeated and Dick Lugar has compromised with Wrong so that makes him a RINO and he has to go.

  • Shocka7

    Why save a RINO? If they want a Democrat in office, vote for the real thing instead a fake Republican.

  • mrgwr42

    It is amazing how lost the Republican party is when it comes to talking about science and reality. They are still living in the 1940’s and especially the TEA party. It is totally amazing that they choose to dismiss Global warming even though it makes absolute sense. You pump billions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere over 100+ years and you don’t expect it to affect the environment. It is scientific fact that CO2 is a greenhouse gas and leads to environmental change. To deny it is not only stupidity, it is absolutely retarded. How long did it take the nation to clean up various rivers and lakes because companies dumped chemicals directly into them.? It took years and if clean water is necessary to survive then obviously clean air is also. I cannot believe how many times this has been established as fact over and over again with evidence to support the statement yet people still want to deny it. It is truly the sign of a simpleton if you still decide to deny this is true. You need your head examined and you need to go back to school and get an education all over again because you are truly lost.

  • Deb

    Let the tea party extremist destroy the GOP. They are victims of their own making and now they are beginning to eat their own.
    The GOP has recruited these extremists for years, now it is time to reap what they have sowed.

  • You can not have an Honest conversation with people who ignore reality, ignore science, ignore facts and just keep repeating slogans. This country has never operated that way and because there are 2 major political groups with 2 competing ideas for governing, the only thing that will work is to compromise. When a group intentionally refuses to compromise it says they want to take control and govern by strength not democracy.

  • Perhaps its time Lugar rejected the nutwings pulling the strings in the current GOP and become a moderate independent. Or better yet, apply for membership in the Democratic Party.

    • AlmondGrouper

      Exactly! Any Republican shows a little bit of partisinship and the party”s ready to get rid of them. No wonder nothing gets done in Wash.. And Obama gets blamed for doing nothing and not turning around the economy, when he’s blocked by Congress at every move he makes.

  • AlmondGrouper

    It’s time all the republicans were ousted.. they want to know why we are paying more taxes when every one of them voted to giVE big oil companies, (who only made 130 BILLION this year) anothe r24 BILLION of our tax money. Hang ’em all! and Hang ’em high!. Come on democrats get out and vote Early and vote Often!!

  • AlmondGrouper

    …and the TEA Party. There’s not an Economist among the whole bunch1