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The Freedom Works-Tea Party GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate in Indiana, Richard Mourdock, handily defeated incumbent GOP Senator Dick Lugar last night in the state's primary election. The vote was not close. Lugar lost by 20%.
In his concession speech last night, Dick Lugar wished Mourdock the best and hoped for a GOP takeover of the Senate as well as the presidency this November. Lugar had a few other things to say about Mourdock and the Tea-base which helped put Mourdock in the general election against Democrat, Joe Connelly....
"I knew that I would face an extremely strong anti-incumbent mood following a recession. I knew that my work with then-senator Obama would be used against me....I also knew from the races in 2010 that I was a likely target of Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and other SuperPacs dedicated to defeating at least one Republican as a purification exercise to enhance their influence over other GOP legislators."
"purification exercise".... what's being filtered out during this purification process advanced by the Tea Party-FreedomWorks patriots?
Lugar has been in the Senate since 1977......and until last night....had never faced a primary challenge. He faced one this year, and was resoundingly defeated, because of this extreme voting behavior...
"...my votes for the TARP program, for government support of the auto industry, for the START Treaty, and for the confirmations of Jusitces Sotomayor and Kagan. I also advanced several propositions that were considered heretical by some, including the thought that Congressional earmarks saved no money and turned spending power over to unelected bureaucrats...and that the country should explore options for immigration reform."
Those votes, those policy positions are unacceptable to Tea Republicans. Lugar's votes and policy positions, at least to Teas, carry the stench of compromise and bipartisanship....something totally rejected by Tea GOP'ers.....
"If 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....his embrace of an unrelenting partisan mindset is irreconcilable with my philosophy of governance......what Mourdock has promised in his campaign is reflexive votes for a rejectionist orthodoxy and rigid opposition to the actions and proposals of the other party...."
Dick Lugar understands what motivates the Teas. Hatred of all things progressive or liberal. This is no surprise because the Teas are essentially the right wing of the right wing that is the Republican Party. The hatred has grown so deep and wide inside the far-right wing of the GOP that 'compromise-sniffing dogs' have been set upon any incumbent Republican running for re-election. GOP primaries have become RINO hunts. GOP primaries have become "purification exercises."
Lugar would not accept the Teas "rejectionist orthodoxy"......and for more and more of today's self-radicalized far-rightists.....that is the only ticket worthy of being punched on the way to Washington. Senator Lugar states what all Americans have been witnessing lately....
"I don't remember a time when so many topics have become politically unmentionable. Republicans cannot admit to any nuance in policy on climate change. Republican members are now expected to take pledges against any tax increases. For two consecutive Presidential nomination cycles, GOP candidates competed with one another to express the most strident anti-immigration view, even at the risk of alienating a huge voting bloc...."
"President Reagan, .... worked with Democrats frequently and showed flexibility that would be ridiculed today...from assenting to tax increases.....to compromising on landmark tax reform legislation...to advancing arms control agreements..."
To the far-right GOP Teas, the word compromise equals sell-out. To build a consensus on policy takes negotiations and a willingness to be flexible and realistic about what can be achieved. But that requires that the starting point must be one of willingness to compromise. That entire process has now been rejected in its entirety by self-radicalized Republicans.
Indiana Teas.....sponsored by the deep-pockets of corporate billionaires looking for deeper tax cuts......want a political war, they don't want a democratic process. Indiana Teas have declared all Democrats as the enemy.....and will have no truck with anyone who suggests otherwise about compromising with the hated enemy. So Dick Lugar had to go.....for his sin of being occasionally willing to compromise.
And now a Tea-GOP candidate will face off against the enemy, Democrat Joe Connelly, in November. If the Tea-GOPer Mourdock wins Lugar's former Senate seat, he has promised to bring more partisanship to the U.S. Senate....more partisanship, not less. An "unrelenting partisanship" which will be marked by "reflexive votes" of non-compromise in a doubling-down effort at making "rejectionist orthodoxy" mainstream.
In other words.....a whole bunch more of what we've been seeing in the House since Teas captured that chamber in 2010. What will be just so great will be if Republicans recapture the Senate in November and the clusterf**kness which defines the House today, defines the Senate next year.