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.
—Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar (R), stalwart known for a kind of moderate Republicanism well out favor in the modern GOP, lost his primary bid against insurgent state Treasurer and Tea-Partying super-star Richard Mourdock Tuesday night. His parting words for his opponent were not the kindest. (via Evansville Courier Press)