Senator Dick Lugar (R-IN) just lost his primary last night as the polls suggested to state treasurer Richard Mourdock. Mourdock encapsulates everything that is wrong with the ideology of the conservative right. Remember – there really is no “tea party”….they’re all running as Republicans after all. But when conservative groups like the Club For Growth backed by Grover Norquist (the most powerful man in the Republican party) go after a 6 term Senator with millions in the bank and win…it just emboldens the conservatives even more. Dick Lugar explains what Richard Mourdock and others like him represent:
“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.”
~Senator Dick Lugar (R-IN)
ABC News gives some context to Richard Mourdock HERE:
But Mourdock is as conservative as they come, and the field has moved indeed. Mourdock has campaigned on some policy points that would have turned heads in 2010, but that are now unsurprising.
“Let’s do away with the departments of Education, Energy, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development,” Mourdock, 60, told ABC, adding that he also wants to dump the IRS.
He says the budget plans of House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., have not gone far enough.
Rachel Maddow explains…
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