Folks, I’m grabbing something off The Other McCain’s page in its entirety. The polite thing to do would have been to tantalize you with a pithy paragraph or two, but I’m not going for etiquette here. I want you to read this. So rather than jumping off this page and scurrying over to the fedora’d one’s site, here’s the wit and wisdom of Robert Stacy McCain. If you want more of where this came from (and I think you do, if you know what I mean), read to the end for directional linkage…
RINO Hunters: Nice Six-Term Senate Career You Had There, Dick Lugar
Posted on | May 4, 2012 |
In the span of barely a month, polls in the Indiana Republican primary race between incumbent Sen. Dick Lugar and challenger Richard Mourdock have gone from a 7-point lead for Lugar to a 10-point lead for Mourdock. With the primary now just four days away, the headlines:
Dick Lugar In Deep Trouble, A New Poll Finds
– Huffington Post
Poll: Lugar trails Mourdock by 10 points
– The Hill
Indiana senator: Poll gives
Mourdock sizable lead over Lugar
– Indianapolis Star
Thirty-six years in Washington is enough, and Lugar represents a style of Republican “centrism” that has outlived its usefulness.
The leftward drift of Democrats in the past couple of decades makes compromise increasingly untenable. Whatever basis there remained for genuine bipartisanship in Congress died during the second Bush term. The 2006 election brought into office a crowd of Democrats beholden to the far left, demanding radical measures on every issue from gay rights to global warming to health care. This was bad news for the Arlen Specter/Mike Castle type of “centrist” Republicans, just as it was for the Rick Boucher/Barron Hill type of “Blue Dog” Democrats, who were all but wiped out in 2010.
Liberal media types, always sympathetic to GOP moderates, like to portray the primary defeats of guys like Lugar as indicative of right-wing extremism among the Republican electorate, but the exact opposite it true: The problem is that the Democratic Party’s agenda is now so extreme that any Republican who tries to compromise with the opposition ends up embracing policies rejected by common-sense GOP primary voters.
The failure of Lugar to see the handwriting on the wall — either to pull back from his more liberal positions, or to retire rather than seek re-election at age 80 — is emblematic of how politicians lose touch with voter sentiment after decades in office. Lugar is a throwback to the Gerald Ford era, a fossil relic of a bygone age.