Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Lugar falls...and there is much rejoicing

Yesterday, Indiana held it's GOP primary election for the Senate. As expected, incumbent Richard Lugar was crushed by Richard Mourdock, current state treasurer and tea party favorite, with the latter on pace to win with some 60% of the vote.

I don't really have anything against Lugar and am not all that familiar with Mourdock, but I'm thrilled to death with the results. Even if Mourdock goes on to lose the actual election, I'll still be happy. Because it's time to clean house in Washington. Really, it's past time to do it.

Lugar has been a Senator for over two decades, twenty-five years to be precise. He's served six terms in the Senate. Prior to that, he was mayor of Indianapolis, a position he assumed at the age of thirty-five and held for eight years. That's his career; he's a professional politician.

As such, he's spent the last twenty-five years accruing power, not unlike former Senators Ted Kennedy, Strom Thurmond, and Robert Byrd. Forget party affiliation for the moment. Senators like these ones see the offices they hold as theirs, in a personal sense. Even now, Lugar is lashing out against Mourdock, not the least bit conciliatory in defeat. Screw him, I say.

There's no doubt Lugar is a smart guy and a capable politician, but let's remember something: there are lots of smart people out there, lots of capable people. Is Mourdock? It doesn't really matter. We'll find out. If the Indiana voters think he is capable enough, he'll win. If not, he'll lose. And that's the way it goes.

Cheers, all.

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