It seems to me that what we need now more than ever in D.C. -- as well as at the Statehouse or City-County Building -- are more Lugars. Meaning: more serious-minded lawmakers who are measured in tone and focused on complex policy issues that, while crucial, don't always fire up the party faithful. Seriously, when you consider the mess that is Capitol Hill, do you really think Richard Lugar is the problem?
He's not . . .
In the end, though, many elections, particularly low-turnout primaries, are driven by partisan die-hards and the uneasy and sometimes angry mood among the electorate.
That's hard to overcome. And so, as hard as it is for some of us to comprehend, Lugar heads into this election season facing a real battle.Yeah, that's it. The voters are just too angry and too stupid to know what a good thing they have in Dick Lugar. Demonstrating his hypocrisy has no limits, Tully won't even discuss the fact that Lugar gave up an Indiana residence more than three decades ago for his permanent digs in Washington where Congress has increased the national debt by more than 400% and turned the country into a dying, dependent welfare state. Tully will save all of his anger for a politician like Charlie White who he thinks should be forced from office because he used the home of his ex-wife for a voting residence for a few months while he was in between marriages. That's a much worse sin than Lugar's reliance on a home he sold more than three decades ago as his voting address when the reality is that a hotel room is the closest thing Lugar has to a home in the state he is supposedly representing in the U.S. Senate. I'm not sure whether it's Lugar or Tully who is more out of touch with Indiana voters.