Friday, March 09, 2012
Matt Tully's Selective Outrage
Star political columnist Matt Tully is apoplectic about the conundrum the 80-year-old Sen. Richard Lugar faces in seeking an unprecedented seventh term in the Senate without a place to call home in the Hoosier state. Those who raise questions about why he hasn't had a home in the Hoosier state in 35 years are just "hyperpartisans who dominate politics these days." Like the rest of Indiana's media, Tully has anointed Lugar a "statesman" who is beyond reproach, and anyone running against him or opposing his re-election is just "mean-spirited", even if Lugar was just caught red-handed using his official Senate office in Indianapolis to conduct his personal business affairs. Tully is particularly outraged that a young woman would dare stand outside a pricey fundraiser Lugar threw for political insiders in Washington, D.C. just days after several towns were obliterated by deadly tornadoes in southern Indiana. According to Tully, this "young woman [was] "harassing Lugar as he enters a fundraiser in D.C." and "ridiculously attempts to paint Lugar as not caring about the recent Southern Indiana tornadoes." Tully calls this young woman "a jerk with an iPhone."
As to the "statesman's" false and misleading attacks against his Republican opponent, Richard Mourdock, Tully is silent. In Tully's eyes, it is fair game for Lugar to attack Mourdock for a mistake the Marion County Auditor's office made in giving him a homestead exemption for his Indianapolis condominium (a mistake discovered and corrected by Mourdock), or to even accuse Mourdock of committing vote fraud by casting votes from his Evansville home instead of his Indianapolis condominium when Lugar casts absentee votes from a home in Indianapolis he hasn't resided in 35 years. Tully's disdain for anyone who would dare oppose Lugar even makes it okay for Lugar to accuse Mourdock of not showing up for work because he sends a person from his office to attend state board meetings on his behalf as Gov. Mitch Daniels and other statewide elected officials frequently do.
The attacks on Lugar are all just "silly attacks" according to Tully. Only an out-of-touch political reporter unfit for the job would condemn people who think Lugar should consider hanging it up after 36 years in the Senate. How silly of us to wonder how Lugar can truly represent the people of this state when he spends more time traveling to other countries and other states when the Senate is not in session than he does in his home state. And when he does stop in for the occasional visit, he stays in a hotel on the taxpayers' dime because he has no home here and says he can't afford one on his $174,000 a year salary. What are we thinking? Do you think we're going to purchase a subscription to read this dribble? What are you thinking, Matt?