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Sore Lugar

By on 5.8.12 | 11:35PM

Jim mentioned this earlier, but it's worth highlighting Dick Lugar's shrill parting statement. Though he says "I hope my opponent wins in November," it doesn't sound like he means it:

If Mr. Mourdock is elected, I want him to be a good Senator. But that will require him to revise his stated goal of bringing more partisanship to Washington. 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.

This is not conducive to problem solving and governance. And he will find that unless he modifies his approach, he will achieve little as a legislator.

It goes on in the same finger-wagging vein -- the whole statement runs more that 1400 words. As the liberal journalist Evan McMorris-Santoro quips, he's playing the role of Democratic surrogate. Apparently Lugar's much-vaunted civility is a courtesy he extends only to his left; turning to his right, he becomes a churl. Good riddance; I'm sure he'll do very well at the high-paying K Street job that likely awaits him.

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