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Taking The Lugar Into The Den And Doing The Right Thing

08 February 2011 @ 19:24

Members and friends of the TEA Party folks have been in a bit of a dither today because of the following remarks made by Senator Richard Lugar [the Memeorandum thread is here] to Mark Mellinger of WANE:

Among other criticisms, Tea Party activists have taken Lugar to task for supporting the new START nuclear arms treaty with Russia, claiming the U.S. is giving up too much and Russia is not giving up enough.

“I’ve been working systematically for 20 years going to Russia trying to help direct a situation in which we’re taking warheads off of missiles every day, destroying missiles that were aimed at us; destroying submarines that carried misslies [sic] up and down our coast,” said Lugar. “I’ve got to say ‘Get real’. I hear Tea Party or other people talking about they were against START. I said ‘Well, now, hang on here.'”

Lugar continued, “If you want to get into START, let’s talk about it, but realistically as Americans, not as some Republican renegade. [I’m] trying to take warheads of Russia [out of circulation] so they won’t hit Indiana.”

While the Senator’s attitude is worthy of scorn and some very nice ridicule, and his naiveté about Russia after all these years is laughable, something else he said in answer to a question, deserves more notice [emphasis mine]:

Trouble in next year’s primary is something Lugar’s working fiercely to avoid. He doesn’t officially need them for at least another year, but he’s already collected the signatures of thousands who support his re-election.

“We’re just going to get all of our signatures early,” he said.

Make no mistake: the signatures and millions of dollars Lugar has reportedly raised are intended as counter-publicity to the Tea Party’s loud calls for his ouster.

But what if his expected primary opposition does prevail? Would Lugar fight on with an independent candidacy? He said he has no idea and hasn’t even thought about it.

“I’m going to make judgments carefully, of course,” said Lugar.

Ah!  The call of the RINO sounds loudly across the plains of Indiana.  Do I smell a whiff of Murkowski, Spector, and Castle in the cornfields?

As far as I’m concerned, Lugar’s answer makes him worthy of being challenged good and hard.  Go TEA Party.

Senator Luger…

…it’s Dog Track Time.

4 Comments
  1. Adobe Walls permalink
    08 February 2011 @ 20:54 20:54

    There needs to be a pledge NOW that any Republican who loses a primary will not run as an independent. The house reps aren’t too worrisome but in any state wherein it’s Senator refuses to sign said pledge the third party needs to be started now. If all the Luger’s want to bet on winning three way races the way Murky did, I’m willing to bet the ranch against them.

  2. bobbelvedere permalink*
    09 February 2011 @ 17:15 17:15

    Adobe: even though I think we would not be successful at getting a lot of the Senators and House members to make the pledge, the victory would come from getting them on the record, so I think it’s a crackerjack idea.

  3. Adobe Walls permalink
    09 February 2011 @ 23:46 23:46

    If the Senators don’t sign start third party challenge now while there is time to gear up. Meanwhile there would still be a primary challenge. The point at least in part would be to guarantee that there is no way the incumbent keeps their seat. This is obviously extreme scorched earth tactics but these squishes simply can’t be allowed to cherish the delusion that they and their traitorish moderation will save the country and therefore it is their destiny to continue serving in the Senate. It is unacceptable that party leaders can talk about party loyalty and then thwart the expressed will of the party by running after they lose the primary. Truth be told Lisa Murkowski probably represents the will of Alaska’s voters when you include the Dems who voted for her in fear of Miller. That’s beside the point if we are to have a two party system it’s got to be that if not we might as well become a Parliamentary system.

  4. bobbelvedere permalink*
    10 February 2011 @ 17:19 17:19

    This is obviously extreme scorched earth tactics but these squishes simply can’t be allowed to cherish the delusion that they and their traitorish moderation will save the country and therefore it is their destiny to continue serving in the Senate.

    Maybe a little napalm wouldn’t hurt right about now.

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