Overstaying his welcome

Fed-up voters showed Republican Richard Lugar the door

The media want to portray Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar’s primary defeat as a victory for Republican extremism. Funny, they never seem to talk much about Democratic extremism when, say, a Joe Lieberman bites the dust.


Moreover, it’s hard to tell what makes Lugar a Republican anyway. He voted against the surge that won the Iraq War. He supports the Democrats’ view of “comprehensive immigration reform,” which is amnesty. He unabashedly defends porkbarrel spending known as “earmarks.” He supports the “DREAM” Act, which provides permanent residency for illegal aliens who graduate high school here. He supported all the bailouts. He supported President Obama’s Supreme Court appointments. He has backed gun control and ethanol mandates.

And, oh by the way, Mr. Lugar has been on duty the entire time Congress has spent us over a cliff.

It’s OK for Democrats to lurch way left – and to, for instance, pass a major health-care reform bill without a single Republican vote. That must be the model of moderation! But in the media’s eyes, it’s “extremism” for Republican voters to want candidates who act Republican.

Where were the media and their cries of partisan extremism when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was rammed through on a purely partisan vote?

It was a perfect storm that took down Richard Lugar. He’d been in office since the Crusades – and occasionally, voters wake up and realize they’re being ruled by an entrenched elite. This was one of those times.

In addition, it finally came out that Lugar didn’t even live in the state anymore. You don’t think the Democrats would’ve exploited that in the general election?

Richard Lugar is an otherwise fine gentleman, but one who has clearly been tainted by 36 years in the luxury of federal office. In his unusually ungracious concession speech, Lugar lashed out at the sentiments that sent him packing. Even good men are eminently susceptible to time, comfort and power. How sad.

We’ve noted before that America is now governed by a ruling class that is both imperious and impervious. On very rare occasions, they are pervious.

Don’t blame the electorate when they decide someone has overstayed his welcome in their seat of power. It is their absolute right as Americans. And more often than not, they’re absolutely right.



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