Overstaying his welcome

Fed-up voters showed Republican Richard Lugar the door

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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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Retired Army
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Retired Army 05/11/12 - 10:59 pm
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Yawn!

Yawn!

desertcat6
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desertcat6 05/12/12 - 03:47 am
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And the ball starts

And the ball starts rolling...

KSL
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KSL 05/12/12 - 04:14 am
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The Republicans in Indiana

The Republicans in Indiana have spoken. At least they still have that right.

Techfan
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Techfan 05/12/12 - 05:14 am
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Good one AC. A little humor

Good one AC. A little humor early in the morning.
"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" Of course that was AFTER a single payer system AND a public option were thrown out to appease the Republicans. Not exactly lurching. The only Republican votes on the Violence Against Women Act were female. Not a single male GOP vote. You also have to remember that, while he was an Independent but caucused with the Democrats, Lieberman endorsed and campaigned with the GOP candidate.

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carcraft 05/12/12 - 05:32 am
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Oh AC, forgot the Stimulus

Oh AC, forgot the Stimulus Bill, you know the one that kept unemployment below 8% (praise bee to Obama the all wise umm umm umm) that no Republicans voted for! The congressional districts that don't exist are doing great where stimulus money was spent as are the other 7 extra Obama visited and the Democrats won handily. Oh I love posting the same things every day, saves wear and tear on my spell check and processor!

carcraft
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carcraft 05/12/12 - 05:34 am
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Techfan-Lieberman was being

Techfan-Lieberman was being bipartisan! Don't we want bipartisanship efforts in our government?

omnomnom
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omnomnom 05/12/12 - 06:19 am
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this is a pretty good

this is a pretty good editorial. i'm still trying to understand the crux of what exactly ACES thinks should be done. are we supposed to abandon the two party system since names don't mean anything anymore? maybe go to a multi-party system? they have those in europe, but it doesn't mean its vile/socialist/commiepinko. more choices. here in the land of the free we have dozens of breakfast cereals to choose from, and two political parties (last time a 3rd party candidate was invited to a debate was 1992?). both parties are increasingly authoritarian in policy and practice.. #donttasemebro

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KSL 05/12/12 - 06:39 am
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Tech, since you have stated

Tech, since you have stated here on the AC in the past that you are a nurse, you are not exactly without bias when it comes to the healthcare act, are you? Perhaps you should state where you, as an employee, think you stand to gain or lose.

Perhaps you are no longer an employee. Your opinion is wanted, but where you are really coming from is pertinent as well. And I'm not divulging information you did not post in the past. How else would I know it?

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FriedFacts 05/12/12 - 07:25 am
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Death knell to moderates
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That may be the death knell to moderates in the Republican Party. Similarly to what's happened to moderates in the Democratic Party as they moved into the militant redistribution of wealth mode. In the words of Michael Buffer, "Let's get ready to ruuuuuummmmbbbbbllllleeeeee."

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howcanweknow 05/12/12 - 08:10 am
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reality

This just proves conclusively that the voters ousted Lugar because he's white. That's all that matters, right? So many haters out there. Those folks in Indiana are just so backwards. What would you expect from people like that. They're almost as bad as the folks from WVa.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 05/12/12 - 08:25 am
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Ah, yes, the Republicans

Ah, yes, the Republicans continue their lurch toward total oddness. A reliable conservative is thrown out for the crime of legislating effectively. Good luck, guys.

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Jane18 05/12/12 - 09:49 am
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States be as wise as Indiana

Every state has men and women that no longer need to be in Washington(and in our state capitals). They remind me of a bunch of hogs that won't move away from their trough. That's because their trough is never empty, and they keep right on "feeding" themselves with our tax dollars to spend on many foolish and questionable projects. I think it is time to "wean" these "porkers" and "cut" them out of their grandiose and taken-for-granted lives..............We need to wise up as Indiana did!

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Conservative Man 05/12/12 - 10:04 am
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Lugar was defeated because he

Lugar was defeated because he was yet another "moderate" Republican that the left loves, oh so very much. I agree with the ACES. Why are there no "moderate" Democrats? Because they expect US to cross the aisle. Never, NEVER the other way around. Bi-partisanship is a canard floated by the lefties who have the fawning media at their beck and call. Without opposition we may as well have a one-party system...How did that work in the USSR?
I am glad the Republicans step in front of this train wreck of an administration at every turn. Otherwise the Demcratic party would have already destroyed what's left of this country by now....
Bi-partisanship? When you lefties give up some of YOUR core beliefs, then maybe, just maybe us conservatives will....

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Fiat_Lux 05/12/12 - 11:27 am
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Lugar wasn't a conservative

except when it came to protecting his own seat, and we see how well that has worked out for him.

As for no Repub men supporting the Violence of Women Act, does anyone happen to remember why those Repubs fought it so hard? Forget about it's being legal affirmative action that doesn't extend to half the populace based on sex, there were a few other items that made it particularly unpalatable when it came up for RENEWAL in 2012. (Yes, it's been in force since 1994.)

Conservative Republicans fought the act's 2012 renewal because the new, updated version was going to extend the act's protections to same-sex couples and added a new provision that would allow battered illegal aliens to claim temporary visas.

Peeps just need the rest of the story, Techfan.

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rmwhitley 05/12/12 - 01:38 pm
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Lefties
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Lefties require conservatives to work hard in order for them to be fed breakfast in bed. "Max" Lugar, "Bon Bon" McCain, "Mt." Olympia Snowe, "Alaskan Queen" Murkowski, "Hayseed" Graham, "Ms Tom" Collins, and "Hottie Tottie" Scott Brown are as much Republican as those pieces of pond scum barry obama, harry reid, nancy pelosi and chuckles schumer.

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charlesaiken 05/12/12 - 06:26 pm
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The Marxists/communists have

The Marxists/communists have taken over the democrat party.

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