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“Too often bipartisanship is equated with centrism or deal cutting. Bipartisanship is not the opposite of principle. One can be very conservative or very liberal and still have a bipartisan mindset. Such a mindset acknowledges that the other party is also patriotic and may have some good ideas. It acknowledges that national unity is important, and that aggressive partisanship deepens cynicism, sharpens political vendettas, and depletes the national reserve of good will that is critical to our survival in hard times...Our political system is losing its ability to even explore alternatives. If fealty to these pledges continues to expand, legislators may pledge their way into irrelevance. Voters will be electing a slate of inflexible positions rather than a leader. I hope that as a nation we aspire to more than that. I hope we will demand judgment from our leaders.”—from Sen. Richard Lugar’s concession letter, 5/8/12
“Something like the ridiculous McCaskill-Corker CAP Act is great precisely because it’s a totally terrible idea. Barack Obama can be counted on to resist it, so criticizing him for opposition to this bipartisan measure makes sense. By contrast, if Obama wants to turn himself into a zealous advocate of a bipartisan bill like the DREAM Act, then that renders it toxic. And since the direct beneficiaries of the DREAM Act are ineligible to vote and don’t have much campaign cash to offer, that becomes all you need to know.”—Matt Yglesias
“Sarah Palin has begun shaking things up this election cycle. She chose to endorse Richard Mourdock over the incumbent, Richard Lugar. Here's a warning from the Tea Party to the Republican Establishment: GAME ON!”—Daniel Bruski (Palin Backs Mourdock Over Lugar)
Did support for "Latino" issues cost Republican senator his seat?
Republican Senator Richard Lugar, who spent decades in the Senate, lost the primary to a Tea Party Republican who had vowed to fight against “illegal immigration” and the Dream Act. (Photo/AP).
Indiana Republican Senator Richard Lugar was a Republican who had reached out across the aisle on two issues which had garnered wide Latino support. Lugar voted to confirm President Obama’s nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, and supported the Dream Act a few years ago.
Lugar’s challenger, Tea Party Republican Richard Mourdock, used both of these issues against Lugar during a hard-fought campaign, and won the primary last night. Did this cost Lugar his almost four-decade Senate seat?