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Indiana Dems getting a little ahead of themselves?

From HoosierAccess:

With Joe Donnelly’s announcement that he would be running for the U.S. Senate, the Indiana Democratic Party immediately sent an e-mail announcing that he would be “our next U.S. Senator.” Aren’t they getting a little ahead of themselves? It’s normal for political parties to announce their nominee as “our next (fill in the blank)” but Donnelly is not the nominee yet. He is not even on the May 2012 primary ballot yet. That will not happen until next January.

It is possible, after all, that Donnelly will have a challenger in next year’s primary election. Shouldn’t the Democrats wait and see before anointing Donnelly? Do Democrats have a problem with allowing their own voters to choose their nominees in a contested primary election? History indicates that is the case.

Read the rest at HoosierAccess.

Washington Tries to Buy Off the Indiana Tea Party

From Wrap Your Head Around:

Washington Tries to Buy Off the Indiana Tea Party to Save Lugar

HFCS’s Greg Fettig on Senator Richard Lugar: “He doesn’t deserve any of our votes. He’s not conservative; he doesn’t even care about Indiana.”

Lugar Tells Tea Party to ‘Get Real’

From The National Review:

Sen. Dick Lugar (R., Ind.) told Indiana station WANE-TV that he fully intends to run again for the Senate in 2012 and that he plans to strike back at the tea partiers calling for a different GOP candidate.

Talking about how some tea partiers had criticized his support of President Obama’s START treaty, Lugar said, “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.’ 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.”

He also defended his votes to confirm Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. “Otherwise we polarize the Supreme Court business to a point that conservative justices offered by a conservative Republican president — who’ll be elected at some point — are going to have trouble,” Lugar argued.

Mourdock to Challenge Lugar

From HoosierAccess:

According to the Indy Star, State Treasurer Richard Mourdock will challenge Sen. Richard Lugar in the 2012 Republican U.S. Senate primary. Mourdock says that a statewide tour scheduled for Feb. 22nd will be to announce his plans formally.

Now the question is will State Sen. Mike Delph jump into the race or will he decide to pursue other potential options? Delph is a stalwart conservative and he has worked hard to build support for his ideas. Perhaps his intentions will unfold after congressional redistricting. At any rate, let the challenge to Sen. Lugar begin.

For Lugar, A ‘Disturbing’ Worry About START

From The National Review:

Sen. Dick Lugar of Indiana, the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, tells National Review Online that he is comfortable with the emerging deal on tax cuts, but hopes that any agreement will lead to a prompt debate on the New START treaty — not more fiddling with the Senate calendar.

“I thought that’s what out agreement was,” Lugar says. “Do the tax thing, do the (continuing resolution) and omnibus, then START.” If that isn’t the case — Lugar is worried that Senate Democrats may try to bring up a slew of other issues — then the Indiana Republican will not be happy.

“Now, already, some (senators) are saying that it is not time for START after all. That is very disturbing to me,” Lugar says.

A Republican Primary for Sen. Lugar?

From Big Government:

He used to be known as “Richard Nixon’s favorite Mayor” when he was Mayor of Indianapolis and while the New York Times says he’s a “conservative” there is little in his record to indicate this. Indiana Senator Richard Lugar has always been a “moderate” Republican and has drifted further left as time goes by.

The Times also speaks of Lugar’s “affection” for Ronald Reagan which wasn’t reflected in his Chairmanship of Senator Howard Baker’s campaign for President in 1980. While there is no doubt that Lugar is a decent man and dedicated public servant, thirty years in the Senate is enough. The election of Dan Coats to the Senate from Indiana is proof the state can sustain the election of a real conservative.

Lugar is defying his party on an earmark ban, a bill that would create a path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants, a military spending authorization bill and an arms control treaty with Russia, the Times noted on Sunday. He even declined to sign a brief supporting state lawsuits against President health care law.

Talk of a challenge from Governor Mitch Daniels are false.

 Although a solid conservative, Daniels is a former Lugar Administrative Assistant and protege. Clearly it is time for Senator Lugar to face a Republican Primary. Lugar says he welcomes such a challenge. Let the people decide.

Read the rest at Big Government.

Is There a Double Standard for Moderates Over Conservative Icons?

From HoosierAccess:

(The following post was written by Micah Clark and appeared in the American Family Association of Indiana Weekly Newsletter)


One of the biggest responses I have received from readers of this email in the last month came about after I mentioned Senator Richard Lugar’s vote in favor of Elana Kagan and talk of whether he should be challenged in the Republican Primary.

Talk of challenges to Senator Lugar in the 2012 Republican Primary has become a hot topic of discussion in some political circles. Some see a challenge to the longest serving Republican member of US Senate (34 years) as a fool’s game. In light of the recent Arizona primary results, there may be evidence that taking on a legendary figure is a lot harder than some think. That does not mean that discussion or consideration of a challenge is akin to blasphemy, but that is how the establishment seem to be reacting. This is very interesting in light of Indiana’s most recent primary.

An article in the state’s largest newspaper by Matthew Tully titled, “Far-Right Attack on Lugar Would Be Just Wrong” went to an interesting source in the defense of Senator Lugar. (By the way, just out of curiosity I need to ask Matthew, whom I talk with often, if he has ever written an article with a title saying anything about the far left being wrong.)  Tully quoted former Director of the Republican Party, Luke Messer, as a defense of Lugar’s 84% record of support in voting with the party this year. Messer stated that Lugar is “deeply respected by Republicans.”

The irony of this goes to the very reason why so many in the base of the GOP are upset with Senator Lugar. Luke Messer nearly defeated Congressman Dan Burton in May, in part, by saying that the Congressman had been there too long. Burton has been a Congressman six years less than Lugar has been a Senator. Yet, Messer does not seem to have the same concerns about Richard Lugar’s 34 years. There’s a difference, of course, between Lugar and Burton. Representative Burton is a consistent conservative. Yet, when he had five challengers in May, no one in the Indianapolis Star or the political establishment, and certainly not Luke, the former State Party leader, spoke of Dan Burton as an untouchable legendary Hoosier icon who deserved respect and a free pass through the primary.

Read the rest at HoosierAccess.

RINO Senator Richard Lugar Seeking 7th Term

From HoosierAccess:

From the IndyStar:

Republican Sen. Richard Lugar said Wednesday that he plans on seeking a seventh term in 2012 in a bid that would extend his run as the longest-serving U.S. senator in Indiana history.
After speaking about world affairs and taking questions during a luncheon at The Summit Club, a private dining club in South Bend, the 78-year-old Lugar said he will run again, though he has not formally announced his candidacy. “I suppose there will be a place and a time to do that, to rally the forces, to get the fundraisers going and all of that type of thing. But that’s my intent day by day,” he said. “Most people in the Senate know I will be around, therefore they have to deal with me on that basis.”

I think there’s a growing group of GOP diehards that will disagree with that, Senator.

Lugar has been criticized by some conservatives

Namely us, State Senator Mike Delph, and a few hundred of our closest fans which is growing day by day. Senator Lugar is still being lambasted on his Facebook page, and some obvious Dems are coming to his rescue and supporting the Senator. No matter what Dan Parker says about 2006, they gave Lugar a pass because he sides with them as much as he sides with us. His NRA rating is always dismal for a Republican, which was a “D-” in 2006.

for a few recent votes, including his voting in favor this month of confirming Elena Kagan, a Democrat, to the U.S. Supreme Court. But the senator said confirmation hearings have become too partisan, describing them as free-for-alls that focus on political affiliation rather than qualifications. “I came to the conclusion that Ms. Kagan is qualified and voted for her,” he said

How is a left wing political hack who has never spent a minute on the bench prior to SCOTUS even remotely qualified, Senator Lugar? She considered the US Constitution an “elective” as dean of Harvard Law School for crying out loud!

Read the rest at HoosierAccess.

Lugar’s Last Term: Elena Kagan Confirmed By Senate

From HoosierAccess:

No big surprise here, but Elena Kagan was confirmed by the US Senate today by a vote of 63-37. What does surprise me is the number of GOP Senators who crossed over with Lugar to vote to confirm Kagan. Ben “Cornhusker Kickback” Nelson (D-NE) was the lone vote against confirmation, no doubt given permission to vote no by Harry Reid when he learned of RINOs like Senator Richard Lugar publically announcing his support of confirmation for the ultra-liberal political activist now SCOTUS justice. The same activist who made the study of international law mandatory at Harvard Law School, but considered the US Constitution an elective. The same activist who Senator John Ensign (R-NV) stated:

“shows a blatant disregard for the United States Constitution and a feigned ignorance of the intent of our founders”

One wonders when making decisions if she will apply principles from The Hague to her decisions? Maybe even laws from nations which are based upon Sharia Law?

Four other RINOs joined Lugar in confirming Kagan – Susan Collins (ME), Lindsey “Grahamnesty” Graham (SC), Judd Gregg (NH), and Olympia Snowe (ME)

Remember folks – Richard Lugar was elected with NO Democrat opposition in 2006. With any luck the good Senator will announce his retirement sometime after November 2010. However there are several people on the bench here in Indiana that are more than capable of mounting – and winning – a primary challenge to Lugar. Two I can think of off the very top of my head are State Senator Mike Delph and Congressman Mike Pence.

After Kagan Endorsement, Lugar Should Not Run

From HoosierAccess:

Ahead of the full Senate’s vote to confirm U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Senate Richard Lugar has declared that he will vote in favor of President’s nominee. Luger joined South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham in becoming the first two Republican Senators to publicly support Kagan, who has a thin record of judicial experience but a very well-documented record of political maneuvering, and is arguably the most liberal individual to ever be nominated to the Supreme Court.

As disappointing as it is that Lugar would heartily back President Obama’s Supreme Court nominees, it should have come as no surprise. In the early months of his administration, the President nominated federal district judge David F. Hamilton, then serving in Indiana, for an opening on the federal appellate bench. Hamilton made a name for himself several years ago when he ruled that prayers uttered in the name of Jesus Christ in the Indiana General Assembly violated the establishment clause of the 1st Amendment. Hamilton’s reasoning was obtuse, his use of precedent horrendous, and eventually his ruling was overturned by the very appellate court on which he now sits. Despite that, however, Lugar still praised Hamilton effusively when the President picked him as his first judicial nominee.

Lugar’s stated reasons for backing Kagan are that she is “clearly qualified” and that she has a “distinguished career in both education and public service.” Ms. Kagan is the least experienced judicial nominee in perhaps the history of the court. She has never served on the federal bench and has absolutely no prior experience anywhere as a judge. Her most extensive work experience that could apply to her new job is her recent work as Solicitor General, where she has only argued cases before the Supreme Court.

Read the rest at HoosierAccess.

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