The Republican establishment, in the form of Mitch Daniels,  John McCain and a SuperPAC, is trying to rescue Dick Lugar with ads in the run up to the May 8 primary challenge from Richard Mourdock,

The just-released Daniels’ ad is embedded below, and contains the money line:

 “I’m not for Dick Lugar for what he’s done, but for what he can do.”

What?

Dick Lugar has been in the Senate for 36 years, and you can’t point to his record of accomplishment at all.  The best you can say is that he should be sent back a 7th time “for what he can do” in a 7th term?

The fact is that Dick Lugar does not have a record he can run on.  Lugar has a long history of votes and positions he prefers voters ignore.  While Richard Mourdock stood tall for private property rights, Lugar signed onto the crony capitalism of the Obama administration.

A complete disqualifier to Lugar’s reelection should be the assistance Lugar gave Barack Obama in the weeks leading up to the 2008 election, earning Lugar the title of Obama’s Favorite Republican.

Alternative headline:

“Mitch Daniels unintentionally endorses Richard Mourdock.”