“It’s time” has been Richard Mourdock’s campaign theme. “It’s time” captured beautifully why it’s time to retire Dick Lugar: Too long in office, too long in Washington, D.C., too long considering himself to be the office he holds, too willing to go along to get along, too willing to act as cheerleader for Obama, too much wishful thinking on Iran.
The way in which Lugar has run his campaign, particularly in the past two weeks, confirms that “it’s time.”
From the archives:
- Dick Lugar jumps the social security scare tactic shark
- No longer feeling sorry for Dick Lugar
- Dick Lugar calls for help from Dems, Indies
- Dick Lugar defers on whether Tea Party good for GOP … until he finds out if he wins primary
- 2007: Harry Reid and Dick Lugar agree, the Iraq surge is not working
- Lugar = Desperate = Repeat = Lugar = Desperate …
- Dick Lugar at risk of losing Senate seat and reputation
- Dick Lugar’s Iran Problem: Part 1: 1998 – one of only four Senators to oppose Iran Missile Sanctions Act; Part 2: 2001 – one of only two Senators to oppose Iran-Libya Sanctions Act; Part 3: June 2009 – abandoning the students for the negotiation without precondition folly
Updates: Jim Geraghty points out that Joe Donnelly is a weak candidate, so If Mourdock Wins, Be Skeptical of the Democratic Spin. [link fixed]
And, via Politico, Dick Lugar plea for Dems, independents:
Lugar told CNN’s “Starting Point” on Tuesday that he believes he will emerge as the winner after polls close, but he pushed for voters outside his party to cast ballots on his behalf in the Republican primary.
“I believe in fact we’re going to win the campaign. As a matter of fact, we’ve invited everybody in the state of Indiana who is a registered voter to vote for me today,” he said.
Lugar said later in the interview he wanted to “emphasize” he was inviting every single voter in Indiana to support his candidacy, no matter their party.
“Those of us who are Republicans have to make certain that we enlarge our party, that we have persons who may have been independent in the past who are going to be independent Republicans or independents generally who are going to favor our party. Because our party, at least in Indiana, is only about 35 percent of the electorate. In order for anybody to get majority, they’re going to have a lot of other people,” he said.
“So I’m appealing to all of the people of Indiana — I emphasize all — to ask for a Republican ballot today and to vote for me,” Lugar added.