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Lugar = Desperate = Repeat = Lugar = Desperate …

Lugar = Desperate = Repeat = Lugar = Desperate …

I think the Richard Mourdock campaign finally has hit on a theme which needs repeating.

Richard Lugar is running a desperate campaign, trying to distract from his record and to conjure up bizarre claims against Mourdock, such as the “Confederate Tie,” and false and misleading claims about Mourdock’s record.

Bringing out Mitch Daniels mockingly has been portrayed in a political cartoon at IndyStar with an image of Lugar’s car broken down seeking a jump start.

Via CNN:

Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s campaign released a new radio ad Monday, hammering six-term incumbent Sen. Dick Lugar of Indiana and adding to the thickening tension between the two candidates in the final two weeks of the primary race.

The 60-second spot directly takes on recent Lugar attacks ads that target Mourdock as a tax fraud, highlighting the ads as “misleading,” “an exaggeration” and ” straining the facts.”

“Have you seen those attack ads from Dick Lugar against Richard Mourdock?” the ad’s narrator says. “Dick Lugar is so desperate to stay in Washington that he’s resorting to false negative attacks.”

This ad running on radio in Indiana hits the nail on the head:  Click Here


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Class is knowing when to make a gentlemanly exit.

Lugar is essentially making himself look like a stalker.

Sad end to a career no matter what you think of the guy.

Lugar is not a terrible guy, but seriously he won’t make the kind of votes that will be needed to save the Republic

    Owego in reply to imfine. | April 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Don’t know what kind of a guy he is, though, passing himself off as a resident of IN when he doesn’t even own property there says a lot. But vote to save the Republic? That’s easy – Sotomayor “Aye,” Kagan “Aye.” Get rid of him.

      Milhouse in reply to Owego. | April 23, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      I’ve never understood this particular charge. Why must he own property in Indiana in order to be a “real” Indianan? Are those who choose not to invest in real estate somehow less real? Lots of people don’t own their homes; they rent, or live in employer-provided housing, or they live with other people.
      Further it is usual and normal for a congressman who is elected by the people of a state to represent them in Washington to live there, just as ambassadors live in the country where they’re sent. A person’s legal home is not where they happen to be living at the moment, but where they intend to return eventually. That is where they vote, that is where they have their driver’s license and register their car, and when they are away from there they can claim a per diem for being away from home. It makes no difference how long one is away from home, so long as one intends to return.

        texan59 in reply to Milhouse. | April 23, 2012 at 9:22 pm

        Two things.
        First – to run for office you actually have to reside in the state you are running from, in some form or fashion.

        Second – folks from Indiana are known as Hoosiers, not Indianians, hence the name – the Hoosier state

        I doubt vbery seriously that Senator Lugar will be returning to IN after his loss.

          Milhouse in reply to texan59. | April 23, 2012 at 10:16 pm

          To run from a state your legal domicile must be there; that does not mean you have to actually spend any time there, or own any property there. It has never meant that. You remain a citizen and resident of that state until you form the intention of settling permanently somewhere else. For instance Bill & Hillary Clinton remained citizens of Arkansas until they moved into the house in Chappaqua, even though they had never owned a home there.

          Indeed, even if you do permanently settle somewhere else, if it is in another country then federal law says you continue to vote for Congress from your original address!

          As for whether Lugar has formed an intention to settle somewhere else, so long as he has not declared such an intention it has no legal existence. It may not be inferred, let alone guessed at.

Funny – the current Wikipedia entry for Barack Obama has only a few photos, but one is of Lugar with BO.

As it happens, Mourdock is from my home town. I’m acquainted with an elected official there, a Democrat, who has worked with Mourdock in one capacity or another over the years. He’s of the opinion that Mourdock’s record as Treasurer is not as stellar as claimed and that he’s only come lately to ‘Tea Party’ positions as a political maneuver. He’s planning a spoiler vote for Lugar in the Republican primary, which is open. I’ve been gone from Indiana for too long to have an opinion, other than to believe Lugar should gracefully retire, though he’s missed his opportunity for the graceful part.

We should not undersell Lugar’s chances. for example, he has the support from Howey Politics, one of he leading Republican bloggers in Hoosierland. Brian Howey is all Lugar all the time. It is my understanding that the bogus charge against Mourdock for failing to attend committee and board meetings came from Howey. He actually researched the charge and claims that Mourdock’s attendance improved after he decided to run for Senator.

Also, Gary Snider, a supposed-conservative talker and blogger attacks Mourdock ad nauseam. Unfortunately he perpetuates the lies emanating from Howey and the Lugar campaign.

This just in! Dick Lugar has released a Ronald Reagan radio ad supporting the Senator — God only knows how many years ago.

    William A. Jacobson in reply to gad-fly. | April 23, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Yes, I noticed that Howey is anti-Mourdock all the time, and Snyder feels the need to respond to my tweets.

    Milhouse in reply to gad-fly. | April 23, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Reagan — you mean that fellow who dyed his hair? I’m surprised that Lugar would want to trumpet his support from such a person. He probably once wore a tie with the same colors as the Confederate flag, too.

O/T, but…

She stood her ground, aye-gawd…

She also used her head afterwards.

California dollars sent today to Mourdock, Cruz, and West. May The Force be with the three of them.

Ok, so Mourdock’s tie apparently fought for the Confederacy. What’s next? His underwear is a hand-me-down from Adolf Hitler?