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Mitch Daniels unintentionally makes the case against Dick Lugar

Mitch Daniels unintentionally makes the case against Dick Lugar

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.”


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.”


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Moreover, the Indiana Governor’s campaigning for Dick Lugar, a senator only arguably less healthy to our Republic than the horrid Arlen Specter, will tend to close the lid on Daniels’ future political prospects in much the same way as Santorum’s support for his Pennsylvania colleague siphoned off enthusiasm for his presidential bid. We can be grateful to Daniels that he has flown his colors so boldly.

    StrangernFiction in reply to gs. | April 22, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Given the state that Hatch represents, I would argue he is every bit as bad as Lugar.

My amazement never ends at how clueless these clowns are to what’s going on in the grassroots — our simple disgust and frustration at Republican politicians who happily collude in the expansion of government and the empowerment of the Left then get indignant when called out on it. You’re going down, Lugar. What’s really pitiable is that you and the rest of you flailing RINO legion of losers don’t get why.

    Scorpio51 in reply to raven. | April 22, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Ditto what raven said. It’s a good thing that the “grassroots” effort is there.

    It may take awhile, but the people will retire these RINOS.

    quiznilo in reply to raven. | April 22, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Yes, it’s amazing that establishment republicans do absolutely nothing to stand with grass-root causes. This is why this move by Grassley to talk about ALEC struck me as novel:

    I’ve never seen that from any D.C. Republican.

      persecutor in reply to quiznilo. | April 22, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      What do you think the Tea Party is? It’s not astroturf like OWS and other SEIU manufactured “movements”.

        quiznilo in reply to persecutor. | April 22, 2012 at 11:21 pm

        Wut? I’ve been to a number of Tea Party rallies, I know what they’re about.

        Do you believe Mitch McConnell is slightest bit interested in the Tea Party agenda, or do you believe he would rather twist the movement to serve his own agenda?

          persecutor in reply to quiznilo. | April 23, 2012 at 1:02 pm

          Of course he’s not. He’d love to find a way to co-opt them to his needs.
          He’s like Hatch- until he doesn’t need the Tea Party, he “loves” them!

I believe it was 2004 when I exclaimed “I want the whole GOP establishment in the Senate gone! The whole LOTT./b> of them!

Got most of my wish–but even back then I had my sights set on one Mitch McConnell…

They stay too long, and get very, very comfortable…and experts on “Senate rules”, and “process”..

Good men, like Hatch and McCain, turn into….

It gets to the point where it’s more important to be addressed as “Senator”…than it is to be addressed as…”Ma’am”.

The establishment Assistant Democrats are all out today trying to salvage two of their most detestable club members but failing miserably. On Fox News Sunday this morning, Chris Wallace tried very hard to get Damiels to commit on whether he would accept the VP slot if it were offered. The best Daniels could do was to say that he would be willing to offer a list of alternatives.

With Christie, Huckleberry, Rubio, Jindal and seemingly everyone else feigning to not be interested in the #2 slot on the ballot, it sure lends credence to the argument that the GOP establishment isn’t planning to win this year. No one wants to be on this ticket!

It’s all about clearing the landscape of us annoying principle-loving conservatives (who will, of course, be blamed for the loss) in preparation for the coronation of Jebbie in 2016.

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


That’s why I want him out.

WAY long enough time in any job, Dick.

    persecutor in reply to Ragspierre. | April 22, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    And to think that there were those who felt that Daniels was presidential timber. More like presidential toothpick.

Classic politician-double-speak. And it sounded so real during the editing process. Who knew then it was faint praise that damned?

Words of advice. You may heed, or not heed.

Never List Mitch Daniels On Your Resume As A Reference To Contact.

I am beginning to think a reasonable campaign based on not doing anything might be a good thing.

“I have been your U.S. Senator for three terms. In that time I have done nothing. I have not expanded government, raised taxes, voted for special legislation for special interests, introduced any bills that would restrict your already restricted freedoms or even showed up most of the time. I am a much better choice than someone that is actually going to go to Washington and vote on bills they have not read, stand in front of a camera and embarrass the good folks of my state, act like I know more about medicine, education, space exploration, national defense, economics or thousands of other subjects just because I got more votes in the last election.

If elected I promise to avoid doing anything to the best of my ability. Thank you for your support.”

Is there a significant risk that democratic cross-over voters will lead to a Lugar win?

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

Professor, My Man Mitch is first of all a Boooooshie. While on Bush 43’s staff he learned the rule of seniority. The longest-serving Senators and Representatives get assigned to important positions on important committees, thus the Save Arlen effort in 2004.

Also, there is always the fall back point that any good politician puts out there. The day after Mitch endorsed Mitt,he criticized Romney for his negative campaign.

The Blue Blood’s problem is that they are every bit as Prog as the Dhimmicrats. Just less Marxist.

[…] did Daniels actually make the case for voting against Lugar? Alt headline: “Mitch Daniels unintentionally endorses @RichardMourdock.” […]

Wasn’t Lugar a big supporter of the Law of the Sea treaty? I don’t remember why this was considered a problem. Something about us losing sovereignty.

This is the muddled thinking of the GOP center that drives conservatives nearly to the point of madness.

irishcurmudgeon | April 22, 2012 at 10:59 pm

So, the republican presidential candidate who lost Indiana in 2008 (first R-Loss in many years) makes ads and this endorsement is supposed to be a boost in a Republican primary in Indiana?