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Dick Lugar jumps the social security scare tactic shark

Dick Lugar jumps the social security scare tactic shark

Dick Lugar has jumped the shark with this ad he just released, via The Weekly Standard:

With this ad, Dick Lugar deserves to be remembered as a dishonorable politician who would stoop to anything to get reelected.

I hope Indiana voters tell him not to let the door hit him on the way out.  No one should feel sorry for him after this.


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Term. Limits.

Just end all this crap.

      Milhouse in reply to Ragspierre. | May 7, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      That’s a strange law, since it’s uttterly unenforceable, and therefore discriminates against those who care about keeping the law. Someone who voted mostly for Democrats at the last election is not eligible to vote in this year’s Republican primary; one Democrat cares about this law and doesn’t ask for a ballot, while his neighbour who doesn’t give a damn what the law says does vote. If law-respecting Ds would have voted for one candidate, had they been allowed, while law-flouters tend to vote for the other one, then this gives an advantage to the latter.

      Does anyone know, are voters at least required to declare under oath that they’re eligible to vote? That wouldn’t be enforceable either, but at least it might have more moral power than a mere law on the books that not everyone may know about.

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | May 7, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Lugar should have switched parties if he wanted to campaign like a Democrat.

He’s not even attempting to go out gracefully. Pathetic.

persecutor | May 7, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Power is addicting and better than Viagra to old pols like Lugar.

We can only hope he’s shown the exit tomorrow.

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Just 24 more hours of this pitiful old tool? Too much to hope for?

Wow. He’s so desperate he’s resorted to trying to scare old people. Truly repulsive.

As an aside, if you’re going to make an ad like this you might want to hire an actress who can read lines. Unless they were trying to make her look feeble-minded. In which case they did a good job.

    persecutor in reply to angela. | May 7, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Scaring old people is a common Dem trick. He doesn’t have to hide his stripes anymore and be a RINO.

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to angela. | May 7, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    SAngela- he is a Victim I tell ya.

    He is old & scared also.

Samuel Keck | May 7, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Gosh! She’s wearing a sweater that has “Saugatuck, Michigan” embroidered on it; so is she really a Hoosier or is she a Michiganian?

(Saugatuck is a small Lake Michigan resort village in Michigan about one hundred miles north of the Indiana state line.)

    angela in reply to Samuel Keck. | May 7, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Scandal! Michigander hired for Lugar ad!

    I’ve been to Saugatuck and it’s a bit of a gay mecca, with nice restaurants and numerous art galleries. Perhaps Lugar is, very subtly, going for the gay vote as well. Ha!

    Ragspierre in reply to Samuel Keck. | May 7, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    A motherly Michigan mole…???

    That’s just WRONG…!

Yep… That should confirm it for every doubting Thomas out there. Scare tactics are a democrat trademark pure and simple.

Lugar is surely scraping the bottom of the swill barrel at this stage of the game…

“Dick Lugar has jumped the shark”

Any chance we can persuade that shark to just eat him? 🙁

Comments from Fred Yang, a Democrat Pollster who assisted in the Howey/Depauw polls would indicate that Lugar gets buried tomorrow.

First, and most obviously, Senator Lugar is far below the 50% threshold (38% with leaners, 35% without leaners). There is a rule of thumb in incumbent elections that the incumbent is unlikely to get undecided voters, which would leave the Senator with little chance of overtaking his challenger’s lead. [By the way, undecided voters view Lugar and Mourdock in roughly equal terms, which suggests that neither candidate will grab the lion’s share, which is another advantage for the challenger.]

Second, Richard Mourdock has one of the important “M’s” especially in primary politics: momentum. Since our late-March GOP primary poll, Mourdock’s “favorable” rating has doubled (24% to 47%), while it is equally impressive that despite some withering attacks, Mourdock’s “unfavorable” rating rose slightly (18% to 25%). At the same time, Senator Lugar’s image went backward, from 47% favorvable/31% unfavorable, to 43% favorable/43% unfavorable.

Third, where Mourdock is getting his support is critical. For example, Mourdock is winning handily with self-identified Republicans (51% to 36%) and “very conservative” voters (63% to 26%), two constituencies that are likely to turn out in a GOP primary. Even if, in the very off chance, there is a significant number of non-Republican voters who vote next Tuesday, it is likely to only change the “score” and not the outcome. Among independent/leaning Republican voters, Lugar is only marginally ahead (41% to 38%).

Fourth, Mourdock has trumped what ostensibly was Lugar’s strength/effectiveness. It’s interesting that Lugar beats Mourdock by 40% to 35% on which candidate will beat the Democrat in November; but maybe it is because Mourdock voters are still coming to grips with the fact that their candidate will win on Tuesday! (81% of Lugar voters feel that Lugar will beat the Democrat, compared with only 66% of Mourdock voters). But on the more fundamental quality of who “will get things done,” both candidates are tied at 38% apiece. To think that, after a much-praised political career that started in 1967 and a Senate career that started in 1977, Richard Lugar would be tied on “effectiveness” probably is the most telling result of this campaign.

Finally, there will be the usual and inevitable Monday-morning quarterbacking of who did what right (and probably more to the point, wrong), and the best question,“What does it all mean?” As a Democratic pollster, I am least qualified to comment on Republican Party dynamics. I am fascinated to be able to watch, but to be able to have any interpretation of the 2012 Grand Old Party, that may be beyond my ken!

I gladly accepted an opportunity to pass out lit at the polls tomorrow morning for Mourdoch. Last I heard he was 10 points ahead. I don’t think he’ll have any problem defeating the Democrat in November either. At least Indiana will have a real conservative in the Senate. Go play golf Lugar.