IN -Senate 2012  (Page 3)

Mitch Daniels unintentionally makes the case against Dick Lugar

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 2:07pm 4/22/2012 at 2:07pm

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...

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When Richard Mourdock stood tall for private property rights

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 10:37am 4/22/2012 at 10:37am

I have written quite a bit about the challenge by Richard Mourdock to Obama’s Favorite Republican, Richard Lugar.

But one subject I haven’t touched upon was Mourdock’s valiant effort, against great political odds, to stand up for private bondholders against the Obama-enforced bailout of Chrysler.

With barely two weeks until the primary, if...

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Dick Lugar at risk of losing Senate seat and reputation

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, April 20, 2012 at 8:05am 4/20/2012 at 8:05am

Dick Lugar has the reputation, deserved or not, of being the gentleman of the Senate, a now-grandfatherly figure who is well-liked personally if not politically.

Lugar now is in the political fight of his life against Richard Mourdock.  Lugar is fighting back, as I pointed out previously, with blatantly

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The other front

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 3:22pm 4/19/2012 at 3:22pm

It always has been a two front political war.

Here’s the other front, Tim Carney at The Washington Examiner, K Street and Tea Party again fight for soul of GOP:

Big business and the Tea Party are at swords’ points once again, with GOP Senate primaries for the second straight election becoming proxy...

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Dick Lugar flailing with false tax accusations against Richard Mourdock

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 8:59am 4/19/2012 at 8:59am

The Indiana Republican primary is moving against Richard Lugar, and now his campaign and SuperPAC are getting desperate, running false ads against Richard Mourdock claiming Mourdock cheated on taxes.

Matt Lewis at The Daily Caller explored the falsehood yesterday:

In what appears a pathetic last gasp at power, both Lugar and a SuperPAC...

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Barack Obama, brought to you by Dick Lugar

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 9:02am 4/18/2012 at 9:02am

When Indiana primary voters go to the polls on May 8, they should remember that in 2008 Dick Lugar verbally embraced Barack Obama and gave Obama bipartisan cover at a critical time in the campaign, so much so that Lugar became a prominent fixture in Obama campaign ads in key battleground states.

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Signs of desperation in Lugar campaign (Update – Desperate campaign, desperate ads)

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 8:51am 4/17/2012 at 8:51am

You can sense the momentum shifting under Richard Lugar’s feet in the challenge by Richard Mourdock.  How desperate has the Lugar campaign become? So desperate that one of Lugar’s top campaign aides has concocted the claim that Mourdock’s necktie resembles a Confederate flag and made an issue of Mourdock allegedly dying his hair.

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Canaries falling ill in Richard Lugar’s coal mine

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, April 13, 2012 at 4:38pm 4/13/2012 at 4:38pm

Richard Lugar has had a big bank account and fundraising prowess going for him in defense of the May 8 primary challenge from Richard Mourdock.

Lugar still has the larger bank account by a lot, but Mourdock out-raised Lugar in the 1st Quarter of 2012, according to numbers recently released by...

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Lugar “effort to demonize his opponent Richard Mourdock”

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 10:15am 4/10/2012 at 10:15am

Richard Lugar’s time in the Senate may be up.

A variety of groups are working to defeat Lugar.  The NRA (which gives Lugar an “F” rating), the Club for Growth, and Freedom Works are working to help Richard Mourdock overcome Lugar’s big money advantage.

Notice how Lugar is hitting back with ads attacking Mourdock personally,...

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Here we go: Lugar up only single digits over Mourdock

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 1:35pm 4/5/2012 at 1:35pm

This is very big news (h/t Pwire), as it punctures the Richard Lugar air of inevitability:

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar is in the most precarious position of his political career since autumn 1974 when he unsuccessfully challenged Democratic incumbent Birch Bayh. A Howey/DePauw Indiana Battleground Poll released today reveals Lugar with a 42-35%...

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I think polls close tonight

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 8:22pm 4/3/2012 at 8:22pm

Somewhere.

If so, and if there are results, at some point I’ll get around to it.  (As I’m writing, Romney wins big in MD)(and also, Wisconsin, now)

In the meantime, some updates from prior topics (and maybe some new):

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The worst blow yet to Dick Lugar’s narrative

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 11:43am 3/27/2012 at 11:43am

It has been a bad week for Dick Lugar:

But it just got worse.

A critical part of Lugar’s campaign narrative is the scare tactic that if Richard Mourdock is the nominee, the seat may be lost to Democrats.  I’ve addressed that argument before, pointing out that Democrat Joe Donnelly is a weak candidate.

Now Stuart...

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Dick Lugar improperly billed for hotel stays

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 6:36pm 3/22/2012 at 6:36pm

Dick Lugar has a lot of campaign money.

But he has problems.  In a Tea Party age he is a paradigm of insider Washington politics gone bad (for conservatives).  He has a questionable residence in Indiana, and his local election board even said he couldn’t vote because he had no home in the...

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Retire Richard Lugar, Elect Richard Mourdock

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 9:04am 2/28/2012 at 9:04am

There is a prime opportunity in the Indiana Republican primary to elect a solid conservative, Richard Mourdock, and to retire Obama’s favorite Republican, Richard Lugar, who has an abysmal voting record.

I will be supporting Mourdock, and I hope you will help with this important race.

I first wrote about Mourdock back in November.  Since...

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Reuters discovers Operation Counterweight

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 12:04pm 1/12/2012 at 12:04pm

Operation Counterweight commenced on June 10, 2011:

Why do I have this feeling that the back-stabbing and petty politics of the Republican insiders are going to leave me completely unexcited about the presidential campaign, and more focused on electing conservatives to Congress as a counterweight to the (hoped...

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So tell me about Richard Mourdock (Indiana)

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 10:17am 11/13/2011 at 10:17am

Richard Mourdock has been suggested by reader Listkeeper in the Tip Line as a possible Focus for his primary challenge to Richard Lugar.  He has the backing of the Indiana Tea Party.

HuffPo says this is the only remaining Senate race where a Tea Party backed candidate has a chance or knocking...

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