Another dinosaur is extinct. Congratulations to Richard Mourdock and to Tea Party activists. The media weeps.
Sen. Richard Lugar loses primary to Richard Mourdock
Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) lost his primary on Tuesday, becoming the latest Republican to fall victim to a tea party-fueled opponent.
The Tea Party tossed another veteran Republican overboard Tuesday night, voting six-term Republican Sen. Dick Lugar from office in a heated Indiana primary.
Lugar’s exit from the Senate could contribute to the further polarization of an already bitterly-divided Congress.
In Lugar, the Senate would lose one of its few remaining members with a habit of bipartisanship. In Mourdock, Lugar has been unseated by a mild-mannered, twice-elected statewide official who wants to eliminate five federal departments and cut more spending than House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., would.
And of course Obama has to chime in.
Obama praises Lugar’s career after primary loss
Obama says in a statement that he and Lugar didn’t agree on everything, but he praised Lugar for his willingness to — in Obama’s words — reach across the aisle and get things done.
Obama says Lugar has — quote — “served his constituents and his country well.”
Aw, maybe he and Lugar can spend some quality time together after November when they’re both out of office.
Mourdock’s victory speech:
Whoopsie, it looks like this guy’s endorsement didn’t help Lugar much.
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