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Ousted Senator Lugar Says Something True, WaPo Needs Its Fainting Couch

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Richard Lugar, he of the many-termèd Indiana senate run, lost to fop Richard Mourdock in the state’s Republican primary Tuesday night, because Lugar is AULDE and believes in a passé political system similar to the one that John McCain believed in before he became a born-again baby. In his concession speech, Lugar very clearly outlined the insanity of the present-day Republican party and the “headwinds” he faced as a bipartisan-loving old softy running against the passed wind of the Tea Party. Well, that upset some people, because it was so rude. Melinda Henneberger of preeminent feminist blog SHE [UNDERSCORED WITH LIPSTICK] THE PEOPLE is one such (she)rson, and as part of a new, promising tactic at the Washington Post, Henneberger both cut and pasted bits of Lugar’s speech AND took on the voice of Lugar for her “news” “article” this morning and it’s probably going to get at least four pageviews discounting her own endless “open page in new tab” efforts. In her biggest play of the post, Henneberger says the Lugar campaign staff really should have “seen to it” that Lugar’s concession speech “was eaten by a computer virus.” OOOOOOOOOOOOOH.

The number of original words in Henneberger’s post? About 180! Most of them exist in this paragraph:

A moment like this is one in which others should be — and were — touting your storied and honorable career, Senator. Yet there you are, undercutting their kind words by going on (and on) about being right in all regards.

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Nice. But Lugar’s words are far more sassy than this lady’s attempts at jokes:

If Mr. Mourdock is elected, I want him to be a good Senator. But that will require him to revise his stated goal of bringing more partisanship to Washington. He and I share many positions, but his embrace of an unrelenting partisan mindset is irreconcilable with my philosophy of governance and my experience of what brings results for Hoosiers in the Senate. In effect, what he has promised in this campaign is reflexive votes for a rejectionist orthodoxy and rigid opposition to the actions and proposals of the other party.

Yes, well, Mourdock is a real winner, and disgustingly, Lugar said last night that he would still like to see Mourdock beat his Democratic opponent, Rep. Joe Donnelly. Among Mourdock’s accomplishments in life thus far, he has “questioned the constitutionality of Medicare and Social Security” and has called a lawsuit about the validity of the government’s backing of Chrysler’s bankruptcy his “Rosa Parks moment. I knew there would be consequences for taking this on.” Hmm, what are those consequences? Fiscally conservative and ignorant white men finally being free to live as equals in the eyes of society? No, fiscally conservative and ignorant white men still have a long way to go in their hard and long-overdue fight, because Mourdock lost the case. [Washington Post/The Hill]

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102 comments

  1. hagajim

    unrelenting partisan mindset is irreconcilable with my philosophy of governance

    That's the message we all ought to be sending to these dicks in D.C. You were sent to do a job (run the country), now fucking do it, and if you don't, I will find someone who will two years/four years/six years from now.

    1. GOPCrusher

      I think the majority of Americans agree.
      Problem is, they mean everyone other than their dick.

    2. Biel_ze_Bubba

      Fine, but the message from the teabaggers is that "running the country' is a bad thing, and the less of it the better.

    3. Negropolis

      That's exactly what the tea party believes.

      In and off itself, it's not some positive idea. I keep hearing "fix it" as if this means the same thing to everybody. It doesn't. The tea party's idea of "fixing it" means further breaking it from my perspective. "Fixing it" is such a vague and easy notion. People need to get more specific about what they mean. "Fix it" is a convenient talking point people who don't know the first thing about how government works use because it instinctively sounds good but means nothing or everything.

  2. bumfug

    Indiana republicans responded to Lugar's speech, saying "Good riddance! Him with his common sense and ability to get stuff done. It's the work of the Devil, I tell ya!"

        1. Generation[redacted]

          "He won on his campaign slogan of kill all humans. But like most politicians, he promised more than he could deliver."

  3. memzilla

    Say, you know who else believed that there should be no dissenting voices among the elected representatives of the State… ?

    1. anniegetyerfun

      Well, I don't know if Stalin believed in electing representatives, but among his hand-picked cronies, I'm sure there was very little dissent. I mean, among the ones he left alive.

      1. memzilla

        Stalin believed in electing representatives. He also believed that "it's not he who votes that counts, it's he who counts the votes."

  4. chascates

    Rightwing blogs are aflame now, saying this proves he wasn't a conservative and unworthy of their support.

    Bipartisanship? BAH!

    1. JustPixelz

      Lugar was so old, it was a new school when he started.

      As we say in my house, "you're lyin' like a Republican".

      He's still a senator. Perhaps his newly spoken truths will lead him away from being part of Team No for the rest of the year.

  5. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    Further proof that Conservatives are rejecting reality, as it has a well known liberal bias.

  6. OkieDokieDog

    I kinda feel sorry for the old GOPers who are/have been getting their asses kicked by rejectionist orthodoxy. But then they're the ones who had sexytime with the RWNJ evangelical zealots and birfed the Teahadists.

    I coulda told them to abort, but noooooooo. You reap what you sow, GOP.

    1. anniegetyerfun

      Yeah, I feel a bit of sympathy as well, but hey, these are the people who refused to stand up and admit that, even if they didn't agree with what the President says, he is still the MOTHERFUCKING PRESIDENT and should be accorded SOME respect. No, they acted like a bunch of goddamn babies, every last one of them. And now the chickens are coming home to roost (etc, other farm metaphors).

      1. GOPCrusher

        What I don't understand is Joe Lieberman loses in his primary challenge, so he runs as an Independent and wins. Why don't these people like Lugar and Bob Bennett do the same thing?

        1. SorosBot

          It depends on state law. Most states don't allow a primary loser to run in the general, like Connecticut does; that why Arlen Specter switched parties before the primary (then lost in the Dem primary anyway), and why Lisa Murkowski had to mount a write-in campaign.

  7. EatsBabyDingos

    Of course Lugar had it coming. He used to go to places like "Africa" for his Congressional fact finding, rather than "Paris" or "Rome." Actually knew Africa was a bunch of countries. Acted like being an "American" more important than a "Republican."

  8. GuyClinch

    This is good news. Only when the GOP concludes its not-at-all racist (of course not!) hissy-fit by electing more dicks like Mourdock will they eventually be able to return to the moderately sensible likes of Lugar. They have to get their little tantrum over with, the poor dears. Just let the cock-colicky little babies in their Vitter diapers cry and shit themselves to oblivion.

  9. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    So, the Republicans are running this year on a platform of rejecting anything anyone but the Koch Brothers, Grover Norquist or the Club for Growth says?

    Now that is leadership, if by leadership, you mean throwing a tantrum and saying no over and over again. At least the four-year olds in this country have some representation in Congress now.

    1. HistoriCat

      DON'T get me started on Grover Norquist – I really don't want the Editrix to come down on me for breaking the commenting rules.

      1. GOPCrusher

        If we had an actual Free Press in this country, I would have to imagine that by now, Mr. Norquist would be the subject of some of that old-timey investigative reporting.

  10. Ducksworthy

    Lugar was a Communist. Just look at his record of opposing nuclear annihilation and the return of Jeebus.

  11. CivicHoliday

    Good luck, Hoosiers. Always knew there was a reason that we here in Missouri use that word as derogatory term.

    1. UnholyMoses

      Though more in the eastern part of the state — I never heard it until college. We in KC call them "White Trash Morons."

  12. Dildeaux

    Lugar gets all pissy about his party moving into alternate reality. Asshat, its been going on for evah.

  13. prommie

    One of my accomplishments is questioning the humanity of movement conservatives. I propose harvesting their useful organs.

  14. Gratuitous World

    He should've exited gracefully like Evan Bayh – when he realized he had no chance in hell of being President and it became increasingly difficult to steer more money to Wellpoint.

  15. Lucidamente1

    Fiscally conservative and ignorant white men.

    I think you mean Ignorant white men who think they are fiscally conservative but blow holes in the deficit every time they get in power because they serve up huge tax cuts to rich jerkoffs who don't need them and that aren't offset by any actual savings.

  16. Baconzgood

    Man the hits keep comming. This tea party bunch is just plain fucking them selves.

  17. Failed_2_Menace

    Alliteration catches up to everyone in time. Lugar beat Birch Bayh in '74, Floyd Fithian in '82 and Jim Jontz in '94, but he couldn't stop the clockwork momentum of Dick 'Dock.

    1. RedneckMuslin

      Lugar defeated Vance Hartke (the one that made hemodialysis more available). Birch Bayh was defeated by…wait for it…..Dan Quayle.

      1. Failed_2_Menace

        I stand corrected – bad memory on my part. If only an easily accessible research source existed that could have allowed me to check my facts before posting them, but, alas, we are all of us condemned to snarking off the tops of our heads.

        Besides, the real facts screw up my carefully constructed narrative, so like any good Amurrican I must reject them.

    1. Wile E. Quixote

      And former red diaper baby and Black Panther stooge David Horowitz is also a conservative. Oh, and Irving Kristol was a Trotskyite. Why do you think they call them "red" states?

  18. Ducksworthy

    Silly Fraulein Hennenberger. Her statement appears to suggest that she is pro "governance". That's one of those evil things government sometimes tries to do. Get with the program lady,

  19. Fairtackle

    Hmm, I used that writing technique with the Encyclopedia Brittanica for reports in junior high and got Cs.

  20. prommie

    Hmmm, things just get interestinger every day. At this point, the GOP has so completely rejected bipartisanship that even mere "partisanship" is now unacceptable and must be purged. Now, nothing less than blind raging fanatacism will do.

  21. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    Doesn't it warm your hearts to know that there is a party in this country that is willing to stand up to reasonableness, compromise, and actually working out the problems that face this country.

  22. ElPinche

    According to Morecock, I guess my "Rosa Parks" moment is when I walked into my company Halloween party as "Transvestite Hitler." ( accompanied by my James Meredith-like buddy dressed as "Yoda Nazi"). It felt like we finally broke loose after centuries of oppression and slavery .

  23. Oblios_Cap

    I guess losing his election might have finally wiped that smile off of Lugar's face. I always thought he was born that way.

  24. ttommyunger

    Let the vetting of this small-time politician begin. I'm betting this Tea Party Darling has more skeletons in his closet than Indianans can handle. Should be fun to watch.

  25. SayItWithWookies

    Dick Lugar saying something intemperate is news in itself — of course, that smiling go-along-to-get-along dumbass neglected to mention that he let this revolution happen through his own blissful complacency. I hope his "I told you so" pronouncement is just as weighty when the GOP crashes and burns because of its ideological hideboundedness — ideally it'll happen in November when he's still in office.

  26. MissTaken

    But that will require him to revise his stated goal of bringing more partisanship to Washington

    RINO.

  27. MissTaken

    Until Mourdock releases an "I'm Not A Witch" commercial I will assume he is.

    1. SorosBot

      Well of course he's not a witch! He's a man; therefore he would be a warlock instead.

  28. June_Cleaver2.0

    I don't feel an ounce of sympathy for Lugar. He was just as rejectionist as the next Republican SOB. The only thing he could have done when he saw the teabaggers coming for him was to go out with some dignity. Oympia Snowe is another hypocritical Repub that voted like a Kentuckian for the last three years. She quit because she feels like a ho.

  29. Come here a minute

    How dare they tell this old white guy to sit in the back of the bus.

  30. UnholyMoses

    Now just think what would have happened if Lugar had said something about his party's shift into madness BEFORE he was defeated …

  31. Eve8Apples

    Now that Indiana has rejected Lugar, will Indiana be returning all of the earmarks, tax breaks and stimulus money Lugar funneled to their state during his career?

  32. Wile E. Quixote

    Fuck Lugar, what a whiner. This asshole sat around for years and said and did nothing while the Republican party went completely and totally batshit insane and now that he's had his ass handed to him by one of the rabid morons who has taken over the party he's suddenly warning about the dangers of excessive partisanship? What a fucking dick. It's as if Martin Niemoller, instead of writing the poem First they came… after he was released from Dachau had instead made a pissy little speech about how sure, first the Nazis came for the Communists, the Trade Unionists and the Jews and I said nothing, but hey, that's because they deserved it, they were communists, trade unionists and Jews, fuck them. But then those fucking Nazi bastards came for me and threw my ass in Dachau and that shit was totally out of line!

  33. GuidanceRo_Man

    "Henneberger says the Lugar campaign staff really should have “seen to it” that Lugar’s concession speech “was eaten by a computer virus.” OOOOOOOOOOOOOH."

    Just wanted to congratulate your creative use of the italics, madam! Bully! Bully I say!

  34. BZ1

    Not that Dick Lugar (again, great porn name, Repubs really go in for that) wasn't conservative, he wasn't completely bats**t crazy enouf..

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