Wednesday, May 9, 2012


  • The political world absorbed a chilling message Wednesday from the fall of Senate icon Richard Lugar: Rabid partisanship is popular, especially in Republican primaries, and cutting deals with political opponents is not.
  • (Seattle Times)
  • Far from politics, six-term Sen. Richard Lugar is considered a visionary who looked beyond U.S. exuberance over the end of the Cold War and saw the dangers and opportunities in the collapse of a nuclear-armed Soviet Union.
  • (AP -
  • WASHINGTON — Days before Christmas 2010, Congress was in a foul mood. Republicans had just swept the midterm elections, but Democrats were intent on finishing the year with a landmark lame-duck session on President Obamas top priorities.
  • (Los Angeles Times)
  • Instant analysis of Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar's crushing defeat at the hands of state Treasurer Richard Mourdock in Tuesday's Republican primary cast it as yet another example of a tea party-aligned GOPer ousting a prominent face of the party establishment.
  • (Washington Post)
  • So in the end he was found wanting. Not partisan enough. Not conservative enough. Not humble enough. Not local enough. Ultimately, Richard G.
  • (YAHOO!)
  • Washington (CNN)-- With longtime Republican Sen. Dick Lugar going down in defeat, Democrats were quick to paint the conservative candidate who beat him in Indianas primary as too extreme.
  • (CNN)
  • Richard Lugar of Indiana, a six-term Senate veteran and one of the most influential lawmakers on foreign affairs, lost in a primary that underscored the dominance of anti-tax Tea Party activism against established Republican party leaders.
  • (Businessweek)
  • Indianapolis, Indiana (CNN)-- Richard Lugars landslide loss in Tuesdays Indiana Republican primary isnt just a 36-year veteran getting tossed out of office before he wanted to go.
  • (CNN)
  • Ezra Klein is a columnist and blogger at The Washington Post and a policy analyst for MSNBC. His work focuses on domestic and economic policy-making, as well as the political system thats constantly screwing it up. Their cri de coeur hit a nerve.
  • (Bloomberg)
  • But to lawmakers who value working across the aisle, Mr. Lugar's departure from the Senate bodes ill. It's likely to further slim the ranks of Republicans willing to work with the other side, after Mr.
  • (Washington Times)

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