We *Must* Primary Dick Lugar

November 29, 2010

Senator Dick Lugar (R-IN) is now the most liberal member of the Republican caucus. I’ll let the Old York Times explain:

Now, in the heat of the post-primary lame-duck Congressional session, he is defying his party on an earmark ban, a bill that would create a path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants, a military spending authorization bill and an arms control treaty with Russia.

He even declined to sign a brief supporting state lawsuits against President Obama’s health care law because he saw it as political posturing.

So Lugar wants to pass the largest immigration amnesty every, keep diverting your tax dollars to his pet projects, eviscerate our country’s missile defense systems, and keep Obamacare the law of the land.

One might understand if Lugar took these positions for reasons of political expediency, in order to get a Republican elected from his state. But these positions are massively unpopular in the entire country, and even more so in Indiana, one of the more conservative states in the nation.

I will personally donate $1,000 to the most credible primary challenger to Lugar. I will increase that donation as the candidate’s chances improve. I hope other conservatives feel the same sort of outrage. There is no reason for RINOs like Lugar to remain in the Senate.

In this year’s Senate primary, establishment candidate Dan Coats managed to muster up just 39 percent of the vote.  Meanwhile, Tea Party favorite Marlin Stutzman got 29 percent, and conservative John Hostettler got 23 percent. If we can unify behind one candidate in the 2012 primary, we can send Lugar into retirement.

17 Responses to We *Must* Primary Dick Lugar

  1. ATTILA on November 29, 2010 at 6:38 am

    Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.

    ~~~~Arnold J. Toynbee ~~~~

    Of the twenty-two civilizations that have appeared in history, nineteen of them collapsed when they reached the moral state the United States is in now.

    ~~~~Arnold J. Toynbee~~~~

  2. Dr. Dog on November 29, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Not to be picky Poli, but which is it? Is he a ‘(D-IN)’ or a ‘Republican’? Clarity.

  3. artist on November 29, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Dog, The D is for Dick.


    Fitting, either way.

  4. Mr Evilwrench on November 29, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Well, he’s always run with an R, but…

    This guy’s one of mine. You’d better believe I’ll be working for any primary opponent. He’s up next time; I hope we can keep our momentum.

  5. PoliPundit on November 29, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Freudian slip. Corrected. Thanks for letting me know.

  6. Dave on November 29, 2010 at 8:38 am

    I agree, Lugar has to go! I hope Indiana Republicans get behind Hostettler.

  7. MikeN on November 29, 2010 at 9:10 am

    No way he is the most liberal. Snowe, Collins, Kirk are all more liberal than him. I’d put him behind Graham too and McCain.
    What he is is a conservative SENATOR, who doesn’t always vote the party line.

  8. phineas gage on November 29, 2010 at 11:56 am

    2009 ACU rating = 68

    Not quite as bad as Snow and Collins, but pretty bad.

    The reason he is worse is that Snowe and Collins are the best we can reasonably expect in a New England state. We should have much more conservative representation from Indiana.

    It’s similar with Orrin Hatch representing Utah.

  9. phineas gage on November 29, 2010 at 11:57 am

    McCain’s rating, by the way, was 96.

  10. phineas gage on November 29, 2010 at 11:58 am

    And McCain is terrible.

  11. ATTILA on November 29, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    One can have a 99% rating but fuck us severely on that last % ,like amnesty for instance. ACU can be misleading. Being “conservative” on the small issues is easy, it’s the big ones that count however.

  12. phineas gage on November 29, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Right, which is why I posted McCain’s numbers.

    Rest assured, Lugar will f*ck us.

    Nice gravatar–I’m no longer the only skull here.

  13. Mike Spurlock on November 29, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    If McAmnesty got a 96, that rating needs a curve.
    I think the ACU must be smoking the ballots.

  14. phineas gage on November 29, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Not at all–McCain votes conservatively on most things, particularly military and tax-and-spend fiscal issues.

    As IP stated above, the problem is the very small number of big-ticket items where McCain would always play the maverick to media adulation and screw the conservative base that elected him.

    See: McCain-Feingold, amnesty, etc.

  15. MikeN on November 30, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Plus McCain changed his voting with a primary looming.

  16. Christian on November 30, 2010 at 9:05 am

    While my choice in the primary was Hostettler and would be in ANY election, his Constitution Institute seems to be connecting with the Tea Party and many other Constitutionally minded groups. I don’t know if he would run again without a truly large show of support. Party line Republicans only think about electing “someone”, not a real conservative. That’s why we have Lugar, Coats, and to a lesser extent, Pence and Stutzman.

  17. test on February 18, 2011 at 9:56 am